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Traction for your feet

Ran across a post this morning that triggered this thought. Attempted a forum search for "Boot Cleats" and "Ice Cleats" with nothing popping up.

I've read plenty of postings on how to get traction with tires, and tracks vs. tires on inclines, however haven't run across a post on keeping our own butts off the ground.

Here in SD, we tend to see a bit more "wet" snow throughout the winter and with the wind we constantly polishes up very nice and makes for one slick surface.

Been a long time ice fisherman and have tried plenty of different ice cleats over time (el-cheapo's with only the front cleats, yak-trax, whatever the ones with the little plastic discs/pins, and my current set - stabilicers)

My current pair of stabilicers I have done full on sprints acrossed polished lakes to get to a tripped tip-up flag and by far have been the most comfortable to wear all day long. I normally keep these stored by my boots in the winter time and when it comes time to remove snow, toss them on if I know the concrete has been "polished" by the wind. Ice cleats have definitely saved my butt an embarrassing fall more than once. Since I purchased my current set probably 10 years ago, I know there have been plenty of new options to also hit the market.

With the weather turning the corner and beginning to head into spring, there can be some good deals to be had on ice cleats as they clearance out.....something to think about if you haven't before.


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I have been very happy (and stay upright) with these Stabliicers -Lite
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I've got a pair of stabilicers I used on my extreme cold weather boots, they work well, but I have ripped those little screws out on a few occasions. Generally around town here my work boots have enough traction on their own to get me around, but when I get on really nasty stuff I use Rip's cleats.

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I have had great results with these Winter Trax sold through Menards for less than $10 when on sale. I have at least four spare pair and have bought them for most family members as gifts.

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Chainsaw boots, the ones with the spikes, never slip, their steel tow/shank, and the cuff at the top seals out any snow ingress. But, come in the house just once with them on, and you incur the wrath of "She Who Must Be Obeyed", oh the horror!

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I wear these, pricey but you can find them on sale from time to time on Amazon. They come with two different interchangeable soles and I especially like the Boa System speed laces.

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I have found that the Sperry COLD BAY VIBRAM ARCTIC GRIP BOOT work very well for me.
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Originally Posted by Fred9 View Post
I have been very happy (and stay upright) with these Stabliicers -Lite
I have Yaktrax, but I prefer my Stabilicers Lites. They offer much more grip on ice, especially smooth ice. They are pointy enough that they have a chance to bite into the ice, unlike my Yaktrax, which have smooth, coiled springs underneath.

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I use Stabilicer Lites too. I even drive with them when on my plow route. They will slip off now and then though.
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I bought a pair of Stabilicers as well. Bought them from LLBean. They work good enough to get a quick job done. But then I was given a pair of Winter Walkers Ice Cleats. I will never go back. They are comfortable to stand on and your ankles don't feel like they want to roll out on you. Also the Carbide tips really bite into the ice and pavement when the Stablicers tend to slide. Both get the job done but the comparison is kind of like an Mtd Yard Machines compared to a Honda. I don't know where to buy them, my job supplies them to me. A quick Google search came up with a commercial employer buy site. Seems like many other outdoor servicemen use them as well. Maybe someone can find a link and post it. Definitely an upgrade from the Stabilicers. The pair on the right are the Winter Walkers.
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