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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 get....it 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)

https://www.stabilgear.com/shop/outdoor-recreation/stabilicers-ice-cleats-original/

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'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.

Rips Cleats | Ice and Snow Fall Protection
 

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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 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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But then I was given a pair of Winter Walkers Ice Cleats. I will never go back.
Nice, I hadn't heard of these, thanks for posting! It looks like maybe yours are the Low-Pro Ice Cleat model:
Ice Spikes For Boots | Slip-On Ice Cleats | Winter Walking

They don't seem to be easy to buy online, but this store lists them:
https://www.slipresistant.net/products/low-pro.html
also here:
https://www.zoro.com/winter-walking-ice-cleats-unisex-size-m-pr-jd6610-m/i/G2087191/

It does seem like something with small pointy spikes, like those, would probably punch into the ice better than the larger, rounder teeth of the Stabilicers Lites. Just don't forget to take them off before you go back in the house :)
 

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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!
Ya beat me to it.


Been using my old "corks" for icy conditions since I moved back to MN.

Only bad thing is, when it's super cold there isn't much room for more than one pair of 'woolies'.

OT: There used to be a sign on the employee lunch room, "No Corks Allowed!" Just about as bad as obeying The Queen.


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Winters not as cold in Nova Scotia, but I remember growing up in Winnipeg, Brrrrr!
 

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Local paper had a suggestion for the winter trail runners who might hit ice. Put 6 to 8 TEK screws, the sheet-metal screws with the hex heads and screwdriver slots, into the bottoms of your boots. They used #6 x 1/2", installed with the hex drive that holds screwdriver bits. Four on the front section of each show at the edges, and two to four on the heel section at the edges. The author suggested that screws in the middle, away from the edges of the soles, do no good.

It's cheap enough to try. Don't walk on the hardwood floors of course.
 

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Another vote for the Stabilicers Maxx. We have a pretty steep driveway up to the barn/house. We absolutely must keep it clean when the snow flies and the ice forms.


The HS828 wheeled takes it all in stride and the Stabilcers keep me upright too. !
 

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For ultimate ice traction, without buying dedicated chainsaw boots, has anyone tried out the "Kahtoola Microspikes"? Their a bit pricey $79 CAD, but look very heavy duty.
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I am getting by with the Menards knockoff yaks, I wouldn't try running in them.

I liked my corks in the woods but hated changing boots to drive come in the house etc. Had both leather for summer and orange rubber for the wet season.

These Low Pro minnie carbide spikes looks like they might be the best all around for me.

Thanks for the links

One of the issues I had with trying to calk my own winter boots(Sorel Pacs) was keeping them waterproof, Wish I had seen these back then. http://www.baileysonline.com/Footwear/Calk/Packers/Hoffman-Heavy-Duty-Pac-Boots-with-Calk-Soles-no-safety-toe.axd
 

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For ultimate ice traction, without buying dedicated chainsaw boots, has anyone tried out the "Kahtoola Microspikes"? Their a bit pricey $79 CAD, but look very heavy duty.
Cheers.

Yup. I have had a pair of the Kahtoolas for a couple of years. I use them for VERY icy conditions and they are UBER. Get the right size for your boots and they will never come off.


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