Review By Camper / 3 weeks ago — Traction Cleats
Pros: They are awesome. The rubber tread on my boot still touches the ground a little, so no slipping and sliding on hard surfaces. And the ice grip is fantastic. And I don’t detect any discomfort with them on the boot. The chains are spread out right so you don’t walk funny at all.
Cons: Wicked hard to put on. I take my boots off to install them, then leave them on all day. I’m using them on a bigger boot than recommended, but I tried them on another smaller pair and its the same thing. If you want to take them on and off a lot, get the Yaktracs.
The chains are distributed such that you don’t get a sense of unevenness on the bottoms of your feet. This has not been the case with some other traction products that I have used. I’m a size 12 and the boots I’ve used these on are un-insulated Cabela’s work boots and 400 gram insulated Merrell hikers (all leather, from back in the day when Merrell wasn’t making boots by sewing together a pile of scraps). The size XL ICE-Trekkers go on and off fairly easily, can be positioned fairly easily, and yet don’t move around at all under use. (They seat perfectly into the grooves between my lugs, so you may have a different experience with your boot’s lug pattern.) My 1500 gram insulated Sorel boots are big enough that I wouldn’t try to get these onto them. So if you’re a 12, the XL size will work with any boot other than a super-insulated winter boot. I wouldn’t expect these to work on sneakers.
Keep them INSIDE the house while not in use, if cold they won’t go on so easily.
The rubber and the chains appear to be of high quality. Don’t leave these on your boots permanently, you’ll shorten the life of the rubber. I throw mine into a tub of warm water for a few seconds, to remove grime and salt, and then immediately hang them up to dry.
The cost of this product is a small price to pay considering that it could save me the costs of a broken hip.
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