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How to Choose the Best Ice Cleats
"Choosing the right ice cleats for your shoes and boots is simply a matter of
selecting the right tool for the job..."
There is no one best type or brand of ice cleats to suit everyone's needs...
Choosing the best ice cleat depends on several considerations. Click on the expansion boxes below to find out more...
Where You Live
Frequency of ice and snow
If you live in an area where it snows just about every day and you wear ice cleats everyday durability is obviously a major consideration for two reasons.
You may have to replace a lower cost ice cleat in the first season which essentially makes it more expensive than a higher cost, more durable ice cleat.
Depending on how late in the season the ice cleat fails it may be impossible to replace it which exposes you to the risk of injury.
If you live in an area where you occasionally get ice and snow durability is less of an issue.
Do you get deep snow or is the problem ice and packed snow?
This is an issue because some ice traction devices are for ice and packed snow only.
Is the snow you get usually a wet snow... like the snow you get in the Middle Atlantic States? This is important because wet snow is more likely to create a suction causing your ice cleats to come off your shoes. So you would want an ice traction device that attached more substantially.
How cold does it typically get where you live? All ice is not the same. The colder the ice the harder the ice. Spikeless and gritted ice traction devices become less effective as temperatures drop into the low teens and single digits and may become totally ineffective at temperatures below zero. The best defense against slips and falls on extremely cold, dense ice is an aggressive tungsten carbide cleat that will penetrate the hardest ice.
How You Plan to Use Your Ice Cleats
If you're planning to use ice cleats for short, routine winter activities like walking to the mailbox, a short walk with the dog, or walking from your car across a slippery parking lot to the grocery store a light duty ice traction device will probably be OK regardless of how often you get ice and snow.
If you're planning to walk several miles every time you wear your ice cleats you need a heavier duty ice cleat or an ice traction device with replaceable spikes.
If you walk where there are frequent bare spots your ice cleats will obviously be exposed to more wear and you'll need a heavier duty ice traction device and/or one with replaceable spikes.
If you're planning to run or jog or participate in outdoor winter sports you would obviously want a very durable ice traction device
Will you be constantly going in and out of doors?
All but one ice traction device that I'm aware of should be removed before going indoors.
Spiked ice cleats will obviously damage floors.
Spikeless ice cleats won't damage most floors but are very slippery on smooth, non ice and non snow covered surfaces. Examples would be the floors found in most stores.
Will you be constantly getting in and out of your car or truck? You would obviously want an ice traction device that's safe to wear while driving.
Do you live or work in an urban environment?
Cities present a whole new set of problems
The problem of constantly going in and out of doors... for example the train station
Getting on and off the bus or train because of the bare metal steps.
You have to be careful stepping off curbs and crossing streets because sewer and manhole covers are frequently not snow or ice covered which is dangerous if because of the metal on smooth metal contact.
If you have trouble bending and are unable to put your ice traction device on and off every time you go in and out of doors or when you get in and out of your car consider ALTRAGRIPS-LITE™ Low Profile.
The most convenient ice cleats perfect for people who live or work in the city, delivery drivers, the blind, and people with disabilities. Uses a unique 1mm tungsten carbide spike design that give them unique capabilities.
ICEGRIPS™ Ice Cleats are the toughest ice cleats available.
These ice cleats have several patented features that make them the ice cleats of choice for people who want to put them on their shoes or boots and let them on. These are ice cleats for outside construction workers, farmers, utility workers, etc. You can even climb a ladder with them. There are two strap systems available so they fit over large bulky boots. And the straps are replaceable so you get extended use from them. Again I sell these on the SlipResistant.net website.