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    Wicked ice cleats!

    As a letter carrier I've tried all kinds of ice cleats and the ones we're issued by the Post Office (they have 1/8 inch long carbide spikes) are good for most slippery days, but on days like today (a 1/2 inch layer of ice everywhere) well, that's when I put on these bad boys;

    http://www.kahtoola.com/microspikes.html

    They picture them on runners which I think would get uncomfortable, and say they're good on concrete (which is uncomfortable even with boots on and wears the spikes down fast) but they're awesome on thick ice! I can even see myself carrying them in the pack for those stream crossings using wet logs in the summer.

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    I got a pair of these: http://www.rei.com/product/736536?vcat=REI_SEARCH They really grab..Evan Clarke

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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin View Post
    As a letter carrier I've tried all kinds of ice cleats and the ones we're issued by the Post Office (they have 1/8 inch long carbide spikes) are good for most slippery days, but on days like today (a 1/2 inch layer of ice everywhere) well, that's when I put on these bad boys;

    http://www.kahtoola.com/microspikes.html

    They picture them on runners which I think would get uncomfortable, and say they're good on concrete (which is uncomfortable even with boots on and wears the spikes down fast) but they're awesome on thick ice! I can even see myself carrying them in the pack for those stream crossings using wet logs in the summer.

    Murray
    "stream crossings using wet logs"?? That's one tough mail route you have there!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eclarke View Post
    I got a pair of these: http://www.rei.com/product/736536?vcat=REI_SEARCH They really grab..Evan Clarke
    Gnarly Dude!

    I should have called the thread "Wicked ice cleats for urban use"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon King View Post
    "stream crossings using wet logs"?? That's one tough mail route you have there!!
    That's nothing, you should see the Tyrollian Traverse I have to pull off to get home for lunch

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    Hey - great info guys. My wife and I went out hiking last Sunday in a hilly park with icy trails and were struggling to stay erect. We saw a few folk with ice cleats and were wondering where to get them.

    Think I'll order a couple pair later tonight.

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    Ice? Isn't that the stuff one pours Scotch over????

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    LLBean has 3 different types from $20 to $50. After climbing around by an icy waterfall last weekend, I've been thinking of getting some.

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    Thanks Murray, for the info.

    I use old style crampons requiring somewhat heavy boots - forget the ice axe (need room for tripod) with rigid frames and front (toe) points for steep ice, but I'm getting too old for the wild adventures. The ice cleats your showing look great for general icy treks outdoors. I also have instep cleats I only used with snow shoes.

    I can remember going w/o any cleats up an icy trail - slipping and crashing down every other step - holding onto bushes and trees. I did make it but it was brutal on knees and elbows.

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    Good Evening,

    At least for occasional use, Yaktrax Walkers (www.yaktrax.com) work very well. They use coiled metal wrapped around tubular rubber supports. I can't speak to their durability under long-term use, but I've found them very useful on a number of occasions. The cost is moderate, probably in the$20.00 range.

    Another company named, if I recall correctly, Jordan David also makes a variety of traction devices, including some with really serious looking spikes.

    Having fallen a few times on packed snow and ice, I unreservedly recommend the use of traction aids. The little they cost pales in comparison to that of X-Rays and medical treatment, not to mention the inconvenience of injuries.

    Konical

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