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    Ice Cleats for Boots

    The time of year will be here soon enough that I will have nothing but ice on my driveway. When we get good snows like we've been having I get a good solid snow pack. Then when it starts warming up we have to put up with nasty ice for a few weeks. We have ashes from the wood stove to spread, but what we need is to be able to walk on the driveway (with a decent grade in part). I was thinking that some ice cleats that strap on your boots would work well.

    Any recommendations with a low budget in mind?
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    When my friends and I hike in the White Mountains in New Hampshire in the winter we put these on our hiking boots.

    Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System - REI.com

    They slip on and off easily and they enable pretty good traction in icy conditions.
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    I don't have a recommendation other than you should NOT ever wear them in the house. They'll tear up hardwood floors quickly and walking on them on tile is like walking on ice without them. Have a designated place to remove them before you step inside. The last thing anyone needs to to fall and break their arse.
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    I have Yak Traks the work good, easy on and off any boot.
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    Amazon.com: 2x Non Slip Black Durable Velcro Firm Sharp 7 Steel Studs Teeth Crampon Snow Boot Shoe Ice Cleat Fit All: Sports & Outdoors

    Work gave us all a set like these. Ours have an elastic strap and sit in the hollow of you boot sole just in front of the heel. The elastic makes it easy to flip the cleat over to the top of your boot for when you go inside or transition to an area with no ice. Works fine for the few times a day I have to traverse an icy patch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmich View Post
    I have Yak Traks the work good, easy on and off any boot.
    I have used those but was never comfortable with them on ice. On snow, packed or otherwise, or variable terrain they're OK, but on ice they always felt "squirmy" underfoot as the springs have some give to them and there are no points to bite into the ice.

    I have a pair of each of these and they're far superior to all of the other products I have used.

    http://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Traction-...S34XS56CYGAR3Z

    http://www.amazon.com/Due-North-Ever...VNHZCXC2J48CS6

    They slip on any footwear easily and their carbide cleats really bite into the ice of a packed driveway.
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    Believe it or not, a pair of old sweat socks pulled over your shoes will work wonders. I had to try it to be convinced, but they are remarkably effective...assuming of course that you can find a pair that are large enough to pull over you shoes/boots.
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    Ok - a super-cheap fix from back in college days...
    I had a pair of old wellington boots and used liquid nails to glue strips from a 40-grit sanding belt on the bottoms of 'em. I had the belt and adhesive already - pinched the boot between two scrap pieces of 1x6 lumber with wood clamps to be sure of a good bond. Worked great!
    But like someone here said, don't wear 'em inside! Wellies are easy to take off at the doorstep, but these were brutal on flooring! They will tear up wood flooring, carpeting, linoleum.... They'll getcha in real trouble with the woman of the house!
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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    The Kahtoola from REI look like the real deal - I'll have to consider them although pretty expensive.

    The Yak Tracs - my first impression (just looking at the pics) is they would never work on solid glazed ice on a hill. Just seems like they would slide worse than without. I can see them working well in packed snow however.

    The Crampon and Alps from Amazon might be the good one for me - I like the way the Alps goes on the boot with the rubber straps.

    Sanding belt pieces is a great DIY - I love that kind of thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alembic View Post
    When my friends and I hike in the White Mountains in New Hampshire in the winter we put these on our hiking boots.

    Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System - REI.com

    They slip on and off easily and they enable pretty good traction in icy conditions.
    I just got a set of these this year, they work great!
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