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Best Of The Best Ice Cleats
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E E GENRG
Traction 26 Well-Positioned Non-Replaceable 2mm Tungsten Carbide Studs Including Heal Spikes. Spikes at front of footwear and heel spikes allow you to walk naturally... there are no special skills to learn.
Treads Aggressive & Self-Cleaning
Straps Wide, Proprietary Compound Stays on Shoes and Boots. Easy On/Easy Off. Ankle Strap Available at Additional Cost.
High-Pro Ice Cleats keep you the safest... period. They're the ice cleats I want myself, my family and you to be wearing when walking on that treacherous icy sidewalk, parking lot or sloped driveway.

High-Pro are industry-leading, durable, professional grade ice cleats with revolutionary new proprietary, patented features. 26 optimally placed tungsten carbide studs and aggressive self-cleaning tread deliver unparalleled traction and protection from slips and falls in all slippery wintry conditions.

I recommend these ice cleats to anyone who does not mind, or is physically capable of, taking them off and putting them back on when going in and out of doors.

Visit the High-Pro Ice Cleats page to find more and bigger pictures, more features and benefits, videos and to buy online now.

Best Ice Cleats With Replaceable Spike
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E E GENRG
Traction 16 Well-Positioned Replaceable 2mm Tungsten Carbide Studs Including Heal Spikes. Spikes at front of footwear and heel spikes allow you to walk naturally... there are no special skills to learn.
Treads Aggressive & Self-Cleaning
Straps Wide Rubber Compound Straps. Velcro Ankle Strap Available at Additional Cost.
Grip-X are professional grade ice cleats with replaceable tungsten-carbide spikes that deliver excellent traction in all wintry conditions. The unique, patented method of attaching the spikes is ultra secure and creates a much smaller "bump" making them extremely comfortable.

Visit the Grip-X Ice Cleats page to find more and bigger pictures, more features and benefits, videos and to buy online now.

Low Pro... the most convenient, easy-to-live-with ice cleats
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E E GE G G
Traction 26 Well-Positioned Non-Replaceable 1mm Tungsten Carbide Studs Including Heal Spikes. Spikes at front of footwear and heel spikes allow you to walk naturally... there are no special skills to learn.
Treads Aggressive & Self-Cleaning
Straps Wide, Proprietary Compound Stays on Shoes and Boots. Easy On/Easy Off. Ankle Strap Available at Additional Cost.
Low-Pro Ice Cleats are uniquely convenient because
  • you can wear them on most interior floors without damaging them or slipping; and
  • you can wear them while driving.
1mm studs protrude just beyond the tread. When you stand on them both the tread and the stud make contact with the floor. While the 1mm studs provide excellent traction there is some trade-off because they obviously do provide the same level of protection as the 2mm studs. But if the choice is a reduced level of protection vs no protection the decision to opt for these ice cleats is a no-brainer.

Transitional Traction makes Low-Pro the best ice cleats for:

seniors
people with disabilities
delivery drivers
blind people

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Best Consumer Grade Light Duty Ice Cleats With Replaceable Spikes
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
EGGENRG
Traction 16 Well-Positioned Replaceable 2mm Tungsten Carbide Studs. These DO NOT Have Heal Spikes
Treads Provides Traction on Snow and Slush and Self-Cleaning
Straps Wide Straps Stay Securely on Shoes and Boots. Ankle Strap Available at Additional Cost.
Spare Spike are consumer grade ice cleats with replaceable spikes that offer many of the features found in the professional ice cleats shown on this page. My only concern is the lack of heal spikes. But no competing ice cleats in this price category have them either. Remove the heel spikes using the Trim Line as a guide so they work with women's high heel shoes and boots.

When I classify an ice cleat as consumer grade I don't mean to imply that the industrial quality ice cleats I sell are not for consumers. Industrial grade heavy duty ice cleats are for consumers and I recommend they buy them whenever possible. That's because they last longer and are therefore more reliable. Professional ice cleats have features that further reduce the risk of slipping.

Spare Spike are for occasional use like walking to the mailbox or across an ice parking lot. Businesses buy them to offer injury protection all employees including office personnel.

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Best Heel Strap-On Ice Cleats
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E G GENR E
Traction 16 Well-Positioned Replaceable 2mm Tungsten Carbide Studs Including Heal Spikes
Treads Aggressive & Self-Cleaning
Straps Rubber Compound with Ankle Strap.
Heel Grips heel cleats reduce slips and falls on ice, snow, packed snow and black ice. Use strap-on heel cleats when full size ice cleats are not an option. This includes situations whereby limiting the cleats to the heel section of shoes or boots...
  • insures compliance with company safety directives prohibiting wearing anything on footwear that might somehow inhibit operating foot controls while driving;
  • fully exposes the defined heel on shoes and boots to make climbing ladders safer; and
  • reduces the risk of slipping off foot rests while operating snowmobiles and ATVs or pedals while biking on snow and ice.

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Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E G GE NR E
Traction 6 Aluminum Oxide Bands "renew" themselves as they wear. Reduce slips and falls by 40 to 50%.
Treads Bands Act as Treads in Snow.
Straps Wide, Proprietary Compound Stays on Shoes and Boots. Easy On/Easy Off. Ankle Strap Available at Additional Cost.
Grips-Lite gritted shoe attachments are non-sparking, non-conductive and versatile improving
traction on oil, grease, ice, snow, slush, wet floors and more. These are special purpose ice cleats used around oil and gas, grain storage or milling or any application sparking and conductivity are an issue. If you are a typical consumer you do not want gritted ice cleats because their less effective and durable that studded ice cleats.

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Excellent Heavy Duty Ice Cleats
AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E E GE G G
Traction 26 Well-Positioned Non-Replaceable 1mm Tungsten Carbide Studs Including Heal Spikes
AltraGrips-Lite High Profile
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E E GE G G
Traction 26 Well-Positioned Non-Replaceable 1mm Tungsten Carbide Studs Including Heal Spikes
AltraGrips-Lite Common Features
Treads Aggressive & Self-Cleaning
Straps Wide, Proprietary Compound Stays on Shoes and Boots. Easy On/Easy Off. Ankle Strap Available at Additional Cost.
AltraGrips-Lite come in two versions. AltraGrips-Lite High Profile have 2mm tungsten carbide studs. The High-Profile Model is the predecessor of High-Pro Ice Cleats. AltraGrips -Lite Low Profile have 1mm studs and are the predecessor of Low-Pro Ice Cleats. AltraGrips-Lite provide excellent traction on all slippery wintry conditions. The newer High-Pro and Low-Pro Ice Cleats are even better with more studs, more aggressive treads and more durable materials. I continue to carry AltraGrips-Lite because
  • they come in sizes not currently available in the newer products; and
  • some people don't like the brightly colored bottoms on the newer models.
If your size is available and color doesn't matter I would recommend going with the Low-Pro or High-Pro. The additional studs and improvements to the tread, straps, materials and overall construction make them better ice cleats. And they're less expensive.

Visit the AltraGrips-Lite Ice Cleats page to find more and bigger pictures, more features and benefits, videos and to buy online now.

Excellent Heavy Duty Ice Cleats Overshoes
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
E G GE G G
Traction 48 Well-Positioned Non-Replaceable 1mm Tungsten Carbide Studs Including 2 Heal Spikes
Treads Aggressive & Self-Cleaning
Boot Ultra-Durable PVC.
AltraGrips have 24 1mm tungsten carbide studs on each side for a total 48 studs. The treads are self-cleaning. It's a great product but we're phasing it out for logistical reasons. I do have a few sizes left in stock at a much lower price than my competitors.

Visit the AltraGrips Ice Cleats Overshoes page to find more and bigger pictures, more features and benefits, videos and to buy online now.

Best Gritted Ice Cleats Overshoes
Slippery ConditionOther
IceSnowSlushBlack
Ice
Safe to
Wear Indoors
Safe
for Driving
G G G G NR E
Traction 6 Aluminum Oxide Bands "Renew" Themselves as They Wear. Reduce Slips and Falls by 40 to 50%.
Treads Bands Act as Treads Improviding Traction in Snow.
Boots Ultra-durable PVC.
Grips 4" Overshoes have aluminum oxide bands recognized and the best and longest-lasting approach for gritted, non-conductive overshoes.

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Best Ice Cleats for...
  • Traction Methods
  • Tread Design
  • Strap Design
  • Durability is Important
  • Why I Sell Winter Walking Ice Cleats

Spikes

  • Spikes provide the best traction because the more aggressive the point of contact the better the penetration into the ice. That's especially true of extremely cold ice which is much harder.
  • More spikes are generally better. Your weight is distributed over too many points of contact... like the bed of nails trick at a side show... if you have too many spikes.
  • The distribution of the spikes is critical since you always want at least one spike to be in contact with the ice. This is especially true on uneven ice. Many devices currently available are terrible in this respect.
  • Look for a heel spike. Your heal is the first thing to strike the ground when you take a normal, natural step. If there's no heel spike your foot slips forward and out from under you and the other spikes never make contact with the ice to save you. Furthermore, once you lose traction is very difficult to get it back. Ice cleats without heal spikes force you to walk more flat-footed which isn't natural. Since it's not natural it's easy to forget... you accidentally take a normal... step and you could slip and fall. Competitors often use carbon steel spikes to keep the prices low. But carbon steel spikes wear down faster and need frequent replacement. Over time the bargain ice cleats actually cost you more and afford less protection.
  • Tungsten carbide spikes are far more durable and last several times longer than carbon steel spikes.
  • The shape of the spike is important. Some spikes... particularly non-tungsten carbide spikes... are tapered. They're designed that way because they're not as strong. But as tapered studs wear down they become less aggressive and less effective. Tungsten carbide studs are uniform and remain equally aggressive and effective throughout their life.
  • 2mm studs are best. 1mm studs will give you excellent traction if they come in contact with the surface. Sometimes a layer of snow covers the top of the ice or ice is uneven. 2mm studs have a better chance of coming in contact with the ice.
  • Replaceable vs. Non-Replaceable Studs
    • Replaceable studs obviously extend the life of the ice cleats. But they can be less comfortable because of the bump on the foot bed resulting from the mounting mechanism. Replaceable studs increase the chance of losing one or more while in use thereby increasing the chance of falling.
    • Non-replaceable studs are more comfortable and more secure. But ice cleats have to be replaced when they wear out.

Screws

Screws are a form if stud. They rely on an edge surrounding the screw head for traction which tends to wear smooth rather quickly. The good news is that they can be easily replaced. But while you should always inspect your ice cleats... no matter what type you have... few people actually do remember to check them before venturing out. After replacements, the screws are not as secure. If you loose one that's just the one that you might need the most to prevent a fall.

Chains

The ones I'm familiar with have a saw tooth gripping design are effective and durable but best suited for off-road running and hiking. But the area of contact with the ice becomes larger as they wear down and the traction decreases. Some chain designs have a roller barrel with edges. As the name implies, they have a tendency to "roll" especially on flat smooth surfaces.

Steel Coils

Some of the most popular ice cleats use wound stainless steel coils.
  • Wound coils provide hundreds of gripping edges more than studded ice cleats. They have to because the gripping edges are not aggressive. It takes tens if not hundreds of gripping edges to equal a single aggressive stud.
  • They're not effective for deep snow, slush or black ice and become less effective as temperatures drop and ice becomes more dense.
  • Stainless steel coils tend to wear down rapidly especially if the user frequently walks on bare spots not covered by ice and snow. A typical user gets one season of use.
  • While they won't damage most types of floors, this type of ice cleat absolutely must be removed before going indoors or on to most forms of transportation. That's because walking on a smooth dry floor while wearing this type of ice cleat is extremely slippery and dangerous.
  • Users must careful using them in a city because they're slippery when you step on a sewer grate or manhole cover that is usually not covered with ice and snow.
  • The initial cost is low although they require more frequent replacement.
  • Not suited for off-road use.
  • Not suited for environments where sparking is an issue or climbing is required.

Gritted

I don't recommend gritted ice cleats for general use. Gritted ice cleats are for use in non-sparking, non-conductive conditions like for use around oil and gas operations.
  • Ice is not the only winter slipping hazard. Your tread design should be aggressive so that your ice cleats reduce the risk of slipping on all mixes of wintry slippery conditions including ice, snow, packed snow slush and black ice. The tread design must work with the studs to protect you. Many ice cleats offer no tread at all and rely on the bottom of your shoe or boot.
  • Look for self-cleaning treads. Studs, coils or any method of traction is useless if snow buildup on the bottom of your shoe or boot prevents them from contacting the ice. You want an aggressive, self-cleaning tread design that cuts through that layer of snow or your feet will go right out from under you.
The strap design is important. Here's why...
  • Ice cleats have to be easy to put on and take off. If they're not you won't use them. It's the one time you step out the door in a hurry and don't put them on is the time you get hurt.
  • Your ice cleats must remain aligned on your footwear for the studs and tread design to work properly.
  • Look for wider straps because the offer more gripping surface are to keep them in place.
  • The material should maintain it's elasticity over time.
  • The straps should remain flexible a very low temperatures so the ice cleats are easy to put on and remove on the coldest days.
  • The ice cleats should stay securely on your footwear in deep, wet snow without having to rely on an additional strap across the top of the shoe. There's nothing wrong with the extra strap other than it's just one more thing to fiddle with when you're in a hurry. And there will always be times you'll have to take them off and put them back on. So you want things to be as easy as possible.
When most people think about quality and durability they think about getting their money's worth. That's the least of your problems regarding quality and ice cleats. When you're walking across an icy parking lot and a strap brakes and you're down to one ice cleat, you're in trouble. When you take that next step and one or more of your studs is worn down, bent or missing all together, you're in trouble.

People often say "I'll just replace the cleats... they weren't that expensive". Not in the middle of that icy parking lot you won't. I try to emphasize throughout this website that it only takes a fraction of a second to sustain a life-altering injury. Please... for your sake and your family's... buy high quality, well-designed ice cleats.

Can the straps break or something go wrong with a stud on heavy duty, industrial quality ice cleats? Absolutely! But the risk is greatly reduced.
I sell what I genuinely believe are the best ice cleats. Other brands offer good ice cleats. But in my professional opinion they're not as good. Sometimes the most subtle difference avoids a life-altering injury. No ice cleat can guarantee you won't fall. Ice cleats can only reduce the risk of an injury. My job to minimize that risk. Selling other brands would be unethical.