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Product
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Slippery Condition Other
Animal Fats
Water & Other Liquids Keeps Shoes Dry
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite Overshoes JD9150AltraGrips Overshoes
JD9150
$ 54.97
G G E
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats JD3615AltraGrips-Lite
Low Profile Ice Cleats

JD3615
$ 45.97
G G N/A
Winter Walking Grips Overshoes JD912Grips Overshoes
JD912
$ 49.97
G E E
Winter Walking Grips-Lite JD3612Grips-Lite Shoe
Attachments

JD3612
$ 45.97
G E N/A
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers JD1226Grippers for Strippers
Overshoes

JD1226
$ 49.97
G E E
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers Econ JD2226Grippers for Strippers
Econ Overshoes

JD2226
$ 35.97
G E E
Winter Walking Spiderz JD3604Spiderz Shoe
Attachments

JD3604
$ 38.97
E E N/A
StabilGrippersSTABILgrippers
Shoe Attachments

$ 24.97
E E N/A
Traction 360° E E N/A
E = Excellent   G = Good   NR = Not Recommended   N/A = Not Applicable
Product
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Slippery Condition Indoors /Outdoors
Chemicals
Water & Other Liquids Effective Indoors
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite Overshoes JD9150AltraGrips Overshoes
JD9150
$ 54.97
G G  
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite High Profile Ice Cleats JD36159AltraGrips-Lite
High Profile Ice Cleats

JD36159
$ 45.97
G G  
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats JD3615AltraGrips-Lite
Low Profile Ice Cleats

JD3615
$ 45.97
G G G
Winter Walking Grips Overshoes JD912Grips Overshoes
JD912
$ 49.97
G E E
Winter Walking Grips-Lite JD3612Grips-Lite Shoe
Attachments

JD3612
$ 45.97
G E E
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers JD1226Grippers for Strippers
Overshoes

JD1226
$ 49.97
G E E
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers Econ JD2226Grippers for Strippers
Econ Overshoes

JD2226
$ 35.97
G E E
Winter Walking Spiderz JD3604Spiderz Shoe
Attachments

JD3604
$ 38.97
E E E
StabilGrippersSTABILgrippers
Shoe Attachments

$ 24.97
E E E
E = Excellent   G = Good   NR = Not Recommended
Product
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Slippery Condition Other
Ice
Snow
Slush
Black Ice
Safe to Wear Indoors Safe for Driving
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite Overshoes JD9150AltraGrips-Lite Overshoes
JD9150
$ 54.97
E G G E G G
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite High Profile Ice Cleats JD36159AltraGrips-Lite
High Profile Ice Cleats

JD36159
$ 45.97
E E G E NR G
Winter Walking AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats JD3615AltraGrips-Lite
Low Profile Ice Cleats

JD3615
$ 45.97
E G G E G G
Winter Walking Grips Overshoes JD912Grips Overshoes
JD912
$ 49.97
G E G G E E
Winter Walking Grips-Lite JD3612Grips-Lite Shoe
Attachments

JD3612
$ 45.97
G E G G E E
Winter Walking Grip-X Ice Cleats JD3500Grip-X Ice Cleats
JD3500
$ 42.97
E E G E NR G
Winter Walking Heel Grips JD250Heel Grips
JD250
$ 27.97
E G E E NR E
Winter Walking High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625High-Pro Ice Cleats
JD6625
$ 35.47
E G G E NR G
Winter Walking Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625Low-Pro Ice Cleats
JD6610
$ 35.47
E G G E G G
Winter Walking Spare Spike Ice Cleats JD510Spare Spike Ice Cleats (3)
JD510
$ 24.97
E E G E NR G
E = Excellent   G = Good   NR = Not Recommended
Ice Cleats Shopping Guide

Overview

  • There are several types of ice cleats. Choosing the best ice cleats is not always obvious because no one type of ice cleat is best for everyone.
  • Many times the best approach to preventing slips and falls is a combination of different types of ice cleats best suited for particular employees.
  • It's important to remember that your goal is to prevent injuries caused by slips and falls. Choosing the wrong type of ice cleats for your particular situation can actually increase your risk of falls and injuries even if the ice cleats you've chosen give excellent traction on snow and ice.

    I encourage you to please call me toll free at 1-888-205-4477 for free expert advice. You'll save time and be sure to get the best possible ice cleats to keep you safe.

Considerations

Where you live

  • Is your problem primarily ice or a combination of both ice and snow?
  • How often do you expect to wear your ice cleats?

    Special Note: I often have people say they don't get a lot of ice and snow where they live. So why invest in ice cleats... especially good ones that cost more?

    I ask them if they own a fire extinguisher or fire insurance for their home and most people obviously do. Then I ask them if they have frequent fires, or ever had a fire, and for the overwhelming majority of people the answer is, or hopefully, no. But you get these things because the risk of not having them is too great. But you can replace a house. You can't replace your health. People have long-term disabilities and financial problems resulting from slippery wintry conditions. The worst case scenario from a slip on the ice is that you die either directly from the fall or from complications.

    As far as getting good ice cleats vs entry level ice cleats let's go back to the fire extinguisher comparison. When there's a fire and you grab your fire extinguisher you don't want to wonder if your fire extinguisher works on that particular type of fire or that the handle breaks off when you need it most. You just want it to work and the fire out.

    It's the same thing with ice cleats. Many ice cleats will only work on ice and packed snow. They come right out and tell you but they don't tell you what it doesn't work on. What about deeper snow and especially black ice? What about conditions where there's a thin layer of snow on top of the ice that acts like a lubricant or snow clumping up because there are no treads or the treads are not self-cleaning making them ineffective? What about walking on ice in extremely cold weather when ice is far more dense and traction devices with coils stop working? Do you really want to wonder if the next step you take is on a slippery surface your bargain ice cleats can't handle?

    Why then do some entry level ice cleats get good reviews? That's because almost any ice cleat is better than no ice cleats. Performance is relative. So most "sorta" work... until they don't. And that's the fall that can screw up your whole life.

    The good ice cleats are only about $20 more expensive than the marginal offerings and they usually last two, three or even more times as long. A few people still balk but they'll think nothing of spending four or even five dollars for a cup of coffee... often every day. At that point I wish them well and let the process of natural selection take its course.

How you work or plan to use them

  • Will you be wearing ice cleats for extended periods of time?
  • Are you constantly going in and out of doors?
  • Do you have to drive in ice and snow and ... if so ... do you make frequent stops?

The work or use environment

  • Do you plan to use ice cleats in an area where spark suppression and/or non-conductivity is an issue?
  • Do you plan to use your ice cleats for hiking or hunting?
  • What other slippery conditions exist in addition to ice and snow?
  • Do you want an overshoe with built-in cleats to keep your footwear dry?
  • Will people have to climb ladders while wearing the traction device?
  • Will there be metal steps like those on a bus?

Cost considerations

As I explain in the "Where you live" section, cost should not be the driving factor in selecting ice cleats. You owe it to yourself and your family to get the best ice traction device to keep you safe.

Type of Ice Cleats

Traditional Ice Cleats

Winter Walking sells traditional ice cleats in the sense that the spikes are sharp. That's where the comparison with competing ice cleats stops because Winter Walking has incorporated several exclusive patented features. With over 30 years of experience they designed each ice cleat to give you optimum traction and usability. Usability issues addressed are just as important as the traction. No accidents will be avoided if employees won't use their ice cleats. The best way to decide which ice cleat best meets your needs is to click on the Ice Cleats Selection Guide tab above. This will show you all the types of slippery conditions each ice cleat will accommodate. It will also show which ice cleats are safe to wear while driving, which ones can be worn indoors and much more.

I want to call special attention to the Low-Pro , AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats and AltraGrips Low Profile Ice Cleats Overshoes. They do not have to be removed when going in and out of doors and can be safely worn while driving. They're perfect ice cleats for people living or working in urban areas, seniors, people with disabilities, delivery truck drivers and the blind.

Spikeless Ice Cleats

  • These types of ice cleat have steel wire wound around elastomer or rubber straps that stretch to fit around your footwear.
  • This is the most forgiving type of ice cleat in terms of selecting the right size. Yaktrax is the primary product in this category.
  • They give you traction on regular ice and packed snow but do nothing to improve traction on black ice or in deep snow and are actually a liability on other slippery surfaces.
  • This type of ice cleat is for outdoor use only.
  • Walking through deep snow... particularly deep wet snow... can be a problem because the snow tends to pull the Yaktrax off of your shoe.
  • The Yaktrax Pro has a strap that helps keep them on your feet and also helps keep them in place.
  • Another important consideration about Yaktrax is that... although they will not damage most floors... you absolutely have to take them off before you go indoors where there is a smooth dry floor. That's because steel coils are extremely slippery on any smooth dry surface. This includes smooth non-ice and non-snow covered outdoor like marble, granite and sewer grates.
  • It is unsafe to drive with this type of ice cleat because of the danger of the strap getting caught on the pedals. There is also a issue with the coils being slippery on some pedals. So I recommended removing spikeless ice cleats before driving.
  • The metal coils preclude using this type of ice cleat in a spark free environment.
  • While putting them on is simple the best way ... particularly for older folks ... is to do it sitting down. Many times there is no place to sit down. Yaktrax Walker is recommended for older folks because they stretch a little easier.
  • This type ice cleat is for walking or running on sidewalks, paved streets and parking lots. This is not a product for trails or rough terrain because of durability, being slippery on smooth rocks and debris getting caught between the coils. This is not a good choice for every day use by a construction worker who may be using a shovel. This is not a good choice for anyone using a ladder because the coils are slippery on the rungs. Durability is also an issue with this type of ice cleat and since the coils and straps are not replaceable it's a throw away.
Product
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Slippery Condition Other Considerations
Oil & Grease
Animal Fats Keeps Shoes Dry
Winter Walking Grips Overshoes JD912Grips Overshoes
JD912
$ 49.97
E G E
Winter Walking Grips-Lite JD3612Grips-Lite Shoe
Attachments

JD3612
$ 45.97
E G  
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers JD1226Grippers for Strippers
Overshoes

JD1226
$ 49.97
G G E
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers Econ JD2226Grippers for Strippers
Econ Overshoes

JD2226
$ 35.97
G G E
Winter Walking Spiderz JD3604Spiderz Shoe
Attachments

JD3604
$ 38.97
G E  
StabilGrippersSTABILgrippers
Shoe Attachments

$ 24.97
G E  
E = Excellent   G = Good   NR = Not Recommended
Product
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Slippery Condition Other
Soaps & Waxes
Chemicals Water & Other Liquids Keeps Shoes Dry
Winter Walking Grips Overshoes JD912Grips Overshoes
JD912
$ 49.97
G G E E
Winter Walking Grips-Lite JD3612Grips-Lite Shoe
Attachments

JD3612
$ 45.97
G G E  
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers JD1226Grippers for Strippers
Overshoes

JD1226
$ 49.97
E G E E
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers Econ JD2226Grippers for Strippers
Econ Overshoes

JD2226
$ 35.97
E G E E
Winter Walking Spiderz JD3604Spiderz Shoe
Attachments

JD3604
$ 38.97
G E E  
StabilGrippersSTABILgrippers
Shoe Attachments

$ 24.97
G E E  
E = Excellent   G = Good   NR = Not Recommended
Product
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Slippery Condition Indoors /Outdoors Other
Soaps & Waxes Chemicals
Water & Other Liquids
Effective Outdoors Keeps Shoes Dry
Winter Walking Grips Overshoes JD912Grips Overshoes
JD912
$ 49.97
G G E E E
Winter Walking Grips-Lite JD3612Grips-Lite Shoe
Attachments

JD3612
$ 45.97
G G E E  
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers JD1226Grippers for Strippers
Overshoes

JD1226
$ 49.97
E G E G E
Winter Walking Grippers for Strippers Econ JD2226Grippers for Strippers
Econ Overshoes

JD2226
$ 35.97
E G E G E
Winter Walking Spiderz JD3604Spiderz Shoe
Attachments

JD3604
$ 38.97
G E E G  
StabilGrippersSTABILgrippers
Shoe Attachments

$ 24.97
G E E G  
E = Excellent   G = Good   NR = Not Recommended