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Ice Cleats Recommended for Blind People

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Top Recommended Ice Cleats for the Blind - Winter Walking LOW-PRO

Buy Winter Walking LOW-PRO
Ice Cleats JD6610
$39.95 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Demo Video
 
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If you don't mind the bright color, these are the ice cleats to get that you can safely wear driving your car. Most people don't care about color. However, some people, like limousine drivers, prefer something more subdued.

If color matters, scroll down to find the all-black Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE Ice Cleats.

ALTRAGRIPS-LITE are also available in XXL and XS.

Winter Walking LOW-PRO is my top recommendation. You're safer walking indoors on smooth hard surfaces and you won't damage most floors because
  • Winter Walking Transitional Traction Ice Cleats use 26 1mm tungsten carbide studs that minimally extend beyond the tread.
  • Both the studs and the aggressive tread make contact with the surface.
However, you should not wear them walking on finished wood floors.Non Ice Covered Sewer Grate Cover You're also safer using Transitional Traction ice cleats in cities because they give you better traction stepping on
  • sewer grates;
  • utility hole covers;
  • metal stairs covers;
  • steps and floors around mass transit; and
  • brick, marble, and tiled surfaces.

Another Excellent Ice Cleats for Blind People - Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LP

Buy Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE
LOW-PROFILE Ice Cleats JD3615
$45.97 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount
AltraGrips-Lite LP Demo Video

AltraGrips-Lite LP have the same advantages as Winter Walking LOW-PRO as far as being safe to wear on most indoor floors.

  • They have 16 1mm tungsten carbide studs instead of 26 found on LOW-PRO.
  • The treads are not quite as aggressive and they do not use Dual-Material Construction so they're less durable.
  • However, many people and businesses making deliveries prefer an all-black ice cleat because it calls less attention to you.
  • Lastly, ALTRAGRIPS-LITE come in XS and also fit larger footwear than LOW-PRO.

Common Features of Ice Cleats I Highly Recommend for Blind People

  • Aggressive, well-positioned tungsten carbide studs are reliable, the most durable, and provide excellent traction on ice including black ice .
  • Dual Pull Tabs - You can use two hands to stretch the ice cleat over your boots and shoes. Dual Pull Tabs are especially useful for people with weakness in their hands or who have arthritis.
  • Dual Density Construction - The straps are thinner in non-wear areas so they're easier to stretch over shoes and boots.
  • Aggressive Self-Cleaning Treads - provide traction in loose snow. The Self-Cleaning feature prevents snow and debris from building up on the bottom of your shoe and boot that would prevent the studs from contacting the ice.
  • Dual Material Design - The treads are molded using a harder material for greater wear and stud retention.

Blind People Need Convenient Ice Cleats Effective on All Slippery Winter Surfaces

Ice and snow are a safety risk for sighted people. Blind people are especially susceptible because they don't know what slippery surface exists under their next step. Many ice cleats only provide traction on some slippery conditions. Therefore, the best ice cleats for the blind have to handle surfaces including

  • ice;
  • packed snow;
  • loose snow;
  • slush;
  • black ice;
  • denser ice in frigid temperatures;
  • dry sidewalks and parking lots;
  • tile, brick, and granite surfaces both in and out of doors;
  • sewer grates; and
  • utility hole covers.
Ideal ice cleats for blind people
  • can be safely worn on most interior floors to eliminate the hassle of taking them off and putting them back on every time you go in and out of doors; and
  • not cause serious injuries to guide dogs if you step on their paws.
Spikeless Ice cleats with wound steel coils are
  • effective on ice and packed snow only;
  • not helpful in loose snow;
  • become less effective on ice as temperatures drop;
  • not reliable on steep hills; and
  • lastly, extremely slippery on smooth interior floors and on sewer grates and utility hole covers.
Traditional Spiked Ice Cleats
  • may or may not provide traction in loose snow depending upon whether they have aggressive treads;
  • must be removed before going indoors; and
  • can seriously injure your guide dog.

Recommended Ice Cleats Common Features Important to the Blind

All recommended ice cleats

  • Aggressive, well-positioned Tungsten Carbide Studs provide excellent traction on ice including black ice and remain effective in frigid temperatures. Well-distributed spikes assure that at least one stud contacts the ice on uneven surfaces.
  • Patented Heel Spikes and spikes positioned close to the front of the ice cleat allow you to walk naturally. That's because your heel is the first thing to strike the ground when you take a natural step and the front of your footwear is the last as you push off.
  • Dual Pull Tabs - You can use two hands to stretch the ice cleat over your boots and shoes. Dual Pull Tabs are especially useful for people with weakness in their hands or who have arthritis.
  • Dual Density Construction - The straps are thinner in non-wear areas so they're easier to stretch over shoes and boots.
  • Aggressive Self-Cleaning Treads - provide traction in loose snow. The Self-Cleaning feature prevents snow and debris from building up on the bottom of your shoe and boot that would prevent the studs from contacting the ice.
  • Dual Material Design - The treads are molded using a harder material for greater wear and stud retention. (Does not include ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE.)
  • Industry Leading Strap Design - Keeps your ice cleats securely on you footwear.

Things Blind People Must Consider Regarding Ice Cleats

The goal for everyone, blind or not, is fall prevention. But choosing the best Ice Cleats can't be generalized because the best choice depends on

  • how much risk of falling you're willing to assume for the sake of convenience and protecting your guide dog;
  • your physical capabilities and limitations including
    • your ability to bend over to put on and take off your ice cleats;
    • weakness in your hands that make it difficult to put ice cleats on your shoes and boots;
    • extenuating circumstances including
      • icy stairs, or
      • you live on a steep hill;
  • where you live (urban, suburban, or rural);
  • physical limitations like
    • arthritis;
    • recovery from surgeries or broken bones; and
  • the activities they plan to do while wearing ice cleats.

We'll take all the above into consideration in recommending the best ice cleats for your unique situation.

First, I can't give you a 100% guarantee any ice cleats will stop anybody slipping on the ice. I can only reduce your risk of falling.

HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats are the best, professional quality, stretch-over ice cleats on the market. No other ice Cceats in its class do more to reduce our risk of falling on ice. However, HIGH-PROs have aggressive 2mm spikes and aggressive self-cleaning treads that provide traction and confidence on ice, packed snow, loose snow, slush and black ice. However

  • you would have to take them off before going indoors or mass transit because they would damage most floors, and be slippery on hard, smooth surfaces;
  • be slippery of the sewer grate and utility hole covers in urban environments; and
  • would cause a more severe wound if you step on you guide dog's paws.
Nevertheless, if your daily routine requires negotiating steep icy sidewalks or treacherous ice-covered steps, you need Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats to keep you safer.

Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats better serve the needs of most blind people. That's because LOW-PRO Ice Cleats have all the patented, revolutionary features of the HIGH-PRO but with

  • 1mm studs that minimally protrude beyond the tread. You can wear them on most indoor floors because of both the studs and the treads make contact with the ground;
  • they provide better traction on sewer grates, utility hole covers, smooth stone or brick walking surfaces found in cities, and when entering and exiting mass transit; and
  • won't inflict severe wounds on your dog's paws if you step on them.
However, there's a compromise because the shorter 1mm spikes to not ensure traction with ice as well as 2mm spikes. And that becomes more of a problem on inclines and icy steps.
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range
in Inches*
Size
15+ --- 14½" - 15½" XXL
13 - 14½ --- 14" ‹ 14½" XL
10 - 12½ 12+ 13¼" ‹ 14" L
8 - 9½ 10 - 11½ 12½" ‹ 13¼" M
5 - 7½ 7 - 9½ 10¾" ‹ 12½" S
--- 4½ - 6½ 10" ‹ 10¾" XS
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.
LOW-PRO Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range in Inches* Size
13½ + --- 14" - 14¾" XXL
11½ - 13 --- 13¼" ‹ 14" XL
9½ - 11 11.5+ 12¾" ‹ 13¼" L
7 - 9 9 - 11 11¾" ‹ 12¾" M
5 - 6½ 7 - 8½ 10¾" ‹ 11¾" S
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.
 

Crucial Ice Cleats Sizing Tips

  1. You can go by the shoe sizes. However, the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary significantly for the same foot size. So option two below is a better way to select the correct size.
    (OR)
  2. Measure the length of your shoe or boot. Measure the bottom from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel. Measure on "the flat", don't wrap around. We want the length. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that spans the length of your footwear. Measure carefully. Measure twice. Our goal is to get you the right size on the first try to make you as safe as possible as soon as possible.
Ice cleats sizes are unisex and fit men's and women's shoes and boots according to the sizing charts.
Always try your ice cleats on as soon as you receive them for two reasons.
  1. You want to be ready for the bad weather. Don't wait until the ice is on the ground to find out you need a size exchange.
  2. I can't do free size exchanges for ice cleats that have been used because I can't resell them.
FAQs

What should I do if the length of my shoe or boot is extremely close to the breakpoint of a size range? Should I choose the next larger size? For example, assume the length of your boot or shoe is just under 12½". You look at the specific size chart for ice cleats you're buying. Assume for this example the Medium has size range of 11½" to < 12½" and a Large is 12½" to < 13". For regular shoes and work shoes, stick with the smaller of the two sizes your considering. If you're planning to use your ice cleats on heavier winter boots, choose the bigger size.

I'm planning to use the ice cleats on both my shoes and boots. But they're different lengths. What should I do?

If the difference in length is small, order the size for the larger boots. Purchase the optional Ankle Strap to use when you use the ice cleats on your shoes. The ankle strap will make sure they stay on. If the difference in length is significant, you may need two sizes of ice cleats. That's because you want the ice cleats to be snug, so they not only stay on your footwear but also stay aligned.

I have a large company. There's no way I can measure everyone's footwear.

I understand. Go by shoe sizes. I'll be happy to exchange sizes later on. However, please make sure you haven't used the ice cleats outdoors.

Is the measuring technique 100% accurate?

Nope. It's accurate most of the time. Measuring is far superior to go by shoe size. 
Ice Cleat Ankle Straps
Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots. Most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. However, Ankle Straps add an additional level of comfort, knowing your ice cleats will stay on your footwear. It's more critical to consider Ankle Straps if you

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What Free Ice Cleats Size Exchanges Means

No store works harder than we do to get ice cleats sizing right on the first try. If you measure your footwear as I advise you to do in my Sizing Tips, Size Exchanges are rare. However, when Size Exchanges are necessary

This policy is consistent with and exceeds competing stores Free Exchanges policies. If you have questions, please call me at 610-670-2549.

The last thing I want is for you to be disappointed in your purchase or feel that I mislead you or treated you unfairly. So, in the unlikely event you're not totally satisfied with your ice cleats or shoe traction devices purchased from me, I'll refund your money and pay for the return freight. Call me at 610-670-2549.

My satisfaction guarantee is unconditional. However, I'll ask you why you're not satisfied because I want to know if

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