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Overview of Ice Cleats and Home Healthcare Workers

Visiting Nurse
For most Home Healthcare and Patient Transport Workers, going outside in slippery winter conditions isn't an option. Everyone recognizes that
  • the main cause of winter lost time accidents is falling on ice and snow; and
  • wearing ice cleats is the best way to reduce ice related injuries.
However, ice cleats are extremely inconvenient and create problems for Home Healthcare and Patient Transport workers. Because ice cleats are so much trouble, many Visiting Nurses, Hospice Workers, and other in home healthcare workers won't wear them.

Read this entire page to discover

  • why traditional ice cleats are inconvenient and impractical Home Healthcare and Patient Transport;
  • the best solution for the problem; and
  • lastly, a compromise, less expensive solution.

Why Are Traditional Ice Cleats Impractical for Home Healthcare and Patient Transport?

Visiting Nurses, Home Hospice, and other Home Healthcare Workers are constantly going in and out of doors and vehicles.

Traditional ice cleats must be removed when making these transitions because ice cleats

  • damage most interior floors;
  • have sharp spikes can be slippery on hard, smooth, non-snow and ice-covered surfaces; and
  • are unsafe to wear while driving.
Ordinary ice cleats also present additional problems when working in the city because they're slippery when stepping on sewer grates, utility hole covers, escalators, and the steps and floors on mass transit.
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The Best Ice Cleats for Home Healthcare and Patient Transport


Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats

Winter Walking LOW-PRO is my top recommendation for people with regular shoes and boots constantly going in and out of doors, vehicles, or have difficulty putting ice cleats on and taking them off. LOW-PRO is safe to wear while driving and on most indoor floors without damaging them. So you can often leave LOW-PRO Ice Cleats on your shoes and boots all day.

$41.95 /pr.
Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats JD6610
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats on winter boots
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Dual Material Construction
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Transitional Traction
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Front Straps
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Heel Straps showing patented Dual Pull Tabs.
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats side view on winter boots and dress shoes.
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats showing a dogtooth surface that helps to prevent them from slipping out of place.
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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.
If you have bulky or oversized boots, consider
Winter Walking
ICE BEAST LOW-PRO
Ice Cleats
.
Buy Winter Walking LOW-PRO
Ice Cleats JD6610
$41.95 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount

LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Features

LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Demo Video
  • You can safely wear LOW-PRO Ice Cleats indoors because Transitional Traction Technology allows both the tread and studs to make contact providing traction on smooth surfaces without damaging most floors.
  • LOW-PRO's 26 1mm Tungsten Carbide Studs 
    • provide excellent traction on ice and black ice;
    • are more studs than on any other stretch traction device; and
    • are molded in for greater retention, durability and comfort.
  • 1-piece molded proprietary synthetic compound straps 
    • are extremely durable;
    • resistant to chemicals and other contaminants;
    • have no memory and never stretch out of shape;
    • stay flexible at low temperatures; and
    • have a beneficial characteristic that grips the surface of your footwear to prevent it from slipping out of alignment.
  • Sole/Heel (colored) material is harder material than upper stretch portion so sole/heel have greater abrasion resistance and durability while upper has greater stretch.
  • Dimpled foot bed grabs the bottom of your shoe or boot to prevent the device from sliding out of place.
  • Aggressive tread pattern is self-cleaning and provides traction in deep snow, slush and mud.
  • Multiple ridges on the inside of the heel strap help to prevent ice cleats from slipping off the heel.
  • Easy On / Easy Off because... 
    • patented Dual Pull Tabs make it easier to grab hold of the ice cleats while stretching them over your shoes and boots;
    • patented Dual Density Construction makes it easier to stretch; and
    • Uni-Foot Design (No Left... No Right) eliminates the hassle of having to locate the left or right cleat.
  • Versatile and Ultra Convenient because LOW-PRO 
    • fits over all types of shoes and boots;
    • provides traction on all slippery winter surfaces including ice, packed snow, deep snow, slush and black ice; and
    • is safe to wear while driving.
  • Patented Open Design 
    • stays securely on footwear; and
    • is lightweight & compact.

Winter Walking ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats

Winter Walking ICE BEAST Ice Cleats are ideal for people who:
  • have
    • large bulky boots;
    • unusual shaped footwear; and
    • balance issues; and
  • climb ladders or use tools like a shovel; and
  • frequently go in and out of doors. (If you do not frequently transition between indoors and outdoors, see Winter Walking Ice Beast HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats.)
$56.97 /pr.
Winter Walking ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats JD7710
ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats
ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Closeup Showing 1mm Spikes
ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Side
ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Exposed Heel
ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Wing-Tiped Connection Tabs
ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Top View
Winter Walking ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Size Chart
Men's Women's Size
14+ --- XXL
12 - 13½ --- XL
10 - 11½ 12+ L
7½ - 9½ 9½ - 11½ M
5 - 7 7 - 9 S
Buy ICE BEAST LOW-PRO
Ice Cleats JD7710
$56.97 /pr.

Winter Walking ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Features

ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Closeup
  • Twenty Eight well distributed tungsten carbide studs.
  • TRANSITIONAL TRACTION - ICE BEAST LOW-PRO are safe to wear on most indoor floors because the 1mm studs minimally protrude beyond the tread. Therefore, both the studs and the tread make contact with the surface.
  • ICE BEAST LOW-PRO are safe to wear while you're driving.
  • Aggressive studs quickly penetrate the coldest, densest ice where less aggressive studs and spikeless ice cleats with wound steel coils fail.
  • Tungsten carbide studs are far more durable than the carbon steel studs found on most competing products.
  • The stud distribution guarantees that at least one aggressive stud will likely be in contact with the ground no matter how uneven the surface.
  • The patented heel spikes are crucial because your heel is the first thing to strike the ground when you take a normal step. Heel spikes allow you to walk naturally. Many ice and snow traction devices force you to walk more flat-footed. Because walking flat-footed is not normal, you tend to forget. And one misplaced step can cause you to slip and fall.
  • Spikes are not replaceable. But the mounting mechanism required with replaceable spikes makes them thicker and can cause discomfort for some people... like standing on marbles... especially over long periods of time. Permanently molded-in spikes are more secure therefor eliminating one more potential point of failure.
  • Spikes at Front and Heel Spikes allow you to walk naturally. There are no special skills to learn.
  • Aggressive, Self-Cleaning Treads provide traction in deep snow and slush while assuring studs stay in contact with icy surfaces.
  • Versatile because Winter Walking ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats
    • fit over all types of shoes and boots;
    • provide traction in all slippery winter conditions; and
    • are safe to wear while driving.
  • Patented Open Design 
    • stays securely on footwear, and
    • is lightweight & compact.
  • Strong Straps and several exclusive patented features keep ICE BEAST securely on footwear and properly aligned.
  • Patented Dual Pull Tabs and a Proprietary Strap Material make ICE BEAST Ice Cleats easy to put on and take off even at extremely low temperatures.
  • Bright Orange Color facilitates compliance monitoring.
  • Sizes: JD7710-S Small, JD7710-M Medium, JD7710-L Large, JD-7710-XL Extra Large, JD7710-XXL Extra Extra Large
  • Model: JD7710
  • Made in the Taiwan

Yaktrax are a Popular Choice for Home Healthcare Workers

Yaktrax, and Yaktrax Walk in particular, are extremely popular with visiting nurse, hospice, and other home healthcare workers. However, they're not my first choice. Here's why.
Yes, they're safe to wear on most indoor floors. But Yaktrax are extremely slippery on smooth, non ice and snow-covered surfaces. Furthermore, I do not recommend that you wear Yaktrax while you're driving because there are too many things to get snagged on the foot pedals.

Yaktrax Walk

MSRP  $20.00
$18.00 /pr.
Yaktrax Walk
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$18.00 /pr.
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Yaktrax:

  • Eliminate some of the hassles because they will not damage most interior floors. However, you still have to remove them before going indoors if there is a smooth, hard floor because the steel coils are very slippery on those surfaces.
  • Can be slippery on the transport van's steps and wheel chair lift and when stepping on sewer grates, utility hole covers, and on mass transit steps.
  • Must be removed before you drive because the straps can impede movement between the control pedals.
  • Have hundreds of biting edges that grip ice. However, the edges are non-aggressive and become less effective in frigid temperatures when ice is denser.
  • Improve traction on ice and packed snow but do not work well on black ice and are no help in deeper snow.
  • Are less expensive than LOW-PRO Ice Cleats. However, are less durable than LOW-PRO Ice Cleats. The LOW-PRO usually last several time longer.

The most crucial things to remember if you go with Yaktrax is to

  • realize and understand their limitations; and
  • educate users so they understand the importance of using them properly.
Yaktrax Walk sizes run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range shown below, you may be better off getting the next larger size, especially if you plan to wear them over heavy boots or shoes. If you can't decide, choose the bigger size.
Yaktrax Walk Size Chart
Yaktrax Walk are Unisex and fit the following men's and women's shoe sizes.
Size Men's Women's Grade School Kid's
XL* n/a n/a n/a
*XL is not available in the Yaktrax Walk. Click here to find the Yaktrax Pro.
L 11.5 - 13.5 13 - 15 n/a
 
M 9 - 11 10.5 - 12.5 n/a
 
S 5 - 8.5 6.5 - 10 5 - 8.5
 
XS 1 - 4.5 2.5 - 6 1 - 4.5

Yaktrax Walk Colors

Get different colors so you can easily tell them apart when there's more than one Yaktrax user in your home.

Consider Glow Green if you'll be using Yaktrax at night. You'll be safer because they glow in the dark for improved visibility. The Glow will also help you find them if you drop one.

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Crucial Ice Cleats Sizing Advice

  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 you're 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 BEAST Ice Cleats Sizing Tips

ICE BEAST Ice Cleats run large. Therefore, if you have a normal winter boot and your shoe size is close to the minimum of a size range, choose the next smaller size. If you have a large, bulky boot, stick with the size chart.
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


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.

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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.

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