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High-Pro Ice Cleats

Buy High-Pro Ice Cleats
JD6625
35.47 /pr.
Size:
Quantity:

Sizing Help

  1. Obviously you can go by the shoe sizes. But the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary greatly for the same foot size. So option 2 below is a better way to select the correct size.
    (OR)
  2. Measure the length of the shoe or boot you want to put the ice cleat on. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that includes the length of your footwear.

Sizing Chart

Fits Shoe Sizes
(Based on Work Shoes)
Men'sWomen'sFootwear
Length Range
in Inches*
Size
JD6625-XXL
13½+---13¾" - 14¼"XXL
JD6625-XL
11½ - 13---13" < 13¾"XL
JD6625-L
9½ - 1112+12½" < 13"L
JD6625-M
7 - 99 - 1111½" < 12½"M
JD6625-S
5 - 6½7 - 8½10¾" < 11½"S
* Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the toe to the base of the heel.

Do I Need Ankle Straps?

Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots and most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. But if you walk through deep snow (especially wet snow) or mud you should consider the Ankle Strap.
The Ankle Strap also reduces the risk that you would somehow otherwise lose one. Winter Walking Ice Cleats are very comfortable. You may not notice if one is missing until you've traveled some distance or worse yet slip and fall.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit
JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
Quantity
*Not included in Volume Discount
  • 26 aggressive, well-distributed, durable 2mm tungsten carbide studs give your unparalleled grip on:
    • ice; and
    • black ice.
  • Aggressive, self-cleaning treads provide traction in:
    • deep snow;
    • slush; and
    • help ensure studs stay in contact with icy surfaces.
  • Spikes at front of footwear and Heel Spikes allow you to walk naturally... there are no special skills to learn.
  • Wide straps and several exclusive patented features keep High-Pros securely on your footwear and properly aligned.
  • Fit most of your shoes and boots;
  • Patented Dual Pull Tabs and Dual Density Construction and proprietary strap material make them easy to put on and take off even at extremely low temperatures.
  • Exclusive patented dual material construction provides unmatched durability and reliability.
Buy Grip-X Ice Cleats
JD3500
42.97 /pr.
Size:


Quantity:

Sizing Help

  1. Obviously you can go by the shoe sizes. But the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary greatly for the same foot size. So option 2 below is a better way to select the correct size.
    (OR)
  2. Measure the length of the shoe or boot you want to put the ice cleat on. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that includes the length of your footwear.

Sizing Chart

Fits Shoe Sizes
(Based on Work Shoes)
Men'sWomen'sFootwear
Length Range
in Inches*
Size
JD3500-XXL
15+---14½" - 15½"XXL
JD3500-XL
13 - 14½---14" < 14½"XL
JD3500-L
10 - 12½12+13¼" < 14"L
JD3500-M
8 - 9½10 - 11½12½" < 13¼"M
JD3500-S
5 - 7½7 -9½10¾" < 12½"S
JD3500-XS
---4½ -6½10" < 10¾"XS
* Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the toe to the base of the heel.

Do I Need Ankle Straps?

Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots and most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. But if you walk through deep snow (especially wet snow) or mud you should consider the Ankle Strap.
The Ankle Strap also reduces the risk that you would somehow otherwise lose one. Winter Walking Ice Cleats are very comfortable. You may not notice if one is missing until you've traveled some distance or worse yet slip and fall.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit
JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
Quantity
8 Spikes
$ 7.97
Quantity:
*Not included in Volume Discount
  • Grip-X are professional quality, heavy duty, lightweight, and foldable stretch-over ice cleats for boots and shoes.
  • 16 well-positioned, aggressive, durable and replaceable 2mm tungsten carbide studs.
  • Aggressive self-cleaning treads.
  • Give you excellent traction on:
    • ice;
    • packed snow;
    • deep snow;
    • slush; and
    • black ice.
  • Spikes at front of footwear and Heel Spikes allow you to walk naturally... there are no special skills to learn.
  • A patented flat snap ring mounting system keeps spikes securely in place without creating uncomfortable bumps.
  • Durable rubber compound straps keep Grip-X secure and aligned your footwear.
  • Dual Pull Tabs and Dual Density Design for easy on/easy off.
  • Defining the Unique Problems for EMTs
  • Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Ice Cleats
  • Features Common to All My Recommended Ice Cleats
  • EMTs must respond to emergencies in the worst winter slippery condition including ice, packed snow, deep snow, slush and black ice.
  • Slips and falls not only endanger the EMT but the person to whom they're responding as well.
  • While EMTs are constantly going in and out of doors and I have ice cleats that you can wear indoors, I'll focus on providing the best possible traction outdoors because...
    • The pushing and lifting involved.
    • Having to negotiate icy or snow covered steps often while pushing and lifting.
    • You need the maximum ability to move quickly to avoid dangerous situations that arise while responding to emergency situations.
    • Most EMTs are physically capable of quickly taking off and putting on ice cleats.

The goal is therefore to find ice cleats that...

  • Provide the best possible traction in any combination of wintry conditions that allow you to move quickly and safely.
  • Stay in place on footwear while pushing and lifting.
  • Are easy to quickly put on and take off.
  • Can be worn while driving.

More Studs are Better

Generally speaking, the more studs on the ice cleats the better especially when they're intelligently placed over the entire bottom of the ice cleat. Many ice cleats concentrate the studs in a particular area or just around the periphery. This reduces the chance of the studs coming in contact with the ice especially when the ice is "bumpy" and uneven. Once you lose traction it's tough for the remaining studs to catch hold and get it back. The distribution of studs is especially important for EMTs when negotiating narrow steps when you want as many studs contacting the ice as possible.

The Type of Stud is Very Important

Aggressive tungsten-carbide studs are best. Here's why...

Aggressiveness Matters

Obviously the less the surface area of the actual stud against the ice the better it will be able to penetrate the ice. That's a long-winded way of saying sharper is better. This is especially important in very cold temperatures when ice becomes far more dense and on black ice. The effectiveness of spikeless and gritted ice cleats is greatly reduced or totally eliminated on extremely cold, dense ice. EMTs need every stud to be as effective as possible when negotiating narrow steps where fewer studs contact the ice.

Tungsten carbide spikes are consistently at their sharpest throughout the life of the spike.

The sharpness and effectiveness of many case hardened or carbon steel spike designs become less effective as they wear down.

Tungsten carbide is far more durable than case hardened or carbon steel spikes.

The durability of the spikes is especially important because of the number of hours mail carriers actually use them.

Look for a Heel Spike

High Pro Ice Cleats Heel SpikeThe ice cleats I recommend have a patented heel spike. Think about how you naturally take a step and what hits the ground first. It's your heel, right? Well if there's no spike there at the base of your heel you risk having your leg slide right out in front and from under you and you'll go down. Ice cleats without heel spikes force you to walk more flat-footed. That's not natural... so you have to think about doing it. So you can forget to do it especially if you have to move unexpectedly or in a hurry. Furthermore, if there's one spike on the ice cleat you want to be an aggressive, sharp tungsten carbide spike it's the heel spike. Because there's no other spike to grab hold of the ice if your foot slides forward.

2mm Spikes Tungsten Carbide Spikes

Generally speaking, the longer the stud the better up to a maximum of 2mm for ice cleats designed for walking. Once the get longer than that they themselves become a tripping hazard. The longer spike together with an aggressive self-cleaning tread design is especially important when there's a thin layer of snow on top of the ice that could prevent the stud from making contact with the ice.

Aggressive, Self-Cleaning Treads

Your ice cleats should have an aggressive tread that's good for traction on deeper snow and ice. The tread should be designed to help expel snow and slush that can come between the bottom of your boot and the ice to help those studs to maintain contact with the ice. This is a major problem with spikeless ice cleats with coils which tend to "cake up" in deeper snow.

Stay Firmly on Your Boots and Don't Slide Out of Position

You want them to stay on your boots so you don't walk out of your ice cleats in deeper snow. And you want them to not slide out of position on your footwear so the spikes remain in place. This is very important for EMTs because of the pushing and pulling required.

Safe to Wear While Driving

Make sure the ice cleats you choose don't have straps or other design that could interfere with the safe operation of a vehicle.

They're on ice, deep and packed snow, slush and black ice.

You'll be safer no matter what the wintry mix or how cold the ice. They all have long-lasting tungsten carbide studs, the all-important heel spike, and an aggressive, self-cleaning tread.

They Stay Securely on Your Shoes and Boots

They have advanced, patented features that keep them in place but still easy to put on and take off.

They're All Durable

All recommended ice cleats are heavy-duty with tough, chemical resistant straps and tungsten carbide studs.

They're All Safe to Wear While Driving

You won't have take off and put on ice cleats every time you get in and out of the truck.

They're Affordable

That's because they may initially cost twice as much as the cheaper brands but they keep you several times safer and last several times longer. Continuing thinking about the financial cost, have you actually visited and emergency room lately? It's not like the old days when you showed your insurance card and that was it. The deductibles and copays are out of sight. But more importantly, this not something you want to skimp on. Falling on the ice is very serious business. Many of my customers look for ice cleats after the serious, life-changing injuries have occurred. They'll be the first to tell you that paying a little more for ice cleats that have the best chance of preventing injuries from falling on the ice is the best investment you ever made.