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  • What Ice Cleats Can and Cannot Do
  • Recommended Ice Cleats for Walking
  • Factors to Consider
  • Shopping Considerations
Winter Walking Ice Cleats
  • Walking on ice is hazardous and should never be taken for granted with or without ice cleats.
  • No ice cleat can guarantee you won't slip and fall on ice. The goal is to minimize the risk of slipping and injuring yourself on ice.
  • The challenge is to find the ice cleats with the right combination of features and benefits, durability and cost that fit your particular situation.
  • Professional quality ice cleats protect you better than recreational ice cleats found in retail and most online stores.
  • Choosing the right ice cleats... and the right size of ice cleats... can be confusing. The information on this website should get you there. But call me at 888-205-4477 to get advice. Take advantage of my over 10 years of experience in preventing slips and falls on ice and the advice is free.
  • Choosing the wrong ice cleats can actually increase your chances of injury.
  • For All Non-Off Road and Non-City Use and Physically Able to Put Them On and Off.
  • For Use in Cities or For People Who Can't Easily Put Them On and Off
  • Common Features and Benefits
  • Ice Cleats Feature Comparison
Winter Walking High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625 on Boots
Winter Walking High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625 Dual Material
Winter Walking High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625 Front
Winter Walking High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625 Back
Winter Walking High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625 Side
Winter Walking High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625 Inside View

Buy High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625

High-Pro Ice Cleats JD6625
$ 35.47 /pr.

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.
Size: (Based Upon Steel Toe Work Shoes)
Quantity:

Buy Ankle Straps JD3800

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.

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 deliver unparalleled grip on ice and black ice.
  • Spikes at front of footwear 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.
  • Wide straps and several exclusive patented features keep High-Pros securely on footwear and properly aligned.
  • 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.
Consider Grip-X Replaceable Spike Ice Cleats if you walk on a lot of non-ice or snow covered surfaces that wear down studs more quickly...
Winter Walking Grip-X Ice Cleats D3500
Winter Walking Grip-X Ice Cleats D3500 Side
Winter Walking Grip-X Ice Cleats D3500 Front
Winter Walking Grip-X Ice Cleats D3500 Dual Pull Tabs
Winter Walking Grip-X Ice Cleats D3500 Flat Replaceable Spikes
Winter Walking Grip-X Ice Cleats D3500 Dual Density Construction

Buy Grip-X Ice Cleats JD6610

Grip-X Ice Cleats JD6610
$42.97 /pr.

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.
Size:


Quantity:

Buy Ankle Straps JD3800

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.

Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
Quantity
*Not included in Volume Discount
  • Grip-X are professional quality, heavy duty, lightweight, and foldable stretch-over ice cleats for boots and shoes.
  • Grip-X provide excellent traction on ice, packed snow, deep snow, slush and black ice because they have...
    • 16 well-positioned, aggressive, durable and replaceable 2mm tungsten carbide studs; and
    • an aggressive self-cleaning tread.
  • 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.
Winter Walking Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610 on Boots
Winter Walking Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610 Dual Material Construction
Winter Walking Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610 Transitional Traction
Winter Walking Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610 Front
Winter Walking Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610 Back
Winter Walking Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610 Side
Man Wearing Low-Pro Ice Cleats

Buy Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610

Low-Pro Ice Cleats JD6610
$ 35.47 /pr.

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
JD6610-XXL
13½+---13¾" - 14¼"XXL
JD6610-XL
11½ - 13---13" < 13¾"XL
JD6610-L
9½ - 1112+12½" < 13"L
JD6610-M
7 - 99 - 1111½" < 12½"M
JD6610-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.
Size: (Based Upon Steel Toe Work Shoes)
Quantity:

Buy Ankle Straps JD3800

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.

Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
Quantity
*Not included in Volume Discount
  • Low-Pro heavy duty, industrial grade ice cleats for boots and shoes provide excellent traction in all wintry conditions including ice, packed snow, deep snow, slush and black ice.
  • They're safe to wear on most commercial indoor surfaces and while driving.
  • Patented heel spike keeps you safer and allows you to walk naturally.
  • Easily stretch over most footwear and are easy to put on and remove.
  • Ideal for delivery drivers, use in cities, elderly, the blind and people with disabilities.
All recommended ice cleats...
  • Keep you safer no matter what the wintry mix or how cold the ice. This is even more important because it seems like extremes in weather are becoming the rule rather than the exception.
  • Stay securely on your shoes and boots because they have advanced, patented features that keep them in place but are still easy to put on and take off.
  • They're all durable because they have heavy-duty, tough, chemical resistant straps and tungsten carbide studs... the hardest and most durable studs available.
  • The stud design maintains its sharpness and effectiveness throughout the life of the stud unlike stud designs that literally become less effective with each use.
  • They're affordable because although they may initially cost twice as much as the cheaper brands 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'll ever make.
  • What kind of walking? Are you...
  • Where are you walking? Are you...
  • How far do you walk?
  • How often do you use them?
  • What's the weather like in you part of the country?
  • Physical Limitations
  • Simply walking to the mailbox or from your car to the grocery store?
  • Walking to stay fit?
  • Walking on sidewalks?
  • Non-paved walking trails?
  • Off-road?
  • In the city?
  • Walking on steep hills?
The further you walk the more durability becomes a factor.
  • Do you use them just occasionally?
  • Do you use them every day?
  • Do you get a lot of snow and ice?
  • Is it regular snow or wet snow?
  • Does it "hang around" or quickly melt.
  • How cold does it get? This is important because very cold ice is much denser and spikeless ice traction devices with steel coils and gritted ice cleats become less or totally ineffective.
Almost all ice cleats need to be removed before going indoors. That's because they will either damage floors or, in the case of spikeless ice cleats, they are extremely slippery on smooth dry floors. If you are unable to do this you need to consider ice cleats with Transitional Traction which include Low-Pro or AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile ice cleats.
  • More Studs are Better
  • Look for a Heel Spike
  • 2mm Spikes Tungsten Carbide Spikes
  • Aggressive, Self-Cleaning Treads
  • Stay Firmly on Your Boots and Don't Slide Out of Position
  • DO NOT BASE YOUR DECISION ON PRICE ALONE
  • Beware of Customer Reviews
  • When is the Best Time to Buy?
  • Deciding not to buy ice cleats because you don't often get ice and snow...
Generally more studs on the ice cleats the better especially when they're intelligently placed over the entire bottom of the ice cleat. That's because you obviously have a better chance of the studs coming in contact with the ice especially when the ice is uneven. Once you lose traction it's tough to get it back.

It is possible to have too many studs. When this occurs you get the "bed of nails effect" whereby your weight is distributed over so many points of contact that the studs don't penetrate the ice. This is particularly true on very cold ice that is far more dense.
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're likely to have 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 can forget to do it especially if you have to move in a hurry. You'll only find heel spike(s) on Winter Walking ice cleats.
The longer the stud the better up to a maximum of 2mm for ice cleats designed for walking. Once they get longer than 2mm the studs themselves become a tripping hazard. The longer spike 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.

The exception is when people are unable, or it's impractical, to remove ice cleats before going indoors. Then 1mm studs on the Low-Pro and AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats are the best compromise.
Your ice cleats should have an aggressive tread that's good for traction on deeper snow and. 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.
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 slip out of position so the spikes remain in place.
Basing your choice of ice cleats on price alone automatically qualifies you for a Darwin Award. If you don't know what that is you might want to look it up. The difference between the ice cleat that provides the best possible protection from a fall and a total piece of junk is less than $20 and most often less than $10. We're talking about reducing the risk of a life-altering injury... a broken hip, arm or leg, concussion, fractured skull or even death. We're trying to prevent an injury that can prevent you from working and taking care of yourself and your family. This is no time to be shopping in the bargain basement.
  • Most customer reviews regarding ice cleats are written by people who in no way considered the questions I posed in the section above. And it's not the customer's fault because the people who sold them the ice cleats often don't have a clue or make no attempt to tell them about them.
  • The perceived performance of ice cleats is relative. Many positive reviews for mediocre and sometimes even terrible ice cleats result from the customer's first experience with first ice cleats. That's because almost any ice cleat... no matter how terrible... is still a lot better than the traction provided by any rubber or leather soled shoe or boot alone.
  • Some of the worst reviews result from purchasing ice cleats for purposes for which they were not designed. For example, taking light duty ice cleats on a mountain trail and then complaining how they broke in 15 minutes.
The best time to buy ice cleats is when there's no... and no chance of... ice or snow on the ground. The absolute worst time to buy ice cleats is when there is ice and snow on the ground because you'll settle for just about anything you can get on your feet to stop you from slipping and getting injured.

You risk life and limb and head out to the sporting goods or hardware store... if you can even get there... to purchase anything they might happen to have. Often they're sold out.

It's just common sense. You don't buy house insurance when your house is already on fire... it's too late. It's the same thing buying ice cleats except the risk is greater because it's to your personal well-being whereby the house is simply property.
You only have to slip and fall one time to suffer a life-altering injury or even death. And you can't always simply make the decision not to go out because you may already be out when you're surprised by slippery conditions. It's a fantastic, smart investment in something you hope you never have to use... like health insurance.
  • Common Features and Benefits
  • For All Non-Off Road and Non-City Use and Physically Able to Put Them On and Off.
  • For Use in Cities or For People Who Can't Easily Put Them On and Off
  • Ice Cleats Feature Comparison
All recommended ice cleats...
  • Keep you safer no matter what the wintry mix or how cold the ice. This is even more important because it seems like extremes in weather are becoming the rule rather than the exception.
  • Stay securely on your shoes and boots because they have advanced, patented features that keep them in place but are still easy to put on and take off.
  • They're all durable because they have heavy-duty, tough, chemical resistant straps and tungsten carbide studs... the hardest and most durable studs available.
  • The stud design maintains its sharpness and effectiveness throughout the life of the stud unlike stud designs that literally become less effective with each use.
  • They're affordable because although they may initially cost twice as much as the cheaper brands 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'll ever make.