Built tough and extremely durable, Extreme Ice Cleats perform in the most brutal winter conditions.
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I used these on a frozen lake and medial moraine and then the glacier. I had the best traction of anyone making a pilgramage to the ice caves. Certainly not 12 pt. crampons but enough to keep me sure footed. Also have worn these climbing icy mountain trails.
I hike the East Coast Trails in Newfoundland. The trails can get very icy due to moisture and temperatures ... literally solid ice several inches thick. These really do the job.
The Extreme Ice Cleats fit "easily" over my winter hiking boots. The nylon strap and clip configuration cinches up very tight and stays that way which is great. I walk for several kilometres/miles along the ocean and do not have to think about my feet. I "just" walk with no worries no matter how bad it is.
Because of the second sole design ice and snow does not build up therefore there is no clogging of the carbide spikes.
The second sole design also acts somewhat like a snow shoe. If you are walking on a couple inches of show with a thick icy crust your foot will likely break though but in a fashion that is not as direct or draining as if wearing just boots. Your foot will sink more slowly and not as deep.
I really like the Extreme Ice Cleats for hiking. Doubt you would want to run with them but for wearing heavier boots in bad conditions these are great.
I wear size 10 North Face boots and my cleats are a little long but I find this good. When I cinch them tight the toe of the cleat bend up a little. This actually aids in walking as it helps my toe from digging in.
I am glad I bought these cleats. They work very well and are a quality product.