8 Ways to Prevent Slipping on Ice

Even though spring is nearly here, you must always brace yourself for one last brush with wintry weather.

How can you be fully prepared to face an icy trail? Adding a little traction to boots can make all the difference and decrease the likelihood of broken bones and twisted ankles.

In slippery conditions, friction is paramount to keeping hikers safe and secure. By keeping this in mind, there are number of devices that easily snap onto hiking boots. Whether walking, working, hiking or running, those who wear no-slip grips will easily traverse the iciest landscapes. To avoid that slippery slope that might be just ahead, peep these eight different kinds of contraptions that will make ice walking a breeze.

1. Hot Headz No-Slip Ice Cleats $12.99

2. Due North Get-A-Grip Ultra Everyday Ice Cleats $10.99

3. ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction System $39.95
4. DryGuy Monster Grips $19.99

5. STABILicers Anti-Skid Soles $52.00

6. GripOns Snow & Ice Traction $12.95

7. SnoShuz Shoe Chains $14.95

8. YakTrax Pro $30.00

Watch this short clip to see Hiking Boots Blog’s Jeanette K. test out the YakTrax Pro at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011.

Have you tested out any of these shoe grips? If so, let us know which one worked best for you!
(Image via backpackinglight.com)

6 Comments on “8 Ways to Prevent Slipping on Ice

  1. I can’t believe you didn’t review the Kahtoola MICROspikes!!!

    They are easily the best use for winter hiking (since this is Hikingboots.com blog) and walking that I have tried, and I have tried tooooo many of these systems. They are about the same price as the stabilicers yet they are the most secure for hiking and walking in the snow and ice. I was a little apprehensive about dropping $50 on them, but for non-technical “mountaineering” (aka hiking) they are lighter, more flexible, wayyyy more comfortable, cheaper and take up less room than crampons. I recommend them for anyone that will hike in the winter, runs in the snow (they work great on trial running shoes) or wants a no-fail traction system.

  2. Im just got the ICE trekkers diamond grip tracking system,they have a very stable attachment, with less traction than microspikes.On very hard clean ice I was slipping a bit when the angles were greater than 20º, but the slide was predictable and I could get a perfect grip by doing a bit of a toe kick to set the chains. There was no pack-up on ice and cold snow. Traction on deeper snow and slush was good.

  3. Best way not to slip on ice…don’t walk on it. Works well for me 🙂

  4. Hello,
    Thanks for including our Stabilicers Originals ice cleats in your list – great choice in traction gear! I’d like to add that the Originals have replaceable cleats for long term use and are proudly made in Maine so you can expect great quality and customer service. We also made a funny video about them (it’s an ice cleat…we can’t take ourselves too seriously!)


    No matter what brand / style you choose… happy, safe hiking to you!
    Thanks again!

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