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Old 12-27-2008, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After being on Chatfield yesterday and talking to my brother this morning who witnessed somebody fall on the ice and split their head open I think it is time for some ice cleats. My question is: Is their a big difference between these: http://www.rei.com/product/760280 and more expensive ice cleats? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 12-27-2008, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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go with yak tracks
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i love my ice cleats but i will say get some that have cleats on the whole underside of your boot. mine only have cleats on the front half of the boot and on tuesday at aurora i was running to rescue a rod that was being yanked in by a trout and i alid on my heel and ate [email protected]#t. but they are worth it they are a lot cheaper than a cast or stitches!
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Go with the cleats that cover the entire underside...you won't need them often but when you do you'll be glad you have them.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just got some good help on this - see link below:

https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...?topic=38883.0

I was intrigued by TthePikester's suggestion (official cleats of the US Bobsled team sounds good to me) and would like to get a pair someday. Decided to go after Stableicers but couldn't find any in my size. Ended up at Gander Mountain and w/Gene's friendly assistence, I got a pair of HT's "Stabilicer clones" for around $20. They look like a boot sole w/sheet metal screw heads sticking out and strap on w/nylon staps and velcro. It is a full sole design with screws from front to back.

I used them yesterday and they worked great! After wearing lots of different styles of inexpensive slip-on/strap on models over the years (which definitely helped alot), this is the first time that I felt like I could run on glare ice. Never been this sure-footed. It is probably my lack of coordination, but I would slip around on glare ice with my YakTraks - there was one hilarious day last year where I was pulling a heavy sled on some wet ice and not making very good progress with my YakTraks. I still carry them because they are handy.

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Yak Trax.
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Screw your boots, mine cost $1.59 to do two pairs of boots, and no they dont leak,
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the suggestions, I went with the yak tracks for 19.99 + tax @ REI. I tried them out already this afternoon at Chatty and with the winds and slippery ice I had no problem walking or drilling holes. Last time I was moving in circles more than the hand held auger! They slip on very easy over my boots and $20 is better than stitches or a spilled minnow bucket!
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