what gear ?
I walk every day on northern rural roads. I have Pogu microspikes for for snow & thick ice., which are excellent but when conditions are patchy but still dodgy, the microspikes are too harsh.
What alternatives do you recommend ?
There is seemingly still the odd bit of icebug (retractable metal spikes in the soles) footwear on amazon.
A few people doing fibreglass parts to sole units too (Hangwag but also others) which might well improve the grip a bit.
Or the commercially available version of GOF's diy screw-in spikes...
Possibly better than the diy version? But I couldn't be sure - I didn't get enough proper winter to test them last year
Yes I had noticed Yaktrax but seen reports suggesting instability on non icy surfaces
when they rolled as you walk, did you experience that ?
I have got an old pair of boots that might be suitable. I will give them a try, thank you
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Or the commercially available version of GOF's diy screw-in spikes... http://www.icegripper.co.uk/store/stud-traction/icespike Possibly better than the diy version? But I couldn't be sure - I didn't get enough proper winter to test them last year
Yaktrax are pretty good on roads and general icy/snowy rough walking. Just need to walk carefully on hard flooring if you've worn them, say, to the supermarket. Or of course you can just take them off. I have the pro model. Something with spikes might be bettter for footpaths though.
Some further info in this UKH thread
Thanks for the advice & other thread I am going to give the Yacktrax 2nd. choice but I reckon that the studs in my old boots should be answer.
I sometimes wonder about the old-fashioned approach of nailed boots, which is similar to the screw soled approach
GOF, this link has some more pictures than your one, but the same information
I dug out some old screws & tried them on my ancient boots & they worked very
well on icy roads, so have bought a set from Amazon (not the 26 pound items) & have
them poised for use next week.
I got Yaktraks earlier this year when I posted this Tiny Trip Report. In fact, I was caught completely on the hop by a fearsome freeze, and if I hadn't found a pair of Yaktraks in a shop at the start of the walk, I wouldn't have been able to do the walk at all./
How do you rate Yaktrax versus Kahtoola, Paddy? (Or anyone else who's tried both?)
Never tried Kahtoola, so no opinion.
I think the spike & chain set-up with the micro-spikes make them a bit more robust than the Yaktrax IMO. I do own both, but have only ever worn the Yaktrax (around town) as I haven't been to them there hills often in snow and, in fact, when I have been out in snow, conditions haven't warranted the extra grip.
Yeah, I'm a lightweight
Oops, sorry, we're talking 'on icy roads', not snowy hills.
I switched the computer off and then thought that I'd not explained myself very well. So here's what I have in readiness, in ascending order — so to speak.
Yaktrax that fit my walk to work / shops everyday footwear.Yaktrax that fit my fabric walking boots (the next size up)Microspikes that fit my fabric walking boots
I'm not too sure that the micros would fit my B1s (haven't tried 'em), but I reckon if weather calls for B1 boots then it's probably time for crampons and axe. However, as mentioned in my post above, I've limited experience on the hill in winter.
A little off topic (again), but I hope context always helps.
Yaktrax do give good grip on pavements, easy paths. My only problem with them is the rubber heels. Due to the amount of walking I do, (at least 15mls per day), I find I can wear them out in a week!
I did get something like the Ice Diamonds last year, but can't find them again from the shop I got them from, less than the price of ID's and can't recall name
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