/ Microspikes or other options for slippery walk ins?
walk in to where, work? crag ? tescos ?
These are good, mini, light weight crampon, that will take some abuse
Rud shoe chains for pavements - great for work and icey pavements and don't damage them.
Microspikes for MR use and other icey hill paths - great when crampons not needed. On one call out made a difference when everyone else was sliding around.
So depends what you want them for.
The problem with el cheapo grippers is that won't cope very well when the going actually gets a bit tough. Unless you know that your walk-in is only a wee bit slippy all the way, they probably won't be good enough.
Whereas Kahtoola Microspikes will cope with a great deal more. True, they're not particularly light or cheap by comparison, but they are bloomin' marvellous on ice and compacted snow.
I think I might try the "screw shoes" approach on my boots and place some where they won't interfere with crampons http://www.skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm
32 North Stabilicers are brill - spikes angled different ways for more grip, rubber studs for the odd bit of rock or pavement, stay on well. Used a pair on iced up tracks and farmyard last winter. Developed for winters in Maine where they certainly get lots of the white stuff. Not cheap (£27) but excellent.
One of my neighbours has a home made set from some cheap chain, bungee cord and a bunch of zip ties - he was stomping round quite happily during the last lot of snow we had.
I'm going to copy his design if it snows again this winter.
Failing that, Clas Ohlson do some that look quite good - the also have some I haven't listed.
Lighter, less faff etc. Probably not as good as microspikes, but I'll have crampons anyway for when it gets steeper.
Microspikes: one of the best bits of winter kit for hill walking. Also great for descending slippy mud / sleet / grassy slopes.
Yaktraks for town..
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