Having a sloped driveway makes shoveling snow a bit hazardous. Having grown up in Southern California, walking on snow and ice is not natural to me. I don’t worry so much when I’m wearing ICEtrekker sling-on cleats. They are the easiest to put on of the few I’ve tried, having softer, more pliable rubber frames. They stayed on my shoes during the several shoveling expeditions, even after the snow had melted just a little and more snow on top caused an ice layer underneath.
Attached to the rubber frame are welded steel chains and aircraft grade steel wire with what the company calls “diamond bead” traction beads. The fact I didn’t fall and bust something this winter is testament to the traction bead’s ability to cut through ice, although I had to remember to put my foot down square. Slip the rubber frame over your toe, pull it back and slip the back end over your heel.
ICEtrekkers come sized from small to 2X-large and start at $41.95. Hunters who cross water will be interested in the STREAMtrekkers, which have a slightly different bead design for aggressive traction in fast moving rivers and streams. Other products include spikes and chains. The only fault I found was that the ICEtrekkers didn’t come in a bag for storage (something useful for keeping them in the car).
By Jeff John
The aggressive cleats cut through to concrete (above). Just getting the paper on a snowy-sloped surface can be tricky without cleats. ICEtrekker pull-on cleats (below) allowed Jeff to safely shovel his sloped driveway even after a layer of ice had formed under the snow.
2001 T.W. Alexander Drive
P.O. Box 13925, Durham, NC 27709