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Old 11-23-2010, 10:51 PM   #1
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Cool What to do about slipping on Ice in the Winter?

It's been snowing around here .. and got tired of slipping and falling on my ass on the ice:



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Old 11-24-2010, 07:35 AM   #2
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How are they on dry pavement, terrazzo, etc. ?
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:56 AM   #3
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LOL Josh


I've got these
Stabilicers Ice Cleats Anti-skid Detachable Soles - GEMPLER'S
and have needed and used them on many occassions, seeing we get ice and have nary a square inch of level ground around here..
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:57 AM   #4
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How are they on dry pavement, terrazzo, etc. ?
They make a tapping/clinking sound but also give good traction
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:58 AM   #5
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LOL Josh

I've got these
Stabilicers Ice Cleats Anti-skid Detachable Soles - GEMPLER'S
and have needed and used them on many occassions, seeing we get ice and have nary a square inch of level ground around here..
Dang $52! my solution only cost me $5 for the screws
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:39 AM   #6
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Josh, I am impressed--homemade 'cork' boots. I used to live out on the Olympic Peninsula (at Cook Creek Hatchery), and all the loggers wore caulked boots (called corks) so they could walk on downed logs.

Much better than two or three hundred bucks for a ready made pair.

All the little stores had signs on the front door that said "NO CORKS ALLOWED". And they all had torn up floors where loggers had ignored the signs.
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I have ice cleats. They work well, but I seldom need them. I guess I learned to walk on ice. I bought them one winter when it didn't go above -30C (-22F) more than once for a month. That one time it went above -30C, it went up to 0 or +1C for just long enough to let everything melt and then dropped. OMG, the sidewalks were covered in a thick layer of very slick ice. You know it's really slippery when teenage boys are walking like grannies.

I saw a postal carrier walking up and down the outside, spiral staircases that are common in Montreal. He was walking like it was summer. I asked him how he did it and he showed me the ice cleats. I had never seen ice cleats before. He didn't know where to buy them because his were issued by Canada Post as part of the uniform. He suggested trying a shoe maker's store. I tried that and got a pair. Not nearly as fancy as the ones bethzaring has, but they work.
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I've got these
Stabilicers Ice Cleats Anti-skid Detachable Soles - GEMPLER'S
and have needed and used them on many occassions, seeing we get ice and have nary a square inch of level ground around here..
Beth, I have ordered a pair that are similar to these for my boots and runners. I also am getting an ice grip for the bottom of my cane! I won't be "slip sliding away" this winter!

BTW, nice job, Josh!!!! I showed my DH this and he was running for his drill to do this to my shoes, but I stopped him in his tracks as I need my shoes for indoor and outdoor use!
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These are what I have: YakTrax

I bought two pair, one to keep in the car and the other in my purse.
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:45 AM   #10
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Yes, PF, those are more like I am getting. I never thought of two pair, but I have a large bag I can carry across my shoulder that holds all my necessities and leaves me with a free hand while I use my cane with the other. I have already picked which pocket they will fit into, in a large ZipLock freezer bag so if they are wet they won't dirty or reck the bag!

I hope they arrive soon, it is pretty icy still here!
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