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More than 42,000 workers sought medical intervention after falling on ice in 2014, leaving them off work for at least one day to recuperate. If you don’t know the pain and embarrassment of suddenly slipping on ice, consider yourself lucky. If you do, consider ice cleats, which help winter wanderers stay safe.
Here are some great cleats that will prevent you from slipping or busting your tush on ice. Make sure you order one size up so they’ll fit over your winter shoes.
The Limms Crampons Ice Traction Cleats come in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra-large. These cleats can fit women sizes 4 to 12 and men sizes 3 to 13. They’re made of elastic rubber that’s flexible enough to fit over your shoes, but strong enough to withstand the winter conditions. Each cleat has 10 steel studs that are placed on the heel and forefoot.
While the YakTrax cleats also slip over your shoes like the other options, they are made of a different material—1.2mm steel coils. The cleats can be slipped on easily using the heel tab on the elastic outer band. The great thing about this pair of cleats is that the coils surround the entire foot, providing constant traction, compared to studs in two areas of the foot in the other models. These cleats come in extra small, small, medium, and large, which fits women shoe sizes 2.5 to 15 and men shoe sizes 1 to 13.5. These cleats are durable as the coils are coated with zinc to prevent rust.
The OuterStar Cleats come equipped with 10 steel studs on each cleat for women sizes 5 to 16 and men sizes 3 to 14. Made out of thermoplastic, OutStar touts that its grippy studs can sustain temperatures as low as -40 degrees, while still providing traction on the ice and snow. Each package comes with 10 extra yellow studs. OuterStar suggests cleaning these with a dry cloth after each use and storing them out of direct sunlight.