32north STABILicers Original
Price Paid: $20
For the last 10 years there were always the half dozen or so winter hikes in which the upper third of the trail was hard packed snow and ice. Most of my winter hikes involve 2-3000 ft elevation gain. Depending on the trail and the conditions, these sections were what I affectionately referred to as the “toboggan run”. These were (are) always dicey going up and sometimes treacherous coming down; even with hiking poles.
Last spring I vowed no more. I purchased a pair of Stabilicers on sale at REI. They have been used on 4 hikes so far this winter. They are easy to put on and easy to take off. No more do the balls of my feet slip on push off on the way up the trail. On the way down I can place my feet with confidence knowing the Stabilicers will grip the snow and ice firmly.
This product is exactly what I envisioned and I have recommended them to several of my hiking buddies. Stabilicers get an unconditional 5 star rating from me.
Price Paid: $41 plus $11 shipping
After slipping numerous times on the snow while photographing the 22nd Annual Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker, Wa., last year I wanted something to keep me up this year.
This year, the StabilIcers prevented any falls, even on a nearly 45 degree snow covered slope I managed to climb down without one stumble.
While they don't prevent sinking into deep snow, the straps keep them securely fastened during pull out. I will never go anywhere on snow without these. Awesome!
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STABILicers anti-skid traction soles give your footwear a tenacious grip on snow and ice. Easy to wear-tough nylon straps use rip-and-stick fasteners to attach STABILicers to your favorite shoes or boots. Each durable rubber outsole features 17 replaceable case-hardened steel cleats that bite into ice and snow and even rock. Cleats are placed along perimeters of soles to maximize traction and stability through your natural stride. Chevron-patterned tread self-cleans by spitting out snow to deliver consistent traction. Cleats are not interchangeable between different styles of STABILicers.
A favorite of letter carriers, ice anglers and determined winter walkers, 32North's STABILicers Originals have flexible rubber soles embedded with 34 case-hardened (and replaceable) steel cleats for traction on slick ice and unyielding hardpack snow. STABILicers have straps with adjustable hook-and-loop fasteners that easily fit over hiking boots and casual shoes when sized properly. The sole has an easy flex that fits easily over the bottoms of most shoes on the market. The rugged steel ice cleats even work well on slippery stream rocks in places where felt-sole-clad fishermen fear to tread. While the steel cleats can last indefinitely on snow and ice, the steel edges will eventually wear down on rocks and pavement. 32North offers replacement cleats for their STABILicers (sold separately) and you can easily replace worn down cleats with a socket wrench or screwdriver.
- Altrec Outdoors
Anti-Skid Detachable Soles are made from flexible Vibram for comfort and traction. 34 case hardened cleats bite into ice and snow. Replaceable cleats add value and are an easy up sell. Velcro straps fit snugly and have easy on/off design. XXS- fits Women's Boot 4-6. XS-fits Women's Boot 6.5-8 SM-fits Men's Boot 6.5-7.5; Women's 8.5-10 MD-fits Men's Boot 8-10 LG-fits Men's Boot 10.5-12 XL-fits Men's Boot 12.5-14 XXL-fits Men's Boot 14+
- Vargo Outdoors
Stabilicers(TM) provide the traction you need to walk, lift, carry or even run on glare ice, reducing injuries in severe winter rescue conditions. Designed with Velcro(R) fasteners to allow easy attachment over almost any boot or sole. 34 case-hardened, replaceable steel cleats in Vibram(R) soles bite into ice and snow increasing safety and maneuverability.