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STABIL STABILicers Hike XP

photo: STABIL STABILicers Hike XP traction device

The STABILicers Hike XP are perfect for the snow and ice on sidewalks or trails. Easy on and off makes them useful where the conditions may vary from snow/ice and then transition to hard surfaces where you want to just remove them. They slip over your winter shoes or boots easily.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy on and off
  • Excellent traction

Cons

  • Fairly expensive

These slip-on traction devices worked very well this winter while we were walking in our neighborhood in Truckee, California. Although the roads were often plowed, the surface of the road, and our sloping driveway remained covered in hard packed snow or ice making it very hazardous to navigate.

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The Stabil Icers HikeXP worked equally well on irregular terrain as we hiked around a local lake and through rolling hill trails.

IMG_20161228_163305096.jpgQuite easy to get on and off.  Loosen the Velcro straps and insert toe of shoe or boot into the front and then pull the back over your heel.  Then tighten the straps. So easy you would be perfectly happy putting them on or taking them off during a hike or walk as conditions dictate.

IMG_20161228_163228097.jpgThe cleats are replaceable and along with the Thermo Plastic Elastomer materials these traction hikers should offer years of use.  This is my first season so I cannot confirm this.


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Sizing is easy employing the chart. I wear men's medium width size 9 shoes and the medium fit perfectly and snug so that they did not move while I was wearing them.


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These are $49.95 direct from the manufacturer but can be purchased through Amazon.com for as low as $40.69. Pays to shop around.

Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

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