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sean
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 10 2:24 pm    Post subject: Snow chains for your tootsies...  Reply with quote    

Linky. Anyone tried them?

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 10 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They're shown being used on smooth-soled shoes - I would have thought it would be better to just use some stout shoes or boots with good soles in the first place. These things look a bit like wearing shorts with special clip-on leg extensions in the cold.

Just wear long trousers in the first place.

marigold



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
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Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 10 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got a pair - just waiting for some snow and ice to try them out (though I'm hoping that buying them will mean that I never need them ).

TBH I think they'll be a PITA in some ways as you can't use them indoors so wearing them to go shopping would mean having to take them on and off as you go in and out of buildings. That would be unpleasant and difficult with cold hands. You aren't supposed to wear them on tarmac either, so not much use in the patchy conditions we tend to get here.

OK for emergencies, but for frequent/regular use in long-term bad conditions rugged-soled boots and a spiked walking pole or two would probably be better. I'll know better if/when I get a chance to try them out.

toggle



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 10 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i've got a set somewhere, never had the need to use them.

if they are where i think they are, i'll offer them for swapsies

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 10 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

not as good as vibrams on snow or external socks on ice

some of the mini walking crampons are ok on mixed surfaces but plated boots and real crampons are best if a bit cumbersome

on all but the steepest ups i vote skis for snow

TINKS30



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Location: Swindon, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 10 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My ex had a set he clipped on to his boots. He said they were good in the snow in january.

Bodrighy



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 10 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What's wrong with a pair of woolly socks over your shoes/ works for me and a lot cheaper than those and more comfortable I should imagine.

pete

marigold



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 10 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bodrighy wrote:
What's wrong with a pair of woolly socks over your shoes/ works for me and a lot cheaper than those and more comfortable I should imagine.

pete


I guess you don't knit your own woolly socks... After I've spent weeks toiling over my knitting I'm certainly not going to wear my socks over my boots!

SmattyB



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 10 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I bought a similar set in Norway, with small tungsten studs on a silicone rubber frame, just stretched over your boot. they were invaluable on the ice. Have to remember to take them off before you walk on anyones nice polished floor though!

T.G



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 10 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They look worth investing in. Our yard is on a slope and even with boots with good soles, in icey conditions, you can end up going down it a lot faster than you would prefer!

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 10 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used to be sooo embarased when my mum put socks over her shoes
Found it very usefull last winter though.
My boys turn to be embarased

robkb



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 10 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gardening-girl wrote:
I used to be sooo embarased when my mum put socks over her shoes
Found it very usefull last winter though.
My boys turn to be embarased


The joys of parenthood

I've a good pair of Caterpillar boots that were great at coping with snow and ice last winter (crap for driving in though...)

marigold



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 10 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

DIY alternative: screw shoes

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 10 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that works on heavy soles for rock thin ice combo but claggs in wetter snow ,not sure if i want to wear trainers in winter

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 10 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

SmattyB wrote:
I bought a similar set in Norway, with small tungsten studs on a silicone rubber frame, just stretched over your boot. they were invaluable on the ice. Have to remember to take them off before you walk on anyones nice polished floor though!


Just an update on this while many of us have been walking on snow and ice. My OH has a pair as described by SmattyB and they've been very good on compacted snow and ice. However, they look as though they'll wear quickly on the road where the ice has gone so they need to be taken off. They are also a little tricky to put on. Fine for emergencies.

I've found a pair of cheap trainers I've got to be very good. They're sort of walking trainers with a bobby grip but the rubber is very soft and seems to grip the ice quite well.

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