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Best Ice Cleats for Steep Inclines

When you search for the best ice cleats for a particular purpose, you usually get a "Top 10" list. I do have several ice cleats that will give you traction on your steep driveway or sidewalk. However, I will only recommend the one that I feel will give you the best traction. Here's why.

No ice cleats can guarantee you won't slip on ice on a flat surface. Steep inclines are obviously worse because you're working against gravity. So, the instant you lose traction, you're going down. Sometimes, the slightest detail can make the difference in maintaining traction. Therefore, why would I recommend anything except what my 16+ years if experience selling ice cleats tells me are best ice cleats to keep you safe?

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Best Stretch-Over Ice Cleats for Steep Hills

Winter Walking HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats

Choose HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats if you
  • want to be able to quickly put on and remove your ice cleats;
  • need excellent traction in all slick winter conditions including ice, snow, packed snow, and black ice; and
  • do not have bulky, insulated pack boots.
$41.95 /pr.
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats
HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats JD6625.
HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats Dual Material Construction
HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats JD6625 Front Straps
HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats JD6625 Dual Pull Tabs
HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats JD6625 Side View.
HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats JD6625 Interior Surface.
5 / 5
Based on 3 Reviews
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats Sizing Chart

Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range
in Inches*
13½ --- 14" - 14½" XXL
11½ - 13 --- 13¼" ‹ 14" XL
9½ - 11 12+ 12¾" ‹ 13¼" L
7 - 9 9 - 11 11¾" ‹ 12¾" M
5 - 6½ 7 - 8½ 10¾" ‹ 11¾" S
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.
If you have bulky or oversized boots, consider
Winter Walking
Ice Cleats
Ice Cleats JD6625
$41.95 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount

HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats Features

HIGH-PRO® Ice Cleats Demo Video
  • Twenty Six 2mm Tungsten Carbide Studs 
    • provide excellent traction on ice and black ice;
    • are more studs than on any other stretch traction device; and
    • are molded in for greater retention and durability.
  • Tungsten Carbide Studs last far longer and stay sharper than the carbon steel spikes found in most competing ice cleats.
  • Patented Heel Spike allows walking naturally without using any new, special skills.
  • Studs are designed to stay uniformly sharp throughout their useful life.
  • Permanent studs are more comfortable and reliable than replaceable studs.
  • 1-Piece Molded Proprietary Synthetic Compound Straps 
    • are extremely durable;
    • resistant to chemicals and other contaminants;
    • have no memory and never stretch out of shape;
    • stay flexible at low temperatures; and
    • have a unique characteristic that grips the surface of your footwear to prevent it from slipping out of alignment.
  • Sole/Heel (colored) material is harder material than upper stretch portion so sole/heel have greater abrasion resistance and durability while upper has greater stretch.
  • The Dimpled Foot Bed grabs the bottom of your shoe or boot to prevent the device from sliding out of place.
  • Aggressive Tread Pattern is self-cleaning and provides traction in snow, slush and mud.
  • Wide Straps provide large surface areas to keep the ice cleats properly aligned.
  • Multiple Ridges on the inside of the heel strap help prevent ice cleats from slipping off the back of your heel.
  • Easy On / Easy Off because...
    • patented Dual Pull Tabs make it easier to grab hold of the ice cleats while stretching them over your shoes and boots;
    • patented Dual Density Construction makes it easier to stretch; and
    • Uni-Foot Design (No Left... No Right) eliminates the hassle of having to locate the left or right cleat.
  • Patented Open Design 
    • stays securely on footwear, and
    • is lightweight & compact.

Winter Walking ICE BEAST™ HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats

ICE BEAST™ HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats are my top recommendation for people who:
$56.97 /pr.
Winter Walking ICE BEAST™ HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats JD7725
ICE BEAST™ HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats Closeup
ICE BEAST™ HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats Dual Pull Tabs
ICE BEAST™ HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats Aggressive Spikes and Treads
Men's Women's Size
14+ --- XXL
12 - 13½ --- XL
10 - 11½ 12+ L
7½ - 9½ 9½ - 11½ M
5 - 7 7 - 9 S
Ice Cleats JD7725
$56.97 /pr.


Ice Cleats Demo Video

  • Versatile because ICE BEAST™ HIGH-PRO
    • fits over all types of shoes and boots;
    • provides traction in all slippery winter conditions; and
    • is safe to wear while driving.
  • Patented Open Design 
    • stays securely on footwear, and
    • is lightweight & compact.
  • Bright Blue Color facilitates compliance monitoring.
  • Sizes: JD7725-S Small, JD7725-M Medium, JD7725-L Large, JD-7725-XL Extra Large, JD7725-XXL Extra Extra Large
  • Model: JD7725
  • Made in Taiwan

Best Sandal Style Strap-On Ice Cleats for Steep Hills

Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® Ice Cleats JD4472

Choose ICEGRIPS® if you
$52.95 /pr.
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® on Boots
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® Side View
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® Front View
ICEGRIPS® Spikes and Treads
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® 6612 Back
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® Top Velcro Strap
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® Defined Heel
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS® Angle
ICEGRIPS® Sizing Chart
Men's Women's Footwear Length in Inches Size
13½ + --- 13.75" to 14.25" XXL
11½ - 13 --- 13.25" to 13.5" XL
9½ - 11 11.5+ 12.5" to 13" L
7 - 9 9 - 11 11.75" to 12.25" M
5 - 6½ 7 - 8½ <= 11.5" S
ICEGRIPS® Ice Cleats
Includes Standard Straps
$52.95 /pr.

ICEGRIPS® Bulky Boot Straps
$10.95 /pr.
Straps are Size Specific

ICEGRIPS® Ice Cleats Features

ICEGRIPS® Ice Cleats Demo
  • ICEGRIPS® Ice Cleats have 22 aggressive and durable tungsten carbide studs molded into an ultra-tough sandal material give instantaneous and reliable traction on ice.
  • The patented Angle Tread™ gives you excellent traction in deep snow and prevents build-up on the bottom that could prevent the studs from making contact with the ice.
  • Heavy-duty, industrial quality straps keep your ICEGRIPS® securely in place on your footwear.
  • ICEGRIPS® fit on all your footwear. A “Bulky Boot” strap kit allows you to use ICEGRIPS® on oversized, insulated pack boots.
  • You're safer when you're climbing because ICEGRIPS® have a Defined ½ Inch Heel.
  • Your ICEGRIPS® give you an even longer service life because the straps are replaceable.

About Ice Cleats and Steep Hills

Steep Hills Bring Out the Worst in Recreational Ice Cleats

Ice-Covered Steep Driveway

The picture above says it all. You have a driveway or sidewalk on a steep hill that's ice covered. That would be bad enough. However, it snowed on top of the ice. Now might be the time to get professional-quality ice cleats designed to handle the worst slippery conditions like the one above.

I get several calls every year from people who can't find ice cleats that work on their steep driveway or sidewalk. The problem is that the ice cleats you buy in local hardware, sporting goods, department, and online stores are Recreational Ice Cleats.

The primary focus for most recreational-grade ice cleats manufacturers is to keep costs down followed by preventing slips and falls.

I sell professional grade Winter Walking Ice Cleats. Winter Walking's primary focus is to prevent slips and falls while keeping the cost as low as possible without sacrificing effectiveness and quality. The difference in focus makes a huge difference in keeping you safe especially on steep hills.

Read the information on this page. When you're done, you'll
  • know more about ice cleats than the overwhelming majority of ice cleats manufacturers let alone people selling ice and snow cleats; and
  • understand the common sense reasons the ice cleats I recommend work where other ice cleats fail.

However, I can guarantee that

  • the ice cleats I recommend will work better than any other ice cleats to reduce your risk of slipping on ice and snow, and
  • lastly, if you're not 100% satisfied, you can return your ice cleats for a full refund.

Best Ice Cleats Features for Steep Hills

More, Well-Positioned Studs are Better

Generally speaking, more studs on ice cleats is better. More studs are especially beneficial when the designer intelligently distributes the studs over the bottom of the ice cleat.

Many ice cleats concentrate the studs in a particular area or just around the periphery. This design reduces the chance of the studs coming in contact with the ice especially when the ice is "bumpy" and uneven. Once you lose traction, especially on steep inclines, it's difficult and often impossible for the remaining studs to catch hold and restore traction.

The Type of Stud is Very Important for Traction on Steep Hills

Aggressiveness Matters

To get traction on ice, you must penetrate the surface of the ice. The smaller the surface area of the stud's point against the ice, the better because it will be better able to penetrate the ice. For example, the traction of just one tungsten carbide stud is more than the aggregate traction of the 100's of gripping edges of ice traction devices with wound steel coils.

Sharper studs are better than less aggressive spikes. Sharp studs are especially critical

  • in frigid temperatures when ice becomes denser and on black ice; and
  • on steep inclines where you may depend on just one spike to catch you if you begin to slip.

The effectiveness of spikeless and gritted ice cleats is greatly reduced or eliminated in frigid temperatures on denser ice.

2mm Spikes are Critical

Generally speaking, the longer the stud, the better up to a maximum of 2mm for ice cleats designed for walking and everyday use. Spikes longer than 2mm become a tripping hazard.

The longer spike together with an aggressive self-cleaning tread design is especially important when there's a thin layer of snow on top of the ice. That thin layer of snow could prevent the studs from making contact with the ice.

Tungsten Carbide Spikes
When you're working on that steep, icy hill, you want every stud to be in top condition and performing at its best. Tungsten carbide spikes are
  • consistently at their sharpest throughout the life of the spike (The sharpness and effectiveness of many case-hardened or carbon steel spike designs become less effective as they wear down.); and
  • far more durable than case hardened or carbon steel spikes.
Aggressive, Self-Cleaning Treads are Critical
High Pro Ice Cleats Heel Spike is critical on steep hills The ice cleats I recommend have a patented Heel Spike. Think about how you naturally take a step and what hits the ground first. It's your heel. Well, if there's no spike there at the base of your heel, you risk having your leg slide right out in front and from under you, especially on a steep hill.

Ice cleats without Heel Spikes force you to walk more flat-footed, and that's not natural. So, you have to think about doing it. Because walking flat-footed isn't natural, you can easily forget. Forgetting is especially troublesome if you have to move unexpectedly or in a hurry.

Furthermore, if there's one spike on the ice cleat you want to be an aggressive, sharp tungsten carbide spike, it's the Heel Spike. That's because there's no other spike to grip the ice if your foot slides forward while you're taking a step.

Aggressive, Self-Cleaning Treads are Critical
There are two important reasons why aggressive, self-cleaning treads are crucial.
  • Your ice cleats should have an aggressive tread that's good for traction on deeper snow and ice.
  • The tread should be designed to help expel snow and debris that can come between the bottom of your boot and the ice to help those studs to maintain contact with the ice. Snow and debris build-up is a major problem with spikeless ice cleats with coils.
Stay Firmly on Your Boots and Don't Slide Out of Position

You want ice cleats that stay aligned and on your boots and so you don't walk out of them in deeper snow. Also, you want them to not slide out of position on your footwear, so the spikes remain in place and effective. Ice cleats that stay in place are critical because of the constant pushing and pulling required while operating a snowblower or shoveling snow and because of the additional forces you incur on steep hills.

Safe to Wear While Driving
Make sure the ice cleats you choose don't have straps or other design that could interfere with the safe operation of a vehicle. This feature avoids having to take your ice cleats off and on getting in and out of your car if it's parked on your treacherous icy driveway.

Best Ice Cleats for Hills Common Features

These ice cleats all provide excellent traction on ice, deep and packed snow, slush, and black ice.

You'll be safer no matter what the wintry mix or how cold the ice. They all have

  • long-lasting tungsten carbide studs;
  • the all-important Heel Spike, and
  • aggressive, self-cleaning treads.
They Stay Securely on Your Shoes and Boots
They have advanced, patented features that keep them in place but still easy to put on and take off.
They're All Durable
All recommended ice cleats are heavy-duty with tough, chemical-resistant straps and tungsten carbide studs.
They're Affordable

My recommended ice cleats may initially cost twice as much as the cheap brands. However, they keep you several times safer and last several times longer.

Continuing thinking about the financial cost, it's not like the old days when you showed your insurance card, and that was it. The deductibles and copays are out of sight. But more importantly, buying the right ice cleats isn't something you want to skimp on spending.

Falling on the ice is serious business. Many of my customers look for ice cleats after the serious, life-changing injuries have occurred. They'll be the first to tell you that paying a little more for ice cleats that have the best chance of preventing injuries from falling on the ice is the best investment you ever made.

Ice Cleats and Shoe Attachment Volume Discounts

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Winter Walking Ice Cleats Low Price Guaranty

No one is more dedicated to helping you find the best Ice Cleats and keeping you safe. I work very hard to bring you the most informative online store that's fast, easy-to-use, and mobile friendly. I don't want to lose a single sale based upon price alone.

Therefore, if you find a lower DELIVERED PRICE from a legitimate online store (not auction sites) selling authentic, new Winter Walking Ice Cleats, I'll match or better that price.

Crucial Ice Cleats Sizing Advice

  1. You can go by the shoe sizes. However, the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary significantly for the same foot size. So option two below is a better way to select the correct size.
  2. Measure the length of your shoe or boot. Measure the bottom from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel. Measure on "the flat", don't wrap around. We want the length. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that spans the length of your footwear. Measure carefully. Measure twice. Our goal is to get you the right size on the first try to make you as safe as possible as soon as possible.
Ice cleats sizes are unisex and fit men's and women's shoes and boots according to the sizing charts.
Always try your ice cleats on as soon as you receive them for two reasons.
  1. You want to be ready for the bad weather. Don't wait until the ice is on the ground to find out you need a size exchange.
  2. I can't do free size exchanges for ice cleats that have been used because I can't resell them.

What should I do if the length of my shoe or boot is extremely close to the breakpoint of a size range? Should I choose the next larger size? For example, assume the length of your boot or shoe is just under 12½". You look at the specific size chart for ice cleats you're buying. Assume for this example the Medium has size range of 11½" to < 12½" and a Large is 12½" to < 13". For regular shoes and work shoes, stick with the smaller of the two sizes you're considering. If you're planning to use your ice cleats on heavier winter boots, choose the bigger size.

I'm planning to use the ice cleats on both my shoes and boots. But they're different lengths. What should I do?

If the difference in length is small, order the size for the larger boots. Purchase the optional Ankle Strap to use when you use the ice cleats on your shoes. The ankle strap will make sure they stay on. If the difference in length is significant, you may need two sizes of ice cleats. That's because you want the ice cleats to be snug, so they not only stay on your footwear but also stay aligned.

I have a large company. There's no way I can measure everyone's footwear.

I understand. Go by shoe sizes. I'll be happy to exchange sizes later on. However, please make sure you haven't used the ice cleats outdoors.

Is the measuring technique 100% accurate?

Nope. It's accurate most of the time. Measuring is far superior to go by shoe size.

ICE BEAST™ Ice Cleats Sizing Tips

ICE BEAST™ Ice Cleats run large. Therefore, if you have a normal winter boot and your shoe size is close to the minimum of a size range, choose the next smaller size. If you have a large, bulky boot, stick with the size chart.
Ice cleats sizes are unisex and fit men's and women's shoes and boots according to the sizing charts.
Always try your ice cleats on as soon as you receive them for two reasons.
  1. You want to be ready for the bad weather. Don't wait until the ice is on the ground to find out you need a size exchange.
  2. I can't do free size exchanges for ice cleats that have been used because I can't resell them.

I have a large company. There's no way I can measure everyone's footwear.
I understand. Go by shoe sizes. I'll be happy to exchange sizes later on. However, please make sure you haven't used the ice cleats outdoors.
Ice Cleat Ankle Straps
Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots. Most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. However, Ankle Straps add an additional level of comfort, knowing your ice cleats will stay on your footwear. It's more critical to consider Ankle Straps if you

What Free Ice Cleats Size Exchanges Means

No store works harder than we do to get ice cleats sizing right on the first try. If you measure your footwear as I advise you to do in my Sizing Tips, Size Exchanges are rare. However, when Size Exchanges are necessary

This policy is consistent with and exceeds competing stores Free Exchanges policies. If you have questions, please call me at 610-670-2549.

The last thing I want is for you to be disappointed in your purchase or feel that I mislead you or treated you unfairly. So, in the unlikely event you're not totally satisfied with your ice cleats or shoe traction devices purchased from me, I'll refund your money and pay for the return freight. Call me at 610-670-2549.

My satisfaction guarantee is unconditional. However, I'll ask you why you're not satisfied because I want to know if

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