Rated 5 out of 5 by Sirpalot Secure fit, good spike length for hard ice.
The Hillsound spikes are a bit longer than the microspikes giving a bit more traction in hard ice or light snow on ice conditions. The longer spikes can create a crampon like walking, a bit more of a tendency to catch spikes on the ground, when conditions Are more forgiving. Becaus of the so.id front plate they are a tad less compact to carry when not in use. On a solid ice six mile hike recently I was very pleased with their performance. It is a secure fit with the Velcro strap adding additional security. I like them and will,alternate with microspikes (which I still love!) according to conditions.
February 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cobbles Great piece of equipment
I recently spent 2 days hunting hares in new York's Adirondacks. I wore these crampons both days,walking on ice and hard pack snow in the thick hemlock swamps with no problems.they were easy to put on and off.I was real glad I had them with me!
February 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by BagladyofSouthManitou Great Grippers!
This is my third pair of ice walkers - the previous two weren't secured to my boots and lost one of each of them. As an aging woman and the fear of falling comes with every winter, I refused to give up my walks. This product has enabled me to keep walking thru a rather icy winter so far. I have only worn them for a couple of weeks, but feel very secure with every step and no longer need to look down for each step. I walk with complete confidence over a variety of snow conditions including ice and am able to walk with my head erect as should be. My ONLY complaint is that they are a bit tricky to put on over boots, but once accomplished they stay put. Great traction, great product.
January 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SpiritIsland Will save you from a broken bone in icy conditions
Purchased this style because of the extra strap on top and the longer spike length over micro-spikes. Only have used a few times but seems good so far.
January 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by MusicHound Superb
These crampons make you feel like you're walking on dry ground, even though you're on ice and hard packed snow !!!!!
January 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by supasweep Excitement followed by disappointment follow up
Previously I gave these 1 star because they broke on the first steps of my first use. The exchange process was not only simple it was fast also. Replace pair arrived earlier than expected and they are great. Perhaps I had a defective pair the first time.
January 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kate51 What a difference these make!
Im a senior citizen living in the mountains. We have a steep icy driveway and I can march up and down now with no difficulty. Don't know how long they'll last but if they break, I'll keep buying them. Love them.
January 6, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by supasweep Excitement followed by disappointment
Was thrilled to have these, the first time I wore them I literally took 2 steps and they broke. The chain on the front tore through the rubber eyelet. They are going back today.
December 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by nerdyhiker Works good on ice and slippery rocks
Just took these hiking on a very rugged trail here in Maine, where I knew there'd be sheets of ice (actual photo below!) and the boulders that had a good 1/4-1/2" thick ice covering. I tried the crampons on in-store so I knew they fit well and didn't slide around on my boots. They were extremely grippy and I didn't slip once. Walking on sheets of solid ice at an incline felt like I was walking on a non-slip surface; the crampons cut into the ice very easily. They didn't slip when I dug my heels in going down steep icy inclines either. A good snug fit on your boot is key.
There was no snow yet, so I can't speak to how they handle snowy conditions.
December 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by claraone Partial review
I just bought these crampons and have not yet had the opportunity to use them. I highly trust the quality of LLBean products so I am hoping they will be everything I need and more.
September 23, 2015