Great quality but not what I expected
I have a pair of the Stabilicer Sports which I keep on a pair of beat up old cross-trainers that I just slip into when it's time to head out with the dog or for longer hikes. When I updated to a better boot with a larger sole (the sport model was too small for them) for long dog hikes on snow and ice I thought I'd upgrade to the regular stabilicers because Campmor didn't have the Sport version anymore. The standard Stabilicers can't be just left on your shoes or boots because the straps that hold them on have to be wrapped around your ankle, not just looped over the back of the boot or shoe heel like the sport model. I love the replaceable cleats but wish there was a way to mount these to the boot without having to unwrap them everytime. If I were wearing them all day it would not be a problem. Unfortunately, the Stabilicer Lites don't have replaceable cleats. That I just can't understand because they'd be perfect (Hint! Hint!) If I'd have looked at the pictures more closely I'd have seen that issue. My bad.
A must to prevent falls!
I broke my right hip in 2009 from a fall during an ice storm. I found Stabilicers and thought they would help my family feel better about me going outside during snow and ice storms. This year we had 20 inches of snow over a layer of ice and I used Stabilicers to shovel my driveway. I never had even one slip! I always felt secure when I was shoveling and walking. I even felt very secure walking on the snow packed street! I lost two cleats during 2 hours though. The cleats are very easy to replace. Just make sure you have plenty so you don't run out. I bought a pair for my husband who has to work outside. I plan on purchasing more for my family.
Best device I've ever used for shoveling or dog walks here in Truckee, where we received over 700 inches of snow last winter. Works remarkably well on all icy conditions. Easy on and off, velcro closure appears heavy duty and made to last. Thick sole adds to stability of the boot upon which it is attached, and simply NEVER clogs with snow or ice, as do the "chain or spring style" of other traction devices. Be sure to size up if you're attaching them to large pac boots, as the velcro closure - while of a perfect length for today's sport winter boots - is a bit short when trying to fit over a larger boot design. Replaceable cleats a fantastic design feature - truly cost effective.
Almost no maintenance crampons
Bought these because I did not want to invest in heavy-duty crampons for early cold season hiking in the Adirondacks. Other makes, principally Yak products, have gotten mixed reviews for rocky terrain. These worked great, were easy to put on, and gave phenomenal traction and very little slip (it took a very very steep grade not to get good bite), and stayed snug without any adjustment. They were an absolute lifesaver descending Pitchoff Mtn. in the High Peaks region over the Thanksgiving holidays. Conditions were cold with a quarter to half inch of ice and rime on all exposed rock and light snow cover. Excellent, I would buy again and recommend to others.
Best ones I tried for day to day use!
Really helps on slippery roads - The Vibram sole is also good on snow!
Tend to become a little heavy when walking in muddy snow, and may (if walked with for hours) start to move sideways and slip around the shoe (placing them at an angle under the shoe). Noticed this when I got pain in my knees after using them for long hours - Now I stop and adjust them every 30 minutes.
Also think a smaller size fits better than a larger one (tried both Medium and Large - my size is just in between (11) and Medium is definitely better for longer walks).
Perfect For Icy Hikes
I bought a set for me and my wife so that we can walk outside after the too-frequent ice storms here and these are perfect. We were able to walk easily on inches-thick ice buildup along Lake Michigan, and the rubber cleats are good in snow.
If you work outside in icy conditions, you probably already have a set of these. There are lighter versions available for runners, but these are probably too heavy for that use. Very sturdy construction.
Obviously these are not a replacement for real climbing crampons, nor would you want to wear them inside on a good hardwood floor but they're great for everything else.
It's February again. The drive(400+ft.long) is very well iced over and very slick. Time to strap on the stabilicers onto my boots,go to the town barn and shovel some sand. These contraptions are "the best" i have used. When it freezes here,it freezes thick and slick. Stabilicers come through every time. Don't use in mud.In mud use yak traks. The only problem i have with stabilicers is that over a period of time the mounts for the cleats give way and it is impossible to screw in new cleats. This takes time but it happens. All in all i like 'em.
STABILicers Stand Firm
The STABILicers slip onto footwear very easily, far easier than silicone products like YakTrax, they stay put, and they give amazing traction. I tried walking, running, sliding, everything, and I never slipped on ice, snow, or slush. I can now walk on ice more confidently than my dog, and she can't pull me over anymore
When walking on pavement or thin ice though, there is a lack of support under the areas without cleats. It's not a big deal, but you might feel it in your foot muscles a bit.
After my wife broke a ankle on a icy trail we decided to improve our safety. These definately provide that extra safety while walking anywhere on snowy/icy trails etc. Only prolem and I paid attention to sizing, is putting on the straps over the heel area, we have both experienced frustrating fitting of the heel strap barely getting over the heel of any boot. I might upgrade to a larger set while my wife will take over my size above hers. Otherwise they're great!!!
Should of bought them years ago
We had the worst winter in years, 2-3" of ice then 5" of snow on top. Fell down once before getting the stabilicers. After getting them I could walk across the ice without slipping at all, even on a slope. The only problem I had with them was when walking on a hard surface, ie. in the barn, my ankle would want to turn under me unless I made sure I was putting my foot down square and not rolling it.