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Hillsound Free Steps 6 Traction Device

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Price: $24.55 - $39.99
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  • Designed and tested in Canada
  • High grade Stainless steel used to ensure long-lasting, easy maintenance
  • Antibot spike inserts to reduce dangerous snow buildup
  • Larger and more aggressive spikes at the back of the crampon provide maximum traction on slick downhill slopes
  • Updated TPR compound and new elastomer connector designed to prevent rubber tearing

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Hillsound Free Steps 6 Traction Device + Glacier Chains GSC-XL Shoe Chains (Extra Large) + 2x Anti-slip Ice Cleats Shoe Boot Tread Grips Traction Crampon Chain Spike Sharp Snow Walking Walker
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Product Description

Ultimate winter traction for city walking, running and light hiking.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B009HQBCH8
  • Item model number: 092800028919-P
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,162 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph F. Ramos on December 12, 2013
Just picked these up and tried them out the same day. I went trail running shortly after a snowstorm deposited about 3-4" of packable snow. The Freesteps6 held up on all terrains, from loose gravel (with snow), to rock faces covered with ice. In short, I never lost my footing once due to the snow/ice.

However, the one small problem with the Freesteps6 is the tendency for snow to build up under the heel and toe. In each of these areas, the chains come together and form a small circle. Within these circles, the snow would slowly pack up and become the size of a golf ball. A quick kick against a tree breaks up the snow balls, but it was a bit frustrating to stop every mile or so nevertheless.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erich B. Wenis on November 29, 2012
Size: LargeColor: Grey Verified Purchase
I was packing for a backpacking trip into the Adirondack high peaks, and was told by my friend that I needed to get a pair of crampons.
We weren't expecting to see much, but as a safety concern it was a good idea.
After toiling on the internet I found this pair, well reviewed, for a good price.
On the trip we found there was far more snow and ice than we imagined, and I was able to put them on good use on both uphill and downhill trails with a fully loaded pack.
I had little prior experience with any crampons, yet had no difficulty either putting them on, or taking them off when I no longer needed them.
Without them I had to go far slower, placing my feet on the outskirts of the trails, where the snow and ice hadn't flowed, and taking careful baby steps.
But with these on, I could step onto the ice covered slope or the middle of the frozen brook, feel and hear the metal claw through to traction, and make much better headway than without.
This shaved 10 minutes off per hour hike, and I felt far more secure with my footing as we progressed.
There are more expensive options, and these may not work for ice climbing, but for my needs they were just about perfect.
Highly recommended.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ingonyama VINE VOICE on February 3, 2013
Got these instead of reliable kahtoola microspikes to save a few bucks. On the first hike I discovered that they have a larger heel plate that allows snow and ice to ball up. Then one of the metal links came undone - the loop hadn't been closed tight enough so it slipped off the plate. Then one of them came off altogether on a glissade. And - I think these are purely ornamental, not functional - a couple of the little plastic bits in the smaller plates have popped out as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Virginia on April 10, 2013
Size: X-LargeColor: Grey Verified Purchase
Purchase was to replace IceTrekkers which after two season broke due to rust. These are much better than my previous pair. They are very similar to Kahtoola's but much less is price not quality. Heel and ball of foot digs in nicely. We had a lot of snow this year and there was not too much balling unless I walked through slush which froze on the back plate.

The rubber harness is not too difficult to get on and off, it grips nicely so I had no fear of these popping off while walking on the ice. I just wish they made the color of the rubber harness something other than black as they blend in with my boot which sometimes makes you think you have them on when you really don't.

My only complaint is some very light surface rust after one season. Packaging says stainless steel so I am following up with the manufacturer to see why I have surface rust on the chain that connects the harness to the cleat.

Update: 08/2013
Downgraded from 4 stars to 3 stars as the product rusted after one season of ice fishing. Drop it one star because after contacting Hillsound they sent another set. According to their customer service representative "We had problems with the factory in China and have switched so the quality of the steel has been improved." Time will tell whether or not this set rusts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mojoh on January 12, 2013
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I walk everyday. I also live on a steep inclined drive in the country which does get quite icy as does the frontage road. I have tried the grippers with small (few) spikes in the past. I broke ribs on the incline wearing the. Barely better than nothing. I now have used the FreeSteps on serious ice and they do not slip at all, good construction. Easy on/off, what more could you want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John L. Ratcliffe on January 20, 2014
Size: SmallColor: Grey Verified Purchase
My wife's broke before she put her foot in the shoe. We used sizing chart on company website to get her the correct size, she put them on her hiking boots and before we could even test them noticed the rubber had parted in two places. I haven't tried mine yet, wonder if they will survive being used?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Warkan on November 3, 2013
Size: MediumColor: Grey Verified Purchase
These work great when there is little bits of snow and ice on maintained trails. I wear them with my hiking shoes in spring. They come with a convenient little bag, which is great because they often get muddy when I am using them. They go on easy but if things are rough they can slip over repetitive hard pressing on specific areas. Like jogging or strafing up a steep incline. I wouldn't wear these with boots. I use the stiff Cypress 6 with work boots.
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Size: SmallColor: Grey Verified Purchase
Picked up the Hillsound after some research (what really swayed me was an article in Trail Runner Magazine). Took them out yesterday for the first time on a six mile run in the morning and three miles in the evening. I felt incredibly sure footed, going from bare cement to black ice to ice sheets to deep snow. The heel chains don't stay perfectly flush to the sole of the shoe, but I think I was moving quickly enough, or the precipitation I was passing through was 'dry enough', that water wasn't staying there to freeze like some others have experienced. My only complaint is that my foot is a bit wide in the toe box and the bar across the front got a bit tight at the end of both runs, but the pinch was relieved after some fiddling with positioning. I'm not sure if that's because of how I'd positioned the chains, but after some more study, I might remove it all together (this pinch is why I give it 4 stars as opposed to 5...circulation is important in the cold).
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