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    Default Cracking out the MicroSpikes and lights.

    Sometimes yea don't have perfect conditions when traveling on foot with a pack. In this case there is snow, sleet and rain. Lots of slippery wet snow. Looking to cover ground fast and that means running. How to pull that off without breaking my neck at dusk.


    The pack.





    The lights. MD2 and AT Wizard XHP50.





    Extra batteries because the prepper in me demands it.





    The MicroSpikes.





    Traction more aggressive than yaks.








    The beaver dam is looking good. A section washed away a week ago before the temps really dropped. The busy beavers took care of business.























    Getting darker.





    and foggy.





    Now really dark and spooky. Well it's dark anyways. Still running which is proving mildly harder than expected. If staying out I wouldn't be going this fast as it's easy to sweat up clothing. Cold and wet is bad news.








    All done!





    Traction and seeing in the dark helped. Then again that goes without saying.





    7.6 Miles. Not the worlds longest jog but harder in the slushy snow. I didn't fall so that's good.





    Victory coffee.


    Last edited by Woods Walker; 12-17-2016 at 09:07 PM.
    The TK20. Yes it still rocks.

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    Those micro spikes look nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firsttothescene View Post
    Those micro spikes look nice.
    Yup did a 5-mile jog today with them on pure ice. Almost like having super ice powers.



    The TK20. Yes it still rocks.

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    Default Re: Cracking out the MicroSpikes and lights.

    I just bought a pair of Stabilicers ice and snow cleats. Hoping to use them in a few days for some icy trail hiking and/or walking on a frozen lake. I will report back as to how they work. They were only $18 on amazon so if they work they will be well worth it! Trails are deathly icy right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    I just bought a pair of Stabilicers ice and snow cleats. Hoping to use them in a few days for some icy trail hiking and/or walking on a frozen lake. I will report back as to how they work. They were only $18 on amazon so if they work they will be well worth it! Trails are deathly icy right now.
    I look forward to hear your thoughts on these. That price is really hard to pass up. They get good reviews . Be safe out there!!

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    Default Re: Cracking out the MicroSpikes and lights.

    A few years ago there was a 20+ car pile up on the BQE in Brooklyn- icy, oily and the cars were pinned together on the top of a slope on the overpass. As each person was extricated- we had to bring them down the slope of the highway (from the accident site) to the staging area to put them on an ambulance for transport. I had just gotten a pair of cleats from Costco and this was my first time using them. With the cleats on, I had no problem taking stretchers up and down- it gripped on the ice and oily asphalt equally well. That alone made me a believer in using them.

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    Default Re: Cracking out the MicroSpikes and lights.

    Great OP, great information!

    WW, what pack is that?

    nbp, did you get to check out your cleats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grijon View Post
    Great OP, great information!

    WW, what pack is that?

    nbp, did you get to check out your cleats?
    Eagle A-III large.
    The TK20. Yes it still rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grijon View Post
    Great OP, great information!

    WW, what pack is that?

    nbp, did you get to check out your cleats?
    Not yet. Ironically right after I got them we had a warm week and all the snow melted. Hahaha. We got some more this week, so maybe in a few days I can get out there.

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    Default Re: Cracking out the MicroSpikes and lights.

    Quote Originally Posted by Woods Walker View Post
    Eagle A-III large.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    Not yet. Ironically right after I got them we had a warm week and all the snow melted. Hahaha. We got some more this week, so maybe in a few days I can get out there.
    👍🏻

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    Not yet. Ironically right after I got them we had a warm week and all the snow melted. Hahaha. We got some more this week, so maybe in a few days I can get out there.
    Murphy law never fails. I can't believe how up and down the weather has been..

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    Default Re: Cracking out the MicroSpikes and lights.

    Hope you don't mind me posting these in your thread WW.

    I got a chance to use my cleats on Monday on a hike, so I thought I'd toss up a couple pics of the cleats and part of the terrain I was hiking on. Some was on trails through woods and grassy fields which were part woodchips, part mud, part slush, part hardpacked snow depending on the level of shade and traffic. Some was on the shores of Lake Michigan, which is what the pic shows. That is a mixture of snow, slush, ice balls and glare ice based on where the waves had sloshed. The cleats performed very well! They are not good for walking through the parking lot though, haha, so wait til the trailhead to put them on. Off road they bit into everything, including glare ice with no slippage. For $18 these are a no-brainer! I cannot believe I never bought them before.






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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    The cleats performed very well! They are not good for walking through the parking lot though, haha, so wait til the trailhead to put them on. Off road they bit into everything, including glare ice with no slippage. For $18 these are a no-brainer!
    Thanks for the review, nbp - they're on my Amazon list now!

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    Default Re: Cracking out the MicroSpikes and lights.

    Was waiting to hear about these from you. A must have now at this price. Thanks nbp

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    Sure thing guys!!

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