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Title: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 10, 2019, 06:11 PM
What type of cleats and creepers do you prefer? Iíve been struggling along with the cheap $10-20 kinds for years..frabill, yaktrax, Cabelaís, generics. Even the extra large sizes never seem fit well on my rubber winter boots. And when they do fit they pop off while walking. I end up putting a bungee over top of my boot to support them. Do I have to spend $70 for those katoolas or something?! Just wondering what others have had success with.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Doeslayer on Feb 10, 2019, 06:14 PM
I use the 10$ cheapies and no problems but i wear a size 13 boot so they are pretty stretched out... Wife uses yak trax and likes em... I seen a sweet pair for like 150 that id love
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: GatorNY on Feb 10, 2019, 06:16 PM
Katoola microspikes, IceTrekkers Diamond, Stabilicers Maxx. In order of preference. The IceTrekkers comes in XL and XXL that will go over any boot, including Mickey Mouse boots. I use an XXL on my Calbelas Trans-Alaskan.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Doeslayer on Feb 10, 2019, 06:18 PM
https://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-sabretooth-pro-crampon?CMP_SKU=BLD00EU&MER=0406&skid=BLD00EU-POL-ONESIZ&mr:trackingCode=92DE14D6-7546-E511-80F1-005056944E17&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=m&mr:adType=plaonline&CMP_ID=PLA_GMm001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=_k_Cj0KCQiAtP_iBRDGARIsAEWJA8hnpn98E9KV_ANTWnLhr9wnDeIETidufRHCX-YtmRnSFf2H63d-abQaAnjWEALw_wcB_k_&rmatt=tsid:1042790|cid:292652677|agid:20469783517|tid:pla-383452052540|crid:92885922157|nw:g|rnd:11555914789423635012|dvc:m|adp:1o4|mt:|loc:9017016&gclid=Cj0KCQiAtP_iBRDGARIsAEWJA8hnpn98E9KV_ANTWnLhr9wnDeIETidufRHCX-YtmRnSFf2H63d-abQaAnjWEALw_wcB
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: fishslayer730 on Feb 10, 2019, 06:19 PM
I've run the cheap one for years and now that I have used kahtoola cleats for a couple yrs ILL NEVER USE ANYTHING ELSE!!!!!
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: BeenPerchin315 on Feb 10, 2019, 06:19 PM
I used the cheap ht ones for years. They wore out this season so I wound up grabbing a set of yak trak pros and I really like them. 40$. Worth it
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Basswacker on Feb 10, 2019, 06:24 PM
I have StabilIcers Maxx. Spent just under $55 from Amazon. Love them so far. Easy walking and running to the flag.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: fullThrottle on Feb 10, 2019, 06:27 PM
Just stay away from the cheaper ones with no heel spikes
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Muggsy on Feb 10, 2019, 06:28 PM
Stabilicer Maxx was my  choice and I feel very secure on the glare ice with them. Bought them based on previous discussions here on IS and felt that it was good advice.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: KeukaZ71 on Feb 10, 2019, 06:29 PM
I have katoolas. Best purchase I've ever made along with my Spud, fish finder, and Nils auger for an electric drill. Lol.

I found a few cheaper creepers that are very similar to the micro spikes. Eagle claw makes one version. There is another version I got from Dick's for my friend. Same style. He loves them. We Sprint after tipups in those babies. For the next few days our legs were sore from all the running
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: bootstrap on Feb 10, 2019, 06:30 PM
i had stabilicers i blew the screws out of them. just got katoola micro spikes and in less than a week the s hook things on the bottom broke. cant win. the cheap ones are even worse.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: KeukaZ71 on Feb 10, 2019, 06:33 PM
Just looked it up. Hillsound makes one for $45 at Dick's
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Big Ice Hole on Feb 10, 2019, 06:36 PM
Sheet metal screws screwed into your lugs. Been using them for years.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: SeanP on Feb 10, 2019, 06:39 PM
Korkers over rubber boots
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: BeenPerchin315 on Feb 10, 2019, 06:51 PM
Sheet metal screws screwed into your lugs. Been using them for years.
Just like a dirt bike tire 3 or 4 per knobby. 🤣 lmao
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: ship of fools on Feb 10, 2019, 06:52 PM
https://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-sabretooth-pro-crampon?CMP_SKU=BLD00EU&MER=0406&skid=BLD00EU-POL-ONESIZ&mr:trackingCode=92DE14D6-7546-E511-80F1-005056944E17&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=m&mr:adType=plaonline&CMP_ID=PLA_GMm001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=_k_Cj0KCQiAtP_iBRDGARIsAEWJA8hnpn98E9KV_ANTWnLhr9wnDeIETidufRHCX-YtmRnSFf2H63d-abQaAnjWEALw_wcB_k_&rmatt=tsid:1042790|cid:292652677|agid:20469783517|tid:pla-383452052540|crid:92885922157|nw:g|rnd:11555914789423635012|dvc:m|adp:1o4|mt:|loc:9017016&gclid=Cj0KCQiAtP_iBRDGARIsAEWJA8hnpn98E9KV_ANTWnLhr9wnDeIETidufRHCX-YtmRnSFf2H63d-abQaAnjWEALw_wcB

Those are badass. I use a cheaper set of crampons and love them. It started out of necessity when my cheapies broke and the bait store didnít have any so i wore my hiking crampons. Worked like a charm and Iíve used them ever since
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: BeenPerchin315 on Feb 10, 2019, 06:54 PM
Those are badass. I use a cheaper set of crampons and love them. It started out of necessity when my cheapies broke and the bait store didnít have any so i wore my hiking crampons. Worked like a charm and Iíve used them ever since

I think I was just looking at them cheaper ones. Like 60-70$
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: hot tuna on Feb 10, 2019, 07:04 PM
I use the cheapest most sensible I can find.
Must have18 spikes .
If I can get a pair for less than $20.00 to the door and last 2 plus years,  I feel I'm way ahead.
These are going on season 3. The only issue is routine maintenance to make sure the hooks are still closed on the chains.

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Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: tblaster123 on Feb 10, 2019, 07:10 PM
Been using the yak trak pro for many years.. 25 bucks and I have size XL on my size 12 boots never had an issue.. theres a velcro strap that goes across the top of the boot.. cant imagine anyone having problems with them slipping off unless you have sasquatch feet like size 14+
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Gills-only on Feb 10, 2019, 07:11 PM
Hillsound trail cramptons here
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: big_guy_13021 on Feb 10, 2019, 07:15 PM
When u find ice cleats for my 15 boot let me know  ;D
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: hot tuna on Feb 10, 2019, 07:23 PM
Well that might mean you have to improvise using studs in dedicated boots.
My 2 boys both have size 13 feet and the XL version I posted fits their muck boots
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: tdannhauser30 on Feb 10, 2019, 07:44 PM
Hot tunas are by far the best choice. Go on amazon and get any of the pairs that are thick rubber with chains and big metal teeth. I have owned all types including the expensive Khatoolas and these are just as good, especially since you can get them for like 20 bucks on amazon. Also nice to get them in orange like tuna shows so god forbid they ever fall off ( They never will) you would very easily be able to find it. I do lots of winter hiking in the Adirondacks and the cheap amazon options are great. Also dont worry or feel bad about walking on pavement and rocks with them, that steel is tough and mine have never bent. I have mine fit on my size 12 sorels and wading boots.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: liquidonyx on Feb 10, 2019, 08:18 PM
I e been rocking these for a few years now. They work amazing...only con is the boots become dedicated to five fishing

https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_inactive_ship_o2?_encoding=UTF8&gen=canonical&lineItemId=jnkhmtislopwqny&orderId=114-2673417-2616252&packageId=1&returnSummaryId=&returnUnitIndices=&shipmentId=D8mHY2nVk
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: gonephishin on Feb 11, 2019, 08:10 AM
Unigear full boot crampons from Amazon. Think I paid $35.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: coho on Feb 11, 2019, 08:17 AM
Stabilicers sold on amazon for $34.99. Just got them and wore them all day yesterday on glare ice, you can not slip. Mine are on size 14 sorel yukons and they fit perfic. These are made in Maine and they are amazing.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: trapper2000 on Feb 11, 2019, 08:20 AM
Korkers over rubber boots

I been wearing the  same  pair  of korkers  trout steelhead  bass and ice fishing for  at least 20 to 25 years ...one of my best investments!

if  your smart   buy 2 or  3 pairs of  cheap ones   and  carry in your stuff....  you will be loaning a set to a friend or selling a set to someone that doesn't  have any
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: tonebea on Feb 11, 2019, 08:29 AM
Katoolas. Been using them for about 8 years. First creepers I've used that worked great every time, fit over the snowmobile boots and never came off.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: FrozenJig on Feb 11, 2019, 08:40 AM
Kahtoola's or yaktrax pro's. 

Both are great and you pay for what you get-  excellent quality that provides safety from you falling on your @##.  It's worth paying an extra $20 bucks or so if you ask me
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: kinkywizard on Feb 11, 2019, 08:52 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/9rQfHf0h/leanking.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9rQfHf0h)

I have been using these for the season and have no complaints so far. I had to walk on concrete a few times and the metal held up and did not bend.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: gmuddle on Feb 11, 2019, 08:55 AM
 :)     Another vote for Katoolas-micro spikes.  Bought online a couple of years ago.  Never going back to cheaper creepers.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Frankie Bags on Feb 11, 2019, 10:05 AM
I been wearing the  same  pair  of korkers  trout steelhead  bass and ice fishing for  at least 20 to 25 years ...one of my best investments!

if  your smart   buy 2 or  3 pairs of  cheap ones   and  carry in your stuff....  you will be loaning a set to a friend or selling a set to someone that doesn't  have any
Great point Trapper. I had an experience a few years ago where everyone had to get off the ice quickly. There was a gentleman that was having a tough time staying on his feet on the slick ice. Luckily I my buddy left his creepers in the sled and I was able to assist. I recently purchased a pair yaktrax for this season and now keep my old pair in the sled just in case someone forgot their's. Anyway I'm liking my yaktrax.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Stickhick86 on Feb 11, 2019, 10:07 AM
I have the yak trax run that have the Velcro strap to go up over the top of your boot. I have yet to have them slip off
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: dog4up7 on Feb 11, 2019, 12:10 PM
I will put in a big YES for Katollas micro spikes. Not the cheapest ones out there but, I am getting around on two titanium hips and cannot afford to take a spill. A few weeks back the parking lot at Chapmans was an ice rink and I could do jumping jacks. The only bad thing is they are really tough to drive a vehicle with them on  :o :o, lets just say I will never try again. They really grip! 
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: gonephishin on Feb 12, 2019, 06:38 AM
These are a very similar build to the kahtoolahs and much cheaper. I've been using them all season and no complaints. I've kicked holes open without thinking and they've held up just fine.

Unigear Traction Cleats Ice Snow Grips with 18 Spikes for Walking, Jogging, Climbing and Hiking (Black, Large) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWNGR92/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_q3RyCbVX9KVS9
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: bearnoob on Feb 12, 2019, 06:52 AM
Yaktrax have always worked well for me. I have the diamonds and the ones that are basically springs around rubber. The springs work on bare ice but lose traction if caked with snow. I have no complaints about the diamonds. I think they cost about $25.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: eyetalian stallion on Feb 12, 2019, 07:03 AM
Sheet metal screws screwed into your lugs. Been using them for years.
rocky boots with folding spikes,some self tapping half inch screws,and off to the races....
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Pike Paralyzer on Feb 12, 2019, 11:03 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/9rQfHf0h/leanking.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9rQfHf0h)

I have been using these for the season and have no complaints so far. I had to walk on concrete a few times and the metal held up and did not bend.

I have both kathoolas and a pair of the amazon knock offs....The knock offs far exceed my expectations for the price and they work just as well as kathoolas.  I'm interested in how long they last. 

Tip: Be sure to keep them warm under the car heater on the way to the lake if you need to put them on when you get there.  This goes for both pairs.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: Mtnd777 on Feb 12, 2019, 11:34 PM
I've used the cheap ones with no heel spikes for years cause they're the only ones I could get on my Mickey mouse boots. One of them finally broke so I may get another pair and put self tapping screws in the bottom of one of them
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: filetandrelease on Feb 13, 2019, 03:47 AM
I bought a pair of trans Alaskans and put in kold kutters racing screws  , for my lacrosse I have an 11 year old pair of micro spikes that are still going strong  , I order another pair this year and sent them back as the quality didnít compare now they are made else where , so eagle claw or hill sound get my vote
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: tdannhauser30 on Feb 13, 2019, 04:21 PM
I have both kathoolas and a pair of the amazon knock offs....The knock offs far exceed my expectations for the price and they work just as well as kathoolas.  I'm interested in how long they last. 

Tip: Be sure to keep them warm under the car heater on the way to the lake if you need to put them on when you get there.  This goes for both pairs.

Nailed it.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: perchslappinmy on Feb 13, 2019, 04:46 PM
I had the Eagle Claws for 3 years. They worked great and I still have them but the points have rounded off from 3 years of using them to snowblow my steep paved driveway. I just ordered these from amazon because they come in XXL and have 19 spikes. The Eagle Claw had only 8 spikes. New ones are gonna be used only on the ice.https://www.amazon.com/Uelfbaby-Crampons-Traction-Protect-Walking/dp/B079FQGGB6/ref=sr_1_9?crid=12Y46WR04HKC3&keywords=ice+cleats+for+boots+men&qid=1549934697&s=gateway&sprefix=ice+cleats+%2Caps%2C213&sr=8-9
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: kc_ on Feb 13, 2019, 05:01 PM
 I ordered these on Tuesday: https://www.amazon.com/EnergeticSky-Upgraded-Traction-Stainless-Mountian/dp/B075V4NM54/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1550098968&sr=8-3&keywords=energeticsky+ice+cleats

After breaking my elbow on Monday.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 13, 2019, 07:22 PM
Eagle Claw got  my vote a few years ago, bought XXL and stretched them over size 13 ice boot.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: tdannhauser30 on Feb 13, 2019, 09:09 PM
I had the Eagle Claws for 3 years. They worked great and I still have them but the points have rounded off from 3 years of using them to snowblow my steep paved driveway. I just ordered these from amazon because they come in XXL and have 19 spikes. The Eagle Claw had only 8 spikes. New ones are gonna be used only on the ice.https://www.amazon.com/Uelfbaby-Crampons-Traction-Protect-Walking/dp/B079FQGGB6/ref=sr_1_9?crid=12Y46WR04HKC3&keywords=ice+cleats+for+boots+men&qid=1549934697&s=gateway&sprefix=ice+cleats+%2Caps%2C213&sr=8-9

These are exact ones I have been using. They are awesome.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: perchslappinmy on Feb 14, 2019, 10:27 AM
These are exact ones I have been using. They are awesome.
Good...sounds like i made a good choice  ;D
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: icehook17 on Feb 16, 2019, 06:27 PM
When u find ice cleats for my 15 boot let me know  ;D

Kahtoola XL fit on my size 16 boots
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: clammule on Feb 16, 2019, 06:55 PM
Just broke my Arctic Spurs today....had them almost 30 years...
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: SirCranksalot on Feb 16, 2019, 07:02 PM
rocky boots with folding spikes,some self tapping half inch screws,and off to the races....

I have heard that recommendation before but then lots of people say they come out.
Title: Re: Cheapers Creepers
Post by: seadog8 on Feb 17, 2019, 12:10 PM
Another vote for katoola microspikes
They work great