Author Topic: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers  (Read 1941 times)

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ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« on: Oct 06, 2016, 05:32 AM »
curious to icers who've had experience with both brands of ice cleats... Kahtoolas & Stabilizers

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #1 on: Oct 06, 2016, 05:49 AM »
I have a pair of the stabilicers, but they are the ones without the heal grips. If you get a pair, make sure they have the heal grips cuz without them you will kill yourself. they are junk and a waste of money.

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #2 on: Oct 06, 2016, 07:11 AM »
I have a pair of Stabilizers, with a heel straps and have been happy with them. Walking on ice is the easy for them, it is all the rocks I climb over in the open water season with them that puts the hurt on them. I have had to replace screws that have popped out but not a big deal. Between the  Stabilizers and the screws I am still under $30 with the deal I found on ebay...

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #3 on: Oct 06, 2016, 09:25 AM »
52 yrs old, 2 bad knees. I had a job outdoors for the last 20 years, and bought every incarnation of ice cleat. Do yourself a favor and buy the Kahtoolas. The big reason is walking across a snowed on lake, the stabilicers will come off, if they have the retention strap you may not lose it, but as soon as you step on ice with one boot and no cleat you are twirling like a ballerina. The stabilicers are made cheaper as well, and the rubber breaks faster. And trying to reattach a cleat in the middle of the lake is nearly impossible.

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #4 on: Oct 06, 2016, 10:19 AM »
I just remembered why I really hated the stabilicers thanks to blackdog. The stabilicers would clog up with snow and ice real easy. After a while I was walking around with blobs of ice intead of cleats. After I almost blew my back out slipping around on the ice several times I took them off. Worse than useless.

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #5 on: Oct 06, 2016, 11:41 AM »
I have the Stabilicers ...3 days of run'n gun'n or chasing tip ups ...my back would be pain ...and they can "blow out" the Velcro can get iced up ...I now Kahtoolas ...great on my back and no "blow outs" ...easy on and off too.
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #6 on: Oct 06, 2016, 12:14 PM »
Wonderful comments, suggestions & experiences guys... THANKS
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #7 on: Oct 06, 2016, 01:52 PM »
I have used both... hands down, Kahtoola Micro Spikes!
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #8 on: Oct 06, 2016, 02:44 PM »
kahtoolas for sure out of the 2 choices.

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #9 on: Oct 07, 2016, 04:18 PM »
Kahtoolas.........wort h every penny!!!!

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #10 on: Oct 07, 2016, 06:26 PM »
Kahtoolas.........worth every penny!!!!
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #11 on: Oct 07, 2016, 06:41 PM »
I've used them all. Katoolas hands down. The only thing even close was the steel creepers that expanded to fit your boot, but they would only last a couple seasons.




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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #12 on: Oct 10, 2016, 12:02 PM »
My friend retired from the United States Postal service. before he left, he "acquired" 6 or 7 pair of Stabilicers. The mail carriers here in Wisconsin use them in the winter. I have used a lot of cleats in my 65 years, but they are the best, in my opinion. Just my 2 cents.

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #13 on: Oct 10, 2016, 07:25 PM »
I wore Stabilicers for years and swore by them... loved them and really thought they were really good cleats. I still think they are good cleats but Kahtoolas are far above and beyond a superior cleat. I have the utmost confidence wearing them. A great product and a solid company that stands behind their product.


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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #14 on: Oct 12, 2016, 12:27 AM »
Kahtoola microspikes.  Hands down.
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #15 on: Oct 12, 2016, 04:36 AM »
I haven't tried the stabilicers and I'm sure they make a great product, but as long as I have a pair of kahtoolas I don't want to try anything else. 

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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #16 on: Oct 12, 2016, 06:52 AM »
Kahtoolas are my choice, easy on and off, they work great, I've used them all by far the best.
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #17 on: Oct 12, 2016, 07:11 AM »
I've used stabilizers for years and never had a problem, I like the extra rubber layer, helps keep the feet warm. Never had a problem with them coming off, then again i have a big foot so maybe that's part of it...Always wanted to pick of a pair to Kahtoolas to see what the fuss is about....maybe this year...
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #18 on: Oct 12, 2016, 11:05 AM »
There is no one winner in this battle! I own and use both for different purposes. If there is no snow, glare ice, I far prefer the Stablicers Maxx. Must clarify the MAXX, because Stabilicers makes a far inferior model that is useless. But when there is any kind of snow cover I use the Kahtoolas. The Stabilicers are more comfortable for a long day on glare ice. But the Kahtoolas are lighter and have much more grip than the Stabilicers. Plus the ice screws come out of the Stabilicers at some point- it's inevitable. Once the screw hole is compromised you can forget about it. Lucky they are so good I have no problem buying another set. When I want to use really huge boots like my Ski Doo boots, I use the Stabilicers. One thing I really hate about the Kahtoolas is if you happen to accidentally step on your tip up line, it's getting snagged in the chains without question. Drives me insane.
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Re: ice Cleat WARS... Kahtoola vs Stabilizers
« Reply #19 on: Oct 13, 2016, 07:52 PM »
One thing I really hate about the Kahtoolas is if you happen to accidentally step on your tip up line, it's getting snagged in the chains without question. Drives me insane.
Only happened a couple time but you are most definitely correct. A real pissah as my Boston Brothahs would say.




 


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