What are the best ice cleats for boots to use while ice fishing?
When I first started ice fishing, I thought that getting the best stompers possible was enough. Well, I was wrong. It’s kind of tough to beat your buddies to the flag when they’re all wearing ice cleats. Meanwhile, you’re shuffling along at a snail’s pace concentrating on not falling again…getting there just in time to take a picture of them holding up that trophy pike. With that being said, any ice cleats are the best ice cleats when compared to nothing at all.
Taking a closer look at the best ice cleats.
Most of the products we reviewed are ideally used as ice cleats for boots. You need to consider whether you’re more of a “buy it for life” kind of person – you want the best ice cleats made. Period. On the other hand, if you only see yourself getting out on the ice once or two a year at most, then you may not need to make such a big investment. The best ice cleats for you may be our Value Pick or Top Choice. No matter which are the best ice cleats for you, you’ve come to the right place.
|Product||Kahtoola MicroSpikes||Korker Extreme Ice Cleats||STABILicers Walk||YakTrax Pro|
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|Pros||Stainless steel, lighter (.75 lb) than the Korkers, tote sack included||Replaceable cleats, stay on securely, "second sole" design, easy buckle and strap system||High number of cleats per foot, replaceable cleats, "second sole" design||Lightweight, roll up for portability||Lightweight, good for packed snow, easier to run in|
|Cons||Chain design affects snugness of fit depending on boot sole||Expensive, heavy, shorter cleats less ideal for snow||Heavy, long straps and can take some adjusting to get a good fit||Short spikes/less traction, no adjustable straps, susceptible to slipping off if over/undersized||Bad for uncovered ice, durability issues - rubber breaking, coils breaking|
|Verdict||A rugged, solid design that provides excellent traction on snow and ice||Optimal for ice, worth the price and built like a tank||A solid option at a reasonable price to improve mobility on the ice||A lightweight flexible, effective option at an affordable price||Work while they last, but will inevitably wear out and need to be replaced...or you could just buy one of the top picks once|
|Ease of Use||[9/10]||[10/10]||[7/10]||[8/10]||[8/10]|
|Cleats||24 total, 14mm stainless steel||28 total, 3mm carbide||34 total, 3mm steel||48 total, 2mm steel||Cleatless design, 1.4mm steel coils|
|Weight||12 oz||45 oz||28 oz||14 oz||4 oz|