Reviewed by Philip.AK from Coastal Alaska on Saturday, December 1, 2012
I own a lot of pairs of Icebugs. Living in coastal Alaska we get lots of ice in the winter. While Icebugs won't make you immune to slipping, they do help a lot. On ice near freezing, traction is quite good though it drops off as temps get colder and the ice gets harder and the carbide pins are less able to penetrate. Most of my Icebugs so far have been running shoes, but I also have a pair of the Metros which are the low, pull-on boots. What I really wanted was a pair of light hikers, and these fit the bill nicely. The sole is the same as on the running shoes, but is plenty supportive and offers good lugs for snow in addition to the carbide ice studs. The insulation is minimal but enough for temps in the 20 F range. Probably lower if you keep walking. The ankle support is basic. A single eyelet and thin material at the ankle helps, but is probably not enough for serious treks. I just use them on trails near town. Waterproofing is excellent. I have walked in some serious puddles with no hint of moisture getting in. Sizing is spot on and will accommodate medium weight wool socks. A great product.