I've been using the Hillsound Trail Crampons for a year now, but sometimes find them to be too much in terms of spike length and weight...great for ice, but thought I might try something a little lighter and less aggressive for lighter conditions. The Free Steps 6 turned out to be exactly what I was looking for...lighter and less cumbersome in terms of my stride and how high I have to lift my feet. I was concerned that the Free Steps didn't have the velcro cross-strap featured on the Trail Crampon, but have yet to encounter a problem with them slipping. My only small criticism is that the Free Steps 6 (XL) I purchased seemed to fit a touch bigger that the XL in the Trail Crampons...the rear set of spikes move a little, but makes no difference in terms of overall performance. All in all I'm delighted with both sets of icers, and I feel particularly good to be supporting a Canadian company that supports causes I am aligned with.
Hi Jamie, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. We really appreciate your support! Glad to hear you gave our FreeSteps6 a try and they aligned with what you were looking for. Enjoy the rest of your winter season!
Best cleats I have used. Will recommend to my family and friends!
Hi Jane - we are so stoked to hear you are enjoying your spikes! We hope you are able to enjoy time spent outside this winter with your family and friends.
Be Safe Go Wild!
I absolutely LOVE these crampons. They have unbelievable traction, so much so that I’ve been trail running confidently on areas completely covered with ice (even on the downhills!). They are easy to take on and off. They are really tough and built to last. I’ve been recommending them to every runner I know!
Thank you for taking the time to review your FreeSteps6® Crampons!
We are so excited to hear about your experience - and that they have added confidence in your step while running out on the icy trails.
We hope you have a great rest of the winter season, with lots of time spent out on the trails - Be safe, go wild!
Very pleased with Freestep cramlons
Thank you for taking the time to review your spikes! We are so glad to hear you are happy with the purchase of your FreeSteps6® Crampons this winter season and hope they give you the added traction you need for your winter activities!
Be safe, go wild!
We have a lot if daytime melt and night time freezing here and it makes for very icy trail conditions. These things are a life saver. Running up and down hills are no problem. I wear a size 8 trail runner and ordered an extra small, they fit perfectly. Fresh Snow in near 0 degree temperatures are the only drawback as snow will pack up in them and form snowballs which can be nuisance.