When walking on snowy level tracks and bridleways a full crampon is often more than you really need, but a pair of Ice Trekkers Diamond Grips fitted to your boots works well. These are rather like fitting snow chains to your car tyres in that they just give a small degree of traction to keep you moving. There are many similar devices out there, but the Ice Trekkers Diamond Grip is a very durable option so it should last a few seasons. The extra durability comes from a steel cable around the base that is fitted with a series of diamond-shaped beads, which have six spikes each. These steel beads rotate on the wire, which helps them bite into the surface and also to self-clean. The teeth are quite short so once the snow becomes deep, the ice very hard or the slope steep then the grip is not so great. But use these for crunching along level paths that are frozen or have a sprinkling of snow over top and they work really well. As the Ice Trekkers Diamond Grip’s spikes are not too long you can keep wearing these between patches of ice too without tripping over readily, which often happens when wearing full crampons.
Materials rubber cradle with steel chain of spikes
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Weight 260g (pair, size M)
The Ice Trekkers Diamond Grip are the best option for valleys tracks in this test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2013