Hillsound is a Canadian company that makes crampons and gaiters, and they developed the FreeSteps6 for winter walking. How did they hold up on my tests in Vail, Colorado?
What Hiking Lady likes about FreeSteps6 Crampons
- Great in well-packed snow. Hillsound’s FreeSteps6 worked very well in well-packed snow. They are a beefier than Yaktrax because of their mini spikes, which gripped well even when walking downhill. They really are crampons more than just snow chains for your boots.
- Very lightweight.
- Easy to get on and off. The combination of stainless steel chains and spikes attach to your boot with an elastomer harness (meaning a super heavy duty tear resistant material), that is pliable even in super cold temperatures. It was about 15 degrees Fahrenheit when I tested them and they were quick to get on and off.
What Hiking Lady dislikes about FreeSteps6 Crampons
- Not ideal for powdery conditions. As to be expected, the FreeSteps6 are lightweight, and aren’t meant for deep snow. As seen in the picture below, snow can ball up if the conditions are too powdery. Stick to well-packed trails, an icy driveway that needs plowing, or slippery streets, and these will suit you very well!
- Price: $40.00
- Weight: 14.4 ounces for a pair
- Where to buy: Amazon.com
The Verdict: Hiking Lady recommends them!
Remember to check out Hiking Lady’s 10 Tips for Hiking Boot Shopping, including why you should generally order 1/2 size larger than your street shoes.