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Saturday, January 26, 2019

FUNANASUN Ice / Traction Cleats Review / Discount Code

Be sure to read to end for a 70% off discount code, valid 1/26-1/31/19.

New England recently had its first major storm of the year. The snow itself wasn't that bad, we only got six inches. What was bad was that after it snowed, the temperature was going down to nearly zero (Fahrenheit). That meant everything was going to ice up.

I was able to clear the snow with the snowblower before things iced up, but that left our driveway all iced up after the storm was over. At that temperature the ice melt only helped so much. Yes, it will melt the snow, but you have to hang around to clear it or else it will ice up again. Our problem here that I deal with for every storm is our driveway has a serious slope, so bad that when I was still driving a Ford Mustang with real wheel drive, I sometimes could not get the vehicle up the driveway to the garage.

Due to the sloped driveway, I had been eyeing getting ice cleats to put on my shoes. Basically, you wrap your own boot/shoe with the ice cleats, then you can literally walk on ice, without slipping and sliding all over the place. After taking one to many headers last snow season, I figured it was worth trying them out this season.

Low and behold, as I was thinking of ordering them, I was asked to review a pair from FUNANASUN. After this latest storm, it was time to try them out.
The traction cleats come in a handy carrying case. There aren't instructions for putting them on.

I had to check out the picture on the Amazon page for the item to see how to put them on. If you think about it, it is pretty obvious. Apparently, I wasn't thinking about it enough.
Hooray, eventually, I got them on.
When you order the traction cleats, you need to know what shoes you'll be wearing them with. My feet are a size 10, sometimes 10 1/2. More importantly though for me is my feet are really wide (EEEEEE). I wasn't planning on wearng them with trail runners so I immediately went up to the XL. The XL size was the perfect fit for my feet. You don't want these too big, and the rubber has great elacticity so it is safe to be on the smaller side if you're in between sizes and not sure.
Once I had the ice cleats on, clearing the driveway was a piece of cake, as far as not slipping and sliding down the hill goes, or just plain falling down. You're sure footed as you walk around shoveling. Without them on, I would sometimes slip just from the motion of shoveling, if I hit a harder piece of ice/snow where I was hoping for the shovel to go straight thru. This kickback would cause me to slip and slide and occasionally cause me to fall down if I wasn't careful. These worked great and will surely come out for the next storm.

One thing I had to check out was how the driveway survived with me walking on it with 18 steel cleats potentially digging into it, 36 if you count both feet. I would not recommend walking on a hardwood floor in the cleats but the driveway survived fine. Sure, we need to resurface the driveway, but I didn't notice any new damage caused by the cleats.

If you live in an area where you can expect ice storms regularly or you just like to hike in the woods after a storm, I highly recommend these. Clearing the driveway was just so much easier with these on compared to when I'm just in boots. Your shoes can get wet with them on as they don't provide any protection from that, so me putting them on over my sneakers like I did wasn't the brightest idea. Just be sure to get the right size. Next storm, I'll probably put them on for when I go out with the snow blower.

Interested in getting them for yourself? FUNANASUN is running a special from 1/26/19 - 1/31/19 for 70% off. Regularly $31.99, you can get them for just $9.60. At that price, you can get a pair for the whole family. The promo code is 70ICEGRIPS, but entering the code is built into the link below.

If you buy, do share your thoughts on them once you try out. This is one of those products you can't just put on and try out. You kind of have to wait for the next storm. I've had these since the fall waiting...

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. This post contains affiliate links in which those links are clicked I may be compensated for. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.


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