As with all crampons from these simple types though to full-on mountaineering versions, a slightly different style of walking is advantageous: plant the feet onto the ice and then lift out again (almost like a gentle stamping motion) rather than the conventional walking stride which can result in scraping the sole particularly along uneven ground. This will provide a much more positive grip as each stud will locate more firmly into the snow/ice and will help avoid the studs being pulled out accidentally.
The studs are designed to be removed and the pattern of studs can therefore be altered to your needs. We find that the two under the ball of the foot are only needed in exceptionally icy conditions whereas the toe and heel studs provide the majority grip for walking. In the event that a stud does detatch, the yellow colouring should make finding any that come loose easier to spot so simply re-locate any that do if this happens.
The studs on these products are designed to come out if they get stuck in something rather than tear the rubber or cause a trip hazard. This feature is a safety requirement and not a fault. Even with loss of some of the studs they will provide substantial grip although it is advisable to replace any that are lost as soon as practical.
Replacement studs and the baskets themselves are also available as spares.
The metal part of the stud is design for use on ice/snow, it will wear away rapidly if used on concrete/pavement or any other hard abrasive surface that does not have sufficient covering of ice. Also without sufficiently deep or hard ice, the additional abrasion and stresses can cause premature failure of the rubber.
In situations where ice coverage is minimal, patchy or of variable quality, the metal studs may provide less grip than normal soles. Thus this product is designed to be used in conjunction with normal footwear in adverse conditions and is not designed for indoor, continuous or commercial use.
As with all friction based devices, there is inevitably a lifespan that is dictated by the type and duration of use and will vary from person to person. We advise replacing any missing or damaged parts as a maintenance task but if the wear is extensive it may be more economic to replace them in their entirety before the security afforded by this product is compromised.