I live in Alaska, so there is no need to explain the winter conditions. My place of employment was informed of Rip’s Cleats™ and we decided to try them out. It was the best decision we made as far as cleats go. For example last winter (2015) we had some pretty bad icy parking lots everywhere we went, by wearing these cleats, there was absolutely no problem walking anywhere at any time. What I love is the simplicity, and user friendly design. No sitting down and struggling to use them, like other designs I have used — Quick, easy and durable! I’m a firm believer in them, and will never purchase any other cleats again.