Not a bad idea, it seems, for both easier walking and to keep the boot base from getting chewed up. Any word on these, pro or con?
Are your cat tracks ever wet or muddy when you put them in your pocket?
Maybe a toe lever (vs. heel lever) would have been better for unhooking, but might make hooking harder. Were they really much harder to remove than cat tracks? Do you need to fold them before you lock them to a post? Are your cat tracks ever wet or muddy when you put them in your pocket?
They really werent hard to unhook and fold ect. They were a pain in the rear to hook up though - and I was sitting down on a bench and not standing on snow. It's like stepping into a binding and you have to make sure the toe and heel piece are alligned correctly ect..the rep was showing me how to do it quickly but I didnt get it and had to keep reaching down with my hands to allign them as they were sliding back and forth. I think that's the Achilees heel of this degice--too annoying to get them on especially if you are standing in snow.
Bumpity bumpity bump...
I saw WALK-EZ mentioned in the "Retro Memories" thread and scored a new pair in box off eBay (low "make an offer" accepted). Just got em today...
First thought as I pulled em out of the box was "damn, they're heavy!", but I was thinking in terms of stowing them in my jacket. Then I saw they come with a cable lock, which I'd missed to that point. They go on easy, and after only a few outings I was already starting to wear the heels down on my new ski boots, so think these will be a nice solution. Spiffy design - too bad they didn't succeed in the market.
I love them! Only down side is you have to lock them up and then be sure you go back to the same base area. I have also put them in my backpack but they take up some room.
They came up with a device to hold them on the back of your boots but it looks pretty awkward.
Just make sure you don't buy them too big or they can come off.
I used these for the first time yesterday at Keystone, where there's a long walk through the Village to the Gondola. They slip on/off in a few seconds, make walking much easier/smoother than directly on the boots, and, perhaps most importantly, protect my boot investment by avoiding sole/heel wear. They are bulky/heavy, but I keep them in the car and only use them when it makes sense, and when ready to ski cable-lock them to a ski rack.
Well designed product that works perfectly. Highly recommended ( if you can find a pair ;-).
For anyone that has hundreds of dollars of work done to the bottoms of their boots and the replacement soles are like ice skates..Not the case.
I will say that they can be a PITA to store and do something with while you are skiing.
I use Cat Tracks when I don't get a GREAT parking spot. You can hang them on your cable lock at the base lodge just like the EZs if you don't have pocket space for them. I could care less what other folks think. I'd rather get laughed at for saving my boots and ass than get laughed at for busting my ass. My boot soles still look brand new after three seasons of about 10 days per year
People with massive boot grinding and cants aren't taking CatTraks or WalkEZs off anywhere near the base lodge. More like on the snow under the lifts.