Introduction: Winterize Your Shoes - DIY CRAMPONS.
After a recent snow storm, it was icy and slippery all over the roads and pathways. I came up with this simple idea to make some crampons. This is a cheep and easy to make project to be used whenever you need.
Step 1: Materials and Tools.
- Aluminum bars.
Some tools are needed to make holes and ply the bars. Anyway use what you have in hand and your imagination ;-) .
Step 2: Size & Dimensions.
I used my own shoes for reference to size the metal bars, so mark the length on the bars and cut two of them.
Step 3: Holes for the Rivets.
Make few holes to fix the rivets to the bars.
Now bend the bars at both ends and use a file to make some indents to increase the grip on the ice
Now comes the tricky part. You need to make some slits at the ends of the bars for the passing velcro bands. I did this before putting the rivets on.
Now pass both the velcro belts (hook and loops) trough the slits and fasten each other underside the bars between the rivets. I had to mold and shape them a bit with a solder to fit among the rivets.
Secure your new cheep crampons to your shoes or bring them with you and have a secure walk on the ice.
P.S.: sorry for my English. I did my best to to explain what and how I did it. ;-).