FreeSteps6® Crampons
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From icy city pavements to your local trails, the redesigned FreeSteps6® offers durable, ultra-light traction performance to those needing a simple anti-slip aid for outdoor activities. Utilizing high-quality stainless steel chains and spikes, the new FreeSteps6® is a solid choice to support your active life style.
  • Hillsound's FreeSteps6® are the ideal traction device for a variety of activities including city walking, light hiking, ice fishing and trail running.
  • The minimalist spike design means that you can comfortably wear the FreeSteps6® for an extended time, even when standing on hard surfaces.
  • For winter use, the 21 spikes provide grip on a wide range of terrain- from ice to packed snow.
  • For anglers, the eco-friendly FreeSteps6® provides secure grip on rocks and river slime and does not transfer invasive aquatic species when rinsed after use.
  • Elastomer harness adapts to all types of footwear, fits securely and is easy to slip on and off quickly.These cleats also provide additional traction on muddy and slippery river beds for anglers.
  • Ultra-light traction for trail runners conscious of carrying extra ounces.
  • Large spike plate at the crampon heel provides better traction on downhill slopes.
  • Reinforced elastomer harness provides tear resistance and maintains pliability to sub-freezing temperatures.


Also available at
Hillsound at REI Hillsound The Gear Co-Op Eastern Mountain Sports Trail CramponHillsound Trail Crampons at LL Bean Hillsound at Campsaver Hillsound at GearX Hillsound available at Valhalla Pure freesteps6

Also available at
Hillsound at REI Hillsound The Gear Co-Op Eastern Mountain Sports Trail CramponHillsound Trail Crampons at LL Bean Hillsound at Campsaver Hillsound at GearX Hillsound available at Valhalla Pure freesteps6
stainless steel
easy-on, easy-off
ultra light

Product Details

– Chains and Spike Material: Stainless Steel
– Harness Material: Elastomer
– Spike length: 0.8cm / 1/4″
– Spike Number: 21
– Weight (per pair): 316g (XS), 320g(S), 345g(M), 356g(L), 378g(XL)
– Weight (per pair): 11.1oz (XS), 11.3oz (S), 12.2oz (M), 12.6oz (L), 13.3oz (XL)

Instructions and Use


Before each use, check over the product to ensure there is no damage, such as chains splitting open or tears in the rubber. If damage is found, discontinue use to prevent further damage and potential injury. Please return the product to your local Hillsound retailer. Test product before each use for proper fit. Check positioning of front & rear spikes on the outer sole of your footwear. All spikes must fit within the outer edge of your footwear when fitted properly.


Always put on and remove Hillsound FreeSteps6® while seated. To fasten the FreeSteps6®, place toes into the front section of the crampon and adjust so the toe guide wire is sitting in front of the shoe not on top or underneath the shoe. The front four spikes must sit untangled and position well within the outer edge of your footwear underneath the ball of the foot. Pull the rubber back-tab toward the heel and cover your footwear with rubber evenly positioned around the sides of your shoe.

To ensure a snug and secure fit, adjust the positioning of chains and rubber so all spikes sit firmly on the foot. Place one foot at a time to ensure balance and start walking on flat surface to test that it is fitting well. If the chains or rubber are loose, you may need to consider a smaller size for a tighter fit. All shoe makes and brands are different, so the Hillsound sizing chart should be used only as a guide. To remove the product, slide the back-tab off of the heel of the shoe, and slip the front of the foot out of the front section of the crampon.


Hillsound’s FreeSteps6® are designed for recreational activities such as trail running, fishing, light hiking, and are not made for technical climbing. These are not a mountaineering crampon. Avoid using the Hillsound FreeSteps6® on stairs. Use the FreeSteps6® with regular outdoor footwear, such as: runners, hiking boots, and insulated boots.


Transport the product using a sturdy bag so as to protect the spikes from damaging your valuable belongings. Always position the spikes away from the body when transporting them.


After use, the product must be thoroughly cleaned, dried and stored in a cool dry place.

Size Charts

Size/TailleHiking BootsFishing/Insulated BootsTrail Runners
US M's / HommesUS W's / DamesUS M's / HommesUS W's / DamesUS M's / HommesUS W's / Dames

Please note that where sizes overlap, this is to indicate that discretion is needed to determine the correct size. For the gaiters, the correct size can be dependent upon the individual’s calf size. For the traction devices, a correct fit is largely dependent on what type of shoe the individual will be wearing with the product. For all Hillsound products, we recommend you try the gaiters or crampons on in-store with the shoes you plan to wear them with to ensure you get the right fit.

Safety Warning and Warranty

Hillsound Equipment Inc.’s crampons and traction devices are designed to provide improved traction in snow and ice conditions. This traction device is not suitable for technical ice climbing, steep terrain or mountaineering. Hillsound products do not eliminate the risks associated with snowy and icy conditions and cannot prevent all slips and falls. When wearing Hillsound products, always use caution, extreme care and common sense. Failure to do so could result in injury or death. The user alone is responsible for determining whether his/her experience, combined with the equipment, terrain and weather, present a risk. The user alone assumes responsibility for the safe and proper use of this product and any risk associated with its use. Activities involving the use of this equipment are inherently dangerous. Hillsound is not responsible or liable for any loss, damages, injury or death caused by the use of this or any other Hillsound products.

LIMITED WARRANTY: Hillsound crampons have a 2-year warranty against damage due to poor workmanship and/or defective materials excluding normal wear and tear, oxidation, alterations and modifications, damage by mechanical force, improper storage and maintenance and uses for which this product is not designed. In the event that the Hillsound product does not perform as listed, the user shall notify Hillsound of any such defect within 90 calendar days from the date when the defect was observed. The user’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be limited to the correction of the defect by adjustment, repair, replacement or refund, which shall be at Hillsound’s election.


DISPUTE RESOLUTION: This Agreement and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with its subject matter shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia, Canada, without regard to any conflict of law provisions, and shall be binding upon the parties hereto in Canada and worldwide. The parties consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts within the Province of British Columbia to adjudicate any dispute arising out of this Agreement. The parties agree that the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is specifically excluded from application to this Agreement.

Product Comparison

Spike Length¹ | # of Spikes| Weight
FreeSteps6®Winter Walking0.7cm / ¼"
21 Spikes
345g (size M) / 12.17oz

Ultra lightweight with a slip-on rubber harness
compatible with most footwear.
Ice Fishing
Wet/Icy Trail
Icy Pavement
Trail Crampon UltraTrail Running1.2cm / ½"
18 Spikes
422g (size M) / 14.9oz
Lightweight yet strong spikes with heel plate and
over-foot strap. Durable rubber harness.
Muddy Trail
Wet/Icy/Snowy Trail
Mixed Terrain
Trail CramponHiking1.5 cm / ⅔"
11 Spikes
462g (size M) / 16.3oz
Plated heat-treated carbon spikes with hinges and
over-foot strap for max support and flexibility.
$59.99 USD
$64.99 CAD
Muddy Trail
Wet/Snowy/Icy Trail
Cypress6Hiking2.6cm / 1"
6 Spikes
550g / 19.4oz
Traditional mid-foot traction aid with anti- snowballing
pad. Easy on-off ratchet straps.
Glacier Walking
Wet/Snowy/Icy Trail
Ice Sheets
Deep Snow
Trail Crampon Pro²Non-technical approaches2.6cm / 1"
10 Spikes
667g (R) / 23.5oz
Lightweight and suitable for most heavy-duty
hiking adventures with anti-snowballing pads.
Easy on-off ratchet straps.
Glacier Walking
Wet/Snowy/Icy Trail
Ice Sheets
Deep Snow

1 This is the average spike length for all spikes on the crampons. Generally, spikes on the heels are longer and front spikes shorter.
2 NOT made for technical ice climbing

Agressive traction!
from Missoula
Rock Creek in western Montana is probably the most slippery river out here. The smooth rocks are covered with a sort of slimy algae. Fishing in felt boots I just slide around on the stuff and every year I end up swimming (it's just part of the fun.) Last year I got a pair of these and they've been a game changer. The spikes get down to the solid stuff and stick. They go on and come off quickly if I'm fishing from a boat and want to jump out to fish something. They've been very durable thus far. Lots of grinding around on rocks and boulder with no show of wear so far. Over all I'm real happy with them. More fishing and less swimming is a good thing.
Shroder Baker
from Jackson Hole
Hillsound crampons work awesome! I'm a fly fishing guide in Jackson Hole Wyoming. I'm always in and out of my boat guiding clients into fish. What I like best about the FreeSteps6 crampon is it's easy on and off capabilities. Match that with incredible grip on slippery rocks while in the river wading, and it's a very important part in my fly fishing quiver.
Super crampons- magique
Claire L.
from St-Félix de valois
I tried on the Quebec icy roads your fabulous crampons- wow, amazing! I felt so secure , I do talk to my friends about them !! I just love them- THANKS Hillsound!!! *This reviewer received free product through a company promotion.*
So much traction, so simple!
Devin A
from Herriman
I acquired a pair of FreeSteps6 Crampons during the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. I could not wait to get these babies on my feet and get hiking on some snow and ice. Went out today hiking up a canyon a 5 minute drive from my home. Tons of ice and packed snow. Having these spikes on my feet saved me from slipping and wasting energy on taking more steps than needed to get up the trail. I could not be more happy with how these perform and how simple they are to get on and off your boots. You can also be confident that they aren't going to slip off your boot as the top of the crampons wraps over the toe of your boot. These are an incredible micro spike traction crampon for the price. Worth every penny!
Excellent on all terrains!
from Glastonbury
Just picked these up and tried them out the same day. I went trail running shortly after a snowstorm deposited about 3-4" of packable snow. The Freesteps6 held up on all terrains, from loose gravel (with snow), to rock faces covered with ice. In short, I never lost my footing once due to the snow/ice. However, the one small problem with the Freesteps6 is the tendency for snow to build up under the heel and toe. In each of these areas, the chains come together and form a small circle. Within these circles, the snow would slowly pack up and become the size of a golf ball. A quick kick against a tree breaks up the snow balls, but it was a bit frustrating to stop every mile or so nevertheless.
Ice fishing
from Grand Rapids
I just wanted to say thank you for the Free Steps 6 Traction Device, it is by far the best traction device I have ever used for ice fishing. This year we have had cold temperatures and light snow which made for very slick ice conditions on the lakes. The Free Step 6 Traction Device spikes are just long enough to get thru the light snow and dig into ice and still allow for easy walking. With other traction devices I have used the light snow prevents the spikes from digging in making walking even worst. Being able to walk comfortably with the confidence of not slipping is worth every penny.