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Old Dec 20th 2013, 4:59 pm
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I think the weather in my village works totally independently to the rest of Hungary as we've still got snow on the ground and we've had freezing fog for the past two weeks. My driveway and the lane outside are like a skating rink and since I fractured my femur two years ago and nearly ended up spending Christamas in a Hungarian hospital (quite a story in itself) I've lost a lot of confidence walking my dogs along icey paths. I've got heavy boots as well as wellies and I've also got trax but I'm still not happy and I really must buy boots that give more grip.

I thought I'd ask what other people wear when out in the Hungarian snow and ice. I'm off to the Allatkorhaz on Monday with my puppy and am planning to drop into Decathalon on my way back to see if they've anything suitable .... maybe hiking boots would do the job?

Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

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Old Dec 21st 2013, 3:56 pm
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Hi Sachi,
There was a thread on here last year discussing the merits of wearing a pair of thick woolly socks over your shoes, something along the lines of the wet wool giving far better grip on ice.
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Here in the UK I bought some shoes grips. Found them very useful but arriving home one dark night I realised one of them had slipped off! Similar to first and second pics on below.
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sh...w=1366&bih=648
Surprisingly, I have never seen my Hungarian relatives or friends wearing anything special to stop them slipping over on icey pavements/roads.

Anyway, I've bought another pair of shoe grips. Not had to wear them yet.
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Old Dec 24th 2013, 3:04 pm
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I have a pair of moon boots with moulded soles and very deep tread - not fallen over yet
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I have a pair of moon boots with moulded soles and very deep tread - not fallen over yet

Have looked them up and guess what? Someone is selling them on eBay and they are sent from Hungary!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-TE...-/171197545385

They look pretty good and I like the grip on them.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Yesterday I took a trip to Decathalon and bought a pair of Quechua boots with thick treads which I am told are suitable for trekking in snow. Also a Trekking Pole for 2999ft, which cost less. than in England because the cheapest one I could find online was £18 plus postage. I'm now waiting for the snow!
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Originally Posted by Sachina
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Yesterday I took a trip to Decathalon and bought a pair of Quechua boots with thick treads which I am told are suitable for trekking in snow. Also a Trekking Pole for 2999ft, which cost less. than in England because the cheapest one I could find online was £18 plus postage. I'm now waiting for the snow!
Sounds good Take care when the snow comes
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Originally Posted by Sachina
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Yesterday I took a trip to Decathalon and bought a pair of Quechua boots with thick treads which I am told are suitable for trekking in snow. Also a Trekking Pole for 2999ft, which cost less. than in England because the cheapest one I could find online was £18 plus postage. I'm now waiting for the snow!
Quechua boots are great - got a pair through the post - not expensive & very warm.
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Look ideal
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There seems to be different styles of Quechua boots. It would be great to actually see what you have bought. Thinking of getting some for myself but don't want to go overboard and buy the wrong sort for either UK or Hungary.
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There seems to be different styles of Quechua boots. It would be great to actually see what you have bought. Thinking of getting some for myself but don't want to go overboard and buy the wrong sort for either UK or Hungary.
I got the QUECHUA Arpenaz Snow 400 Winter Boots Black,

see http://www.decathlon.co.uk/arpenaz-s...d_8227769.html

They are very warm.

You are right there seems to be a full selection of different types for different purposes and at different prices.
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I bought the Quechua Inuit 500 (ladies) boots from Decathalon in Miskolc. They were about £10 cheaper than they were advertised for in the UK Decathalon online catalogue.
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I like the look of the cheapest ones, something like warm, short wellies:

http://www.decathlon.co.hu/hotaposok...e-12-13-1.html
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Think I'll see how I get on with my Hunter Short Wellies. Soles are supposedly rubber so might be okay on ice. The soles on my hiking boots (Karrimor) and cheap standard wellies (brand unknown) give very poor grip. I was wearing my Hiking boots when we made a trip to Poland and whilst taking a break in Slovakia I slipped on a small square ice rink buried under a few inches of snow!

Anyway, seeing what the others have bought/like I know what I should get!
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Best of luck and just take it easy, that ice under the snow is not good - especially if temps have been low for a while.
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