We finally indulged and bought some Get-A-Grip ice cleats that just slip over your boots. So far they fit better over hiking boots then they do over rubber boots. We've heard that Yak Tracs are the best so we might need to upgrade soon. I lost one the first time we wore them and luckily we were on a loop trail so I picked it up on the return. Tim thought he should make some kind of strap to go around - like a safely cord. So we'll see what we can come up with. I'm all for velcro but he said something about using his crochet abilities to make a single chain. I didn't really bring any yarn scapes with me so we'll have to see what he comes up with.
Anyway - they seem pretty popular down here. The snow has melted and refrozen many times so some of the trails are really rough. I know that Roxi in Anchorage has some and they work pretty good. So far I haven't made any "sitz" spots on the trails!
By the way - you may notice that we're wearing jeans - no snow pants and no long johns either!