Injuries are possible everywhere this time of year. One slip on the ice or snow could leave you with a sprained ankle, broken bone or worse. Even shoes that offer traction often aren't enough for the slipperiest winter surfaces, especially during an outdoor hike.
The XTR extreme outdoor traction system by Yaktrax looks like a weapon, but it will actually keep you safe when you need it most. Its patent-pending design features steel-spiked toe and heel plates that are connected by high-strength, rust- and abrasion-resistant steel chain. The spikes grip surfaces as you walk or run, while the plates prevent hazardous snow buildup.
The device adapts to most footwear and is easy to get and off, with a thermo-elastic band that slides over your shoe or boot. It comes with a nylon storage bag for easy transport.
Yaktrax also offers a bonus for the eco-conscious. Its partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation helps ensure that all Yaktrax products are manufactured using wind power.
Color is black; chain is silver. Available in sizes small to extra large. Price is $60. Purchase at www.yaktrax.com.