THE SITUATION: With ice and snow comes the potential for slips and falls, which are some of the biggest causes of winter-related injuries. You can reduce your risk for broken bones (and a bruised ego) with Yaktrax Pro, a simple device that slides over shoes or boots to provide 360 degrees of traction and keep you on your feet instead of your bum.
A SOLUTION: There are several slip-resistant products on the market, but Yaktrax is one of the most established manufacturers — and for good reason. With a patented coil design, the Pro doesn’t have any scary-looking and potentially dangerous spikes. The coils are made from high-strength, abrasion-resistant steel that is embedded in natural rubber for durability, allowing the device to resist temperatures as low as minus 41 degrees.
THE DETAILS: The Pro set is also lightweight (between 6-8 ounces, depending on the size) and has a removable strap that adjusts to most shoe and boot styles. The heel tab on each foot makes it relatively easy to get on and off, so you’ll be more inclined to use the product. Available in sizes small through extra large to fit a range of shoe sizes.
AVAILABILITY: For sizing details, or to purchase or find a list of retailers, visit yaktrax.com.
Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service