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Traction for Winter Hiking

Winter HikingHere are a couple of products that may help you explore the outdoors in the winter time.

Yaktracks – This option is basically a popular selling foot cleat.  They will stretch to fit easily over almost any type of shoe.  Yaktrack has a special “SkidLock” coil of metal that will dig into ice and hard packed snow.   They are fairly bendable and small for easy carrying and storage.   They are available in a variety of colours.

Polar Cleats- This option offers you a high quality, Canadian made recycled product.  Polar Cleats (patent pending) slip-on, studded snow cleats.  They can be fitted on almost any size boot and/or shoe for winter walking.  They are lightweight and affordable.

Trex Traction Devices- This brand is used more for workers who find themselves outside on a regular basis.  But since there are a variety of options and types that Trex offers, I thought I would include this in the option list.  They are quite a bit more expensive than the other options, perhaps as they are professional grade.  Trex markets their traction devices, “one-piece traction device for shoes or boots delivers tenacious grip and stability.”

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Ski poles- You may think that I misplaced this in the traction section, but if you are out hiking or walking in the winter weather, remember to bring your poles along with you!  They are excellent at helping you keep your balance if you happen to slip and stumble.   Remember to change your baskets to the larger webbed ones for the winter time as this will help as you place them in the snow along the route.  If you only have small baskets, consider getting larger ones to prevent the poles from dropping too far into the snow along your path.