December 20, 2011 01:00 ET

Snow+Rock's Winter Essentials: Yaktrax

Enjoy getting outdoors this winter with the aid of Yaktrax

GUILDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2011) - In icy winter months conditions can be treacherous on untreated surfaces with inadequate footwear, so people tend to avoid outdoor activities for fear of injury. When extreme winter weather hits the UK these conditions can even occur on our doorsteps, with many streets and pavements left untreated.

Yaktrax attach to normal shoes to give added grip on icy and snowy surfaces, enabling you to walk, and run, confidently in these conditions. With Yaktrax each step has the added benefit of recycled metal coils providing hundreds of biting edges for traction beneath your feet.

Choose between the Yaktrax Walker (£14.99) or the Yaktrax Pro (£19.99).

The Yaktrax Walker is designed for people who are looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight traction device for their shoes, ideal for everyday pedestrians who want greater stability on ice and snow.

Yaktrax Pro is perfect for anyone needing increased grip while working, running or enjoying outdoor activities on ice or packed snow during the winter months.

Stephen Wood, Executive Editor of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine recently wrote in the Independent Ski Traveller supplement "In our very residential part of north London, where the council doesn't clear snow, these devices are very popular: Postman Keith, who delivers our mail, has a couple of pairs."

Stephen also tested them indoors at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead whilst wearing brogues and observed that he could ascend the slope "without a slip or slide."

The ice grips are constructed from natural rubber with 1.4mm high-strength abrasion and rust resistant coils using 70% recycled metal.

For more heavy duty requirements check out Kahtoola MICROspikes® Traction System £45.99. These spiked shoe appendages will allow you to get out in almost any conditions - they're ideal for anything from wet rocks to icy driveways. Simply stretch them over your shoes when you need that extra grip, and once you're done they slip off and can be carried easily in your pocket or backpack.

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