I don’t usually promote products or services on this website, but today I am making an exception. After a recommendation from Judy at New England Garden and Thread a few weeks ago, I ordered a set of Yaktrax, and this week they have been the only reason I have been able to get out of the house.
This is what our sidewalks looked like this morning.
The likelihood that I will break a bone or two if I fall is very high, so I have been very reluctant to go anywhere for weeks now. But, the Yaktrax have given me confidence that I can actually walk outside for while, even on ice and solid snow.
I also carry a hiking pole with a spike on the end for added balance, and so I am walking mostly upright. It occurred to me that walking hunched over looking at my feet may have increased the probability that I would fall, so it is not only enjoyable to look straight ahead, it is quite possibly safer.
This is what my Yaktrax looked like when I got home and a picture of how they look in the online ads.
In late 2020 I bought these Olang boots that have sections to flip over in order to use the spikes, and I found them very good for walking on packed snow. They are less effective on ice, though, because they tend to skid. So, even though they are comfy and warm, and I like being able to flip over the spikes when I walk into shops or drive the car, they are no good on icy sidewalks.
So, Olang, as much as a love you, my new love is Yaktrax. Today, the two of you seemed to be getting along nicely, and it looks as though we have created a mutually satisfying threesome.
Together we walked about two kilometres, to the library and back, and it felt good to be outside in the fresh air. Thank you Yaktrax and all those who are inventing ways to walk safely in winter.