Studded traction for boots
• Manufactured by 32North
• 207-284-5010; www.32north.com
• Cost: about $50
I’ve had my share of butt-bruising falls on snow- and ice-covered job sites. I tried to remedy the situation with a number of boot-traction gizmos. Most felt unstable, and some didn’t even offer traction. Then I discovered Stabilicers, a pair of flexible rubber soles that strap onto my boots with two heavy-duty 1-in. hook-and-loop webs. Each sole has 17 hardened-steel studs around its perimeter. Nubs grip the bottom of the boot, providing solid footing and eliminating worries about foot roll. Studs are replaceable, so you can rejuvenate Stabilicers rather than buy a new pair.
Stabilicers work great on anything from snow to frost- and ice-encrusted sheathing, but the studs need something to bite into, like ice or wood. Avoid metal, polished-stone, or tile surfaces, or you’ll feel like you’re skating. Also, remember to take them off before going into the house. The studs are merciless on finished hardwood floors, even through cardboard or drop cloths.
Photo by: Krysta S. Doerfler