The Best Winter Traction Devices, According to You
Strap on one of these accessories and walk with confidence this winter
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This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for outstanding winter traction devices, then pulled the most useful and authoritative reviews for each.
Yaktrax Walk ($15)
“I used these bad boys after it snowed a whopping two inches in Portland, Oregon, the other day. I was running around Portland like Usain Bolt. I didn’t slip a bit. Best $15 purchase ever. Even if they break after one season, I’ll get another pair.”
Stabilicers Walk ($19)
“These are my favorite ice cleats and I live in the Arctic Circle. These do not get caught on metal stairs, they aren’t slippery on pavement or sidewalks, and they stay on better than most. Plus, these are some of the easiest to take on and off. Love this product.”
OuterStar Ice and Snow Grips ($10)
“These grips do what they’re supposed to do. I walk a lot—to and from work or with a very large dog—so I needed something to prevent slipping after I twisted my ankle on the snow. They slip on fairly easy and they work best on rough ice and packed snow.”
IceTrekkers Diamond Grip ($28)
“I used these almost every day during a winter trip to Iceland. They worked great for everything from icy parking lots to hiking over icebergs and glaciers. I noticed that the high-end shops in Reykjavik sold this exact brand and you can be sure Icelanders know what works on ice.”
Kahtoola Microspikes ($70)
“These are not the common ice grippers you find in the local store during the winter season. The Kahtoola Microspikes are robust and deep and provide very good traction on snow and ice. I use these every winter when I’m out shoveling or walking on ground that can be slippery. With these, I am not scared of each step.”