YAKTRAX for Hunters and Ice Anglers
Carrying a loaded firearm over ice
and snow is an inherently dangerous situation. Stalking elk or bear up an icy, snowy ledge
leaves no room for slipping. A December pheasant hunt often means skidding atop icy,
wind-blown snow. Ice fishing is about fishing on ice. A hunter with a loaded gun or an
angler on ice needs the certainty of surefootedness for safety.
After a year of successful market
testing, YAKTRAX, a Washington state company, has announced that its popular shoe traction
device is available to sportsmen and women. Called YAKTRAX, the design is based on
footwear used by Himalayan Sherpas who, for centuries, have scaled the worlds
highest peaks in footwear made from the leather of yaks, not steel crampons. Small metal
coils on the bottom provide traction on compact snow and icy surfaces. It is the first
practical and effective traction product for consumers on the market.
YAKTRAXs have 360 degrees of
gripping force. Their unique double-diamond design and opposing coil systems keep the user
from sliding side to side and front to back. The simple design means the product is
extremely affordable and does not change the users walk in any way. Because YAKTRAXs
are made with injection moulded plastic, they stretch easily, making sizing a snap.
The product was tested at the 2002
Salt Lake City Olympics where 1,000 personnel wore the devices. Simultaneously, the
product was distributed in Minnesota where it received praise and local media attention.
YAKTRAXs come in a reusable package that fits
inside a purse or briefcase or can be slipped into a pocket. For additional information
and a breakdown list of local retailers please visit www.yaktrax.com.