Great gear: Braving the elements? Try STABILicers Sport

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-TribuneDecember 6, 2012 

For those willing to brave the cold for outdoor activities, there's another potential detractor: ice.

Whether you're exercising outdoors or just running errands, the journey can be perilous. The STABILicers SPORT by 32north offers some much-needed protection against this with its unique cleat-and-tread design.

You don't have to give up your favorite boots or shoes to wear them -- just slip the device over existing footwear and head outside.

Marketed as "snow tires for your feet," the STABILicers SPORT lives up to the hype. It's made from a durable TPE elastomer that is lightweight and has a good shape memory to reduce stretching.

It covers both your heel and forefoot with a special tension-fit binding to ensure it stays on securely. It features cleats that grip ice, snow, rock or pavement.

Even better, the cleats are replaceable, which helps ensure they last through several winters. The device has been designed with sports enthusiasts in mind -- great for any outdoor winter activity, such as running or hiking.

Available in sizes XS (for women's shoe sizes 5-7), S (for men's sizes 6-8 and women's sizes 7.5-9.5), M (for men's sizes 8-10.5 and women's sizes 9.5-11) and LG (for men's sizes 10.5-12.5). Price is $39.95.

For purchase locations, go to www.32north.com.

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