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Gear: Crampon system helps you get a grip on slippery surfaces

FreeStep6, a new lightweight over-the-boot crampon system, is easy to pull on and off quickly

Whether you’re walking along muddy slopes, traversing icy spots at higher altitudes or wading into slimy river beds for fishing, optimized boot or shoe traction can be essential to safety.

The folks at Hillsound Equipment have introduced FreeSteps6, a new lightweight over-the-boot (or hiking shoe) crampon system that is easy to pull on and off quickly. It’s interconnected by slim stainless steel welded chains and wires to a pliable and freeze-resistant elastic harness. These 21 minimalist 1/4 -inch stainless steel spikes secure footing without tearing up the terrain.

Boaters can slip into the crampons while getting out of the vessel and remove the crampons while getting back in, reducing the risk of transferring invasive species or other living muck – a problem common with felt-bottom boots.

FreeStep6 pull-on crampons fit easily into a jacket pocket, ideally stashed into a self-zipping plastic bag.

Info: A set of FreeSteps6 pull-on crampons costs $39.99 a pair, and is available in five sizes.

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