Winter RVing? Prevent Falls With Yaktrax

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It’s no secret that Stef and I like to get outdoors, even in the winter, and we don’t think that RVing should be confined to the summer months.  But that’s not to say that winter doesn’t present some unique challenges – including the danger of slips, trips, and falls on slick winter surfaces.  While we were scouting the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, we found these little do-dads from Yaktrax that promise to add a margin of safety to your next winter outing.  Have a look.

No matter how much we work on balance, there are times when a little extra traction is just the ticket.  That’s what you get with these – they’re like little tire chains for your feet!

There are a couple other things worth mentioning about Yaktrax.  The first is that they pack away to just about nothing when you’re done with them.  When you travel in a small RV like Stef and me, quality gear that doesn’t take up much room tends to get brought, while bulky gear gets left behind.  These are so small, there’s no excuse not to keep them handy.

And while we only looked at a couple in this video, they do have more aggressive models.  Those get to be like crampons, and would be more suited to technical hiking and things of that nature.  For general wear in and around the RV, the coil based traction is a good option.  The good thing about those is that the coils aren’t very damaging.  I wore mine around the show on carpet for 15 minutes or more, and managed not to snag anything.  Yet, they still provide excellent traction, even on ice, as you can see in the video.

And good news: Yaktrax are easy to find.  You can find them online at, on, and in larger sporting goods stores.

Stay safe everyone!

James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.

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