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Winter boots - Most don't pass the SLIP test

PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:24 pm
by yukon
Most winter boots on the market do a lousy job of preventing slips on ice and snow, according to researchers at a Toronto centre that rehabilitates victims of serious accidents.

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute worked out a new rating system for winter boots. Then it tested 98 models of both safety and casual boots and found that 90 per cent didn’t meet even their minimum standard. (It didn’t bother with dress boots.)

And its video shows volunteers on a laboratory ice sheet losing their balance over and over, and dangling on tethers from the ceiling. It’s funny and scary at the same time.

Winter boots can be expensive and we assume that the deeper the tread, the better the traction. As these tests show, we are very wrong. Majority failed and that is unacceptable. What is a person or moose to do? Ice climbing spikes? ... o-slippery ... Tested.pdf