Winter Traction Matters When Life is at Stake

Winter Traction Matters When Life is at Stake

Press Release Dec 18, 2012

DURHAM, NC—Emergency medical personnel face difficult conditions every day, and in winter snow and ice are among the most dangerous. Sometimes accidents resulting from those conditions are the reason they were called. Moving safely at the scene of an accident or moving equipment and patients, EMTs need all the traction they can get and Diamond Grip™ from ICEtrekkers delivers.

In just seconds, Diamond Grip attaches dozens of case hardened, alloy steel grippers to the bottom of a shoe or boot. The patented six-pointed “diamond beads” are strung on steel aircraft cable and put literally hundreds of biting edges under the heel and the ball of the foot to grip the slickest ice, hardest-packed snow, and even rock or gravel. Easy to use and built to last, Diamond Grip is the most dependable way to enhance the winter safety of outdoor footwear in critical life, health and safety situations.

Millions of people fall each year, most frequently causing injuries to the head, wrist, elbow or hip. National Safety Council statistics show that thousands of people die due to fall-related injuries, and the Department of Labor estimates the cost of an average slip and fall injury to be about $28,000. Estimates put North American annual lost workdays due to slip/fall injuries at over 100 million, at an annual cost of $36 billion. That reality will continue to drive calls to emergency medical services, especially during winter months in the Snow Belt. But when the victim is a medical service provider on the job, the damage is greater still.

Diamond Grip is ICEtrekkers’ top-of-the-line winter traction device, designed for the most challenging conditions. These slip-on ice cleats put a rectangle of gripping beads under the ball of the foot and a triangle under the heel, and attach them with hardened steel chain and steel rivets to a tough rubber sling that slips over the toe and heel of the shoe. The patented gripper design is self-clearing so there is no risk of icing up and losing traction. Diamond Grip cleats go on in one smooth motion and stay on until you’re ready to remove them. No straps or other attachments are needed. And Diamond Grip is both comfortable enough to wear all day and durable enough to last for years.

“Over the last three years we’ve sold over 500,000 Diamond Grip sets to emergency medical and law enforcement personnel, oil and utility workers, railroad workers, waste management workers, firefighters, and other outdoor professionals,” says ICEtrekkers founder Kate LaGrand. “Many of the companies we serve require their workers to use Diamond Grip for winter work.”

LaGrand’s company started out making high-end winter traction products for cars, trucks, and specialized vehicles and, after a decade-and-a-half, decided to apply what they’d learned to footwear. In 1986 the company introduced ICEtrekkers and has been improving the products ever since. “We examined all the competing products, as well as our own designs, to improve on the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses,” says LaGrand. “We designed the Diamond Grip model so that only case hardened steel links and traction beads contact the ground, for maximum durability. We use a resilient rubber sling that stays tough and flexible at bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures, as our users on Alaska’s North Slope can attest. You can put them on or take them off in a couple of seconds wearing winter gloves, and they grip like nothing you’ve ever seen.”

Diamond Grip cleats are available from Grainger and a variety of other safety product distributors and outdoor retailers.

ICEtrekkers offers a range of personal winter traction products including ICEtrekkers Chains, Spikes and Diamond Grip lines. The company’s goal is to provide the best possible products at the best possible prices for the urban walker, open-air enthusiast, or outdoor professional.

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