Consumer Reports: Get a grip on slippery ice with slip-on cleats

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Consumer Reports tested devices that slip over your shoes and claim to grip the ice to prevent slips and falls. (WPVI)

With this weekend's snow storm on the way, you also need to keep an eye out for ice - especially while walking on driveways and sidewalks.

Winter boots can protect you from the snow, but no amount of rubber tread can prevent you from slipping on ice. Consumer Reports tested devices that slip over your shoes and claim to grip the ice to prevent slips and falls.

Sue Schaevitz slipped on the ice and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She still has headaches, dizziness, and vision problems nearly a year later.

"I never thought that a couple of inches of ice would change my life that day and that I'd be where I am nine months later," she said.

Consumer Reports tested four products designed to give you better traction on ice. Prices range from $8 to $34 dollars.

Bernie Deitrick made his own personal skating rink and tried each pair on a flat surface and at various angles.

Then he went to a real rink to see how well each grips the ice while standing, walking, and even running.

"All of these devices improve your traction on ice. But there were big differences in performance," said Bernie.

The Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats for $18 dollars performed the worst at the rink. Despite the metal coils on the bottom, Bernie slid all over the ice.

The $8 dollar OuterStar has 10-stud crampons on the bottom, but you can still slip fairly easily.

The $ 27 dollar Ice-Trekkers gave more traction on the slippery surface with its diamond grip traction cleats.

The best by far was the Stabilicers Maxx that cost about $34 dollars. Walking, running, and even standing on ice at an angle didn't allow any slipping.

The Stabilicers Maxx are available in several sizes from outdoor stores and online, including from Amazon. Prices vary by size.

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