Part 9 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. As a follow-up to my recent post on Winter Traction Systems, I wanted to more extensively highlight 32North of Biddeford, Maine—manufacturer of STABILicers.
Produced locally in Maine for nearly 20 years, STABILicers Originals ($49.95) were one of the first winter traction devices to hit market. Their original design—a thick rubber sole studded around the perimeter with a series of case-hardened steel cleats—has prospered almost unchanged over the years and consistently receives rave reviews from users, both for traction and durability, as well as the security of the attachment straps. (Check out the current crop of customer reviews at REI and L.L. Bean.)
STABILicers Originals also provide users the ability to easily replace worn cleats with the aid of a simple screwdriver or socket wrench and a replacement kit that includes 50 additional cleats ($5.50). STABILicers Originals are designed to fit on a wide range of footwear, from casual shoes to hiking boots, and come in seven different sizes, from XXS all the way up to XXL for size-15 Bigfoots like me.
In more recent years, 32North has introduced a series of lighter-weight companion products to their original line, including STABILicers Lite and STABILicers Sport, though reviews seem to indicate these stay less securely attached, especially on steep terrain. 32North also just introduced the beefy waterproof STABILicers OverShoe (pictured) for maximum protection and traction.
You can order them directly from 32North , or find them at most major outdoor retailers (find one close to you with their dealer locator).
Support your Northeast gear companies! Here are the eight others I've profiled to date:
Delorme (Yarmouth, Maine)
Ibex Outdoor Clothing (White River Junction, Vt.)
Jetboil (Manchester, N.H.)
New England Ropes (Fall River, Mass.)
Nemo Equipment (Manchester, N.H.)
Orion Signal and Survival Products (Easton, Md.)
Dermatone Sunscreen (Windsor, Ct.)
Darn Tough Socks (Northfield, Vt.)
Have a suggestion for a Northeast-based gear company to profile? Please let me know!
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.
Labels: Boots, Winter