How do you walk in those boots? …
Posted by sibylle in skiing (Saturday February 24, 2007 at 8:21 pm)

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My boot with Walk-EZ Revolutions

…Is a question that students ask me all the time. Or, “What are those things on your boots?”

When walking from ski school to the slopes, I attach my new Walk-EZ revolutions to the bottom of my boot. There’s several reason — for one, I’m less prone to go flying when I hit a patch of ice, a common occurrence early on a spring morning. Whenever I see another skier slip on the way to the lift, skis and poles flying everywhere (it’s happened to me, more than once) I’m glad I’ve got some rubber under my boots. According to the makers of Walk-EZ, the curve on the bottom of the device affects the curvature of the spine and improves balance and alignment. It sure makes walking from the bus stop or parking lot to the slopes a lot more pleasant, especially on ice. It’s maybe not quite a secure as crampons are … but a lot better than ski boot soles alone.

Another reason is to protect your boot. The sole of a ski boot is meant to be flat for the optimal fit on the ski and the best performance of the bindings. For skiers who use their boots daily, the sole becomes curved as the toe and heel wear away, which creates a less secure attachment of boot to ski. Using a sole protector like the WalkEZ helps preserve the flat boot sole and also makes it a lot easier to walk.

The WalkEZ Revolutions come with a cable lock. I lock mine to a ski rack at the bottom of the mountain and retrieve them at the end of the day.

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Before I owned my Revolutions, I used the Seirus Cat Tracks which easily fit into a (large) pocket.

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3 comments for How do you walk in those boots? … »

  1. Glad you found Walk-EZ — or that they found you. Through a ski industry pal who knew the Walk-EZ founders, I actually got to try a prototype pair two or three years ago. I also thought they were terrific, and I suggested a little piece on them to the editor of a ski publication I was writing for. The editor wasn’t interested — but when the product came on the market the following season and started advertising in that publication, it ran a couple of glowing pieces — not by me, but by someone (perhaps someone on staff) who “discovered” them. In truth, I believe that Walk-EZ deserved the glowing report, but it should not ever hinge on whether or not a company advertises.

    That is one of the things I (and other writers) enjoy about blogging. We can write what we want to write, whenever we want to write it.

    Comment by Claire Walter — February 25, 2007 @ 10:53 am

  2. Hi,

    can you plese help me - I want to buy Walk-ez accessories, but I don’t know from where. Can you tell me please where did you buy yours from?

    Thanks a lot

    Comment by katy — March 19, 2012 @ 6:34 am

  3. I’m very sorry, but Walk-EZ has gone out of business since I posted this blog. I believe Yak Trax has a similar product.
    http://www.backcountry.com/yaktrax-skitrax-boot-protection

    Comment by sibylle — March 19, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

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