Traction on the Trail

It’s almost March on the Front Range of Colorado, but we still need traction for heading up the mountain. 

Consider this scenario: Woman leaves her house in South Boulder for a quick 4 mile loop on the trails before work. Temps have been in the 40’s for the past few days and below freezing at night. She figures most of the trail she’s running will have gotten enough sun to melt the ice, so she doesn’t take traction.

fallingShe hits the Mesa Trail and indeed, the trail is dry in some places. In others, it’s frozen dirt where the melt has pooled.  In other sections the pooled water has thawed and re-frozen each night, creating a slick sheet of ice.  She steps on the ice and as physics would suggest, her foot slides out. Knee hits and then the dull thud of head smacking the ice.

What to do? (other than get to the ER for stitches…)


Moral of the story: If our lovely lady had worn traction on her killer Saucany X0dus 4.0’s, she would have made it to work on time and avoided the side trip to the land of disinfectant, gauze and stitches, and saved herself a headache.

The BRC still has traction in stock. Come in and get your traction, don’t risk your own head injury!

Tell us your best “falling on the trail because of no traction” story!

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