Hillsound Equipment’s timely ‘eco’ alternative
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With the felt soles debate ongoing in the US, the launch of an eco-friendly option for anglers by outdoor footwear specialist Hillsound Equipment is well timed.
The Canadian manufacturer’s FreeSteps6 fits over the boot to provide traction on muddy banks, slick rocks and icy terrain and allays any fears of transferring invasive species as felt soles are known to do.
The lightweight easy on/easy off river crampons have been tested by fishing guides in British Columbia, Wyoming, Montana and Minnesota, who were impressed by the traction provided by the ¼ inch stainless steel spikes.
The thermo-plastic harness is tear resistant, remains pliable in sub-freezing temperatures and is easy to pull on or off so you don’t scratch the bottom of your boat, says Hillsound.
The Vancouver company’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Jess Greinke, added: “FreeSteps6 gives the confidence of movement needed by fishermen. The excellent performance feedback we have had from guides and retail buyers, coupled with the very affordable price point, makes the FreeSteps6 a very competitive market choice.”
While felt-soled boots and waders have long been the industry norm, invasive species are known to embed within the sole and be transferred from one location to another.
At $39.99, Hillsound argues that its new device not only protects the environment, but is a cost-effective alternative to more expensive, heavy and inconvenient traction options.
Hillsound is best known as a producer of winter traction equipment but, following growing interest in their products from fishermen, has begun actively marketing to fishing retailers and consumers.
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