If it was an either or choice, it would have to be the Stabilicers over the Yaxtrax. Over the years in the Northeast, I've used everything from those little 4-pointers, to 6, 10 & 12 points, to the Yaxtrax and Stabilicers. The Yaxtrax don't have any lateral control on icy angled trails and will tend to make your foot roll out. The Stabilicers allow pretty good control on hard ice as long as the velcro straps are on tight since they tend to work loose. Using Stabilicers can also save a bit of money as well as wear and tear on snowshoes or crampons. The 4-point ice creepers are rusting away in a gear bag somewhere after a few falls. Unless you are on flat ground, I wouldn't recommend them for anything. I have a pair of Grivel 6-point crampons that I carry around as back up in winter. They have served me well on many an occasion. Most Northeastern mountains become snowshoe treks after Colorado lets us have some snow. The Presidentials, such as Mt. Washington usually mean 12-point crampons although I've seen some pretty weird stuff up there.