It's simple really. The current design of ice auger blade covers remains relatively unchanged since the augers themselves were introduced. They are inconvenient, and the rubber cords tend to become lost or broken.
The Cold Snap Story...
In mid-December, 2002 a simple concept was hatched during a two hour drive across the frozen expanses of South Dakota to ice fish.
After a year and a half of exhaustive research and design, the Cold Snap Cover was born. Key contributors in the design process include the South Dakota Enterprise Institute, The Great Plains Rapid Prototyping Consortium, and Falcon Plastics.
The Cold Snap Blade Protector was featured in the 2005 In-Fisherman Ice Guide, and the February 2005 Walleye Insider, Badger Sportsmen, and Dakota Country Magazines. You can find Cold Snap at your local sporting goods retailer, or on this site. Cold Snap Covers fit all the popular models of todays ice augers including Strikemaster, Jiffy, ION, NilsUSA, Clam, and Ardisam.
Cold Snap was invented and developed by Mark and Dan Houg, lifelong avid ice fishermen.
Proudly Made in The USA.
US Patent # 7,228,921
December 2004: Mark Houg demonstrates the Cold Snap Blade Protector to the viewers, during an episode of Wild Dakota Outdoor Television.