Thanks for confirmation on Yaxtrax have heard mixed reviews on the Pro version, was looking at a pair at a local outfitter and had my doubts, would be a real downer to be quite a ways out and have this type of equipment failure. Also hex sheet metal seemed like a good option but down time for putting them in and then removing seemed like it would be way too time consuming
Was thinking about two pairs of footwear, Good call on having a cleaner pair, trail runners I will be using are pretty well ventilated and will be bringing dry socks and using stuff sacks over them for in camp comfort. Most likely will take the stabalizer's seems like the best option for now. Really trying to avoid snowshoes since trail reports from this area are usually reading that people carried them and used only in a short section or managed to get by without them.
Thanks for your much appreciated advice, can be challenging this time of the year with gear selection in the N.E. with the sign's greeting you at trailhead's up here with the message "Home of the worlds worst weather" you really never quite know what to expect.