Are you an avid runner or walker who wants to continue your sport outdoors even in the winter months? Do snow and ice-covered roads either send you indoors or slow you down as you struggle to keep from slipping and falling? Perhaps training stops all together when snow and ice hits.
At $27 for the Yaktrax Pro and $17 for the Yaktrax Walker, Yaktrax provide an inexpensive option for anyone wanting to continue walking or running outdoors during the winter months when roads often become covered with ice and snow.
What are Yaktrax?
Yaktrax winter traction devices slip on shoes to allow for walking and running outdoors when roads are ice and/or snow covered. They provide 360 degrees of winter traction that allows natural movement on snow and ice.
The biting coils on Yaktrax grip snow and ice and allow continued enjoyment of outdoor activities such as walking and running without having to change how the activity is done.
What are the benefits of Yaktrax?
In addition to better traction on icy and/or snowy roads, benefits of Yaktrax include increased:
- Confidence to run or walk on packed snow without fear of slipping.
- Opportunity for year-round training.
- Stability that allows for normal completion of activity.
Anyone from leisure walkers to serious and intermediate runners will appreciate these benefits.
Are they easy to use?
In addition to the many benefits of wearing Yaktrax, putting them on is very easy. After putting on shoes, simply hook Yaktrax over the toe of the shoe, and then stretch Yaktrax to cover the entire bottom of the shoe. Then, securely fasten the heel tab to the back heel of shoe.
After putting on Yaktrax, make sure they are securely in place around the perimeter before pulling the performance strap over the foot and looping its end under the guide loop in the front. Finally, bring the strap over top of shoe and fasten velcro securely.
Yaktrax come with picture directions that are easy to follow and that also provide maintenance instructions, which include periodically pinching coils to help maintain original shape and angle.
What do users have to say about Yaktrax?
Runners of varying distances extol the usability of Yaktrax because they provide solid grip and traction even on long runs. They also note the clear difference in stability among those wearing Yaktrax and those wearing only their athletic shoes.
Avid runners also say they would not recommend Yaktrax for long distance runs or walks on roads not covered with snow or ice. Many heavily-traveled roads clear more quickly than others, and running on these bare roads in Yaktrax for long distances does not work well and can damage the Yaktrax.
However, even on clear roads, there is often room on the side of the road to run where there still is ice and/or snow for the Yaktrax to grip.
What else do I need to know about Yaktrax?
Lightweight and compact, Yaktrax fit over almost every type of shoe. They are also highly durable to -41 degrees, abrasion resistant and coated with zinc for rust prevention. Finally, Yaktrax are also spikeless for safety.
Yaktrax are not for indoor use, and wearers should avoid surfaces like marble and other flooring that could get scratched by the coils.