Are Yaktrax right for you?
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, then Yaktrax products are right for you:
- Are you an avid runner or walker who wants to exercise outdoors all year long?
- Do snow, and ice-covered roads send you indoors or slow you down because you struggle to keep from slipping and falling?
- Do snow, and ice-covered worksites make your job hazardous?
If this is you, consider using Yaktrax Pro Footwear Traction ($27) or Yaktrax Walker Footwear Traction ($18). Yaktrax provides an inexpensive option for anyone wanting to walk or run outdoors in the Winter on icy and snowy roads.
What is Yaktrax?
Yaktrax traction products slip over your shoes to allow for walking and running on ice and/or snow-covered roads. They provide 360 degrees of winter traction, allowing natural snow and ice movement. The biting metal coils on Yaktrax grip snow and ice. Runners and walkers can continue enjoying their activities without changing 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.
- Increases opportunity for year-round training.
- The stability that allows for regular completion of an activity.
Anyone from leisure walkers to serious and intermediate runners will appreciate these benefits.
Are they easy to use?
Putting Yaktrax on is easy. After putting on your running shoes, merely hook Yaktrax over the toe of the shoe, then stretch them to cover the entire bottom of the shoe. Next, securely fasten the heel tab to the back heel of your shoe. After putting on Yaktrax, ensure 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 the top of the shoe and fasten the velcro securely. Yaktrax comes with picture directions that are easy to follow. They also provide maintenance information, including periodically pinching coils to help maintain the original shape and angle.
What do users have to say about Yaktrax?
Runners of varying distances extol the usability of Yaktrax because they provide reliable grip and traction even on long runs. Runners also note the significant difference in overall stability among those wearing Yaktrax and those wearing only 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. This is because many heavily-traveled roads clear more quickly than others. Running on these open roads in Yaktrax for long distances does not work well and can damage the Yaktrax. However, even on clear streets, there is often room on the side of the road with ice and/or snow for the Yaktrax to grip.
What else do I need to know about Yaktrax?
Lightweight and compact, Yaktrax fits almost every type of shoe. They are also highly durable to -41 degrees, abrasion resistant, and coated with zinc for rust prevention. They are also spikeless for safety. Yaktrax is not intended for indoor use, and wearers should avoid surfaces like marble, tile, and other hard, smooth flooring. Yaktrax products should be removed before walking on hard indoor flooring because they’re very slippery on these surfaces.
Yaktrax provides a simple and inexpensive solution for avoiding painful falls while walking and running outside during the snowy and icy winter months.