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An update on the Yaktrax Run

Last winter I was the fortunate recipient of a pair of Yaktrax Run to test for Run Oregon. Unfortunately, they arrived one week after Portland’s annual day-and-a-half of snow and ice, so all I could do was review the design, ease of application and removal, and fit. Actually running in them would have to wait.

Then our unusual 2016/2017 series of cold snaps arrived, and the Portland Running Company Winter 5K Series December race happened to coincide with an icy spell and 25-degree temperatures. It was the perfect opportunity to finally run, and in fact race, in my Yaktrax Run!

Volunteers prepare the icy start/finish area at the PRC Winter 5K Series in December, the perfect venue to debut my Yaktrax Run.

With just a little effort, I was able to stretch the Yaktrax securely over the heels and toes of my running shoes, and despite my worries that they might come off, they stayed on reliably throughout the race without even shifting on my shoes.

The race course was a combination of hard-packed snow, ice, frozen grass, and bare pavement. In an effort to have fun with the conditions, test and take advantage of the Yaktrax, and, I admit it, to preserve the Yaktrax from the ravages of dry asphalt, I sought out the ice and snow as I ran.

A photo from the Yaktrax website captures Yaktrax Run in action.

While not pushing or taunting the limits of physics, I found that the Yaktrax provided dependable traction on all of the slippery surfaces. The coils at the back and the small cylindrical spikes at the forefoot combined to prevent slipping and sliding, and the spikes also dug in on toe-off to help propel me forward without losing momentum. A slight cushioned sensation from the coils was a nice bonus.

While my time was still a bit slower than a typical non-slippery (and warmer!) 5k, the Yaktrax allowed me to keep running at a solid clip without worrying about wiping out or wasting a lot of energy doing a cartoonish scramble to keep myself moving forward. Though icy conditions are still relatively rare in the Portland area, I’m glad I have a pair of Yaktrax Run on hand (er…foot) just in case!

Company: Yaktrax

Product: Yaktrax Run

Price: $40

Description: The Yaktrax RUN is the only traction device anatomically designed to meet the needs of runners braving the winter elements. Run naturally on packed snow and ice with the Yaktrax Run’s combination of removable spikes and steel coils, providing 360° of unbeatable traction. Continue your training during the winter with the same stability you are accustomed to on dry surfaces. The Yaktrax Run can be worn in temperatures as low as ‑41° Fahrenheit.


About Joe Dudman (267 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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