If you live in Oregon, you remember the winter we had last year. The snow and ice were pretty crazy and I was training for a marathon which made my long runs outside very challenging. It was the first year I considered buying Yaktrax, which were difficult to find if you waited until the last minute like I did. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s looking like it’s going to be another rough winter. I’m not training for a marathon this year, but I know the cabin fever will get fierce and being a full-time runner means I train every season, no matter what it looks like outside that window. And this year, I’ll have those Yaktrax to slip my running shoes into.
If you know about winter running, you may have heard of Yaktrax. They are a device that fit over your running shoes and they are meant to get some traction on the ice. There are removable carbide steel spikes under the forefoot area and 1.4mm patented SkidLock steel coils under the midfoot and hindfoot, so every step you take puts hundreds of biting edges into contact with the ice beneath you. The coils provide stability in all directions: forward, backward, and side to side.
Despite the fact that they might look like complex foot contraptions in pictures, Yaktrax are easy to put on. The inside of the Yaktrax has the word “toe” printed inside to show you where to put, you guessed it, your toes. They are also anatomically designed, and one shows you where your “left” foot goes and the other shows you the “right.” Finally, there’s a reflective velcro toe strap that simply straps across your foot however loose or tight you want it. I got them on my feet in about 2 minutes tops, and I am not always good at figuring out these sorts of things. Good news for those of you who can’t even master the microwave presets like me. These are easy peasy!!
The Yaktrak themselves are made of high strength natural rubber and they are pliable but not at all flimsy. The folks at Yaktrax are also concerned with reducing their carbon footprint, so the steel coils contain 70% of recycled content while the packaging contains 40% of recycled content. The packaging is also 100% recyclable.
There are several different types of Yaktrax depending on what you are looking for. The ones I am reviewing are for running, but you can also get them for walking or skiing, and there are also several other types listed on the website. You can even do a comparison between the ones you are interested in. Yaktrax also makes warmers for feet, hands, and body.
Since winter isn’t quite here, I can’t write on the performance of the Yaktrax yet, but I plan to wear them the first chance I get and write a review here for all of you, so stay tuned! I’m not going to let the weather stop me from getting my runs in this winter and neither should you. Yaktrax are 100% guaranteed, so buy some now before they sell out and you have to watch everyone else wearing them while you’re stuck inside.
Specs (from website): 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.
- MADE OF HIGH STRENGTH NATURAL RUBBER
- 4 MM STEEL COILS
- CARBIDE STEEL SPIKES
- REFLECTIVE HEEL TAB AND PERFORMANCE STRAP OFFERS SAFETY
- ANATOMIC RIGHT/LEFT DESIGN
More about YAKTRAX:
Yaktrax was originally conceptualized when an outdoor adventurer who was exploring the Himalayas encountered a seasoned Sherpa striding confidently across the slick, icy surface. What was seen on the Sherpa’s feet sparked a revolutionary invention – the Yaktrax patented coil traction device.
Since then, a global company has grown and helped athletes, construction crews, public service workers, soldiers, outdoorsmen, and many more walk, run and work on packed snow and ice.
Named after the sure-footed Tibetan Yak, Yaktrax is proud to offer a wide array of ice traction devices for your shoes in addition to winter accessories. Whether you need the Walk for getting to the bus stop or mailbox or require extreme outdoor traction with our XTR, Yaktrax will always provide solid, predictable traction you are used to on dry surfaces.
Thank you to Yaktrax for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.