I was recently sent a trial pair of YakTrax Pro’s a few weeks ago to review here on Runblogger (full disclosure – I received no payment in return for this review – just a free sample of the product), and given the lack of snow here in New Hampshire this winter, I only just recently had the chance to put them to use. If you’re not familiar with YakTrax, here’s a description of the product from the YakTrax website:
“Yaktrax have a unique, spikeless, patented coil design, unlike other products on the market.
The Yaktrax Pro will instantly give you better traction, confidence and safety on packed snow or ice. Move about naturally with the same solid grip that you are accustomed to on dry surfaces. Walk or run as you normally would and experience stability on ice and snow like you have never felt before.
Made with high strength, abrasion resistant 1.4 mm steel coils and heavy duty natural rubber material, the Yaktrax Pro easily conforms to the shape of your boot or shoe. With its patented SkidLock coil design, the Yaktrax Pro provides 360 degrees of traction on packed snow and ice and can be worn in temperatures as low as -41° Fahrenheit”
On Tuesday, we had our first decent snow in quite awhile, with ultimate accumulations of about 6 inches. It wasn’t much by typical NH winter standards, but this winter it was about as close to a snowstorm as we’ve had. With about an inch of snow accumulated on the ground, I figured it would be an ideal time to give the YakTrax a trial run. A fresh snow covering can be a challenge for most running shoes, espcially if they lack an aggressive tread. Thus, I laced up my Brooks Launch (which have an essentially flat tread), strapped on the Yaks, and headed out for a 3 mile run with my dog Jack. Below is a video compilation from this run, with my review of the YakTrax, as well as some more general thoughts on running in conditions that keep most others at home, warm on the couch.
Runblogger Runcast #10 – Review of YakTrax Pro from Pete Larson on Vimeo.
Living in New Hampshire, snow is a constant in most years, and finding ways to stay active despite the snow is sometimes a challenge. In this Runcast I take a pair of YakTrax Pro foot-coverings for a spin during a snowstorm. My initial impressions – they’re very comfortable, and provide great traction on both ice and powdery snow. I’d highly recommend the YakTrax Pro if you’re looking for a way to get out for a run when there’s snow on the ground.
Yaktrax comes in two models – the Pro and the Walker. Both are reasonably priced – the Pro can be had for around $20.00 or less on Amazon.com. Below are links to both.
Links Related to this Episode
-For more information about the YakTrax, you can visit their website here: http://www.yaktrax.com.
-You can also read my review of the Brooks Launch shoes that I wore in this video.
-I’ve posted several other Runcasts related to winter running – you can view a list of all previous Runblogger Runcasts here.