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182 of 188 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2008
Yaktrax's are unbeatable. They give the greatest traction in all icy conditions. I run a high mountain camp and have tried many ice traction devises. In icy conditions, CAUTION, is always the most important factor, no matter what the devise. In walking indoors all devises can be hazardous, it depends on the care you use while walking. My staff and I have used Yaktrax's for years. For inside staff, regular Yaktrax's are the best. They put them on to walk from their cabin or car to the office and pop them off once inside. For my outside staff, the Yaktrax Pro's can't be beat. They are rugged and don't ware out. The strap over the front of the boot keeps them in place in most situations. When coming inside it is best and easiest to slip the boots off and to step into indoor shoes. For long Life - take a little time - when putting "Trax's" on, make sure they slip into the grooves in the soles of the boots and if the end of a spring starts to catch, use a pair of pliers to squeeze it back into place. The Yaktrax Pro's I have on now have lasted me for three years and counting.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2008
I run 3 to 6 miles several times a week year around in Michigan. I bought a pair of yaktrax pro 3 years ago and use them whenever there is ice and/or snow on the trails on which I run. They have been great! They are easy to slip on over my running shoes, they stay on, and I'm barely aware of them when I run, other than that I no longer slip and slide on ice and snow. The original pair that I bought 3 years ago finally broke in one spot last week so I need to replace them. Even the break was not a big deal. One of the pieces of rubber on the bottom tore. I went ahead and ran on it anyway and it still did OK. I highly recommend these to anyone who wants to stay active year around in a snowy/icy climate.
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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2010
JUNK!!! Don't go by the old reviews. The new YakTrax Pros are inferior to the old ones--the metal is soft AND they don't stay on. My wife and I wore out our new YakTrax Pros in just a few walks on icy sidewalks. The YakTrax pros that we bought a few years ago lasted more than a year, and I ran in them several miles per day, even on streets and sidewalks that were mostly clear. The coils on the new ones wore out with very mimimal exposure to cleared sidewalks and driveways when walking on mostly ice and snow. The metal they are using now must be softer. Indeed the new packaging lists recylcled metal whereas the old does not. I like the efforts to use recycled materials, but the must be including aluminum cans or some soft or inferior metal compared to what they used to be made of.

I'd give a higher rating for people who ONLY walk on snow/ice, but even worse is that they do not stay on our boots when walking--the toe or the heel straps slip down and then the YakTrax Pros come off. The new ones came off when we went for a walk that was completely snow/ice (no exposed sidewalks). Our old ones NEVER came off. The new ones have a different strap design that looks like they would stay on better, but they are not. We're using them on the same boots that we used the old ones on.

When the coils wear down, the Yak Trax become a series of sharp wires, which makes them even more dangerous when the suddenly come off. JUNK!!! You may as well wear something with spikes.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2010
I have had my Yaktrax Pro for 6 years of very light use. They finally broke in the storm of 2010. I believe they are an excellent product for light use (walking to mail box, shoveling driveways, light hiking on paved paths). For these uses, I would buy it again if they last another 6 years.
Recommend you read some of the 2 star and 1 star reviews. Some of the criticisms have been fair: 1) Beware if you walk to a nearby store - they would be very slippery once indoors. 2) It is true that these would not be very helpful/durable for heavy duty hiking. In deep snow the front may tend to fall off and curl under your shoe (they stay put thanks to the velcro strap, so at least you don't lose 'em). 3) On very hard ice, the kind that, for example, forms after refreezing of melting snow, the coils may have a hard time digging into the ice, specially if ambient temperature is well below freezing (a fair criticism since manufacturer claims it's ok down to -41F).
On the other hand, they are not hard to put on, but they may be hard for someone with arthritis or a senior citizen or just someone with weakened hands. They are very good on packed snow and some ice. A light jog is ok. Ironically, if they make constant contact with pavement, it may shorten their durability.
It would be difficult to have a product that would work in all the situations that consumers will experience, but I think this product is superior to some of the inexpensive, spiked products. Having said that, I may try the Stabilicers that seem to get good reviews from outdoor enthusiasts (but I read that even those have issues, for people who have boots with a very large profile - and they cost an arm and a leg next to Yaktrax). Then again, I may stick to these for the price.

In summary, a decent product. Durability is a concern. Read other's opinions.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2007
I'd give these more than 5 stars if it were possible. Great grip on the ice, no ice build up, quick remove for inside walking. Kept me from falling during a recent ice storm and going more damage to my hip and back. Wonderful product and worth the price you pay!

The only drawback is that they don't make a size for children's shoes.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2009
Got Yak Trax for dog walking in Wisconsin. Great product, but the road salt created rust and ate through the metal coils. Had to throw them away within two months.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2008
these work ok on snow and on most ice, BUT on hard surfaces like concrete they are VERY slippery. if they went on and off easily like some of the traction devices for shoes, this wouldn't be too bad. however, they are inconvenient to put back on once they are off (you probably are going to want to sit down to do it). you'll be tempted to leave them on in places you shouldn't, like your garage floor or into a tiled store. the "wrapped wire" design of the grippers act like ball bearings on these surfaces, and you risk a fall.
a redesign is warranted, which would include some rubber to contact the road and eliminate the slip.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2009
One of my relatives got me a pair of Yaktrax Pro cleats for Christmas and I just put it aside and thought it looked strange. It snowed pretty good this week and it has been icy and I have slipped more than once going to and from my car at the office. I thought that since it was -6°F this morning, I would try them out. I was able to slip them on over my boots while in my car and then walked to the office from the parking lot and had sure footing once again. It was like I was walking on dry ground. I am going to wear them every day while there is snow and ice on the ground. I definitely recommend them.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2008
Yaktrax's are unbeatable. They give the greatest traction in all icy conditions. I run a high mountain camp and have tried many ice traction devises. In icy conditions, CAUTION, is always the most important factor, no matter what the devise. In walking indoors all devises can be hazardous, it depends on the care you use while walking. My staff and I have used Yaktrax's for years. For inside staff, regular Yaktrax's are the best. They put them on to walk from their cabin or car to the office and pop them off once inside. For my outside staff, the Yaktrax Pro's can't be beat. They are rugged and don't ware out. The strap over the front of the boot keeps them in place in most situations. When coming inside it is best and easiest to slip the boots off and to step into indoor shoes. For long Life - take a little time - when putting "Trax's" on, make sure they slip into the grooves in the soles of the boots and if the end of a spring starts to catch, use a pair of pliers to squeeze it back into place. The Yaktrax Pro's I have on now have lasted me for three years and counting.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2008
I've had a pair of yax trax for a few years to walk on icy trails with the friend who recommended them, but had always been "content" to run on a treadmill or to do some other aerobic excercises when the snow and ice got slick. My new personal trainer in the form of a hyper standard poodle demands at least a few miles outside daily so the trax have now been used to run in. No slipping or sliding on the icy part of the trail, and I no longer have to settle for sweating while watching a TV or getting in no run at all.

One down side, and it may just be me. When I run more than 5 miles in the trax, I get little micro cramps in my feet after the run. They do feel a bit rolley when running and I think my feet work overtime compensating for that. The friend who recommended them has had to replace one pair but that pair was over 4 years old and has had lots of wear and tear.
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