183 of 189 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.
71 of 72 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.
129 of 137 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.
71 of 78 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.
58 of 65 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.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2010
I just moved to Alaska and someone here recommended I get these so I did so without reading any reviews. Mistake! Walked my dog, a rubber strap on the bottom broke, walked to work another one broke, walked home, another one broke until by the 3rd day, they were just rubber straps around the edge of my shoes. I'll I've been walking in was frozen snow covered sidewalks. Ridiculous. Even the person who recommended them were shocked by the quick disintegration.
37 of 41 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.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2012
I was once a yaktrax pro fan by default - they were about the only thing out there other than full on crampons for those of us who like to hike the Sangres in winter. But two things have changed. One, yaks are now made in China and the quality of materials / workmanship has gone WAY down. My latest pair self-destructed in 8 - 10 hikes. My older pair lasted a little longer, but still ended up being held together with telephone wire strung through the springs. The stitching on the straps of the newer pair - which are about a third of the thickness / strength of the older straps - started to pull out almost immediately. Two, there are much better options today. I use Kahtoolas for packed snow and ice conditions on the upper Winsor, and they have much better bite, especially on icy side hills. The Micro Spikes aren't as suitable for stuff like shoveling snow or walking on snow / ice covered city streets because they don't like the bare spots. I'm thinking of a pair of Icetrekkers for that environment.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
These come apart quickly, and when they do, the metal fragments that hang on are VERY DANGEROUSLY sharp.
After my experience with these, you couldn't pay me enough to wear them. They should come with a coupon for a free tetanus shot.
The idea of the design, with just spirals/springs, because there's *no edges*, right? So, that's not hard on the carpet/etc between where you lace up, and the door outside.
But no: the metal starts to crack within just a few dozen hours wearing them around-- and each time a coil cracks, it leaves two *razor-sharp edges*,... and then a few days later, there's more cracks, and more,...
I figured my first pair was a fluke, maybe from some crazy sharp rock might have I stepped on-- so I tried to patch things up: I got out some pliers and blunted the edges and curled them back, to make the pair last. But then there's more and more cracks, then eventually the elastic broke. So I tried the second pair... and then the cracks started again...
The other day I noticed that a 3/4" segment of broken spring had CORKSCREWED itself into the sole of my shoe, leaving one end sticking out of the sole at a particularly nasty angle, and the other end going right up into my shoe. It took some hard careful work with some big pliers to pull it out. If not for the crazy thick soles on those shoes, it would have gone right in, gashing up my foot.
The two pairs of these that I wore, both did the same thing: an early crack or two, but then it's the beginning of the end. The pairs were from different stores at different times, and one was plain, vs one was "Pro" with the velcro strap-- so it's not just "a bad batch" of Yaktrax. And once the second pair did the "corkscrew" thing, never again.
And I haven't been putting these through extreme conditions-- I'm just on icy suburban sidewalks, no slopes, and in weather that's usually about 20F/-7C for most of winter. And I'm not stomping serious weight on these-- not even 170lbs/77kg, and that's me, plus winter gear, plus a heap of groceries.
Supposedly when Yaktrax first came out, they were of excellent metal, and lasted for ages. If Yaktrax fixes these, how will we know that they're safe again?-- will new packages say "New: Won't crack into fishhook-like jaggies anymore" ?
Next time I'm at the stores where I bought these, I'm going to ask them not to carry these. My corkscrew story, plus all the Amazon reviews here, should convince them.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2008
I purchased Yaktrax Pro about 2 weeks ago and have hiked about 15 miles with them now. This morning I hiked on uneven surfaces that were not always covered with ice or snow, and the last metal coil on both heals opened exposing a sharp point; I didn't notice this until the hike was over, and by that time one of the rubber straps was broken as well. I expected the product to last much longer. I'm going to try "Get-A-Grip Ultra - Snow & Ice Traction Cleats" next.