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3.0 out of 5 stars Read some critical reviews too..., February 13, 2010
This review is from: Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats for Snow and Ice (Apparel)
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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