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YakTraxs no. Kahtoola Microspikes yes.,
I went through two YakTraxs this year. Wore one pair in three storms last year. The other was brand new. Both tore apart while shoveling ice off my driveway this year. YakTraks are good for casual walking or for an emergency, like leaving in your car. The bottom springs on YakTraxs cut the "delicate" rubber assembly apart otherwise. I started searching for another option and stumbled upon Kahtoola Microspikes. They are fantastic. It's a slip on like the YakTraxs, but the system and assembly is rigorous, well constructed and solid. They look and act like snow chains for your boots. YakTraxs don't stay in place on your boots either. I'm very, very satisfied with the Kahtoola Microspikes and will never buy YakTraxs again.
YakTraxs are inexpensive throw away light walking wires. Not for icy hills or rigorous snow sports / work.
Cheap and the rubber breaks, is cut by the spike easily.
Find a better option. They are out there.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2010 4:11:46 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 6:35:33 AM PST
White Doberman says:
Tina I do not work for this or any company in this category. Sorry you are Yakker, but they suck. Why don't you see all my reviews for over 25 different products before you try and slander me. Thanks.
Posted on Dec 16, 2011 10:14:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011 10:44:42 AM PST
Ben Franklin says:
try going one or two sizes higher. With the pro you have a strap that holds it on even if it is not real tight.
The "Pros", the metal spring cleats are about 3X heavier than the regular (almost twice the diameter, which is squared for calculating the cross-section mass, therefore about 3X heavier.) I got regular XS (extra small) for my 7-year old, who takes a kid's 12. She's only 40 pounds, so I don't worry about the steel. The box says XS is for 2-4 adult sizes.
These things are popular because they fit a wide range of shoes, even high heels. Also the synthetic rubber odor not too toxic, like some Chinese rubber. They won't gouge floors but I would not recommend walking on floors. You could slip and break you neck. Rugs are OK.
They are good here where I live in a frosty mountain town for everyday ice, not for mountain climbing.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 12:03:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2013 12:05:59 PM PST
C. Conrad says:
Tina, what "law"? Please quote your source. Sounds like hooey to me, wishful thinking. How do we know you aren't a salesman? I often have to try different products to weed out the inferior ones. When I'm happy with one, I'm enthusiastic.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 12:14:27 PM PST
White Doberman says:
Thank you C. Conrad. I appreciate the support here. I just post how I feel about products on my own time.
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