We've been personal fans of this fantastic product for years. They don't pay us to say this, it’s just a great product. That's our driveway pictured below.: We go up and down that several times a day, year round. Yaktrax allows us to walk safely and confidently in a variety of winter conditions - snow, slush, packed snow, ice and even melted and refrozen “black ice.”
At the heart of the Yaktrax product is its patented coil technology – an invention inspired decades ago by the footwear of a Himalayan Sherpa guide. It provides multidirectional grip and 360 degree traction in any weather condition, allowing you to walk confidently and safely. It uses stainless steel coils wrapped around a rubber web – according to the manufacturer, the rubber is designed to hold up to temperatures as low as -40 degrees (fahrenheit) without breaking down.
The unique design is easy to fold up and stick in a pocket, and quick to put on and take off. Since there are no cleats, you don’t have to worry about damaging surfaces underneath the snow and ice.
You can even leave them on for brief trips indoors, like we do. However we hasten to add that Yaktrax can be extremely slippery on surfaces where there’s nothing to “grip” (like tile, laminate or linoleum), and the coil ends can get caught in loop-type carpeting (particularly Berber). Use your own judgement and be very careful if you're going to try that!
Yaktrax come in unisex sizes Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large. (Not all styles are available in all sizes.) If you’re close to the top of a size range and plan to wear them on boots or shoes with big soles, you might want to buy the next larger size.
|Yaktrax Size||Fits Men's Shoe Size||Fits Women's Shoe Size|
|X-Small||1- 4.5||2.5 - 6|
|Small||5 - 8.5||6.5 - 10|
|Medium||9 - 11||10.5 - 12.5|
|Large||11.5 - 13.5||13 - 15|
Yaktrax come in several different styles: the basic ones are Walk, Pro, and Run. For all of these except Yaktrax Run, the right and left are interchangeable.
One very small drawback to the coil technology in general is that if you step in mud, it will get stuck in between and the coils. It rinses out easily enough, but its a minor annoyance.
For extreme snow and ice like packed snow and glacial ice, there's also Yaktrax Summit - designed for winter hiking, with heavy-duty carbon steel traction cleats. But that is a very different product. We may cover it in a future review.
With use, the coils will get bent and the rubber web will eventually break. You can sometimes extend the life of the coils by squishing them back into shape with your fingers, but no way to fix the rubber web once it gives out. In our experience, a pair of the Walkers usually holds up for a year or two (1-2 winters) – your mileage may vary. Keep a spare pair around in case one gets lost or breaks!
Yaktrax is a brilliant product that has enabled us to walk safely and confidently in a variety of winter conditions saved us from falling dozens of times. The various styles have their pros and cons, but for the price, ease of use and functionality you can’t go wrong. We give Yaktrax a thumbs up and 5 stars.