A true review by Gear Mom…
Recently, while accompanying Gear Dad and Gear Son on their ice-diving excursion, I borrowed a pair of YakTrax to use while trekking across the frozen lake. Given the choice between the chain bottoms and the spike bottoms, I chose the spike bottoms, hoping for more added traction.
Never having used YakTrax before, I was a bit unsure of what to expect. Easy to stretch over my boots and staying snug once in place, the YakTrax were ready to try. Walking gingerly at first, I soon realized the superior grip these coverings provided me on the ice. Slightly digging into the ice as I walked, I soon grew in confidence as I did not lose my footing even once. Almost able to walk at a normal pace, the YakTrax were also extremely comfortable.
Using them on my boots for almost an entire hour, I tested my sturdiness by removing the YakTrax for a bit while returning off the ice. Slipping and sliding while trying to maintain my balance, I definitely missed my surefooted abilities of the YakTrax. My only concern, do these rust? Would it be necessary to purchase this style in stainless steel (if they are even available)?
As a result, I absolutely recommend YakTrax and plan on buying my own pair soon.
Have you ever used a version of YakTrax? Have you ever tried running in them? Any places they might not work as efficiently? Please share your thoughts!