Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yaktrax Run

"Yaktrax was originally conceptualized when an outdoor adventurer who was exploring the Himalayas encountered a seasoned Sherpa striding confidently across the slick, icy surface. What was seen on the Sherpa's feet sparked a revolutionary invention - the Yaktrax patented coil traction device. Named after the sure-footed Tibetan Yak, Yaktrax is proud to offer a wide array of ice traction devices for your shoes in addition to winter accessories."

Yaktrax Run

Yaktrax sent me a pair of their Run winter traction aids, which are designed for running on packed snow and ice with the Yaktrax Run's combination of removable spikes and steel coils. Made of high strength natural rubber, 1.4 mm steel coils and carbide steel spikes, the anatomic right/left design keeps slipping to a minimum. A strap over the top of the shoe keeps the device snug to your foot. For additional safety, a reflective heel tab makes you more visible in low-light conditions.

We set a record here in the Chicago area for how long we haven't had at least an inch of snow (which I was glad for). With snow Thursday, Laima and I headed over to Maple Woods to try out our Yaktrax Runs, which we received to review way back on October 26th!

Yaktrax Run

Putting on the Runs for the first time wasn't overly easy, but neither was it particularly complicated -- you just have to trust that the rubber will stretch to cover the entire sole. It does. Minor adjustments were all that I needed to get it into place, with the strap adding assurane that they would not fall off during my run. Maple Woods is an ideal testing ground, with wide crushed gravel paths, cement bridges, and root-filled singletrack, all in one place. The Yaktrax Runs had no problem with any of the surfaces and, while snow filled the space underfoot, no loss of traction was felt. Even walking across the parking lot felt fine. Yaktrax does caution against using these on pavement and ice, which will damage the coils and also lead to possible falls. Apart from those two caveats, I would bet that the Runs would work in most every other situation. If you're looking for a simple addition to your winter running safety gear, consider the Yaktrax Run.

A huge benefit to the Yaktrax is that they can be used on multiple shoes.

More information can be found on the Yaktrax website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me for review, free of charge. All opinions are my own.

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9 comments:

  1. I still haven't pulled the trigger and gotten some of these. With the way the winters have been maybe I don't need to. Hope I didn't jinx it.

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  2. I've read a lot about Yaktrax but will probably never run with it. I suppose I should be grateful for that.

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  3. i've owned a pair for years. the nice thing about them is they are light. I'll take them out for a run with them in my pocket, if I encounter ice or snow on a trail or unplowed road, they take a matter of seconds to slip them over your shoes. The one dissadvantage however, is with minimalist shoes, they really pull back and squeeze the toes.

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    1. Great point about the minimalist shoes -- I wore them with trail shoes and hadn't thought of that.

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  4. Have thought about buying some, but with the last two winters being so warm - just didn't bother. I haven't had my workouts affected enough to fork over the $$. Glad they worked so good for you though. Oh, and while I think Mother Nature is on drugs, I really am not complaining other than I hate the swing back to the cold that is coming tomorrow morning.

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  5. I used Yaks one winter but didn't really like them. I found some running shoes called Ice Bugs. I like them so much better but the trade off is: Yaks don't add much weight to your sneaker, Ice Bugs are SO heavy.
    Personal preference.

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    1. The Icebugs look cool, but pricy. The main benefit to Yaktrax is that you can switch shoes in my opinion.

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