Ice And Snow Traction Cleats

Brand: Yaktrax
Category: #129 in Sports (Shoe Care & Accessories)
Price: $30.00  (3,417 customer reviews)
Dimension: 1.9 x 7.1 x 5.8 inches
Shipping Wt: 0.25 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
Average Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats instantly provide better traction, confidence and safety for walking, jogging, or hiking on packed snow or ice. Pro Traction Cleats fit over shoes and are secured with a durable rubber strap that ensures an excellent fit. Traction is provided by a shaped-edge coil design that provides unequaled stability on ice and snow, letting users move about naturally with the same solid grip as on dry surfaces. Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats are made of high-strength, abrasion and rust-resistant 1.4 mm steel coils and heavy-duty natural rubber to help the cleats easily conform to the shape of any boot or shoe. Multiple coil angles provide 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces for stability in all directions. Because Yaktrax Pro Traction cleats have been tested in temperatures as low as -41 degrees Fahrenheit, they can be worn in a variety of environments, from icy Wisconsin streets to packed-snow trails in wintery woods. Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats are available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes to fit most shoes: Small (fits shoe size W6.5-10, M5-8.5); Medium (fits shoe size W10.5-12.5, M9-11); Large (fits shoe size W13-15, M11.5-13.5); X-Larger (fits shoe size W15.5+, M 14+). For oversized shoes or boots, Yaktrax recommends purchasing one size larger than your normal shoe size.

Features

  • Traction cleats that fit over shoes for safely walking, hiking, or jogging on packed snow or ice
  • Made of high-strength, abrasion-resistant 1.4 mm stainless-steel coils and heavy-duty rubber; secured to shoes with durable rubber straps
  • Provides 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces for all-direction stability
  • Durable rubber foot frame with removable over-foot strap ensures an excellent fit
  • Tested safe from breakage in temperatures as low as -41 degrees F; available in S, M, L, and XL sizes to fit most shoes

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Top Reviews

I think this could be a very good product, but for the fact that the sizing ...
by celticwife (1 out of 5 stars)
December 3, 2017

I think this could be a very good product, but for the fact that the sizing is ALL Wrong. The Women's' small is listed to fit shoe size 6.5 - 10. No Way! I tried to get them onto my Size 8 SHOE - not a heavy boot - and pulling as hard as I could, the product was easily 2-3 inches too short. I really hate the hassle of having to return something, but these are certainly not a keeper. Too bad, I had high hopes for these after reading the reviews. They will be returned ASAP.
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Poor quality
by Love Nature (1 out of 5 stars)
February 10, 2018

I've had yaktrax for years and they've always held up at least one possibly two Winters. However I bought these Pros for my husband and after one wearing the rubber has snapped underneath of the springs. The black rubber on these ones seems very weak compared to the rubber on the clear ones I had purchased years ago. Since I bought these two years ago and this is the first time my husband has wore them I'm out the $21 that I paid for them and he's only wore them once I will never purchase them again I'm not sure why they changed them but they need to get back to their quality product
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Broken on First Use
by BWenn001 (2 out of 5 stars)
December 18, 2016

The Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats (Small) fit fairly well on my size 8 Saloman Quest 4D 2 GTX hiking boots. My first use for them was to shovel and salt my driveway, which was on an incline, after a snowfall. They functioned as I had imagined and I did not slip while shoveling. At some point, the left cleat had broke and I was disappointed. I'm sure I placed it on my boots properly, according to the instructions, but couldn't figure out how or when it broke.

Is there a refund or replacement policy? I would absolutely like to use them again.
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Yaktrax:Running Shoes :: Chains:Tires
by Gnome DePlume (5 out of 5 stars)
January 24, 2015

First, let me say I have no financial interest in these. I just went for my first run in the Yaktrax. It was slushy and there was about 1 inch of snow on the sidewalks with some icy patches. The Yaktrax are rubber and metal contraptions you put over the soles of the shoe and are fastened with velcro. They function the way chains would on tires. I found that my grip was immensely improved. There was no slippage either going up snowy hills or down. I found that one of the hardest things about running in the snow had been the feeling of running in sand where not all your momentum propelled you forwards. Not a problem with these bad boys. I intentionally ran downhill and jumped to a stop to see if I would skid on the snow and it was like jumping into velcro. I was so surprised that I almost lost my balance. I was expecting to skid forward at least a bit. I have not yet tried them on areas I would consider to be hard ice yet. I had worried that it would be uncomfortable running on Yaktrax because it would feel like I was running on a thick wire the whole time but this was not the case at all. Friends, it's going to be a long cold snowy slushy winter followed by an equally cold snowy slushy spring. I would encourage you to consider these.
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A Hikers Review
by Roocious Maximums (2 out of 5 stars)
January 18, 2016

There are many uses for these, but this is for someone looking to use these for hiking.

These absolutely do their job, however with much maintenance and caution:

First off: don't get these if you're planning to rely on them for hiking.

Why? The worst issue is that there is no cross elastic brace on that top diamond to prevent the coils from wrapping up on the sides of the boot when taking a step (especially stepping in snow where someone else has already made a footprint and your foot doesn't land exactly flat). I found that I was reaching down to adjust them every 3 to 5 minutes.

The next annoying issue: as you can see from other hikers who have reviewed, they break very easily. Why? Common sense: if you walk on anything but snow and ice that has any form of possible abrasion to the elastic, well you'll break down the elastic and SNAP. This didn't happen to me, because I was very careful to walk slowly and not push off when stepping on gravel or anything possibly short. But this is kind of a silly situation since they help you speed up in the snow, but really slow down (or have to take them off) when you're in conditions that you should be going fastest.

The only pro: they weigh nothing and fit in your pack easily. I can see the only use for them is a really cheap backup in your pack if you're hiking somewhere with light snow / ice, and you're worried about crossing a thin trail on a cliff where there is compact snow/ice. But, for only twice the price (not 4-5 times the price for mountaineering crampons) you could get some all metal chain mini spike crampons that might weigh a bit more, but won't slow you down, or break and leave you having to risk slipping.
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A WINTER MUST HAVE!!!
by YeOldBat (5 out of 5 stars)
May 12, 2013

Several years ago my husband was going down our driveway to grab the newspaper when he hit a patch of black ice. He cracked his skull, & laid, unconscious for about 20 minutes, almost going into hypothermia. It was 5AM & there was no one around to help.

He's fine, thank you, :) but since that day we have NEVER been without at least 2 pair of YakTrax each.

As soon as the temps begin to hit freezing, we each keep a pair of shoes, with YakTrax attached, by the back door, & neither of us goes out without them. There's also a spare pair in our emergency kit in the car.

YakTrax fit over your shoes or boots & provide superior traction even on ice. They're a little hard to get on (we're old & arthritic, so EVERYTHING is hard!), but once in place, they stay put. We've had other brands over the years, but they ended up coming off & getting buried in some snow banks - somewhere. While you can switch the YakTrax to different pairs of boots/shoes/sneakers, I think it's better to have a few pair available just to make sure you don't leave home without them.

As far as durability goes, hubby's oldest pair is about 5 winters old & still going strong. He wears a size 11 extra wide shoe & the large fits just fine. Just be very careful if you hafta wear them indoors - in a store or the like. Under those conditions, they're slippery as heck.

If you invest in one thing next winter, invest in these, 'specially if you're older & your balance ain't as good as it once was. Believe me, these are well worth the investment - even for the young'uns. ;)
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Do not hold up!
by JR (1 out of 5 stars)
January 3, 2018

The concept is good, unfortunately they use cheaply made rubber straps that hold spring wire are too thin and break easily, same with wire traction spring wire which uncoils from rubber and snags on everything. I have had 3 pairs and they don't last more than 2 months with out breaking. Need to use heavy duty rubber straps and spring coils that do not uncoil. I have switched to heavy duty chain type traction and have not had any problems.
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These broke in
by luciamia (1 out of 5 stars)
March 9, 2018

I had a pair of the Yaktrax Pros for ten years during the thousands of hours I worked as a Paramedic in the northeastern US. Ten years! They were an essential part of my winter gear and served me well for nearly a decade. When they finally gave out this early winter I order the new and improved version. What a mistake. These are a waste of money.

I wore these for the first time the first week of January, 2018, and you can see from the picture below that one of them has come apart. Plus the strap that is supposed to stabilize the unit would cause the Yaktrax to shift and roll. You just can't stop multiple times to fix the strap. And, yes, I work with a lot of straps on equipment so I know how much is the right amount of tension.

And you can see in the photograph the thin cord holding the rolled wire snapped off the large central button. The old style did not have this huge button with the extruded arms with wire wrapped around a flimsy connector.

Winter is still here and these were needed. I will never ever order these again. My safety depends on my having sure footing and these are poorly designed junk compared to what they used to be before they were "improved."
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The traction is fantastic but the rubber is low quality.
by E. Andrach (3 out of 5 stars)
January 3, 2018

The traction is fantastic but the rubber is low quality. This is my third set. The rubber wore out on the previous two sets. So they last about two years/winters and then break. In fact, within 3 months of use the rubber starts to dry out and crack. I have a friend who bought hers 10 years ago and they are still perfect. Not a single crack in the rubber. Seems like they have downgraded the rubber in the last half dozen years. Either the good rubber was too expensive, or it lasted too long. Either way, don't expect these to last more than 2-3 seasons. But let us be clear, this style is the best for variable surfaces like going from snow to ice and then to frozen pavement. You will be get the best possible traction from these and there isn't a better product on the market. So crappy rubber or not, they are absolutely worth every penny. It would just be nice if they lasted more than a couple of years.
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Keeps me running in icy Alaska
by S. Raju (4 out of 5 stars)
November 18, 2018

I've run and hiked in these about 20 miles over the last week, so I wanted to post some initial thoughts. I live in Anchorage, Alaska where it has snowed and rained a couple inches over the last two weeks, resulting in snowy, slushy, and very icy roads. This area of Alaska inexplicably (in my opinion) does nothing to treat their roads, so we have a mix of smooth ice in residential neighborhoods, ice with a mix of rough snow on sidewalks, and hard-packed snow on trails, which has given me a chance to test out these Yaktrax in a variety of conditions. The yaktrax give stability in all, but they definitely work best when there's rough snow and occasional patches of ice on the sidewalk. I can feel them biting into the snow and gripping as I run. I probably could get away without wearing the Yaktrak in these conditions, however they give me extra confidence when I'm crossing into intersections with smooth ice and I don't have to slow down to a careful tiptoe across the ice. When I lived in the midwest and east coast, I never bothered to get Yaktrax for running because I could just slow down a bit and find paved/salted parts of the road or run through snow banks. Here, it's all ice, so some sort of traction is a must.

These also help me grip as I walk downhill in my smooth-ice neighborhood. Without them, I would not be able to walk in the neighborhood at all without falling. With them, I walk very carefully out to the main roads and sidewalks, but I would not dare run on the smooth ice even with the yaktrax. I bought unigear microspike/crampons at the same time and feel they're overkill for the current sidewalks, but would probably let me run on the smooth ice in the less traveled neighborhoods.

The one day we had really slushy snow, I felt like I was running in sand and took the yaktrax off in frustration. I immediately felt the difference - without the yaktrax, I could hardly move forward in the slush. With the yaktrax, while I was definitely getting more of a workout than normal trying to move through the slush, I was able to get purchase on the slush to move forward.

A few issues regarding fit - I purchased a medium and I wear a women's size 8.5 in regular shoes and winter boots, 9 in running shoes and hiking boots, and these fit over all of them. The hiking boots might have been a stretch, but it did work in a pinch on flat hiking trails. The first time I wore them, I realized I had put them on my running shoes backwards, so the next time I wore them the correct way (as indicated by the writing on the heels and toes). The coils kept sliding off my shoe towards the inner side of my foot and every 2 minutes, I'd have to fix them. I finally just started wearing them backwards and have no issues with the coil slipping off the shoe now. If you're having issues with the coils slipping and sliding off your sole, try wearing them backwards. Finally, I find that as I get tired, my heels tend to strike my opposite foot. With the yaktrax on, sometimes the coils hit my ankles, so I find that wearing thicker socks helps from hurting them. I don't think they're sharp enough to cut or bruise my ankles, but they irritate them with thin running socks on.

The coils and rubber don't seem to have worn down visibly yet, but given others' reviews, I don't really expect them to last past this winter season. I don't wear them with the velcro "performance" strap, because they seem like they put so much tension on the rubber, it could snap. I haven't had issues with them falling off the shoe without them. For less than 25 bucks (far less than a gym membership), this seems like a small price to pay to keep me running outside whatever the weather brings. I'll update this review if they break down in under the season.

Pictures: wearing yaxtrax backwards on running shoes, yaktrax have no visible wear after 20 miles, yaktrax let me walk carefully in this smooth icy neighborhood, and yaktrax let me run with stability in sidewalks covered with rough ice and snow.

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