Review by Arnie P
Yaktrax provided the Run for review purposes.
The name Yaktrax
The company was named after the sure footed Tibetan Yak. The design used was inspired by the observations of a Sherpa striding across snow and icy surfaces in the Himalayas.
Description of Yaktrax Run traction devices
The Yaktrax Run traction devices consists of the traction part and 2 fabric straps to prevent the Run from detaching while in use. The toe strap is adjustable and ties in with the performance strap which is in the transverse direction of the shoe. The traction for the ball of the foot is 6 carbide spikes. There are also 12 smaller covered spikes on the inside. The heel consists a diamond pattern of 1.4 mm steel coils. There is reflective material on the removable toe strap and the “Y” label on the heel.
The Yaktrax Run is available in 4 sizes small, medium, large, and x-large. See website for sizing. Yaktrax.com
Details for pair received
Size Men’s: Medium
Measured weight: 9.2 oz/261 g
Temperature: -41 F
Anatomic right/left design
Spikes: Carbon steel
Coils: 1.4 mm steel
Webbing : High strength natural rubber
Webbing color: Gray
The Yaktrax are lightweight, compact, and easy to store. When I am not in using them on a hike, I would fold them in half so that the carbide spikes are not exposed to fabric in my pocket or backpack. The spikes are short, but until I know how they will change with use, I would rather not take any chances of getting my pocket or backpack damaged. The spikes serve dual purposes. The main purpose is for traction, the inside spikes that touch the sole of the shoe help keep the Yaktrax in place while in use.
Trying them on
The directions are easy. Put one foot over your knee, making sure the “Y” label is pointing out. Hook the front of the Yaktrax over the toe end of your shoe and stretch to cover the bottom of the shoe. Then check both sides of your Yaktrax to insure both sides are securly in place and centered on the bottom of your shoe. Pull the performance tab over the top of your shoe. Slide it through the toe strap. Loop it through the guide loop of the Yaktrax and attach it on itself to secure.
Since there is no snow here yet, I tried the Yaktrax for a short walk. I walked for a short distance on cement and asphalt. I could feel some unusual pressure on the bottom of my feet. I would not be using them of bare surfaces very long. I did walk on under trees and on a grassy field and on a wet plank. I would slip without the Yaktrax on this wet plank but with them there was no problem. I can forsee where the Yaktrax may be good on wet roots, fallen trees. I am looking forward to using the Run when dealing with snow and icy conditions. I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Yaktrax for the opportunity to test the Run. Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say.
A last look 12-23-16
First significant snowfall of season
The latest snow arrived overnight and it was still snowing in the morning. With predictions of the snow turning to rain by noon, I was not inspired to do anything. As the morning progressed, the snow stopped falling and temperatures remained in the mid 20’s. I knew a few ice spots remained from a previous storm. When the snow stopped falling, there was 4-6 inches of snow on the driveway. This was the perfect time to put the Yaktrax Run on before leaving the house. I use a snow scooper to push the snow off the driveway. The extra traction made this a slip free job. I really liked the feel of the carbide spikes. I could feel that the carbide tips were there, but I was still comfortable. I felt stable and confident pushing the snow over the several icy spots.
Harold Parker Forest
We had a 4-6 in snowfall on Saturday. The following day the temperature rose to the low 40’s and it rained. Sunday night the the temperatures dropped to single digits. I had been below freezing since then. So I put the Yaktrax Run traction devices in my pocket for the Wednesday morning 2 hour hike. At the trail-head there was almost no snow or ice. As we progressed into areas where the trees were dense the amount of snow and ice on the trail increased. We stopped at some point to allow the group to catch up. At this point we learned someone had fallen and 4 people turned back. During this stop, I put on my Run traction device. I had been watching every step and picking what appeared to be safe spots. I could feel that my feet were not that stable. This was very rough ice and snow. It appears that a lot of people had walked on the trail before the freezing weather. I was a lot more stable with the Run on, but still had some trouble because of the roughness of the ice. The ice was sometimes rough that only 2 of the carbide spikes were making contact. This was more noticeable going uphill as most of the weight would be on the trailing foot. Going downhill would put most of the weight on the leading foot and the carbide tips made better contact with the ice. I did not have to be as careful with the Run on and even though I slid a little, I felt stable all the time. At one point I could see the person on my right start to go down, I extended my right arm to her, she held on to my right arm with her left arm and a small tree with her right arm.
The traction was the best in the few places that were flat with smoother ice. I was hoping to try the Run on a frozen lake but temperatures has made that impossible for now. I hope to do an update when this occurs.
I like the Run for the type of hiking I have been doing. The Run can easily fit in the pocket of my jacket or day pack. I think of the Run as good insurance preventing falls during icy conditions. I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Yaktrax for the opportunity to test the Run.
The atmospheric conditions did not let me to try the Yaktrax Run on a flat icy ground. Then after a 2 inch snowstorm, it had warmed enough for the snow to become slush. The temperature had fallen overnight. When I arrived at my gymnasium, I noticed a few hundred square feet of solid slush that had been walked on prior to freezing. I walked or more likely stepped gingerly over the slippery rough ice covering the flat pavement. I then put on my Yaktrax Run. I could hear the sound of the carbide tips bitting into the frozen surface. The sound was a reassuring music to my ears while I easily traversed this slippery surface while wearing the Yaktrax Run.