User Review: Yaktrax Pro
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $17
I think these were designed for packed snow walking trails and snow covered parking lots, not icy mountain peaks.
- provides traction
- don't last
- metals springs can roll
Yaktraxs are an elastomer web that stretches around the sole of the shoe. On the bottom there are metal coils which provide traction wrapped around the web . The PRO model adds a velcro band that secures over the top of the foot to help keep the device correctly positioned. I've never had any problem with keeping these on or correctly positioned.
The two major problems with Yaktrax are the metal coils rolling and the durability of the elastomer web. On packed snow or soft ice these bite and provide their best traction, but on hard ice or rock the metal coils can twist making for unsure footing.
The most serious failing is that the elastomer web seems to fail after one season of moderate use. I've purchased a few pairs and used them for maybe a dozen trail runs a winter and they have either failed at the end of the season or the first time they were put on the next year.
These work for some conditions, but I wouldn't want to rely on them for more challenging conditions.