User Review: Yaktrax XTR Extreme
Price Paid: $44.95
Hiked to the summit of Mt. Liberty in the White Mountain National Forest of NH on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. About 2-3 inches of snow approximately half way up which continued to the summit. Conditions at the top were not terrible; about 3 inches of snow, and some ice on the exposed rock surfaces where the snow had either been blown off or slightly iced over.
I was wearing a Kahtoola Micro Spike on my left boot and a YakTrax XTR Extreme Micro Spike on the right boot. Hiking up to the summit I noticed very little difference in either manufacturer. At times it appeared that the footing was slightly less aggressive on my left side (Kahtoola).
However, the major difference was realized while descending. At times I purposely chose the path less traveled in order to give both micro spikes the best test possible given the conditions at that time. Clearly, the YakTrak XTR Extreme micro spike provided consistent gripping and stopping ability that was at times 20-30% better then the Kahtoola micro spike.
At several points the left foot slipped ahead of my trek and left a wad of snow that had built up under the Kahtoola Microspike. At least on this hike down Mt. Liberty, at no point did the right foot with the YakTrak XTR Extreme micro spike slip out from under me.
Ben, the individual that helped me at the EMS store in Concord, N.H., asked me to write a review on these micro spikes; so I am.
I would to thank my hiking companion Merry Ann for the invitation and date to hike Mt. Liberty on this day as the time together, weather, views, and lunch on the summit were all stella. She also provided the initial guidance on the foot gear that was needed that day.
Paul A. Jadis