User Review: Yaktrax XTR Extreme
Price Paid: $60
I have had consistently great experience with my Yaktrax Pros. When I saw the ad for the Extremes I headed for my local store and snatched up a pair (and I even paid for them ;).
Today I did a hike up a fairly steep hill with about 1700' elevation gain and 20-35 degree slope using them for the first time The ground was frozen and there was about 8-12" of fresh snow -- the ground is rocky.
First, I wear about a size 10.5 shoe so I purchased the mediums, designated to fit a US 9-11. I think the Extremes were slightly too big for my 10.5 5.10 approach shoes (waterproofed) but if I had been wearing boots they might have been sized correctly.
They seemed to work fairly well but when I finished the hike and returned to the car to remove the Extremes I found several chain links opened and one chain hanging loose -- a link having opened wide. On inspection I noticed the links are not welded but are just pressed together.
I don't think they, despite the name, are designed for tough environments -- my hike was not long (about 2 miles round trip) nor particularly "extreme." These are not what I expected from a Yaktrax product.