User Review: Yaktrax XTR Extreme
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40
Don't seem to be made for hiking.
- Few dollars cheaper than Kahtoolas
- Snow won't ball up under feet.
- Made cheaper than the Kahtoolas
- Anti-Balling plates seem to lessen traction.
- Heel susceptible to sliding up back of boot/shoe.
My girlfriend got these for hiking because they were a few dollars cheaper than the Kathoola Microspikes which I use. They seem to fit her boots tightly, but the heel always sides back and up the back of her boot on a descent. The main reason for this is that the two spike plates are not joined together. There is nothing to stop the heel plate from sliding other than whatever minimal friction the user's boot sole has with the plate.
The Microspikes are connected with chains that also provide added traction. Speaking of traction, I feel that although the plastic they put between the spikes that is supposed to stop snow from balling up on your feet does exactly that, it also has a negative effect on traction. It is a slippery and smooth surface up against the snow, and it seems to reduce the effectiveness of spikes to grip hard pack/icy surfaces in comparison to the open chain design of the Microspikes.
These are not well designed for hiking.
I ended up going to Lowes and buying chain which I welded the links shut on to connect the bottom two plates with an X of chain and that solved the heel sliding problem.