>> Saturday, February 06, 2010
I first started running with YakTrax about 2 years ago. They work well, but they work better in certain conditions. Here’s my current pair of YakTrax Pro (note that they are the “Pro” model that has the Velcro strap and not just the “Walker” model that has no strap):
YakTrax Pro for running on ice: Grade of B-. Nothing will make it “easy” to run on the ice. YakTrax help, but they don’t make it seem like your running on a grassy path in the middle of summer.
YakTrax Pro for running on uneven, packed sidewalks: Grade of B+. YakTrax work pretty good in these conditions - they work on clear, slightly icy, or packed sidewalks. If someone has shoveled down to bare cement, YakTrax are still fine on that, whereas some other “spikes” are really uncomfortable on clear sidewalks.
YakTrax Pro for running on EVEN packed snow: Grade of A. This is the BEST use for YakTrax! During most of my winter runs this year, I’ve been running along the Mississippi River on a trail that is maintained by the city. That trail NEVER has uneven footing. It always has just 1/4 inch of packed snow, and that’s PERFECT for YakTrax.
Have you tried YakTrax? How about any other sort of “traction spikes?” Click on the “Does It Work” tag to see all posts in this mini-series. Happy weekend!!
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