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Yaktrax: Ice is No Problem!

Updated on August 17, 2014

Remember when, as a kid, you loved the thrill of running and sliding on long stretch of icy sidewalk? Icy walks and parking lots no longer inspire that sort of abandon in me -- how about you?

It seems like you just can't count on every parking lot being properly salted or cleared, these days. My winter boots are great for snow, but they don't always provide solid traction on ice. Even a dog walk through the neighborhood can get cut short if a pond sized slick of ice blocks the walkway.

Enter Yaktrax.

I've owned my Yaktrax for several years, now, and as soon as the temperatures drop, into my car they go. It's a small bit of security, but they've saved me more than once from bruising my dignity (or worse).

In the picture to the right, you see Yaktrax installed on a pair of walking shoes. That's one of the great things about Yaktrax; they pull on over just about any type of shoe or boot. The bands are strong and stretchy, so you can get them on and off without having to remove your footwear to install them.

What makes Yaktrax work is the spiral steel coils wrapped around the bands. The steel bites into the ice, providing secure footing as you walk across icy surfaces.

When you arrive safely at your destination, just pull on the tab at the front or back of your Yaktrax to slip them off your shoe. once off, Yaktrax are small enough to fit easily into a bag, backpack or briefcase.

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There are even Yaktrax for runners. If you don't want snow and ice to come between you and your workout, here's an option for you!

Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats for Running on Snow and Ice, Small
Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats for Running on Snow and Ice, Small

These Yaktrax have extra cleats on the ball of the foot for added traction when runners push off.

 

Warning!

Remove your Yaktrax before walking on indoor surfaces!

The steel coils may damage flooring!

Yaktrax may cause you to slip on tiled surfaces!

What do you think about Yaktrax?

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      ideadesigns 2 years ago

      Looks like a good idea if your in a icy place!

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      You are very smart for using these ice cleats for winter walks.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, I'd never seen these before! I could have used them living in Illinois and Colorado. They look like little chains (like people used to put on tires) for shoes!

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I have some. Though I am not sure I know where they are. :-) Funny that you mention how kids like to slide on the ice. I haven't even thought of that in a long time. I guess it is cuz of how our center of gravity changes as we get older.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've been contemplating a pair of these for a while. Thanks for nudging me a bit closer toward buying them! :)