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Yaktrax
Yaktrax Walk
The Original and Most Popular Yaktrax for Routine Winter Activities
MSRP  $20.00
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Yaktrax Walk
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Yaktrax Walk Features
On Boots
Yaktrax Walk
On Shoes
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Walk Colors
Yaktrax Walk Colors
Toe Strap
Yaktrax Walk Toe Straps
Heel Strap
Yaktrax Walk Heel Strap
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Yaktrax Pro
The Most Popular Yaktrax for Work, Sports, and Frequent Use
MSRP  $30.00
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Yaktrax Run
Best Traction and Safety for Winter Running
MSRP $40.00
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Yaktrax SkidLock™ Traction System

Yaktrax Walk, previously called the Yaktrax Walker, was introduced over a decade ago and remains the most popular Yaktrax model. Yaktrax were truly revolutionary because they eliminated spikes found on traditional ice cleats. Yaktrax Shaped-Edge Coils

Yaktrax Walk gives you instant traction on ice and packed snow because abrasion and rust-resistant 1.2mm stainless steel coils have shaped edges. The edges give you hundreds of biting edges that grip the ice in all directions with every step.

Yaktrax Walk has elastomer straps that are

  • very adaptable to stretching to fit over most of your footwear;
  • have no memory so they remain secure on your shoes and boots; and
  • lastly, easy to stretch over your shoes and boots because they stay flexible in frigid temperatures down to -41°F.
Yaktrax Pro was introduced a few years later to solve durability issues and problems keeping Yaktrax on and aligned on footwear for people who used Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats
  • frequently;
  • for work; and winter sports; and
  • who often walk through deep, and especially deep wet, snow.
Yaktrax Pro is heavier-duty because the
  • hand-wound coils are made from thicker 1.4mm stainless steel;
  • straps are made from a tougher and stronger real rubber compound; and
  • lastly, removable Velcro® Performance Strap keeps Yaktrax Pro aligned and securely on your shoes and boots.

People used both the Yaktrax Walk and the Yaktrax Pro for winter running. And, a few years ago, Yaktrax came out with the Yaktrax Run specifically designed for running shoes that keep you safer while running on ice and packed snow.

Yaktrax Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Give you instant traction on ice and packed snow in normal winter conditions.
  • Very adaptable and fit over most types of footwear.
  • Easy to put on and take off even in frigid temperatures.
  • Foldable and portable so you have them with you when you need them because they easily fit in you pocket or glove compartment.
  • Won't damage most indoor floors.
  • Won't injure you if you would fall while wearing them because there are no sharp spikes.
Cons
  • Do not work in deep snow or on black ice.
  • Become less effective in frigid temperatures when ice is denser.
  • Although Yaktrax won't damage most floors, you must remove Yaktrax before walking on smooth, dry floors because the coils are extremely slippery on this type of surface. Find out about Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats you can safely wear indoors.
  • Non-aggressive traction system is less effective on steeper inclines.
  • You should remove Yaktrax before you drive because the straps can impair your movement between the pedals.
  • Durability continues to be an issue regardless on the model. However, many of the reported durability problems in reviews come from people improperly using Yaktrax because Yaktrax were never intended for off-road use.
  • Yaktrax can be slippery on sewer grates, utility hole covers, smooth brick sidewalks and streets, marble and granite surfaces, tiles, and on steps and escalators related to mass transit. See Best Ice Cleats for Cities.

Yaktrax Features

Yaktrax Walk Features
  • Walk Naturally on Packed Snow and Ice
  • Spikeless, Ultra Lightweight Design
  • 360° Traction with Patented SKIDLOCK Coil System
  • Webbing: Elastomer Compound Stays Flexible to -41°F.
  • Easily Stretches to Fit Almost Any Shoe or Boot
  • They're uni-foot so you don't have to identify right from left. Just grab one and put it on either shoe.
  • Coil: Abrasion Resistant 1.2mm High Strength Steel 70% Recycled Content Coil
  • Colors: Black Only for 2019. I have a few Clear and Glow Yaktrax Walk left in stock.
  • Sizes: Extra Small; Small; Medium; and Large.
  • Weight: 2.0 - 4.0 oz. Adds No Noticeable Weight to Your Footwear
  • Warranty: 90 Days
  • Manufacturer: Implus, Inc.
  • Made in China
  • SKU: 587
  • UPC: 096506086068 (Extra Small); 096506086013 (Small); 096506086037 (Medium); 096506086051 (Large)
Yaktrax Pro Features
  • Walk Naturally on Packed Snow and Ice
  • Spikeless, Ultra Lightweight Design
  • 360° Traction with Patented SKIDLOCK Coil System
  • Straps: Strong and Durable Real Rubber Compound Stays Flexible to -41°F.
  • Easily Stretches to Fit Almost Any Shoe or Boot
  • They're uni-foot so you don't have to identify right from left. Just grab one and put it on either shoe.
  • Coil: Abrasion and Rust-Resistant 1.4mm High Strength Steel 70% Recycled Content Coil
  • Colors: Black Only
  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large
  • Weight: 5 - 7 oz. Adds No Noticeable Weight to Your Footwear
  • Warranty: 90 Days
  • Manufacturer: Implus, Inc.
  • Made in China
  • SKU: 682
  • UPC: 096506086099 (Small); 0965060860112 (Medium); 096506086136 (Large), 096506086150 (Extra Large)
Yaktrax Run FeaturesA user-friendly, light-weight, easy on/easy off, low-cost hybrid stud and steel coil shoe traction device that reduces slips and falls while running on ice and packed snow.
  • Hybrid Traction System Using 12 Carbon Steel Studs & 1.4mm Stainless Steel Coils Provide Excellent 360° Traction on Packed Snow & Ice.
  • Webbing: Natural Rubber. Stays Flexible to -41°F
  • Reflective Heel Tab and Performance Strap for Safer Running at Night.
  • Anatomic Right and Left Foot Design
  • Color: Grey/Red Only
  • Weight: 9.7 to 11.7 oz.
  • Manufacturer: Implus, Inc.
  • Warranty: 90 Days
  • Made in China

Yaktrax FAQs

What's the difference between the Yaktrax Walk and the Yaktrax Walker?
There is no difference. Yaktrax renamed the Yaktrax Walker to Yaktrax Walk. It was purely a marketing decision.
Will the Yaktrax Pro give me better traction than the Yaktrax Walk?
No. The only way the Pro's traction is superior to the Walk is that the thicker, stronger straps and Velcro® Performance Strap keeps the Pro Better aligned on your footwear.
How long do Yaktrax last?
Yaktrax are a consumable just like any other article of clothing or ice cleat. How long your Yaktrax Walk lasts depends upon several factors including
  • your weight;
  • how often you use them; and
  • lastly, how much bare payment you walk on (It's rare that every foot of a sidewalk, parking lot, or road is completely covered with ice and packed snow. It's unreasonable to remove them and then put them back on every time you encounter a dry patch. Bare spots speed up the abrasion on the steel coils because the coils are abrasion resistant, not abrasion proof.); and
  • lastly, if you'll be walking over rough surfaces that may tend to cut the rubber straps.

Yaktrax Pro is more durable than the Yaktrax Walk because the Pro has

  • thicker, tougher, real-rubber compound straps compared to the elastomer straps found on the Walk; and
  • 1.4mm diameter stainless steel coils compared to the 1.2mm coils used on the Walk.

Now, having said all that, on the average you can expect one to two seasons. When you consider the cost per use it's very low-cost insurance compared to the cost of an injury.

Will Yaktrax eliminate my risk of slipping on ice and packed snow?
No. No traction device can guarantee you won't slip and fall on ice. What Yaktrax can do is significantly decrease the probability that you won't fall to make the risk acceptable.
Do Yaktrax work in deep snow or slush?
No. SPARE SPIKE Ice Cleats are a low cost alternative for Yaktrax that will work in regular snow and slush. Visit my Ice Cleats Buyer's Guide to find more Ice Cleats effective on all winter slick surfaces.
Must I remove my Yaktrax every time I go indoors?
You absolutely must remove Yaktrax before going indoors where there are smooth, dry floors like those found in the
  • grocery store;
  • drug store,
  • train station; and
  • post office.

You must remove Yaktrax because Yaktrax are extremely slippery on this type of floor.

If you are not capable of removing them or you are constantly going in and out of doors consider Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats or Winter Walking ICE BEAST LOW-PRO Ice Cleats.

Are Yaktrax good for hiking?
It depends where you're hiking. Yaktrax are not designed to be used off-road.
  • Rough surfaces will cut the straps and abrade the steel coils.
  • The steel coils can be extremely slippery on exposed rocks especially if they're smooth or rounded.
  • Yaktrax should not be worn on sandy or gravel covered surfaces.
  • Frequent non-ice and snow covered surfaces will also affect durability.
Do Yaktrax work on black ice?
I do not recommend Yaktrax for use on black ice because you need more aggressive traction. Consider Winter Walking HIGH-PRO or Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats.
I've read that Yaktrax have 10 times more biting edges than spiked ice cleats. Does this mean the traction is 10 times better than spiked ice cleats?
No. The key to traction on ice is penetration. Yaktrax stainless steel coils are non-aggressive. Therefore, getting traction on ice requires hundreds of biting edges to equal the traction of just one well-designed spike. In addition, the non-aggressive coils become less effective in frigid temperatures when ice is denser.
Will Yaktrax work on Ski Boots?
No. Implus does offer a product called SKITRAX. However, I don't carry them
Will Yaktrax work on Neos® Boots or Bunny Boots?
No.
Will Yaktrax work on roofs?
No. Furthermore, the metal on metal contact when climbing a ladder is extremely dangerous. Visit Korkers.com to find tractions devices specifically for roofs.
What are WinterTrax?
WinterTrax are manufactured by Implus. They're an ultra-light duty, one-size-fits-all, extremely inexpensive, and almost one-time use version of Yaktrax. One national marketer sells them as being actual Yaktrax and makes it appear that you're getting a great deal by getting two pair of Yaktrax for the price of one pair from another source. Again, WinterTrax are not Yaktrax. I don't sell WINTERTRAX because they don't hold up and they don't stay on your shoes.
Why are they called Yaktrax?
They're named after the surefooted Tibetan Yak. But the concept really has nothing to do with the Yak. The idea originated by observing how Sherpas would tie strips of leather around their shoes to get traction on ice.

Yaktrax Warnings and Safety Tips

Yaktrax will not damage most indoor floors. However, you must remove Yaktrax before walking on smooth, dry floors because Yaktrax are extremely slippery on these surfaces.

Do not drive while wearing Yaktrax. The straps can catch on pedals.

I do not recommend Yaktrax for people living or working in cities. Again, Yaktrax are slippery on smooth surfaces that include

  • sewer grates;
  • utility hole covers;
  • flooring in train stations;
  • metallic steps found on buses and trains; and
  • tile, brick, or marble surfaces.
Do not use Yaktrax on surfaces covered with sand or loose gravel.

If you are unable or unwilling to remove your Yaktrax before going indoors or driving, or you live or work in a city, consider Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats. LOW-PRO are safe to wear on most indoor surfaces and while driving. LOW-PRO also provides better traction on the city hazards mentioned above.

Yaktrax Walk sizes run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range shown below, you may be better off getting the next larger size, especially if you plan to wear them over heavy boots or shoes. If you can't decide, choose the bigger size.
Yaktrax Walk Size Chart
Yaktrax Walk are Unisex and fit the following men's and women's shoe sizes.
Size Men's Women's Grade School Kid's
XL* n/a n/a n/a
*XL is not available in the Yaktrax Walk. Click here to find the Yaktrax Pro.
L 11.5 - 13.5 13 - 15 n/a
 
M 9 - 11 10.5 - 12.5 n/a
 
S 5 - 8.5 6.5 - 10 5 - 8.5
 
XS 1 - 4.5 2.5 - 6 1 - 4.5

Yaktrax Walk Colors

Get different colors so you can easily tell them apart when there's more than one Yaktrax user in your home.

Consider Glow Green if you'll be using Yaktrax at night. You'll be safer because they glow in the dark for improved visibility. The Glow will also help you find them if you drop one.

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Yaktrax Pro sizes run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range shown below, you may be better off getting the next larger size, especially if you plan to wear them over heavy boots or shoes. If you can't decide, choose the bigger size.
Yaktrax Pro Size Chart
Yaktrax Pro are Unisex and fit the following men's and women's shoe sizes.
Size Men's Women's
XL 14+ 15.5+
 
L 11.5 - 13.5 13 - 15
 
M 9 - 11 10.5 - 12.5
 
S 5 - 8.5 6.5 - 10

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