Yaktrax Buyers Guide Comparing Yaktrax Walk® to Yaktrax Pro®

Volume Discount:
Save 10% on 2 pr. or more!
Free Shipping to the Entire U.S.
for Orders $39 or More! 
Credit Cards Accepted
Yaktrax Walk
MSRP  $20.00
18.00 /pr.
Yaktrax Walk on Boots
***Colors have been eliminated for 2019. I have a few left.***
Size and Color:


Quantity:

Yaktrax Pro
MSRP  $30.00
28.97 /pr.
Yaktrax Pro on Boots
Size and Color:


Quantity:

Compare Yaktrax Walk to Yaktrax Pro

Features
Yaktrax Walk Features
Yaktrax Pro Features
Slippery Conditions
Yaktrax Walk and Yaktrax Pro provide improved traction on packed snow and ice. Yaktrax are not helpful in loose snow despite some online demonstration videos you may have seen. That's because Ice Cleats that provide traction in lose snow require aggressive, self-cleaning treads.
Consider other Ice Cleat options if you walk on steep surfaces, often walk on black ice, or live where temperatures are very low. That's because the SkidLock traction system, while providing hundreds of biting edges, is non-aggressive. You need more aggressive traction in the more extreme conditions mentioned and when ice becomes more dense at extremely cold temperatures. If either of these situations exist, consider Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats or Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats.
Applications
Walk

Lite-Duty Ice Grips best for routine winter activities like walking from the house to the mailbox, short walks with the dog, walking from your car to the grocery store.

If your routine activities require that you occasionally walk over rough terrain, like rough stones or other unpaved surfaces. the Pro is the better choice.

Pro

Medium-Duty Ice Grips best for some professionals who work outside during the winter or participate in strenuous winter sports. I also recommend it for people who take longer, daily walks or hike regularly.

If you are constantly walking on rough terrain consider industrial strength ice cleats.

If you're constantly going in and out of doors or use ice cleats in the city, consider Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats. That's because Yaktrax are very slippery on smooth, dry indoor surfaces and on slip hazards unique to cities like sewer grates and utility hole covers.
Durability
Walk

Elastomer straps, stainless steel wire. They retain their shape and stay flexible at extremely low temperatures so Yaktrax are always easy to put on and take off. The difference in both the thickness of the straps and coils is less dramatic because of improvements made in 2008.

Pro

Real rubber compound is tougher and thicker than the elastomer straps used on the Yaktrax Walk. The stainless steel wire is thicker and will last longer in harsher conditions. A new, even tougher material has been introduced for 2011 making thePro20% more durable.

Patented SkidLock Traction Technology
Yaktrax Walk & Yaktrax Pro

Both use the same proven, innovative SKIDLOCK system that gives you hundreds of biting edges in all directions. The quality of traction is the same for both models. The Yaktrax Pro will just last longer especially under tougher conditions.

Ease of Use
Walk

There are no special skills to learn and stretch over your regular shoes in seconds. I think the Yaktrax Walk is usually the best choice for elderly people because with the thinner straps it is a little easier to put on. But really, it's not a big deal and many elderly customers buy the Yaktrax Pro and love them.

Pro

Like the Yaktrax Walk there are no special skills to learn so you can just walk or even run on packed snow and ice the same way you do on dry payment.

The Pro has Velcro strap (see below) which is another step when you put them on. But if you don't need it you can remove it.

Ability to Stay on Footwear
Walk

Most people have very little trouble with Yaktrax coming off their shoes. But in rare instances, most often when the size might not have been the best choice, Yaktrax may come off in deep snow. Most people never have a problem and you shouldn't consider it a problem.

The Yaktrax Walk will fit over almost all your shoes and boots.

Pro

Yaktrax Pro has a Velcro Performance Strap that goes across the top of your shoe and helps keep your Yaktrax in place and on your footwear in deep snow. It's only important if you're "pushing off" very hard while working outside or playing sports.

The strap might also be helpful if your routine activities require that you do have to walk through a lot of deep snow since the strap will definitely help to keep your Yaktrax in place. Please remember that you can always remove the strap.

Like the Walk, the Yaktrax Pro will fit over most footwear.

Comfort
Walk

Toe Strap
Yaktrax Walk Toe Straps
Heel Strap
Yaktrax Walk Heel Straps
Pro

Toe Strap
Yaktrax Pro Toe Straps
Heel Strap
Yaktrax Pro Heel Strap
The Yaktrax Walk Toe and Heel Straps are not as substantial as the Pro's.
The Pro's are stronger and help keep them on your footwear more securely. However, the Walk's straps are more comfortable, especially on softer shoes and sneakers.
Yaktrax Size Charts and Sizing Guide
Walk
Yaktrax Walk Size Chrat
Pro
Yaktrax Pro Size Chart
Note: All Yaktrax tend to run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range I recommend getting the next larger size especially if you plan to use them on bulky boots or work shoes.
Colors
Walk

Yaktrax Walk is available in Black only. Glow (yes, it actually glows in the dark!) and Clear are discontinued for 2019. I still have limited sizes in stock.

Tip: If you have more than one Yaktrax user in the house having different colors is a great way to quickly tell them apart.

Pro

Yaktrax Pro is available in Black only because it's a real rubber compound.

Price
Walk

Yaktrax Walk Box
The suggested retail price is $20.00 .
Your price is 18.00
Pro

Yaktrax Pro Box
The suggested retail price is $30.00 .
Your Price 28.97

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 do 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.
  • Will you 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 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. Look at my Ice Cleats Buyer's Guide to find industrial grade ice cleats that will work in snow and slush.

Winter Walking Spare Spike and Winter Walking LOW-PRO are a low cost alternatives for Yaktrax Walk.

Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats are an exciting new alternative to Yaktrax Pro.

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 AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats sold at SlipResistant.net.

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, traction 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. If you have large, bulky boots consider Icegrips Ice Cleats.
Will Yaktrax work on roofs?
No. Furthermore the metal on metal contact climbing a ladder would be extremely hazardous 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 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.

Important Warnings and Safety Tips

Yaktrax Walk will not damage most indoor floors. Nevertheless, 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 Yaktrax Walk before going indoors or driving, or you live or work in a city, consider Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats. LOW-PRO and safe to wear on most indoor surfaces and while driving. LOW-PRO also provides better traction on the city hazards mentioned above.

Yaktrax Walk Size Chart and Sizing Guide

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.

Officially, Yaktrax do not come in Kid's Sizes. However, Grade School Kid's Sizes are simply a Women's Shoe Size minus 1½.

Yaktrax Walk Sizing 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
Contact Me at 1-610-670-2549 or by e-Mail for Quotes on Large Corporate Orders

Yaktrax Pro Size Chart and Sizing Guide

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 Sizing 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
Contact Me at 1-610-670-2549 or by e-Mail for Quotes on Large Corporate Orders
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.

Contact Me at 1-610-670-2549 or by e-Mail for Quotes on Large Corporate Orders
Yaktrax Size Exchanges

Find the Best Ice Cleats for People, Places, and Occupations

Find the Best Ice Cleats Based Upon Your Activities or Slick Conditions

Recommended Ice Cleats Based on User-Friendliness and Convenience

$ 39.95/pr.

You're
  • Looking for the very best, reliable, and effective Ice Cleats available;
  • Not using Ice Cleats in the city or for commuting; and
  • Lastly, not concerned about removing your Ice Cleats before going indoors.
$ 39.95/pr.

You're
  • Looking for ultra-convenient Ice Cleats you can safely wear on most indoor floors and while driving; or
  • Using Ice Cleats in the city or for commuting; and/or
  • Lastly, unable or unwilling to remove your Ice Cleats before going indoors.
$24.95/pr.

You're
  • Looking for reliable, lower-cost Lite-Duty Ice Cleats for occasional use;
  • Not using Ice Cleats in the city or for commuting; and
  • Lastly, not concerned about removing your Ice Cleats before going indoors; choose
$23.95/pr.

You're
  • Looking for reliable, lower-cost Lite-Duty Ice Cleats for occasional use;
  • Not using Ice Cleats in the city or for commuting; and
  • Lastly, not concerned about removing your Ice Cleats before going indoors; choose
$ 18.00 to 28.97/pr.

You're
  • Looking for low-cost, very lite-duty ice traction devices for occasional use for traction on ice and packed snow;
  • You understand that Yaktrax do not provide reliable traction on black ice, deep snow, or on regular ice in frigid temperatures when ice is denser;
  • Not using Ice Cleats in the city or for commuting;
  • You understand that while Yaktrax will not damage indoor floors, you still most often have to remove them before going indoors. That's because Yaktrax are extremely slippery on smooth indoor and outdoor surfaces and floors.

Best Ice Cleats for Users with Physical Problems

Best Ice Cleats for Your Lifestyle

Select Ice Cleats Best for Your Occupation

There's No Better Place to Buy Yaktrax

Here's why buying Ice Cleats from us gives you peace of mind...

Ice Cleats and Shoe Attachment Volume Discounts

Your discounts are Here's how the Volume Discount shows in your cart. This example shows a 10% discount. Your actual discount will depend upon my current discount policy and the quantity purchased.
Ice Cleats Volume Discounts

What Free Ice Cleats Size Exchanges Means

No store works harder than we do to get Ice Cleats Sizing right on the first try. If you measure your footwear as I advise you to do in my Sizing Tips, Size Exchanges are rare. However, when Size Exchanges are necessary

This policy is consistent with and exceeds competing stores Free Exchanges policies. If you have questions, please call me at 610-670-2549.

The last thing I want is for you to be disappointed in your purchase or feel that I mislead you or treated you unfairly. So, in the unlikely event you're not totally satisfied with your Ice Cleats or Shoe Traction Devices purchased from me, I'll refund your money and pay for the return freight. Call me at 610-670-2549.

My satisfaction guarantee is unconditional. However, I'll ask you why you're not satisfied because I want to know if

Ice Cleats Free Shipping

Free Fast USPS Priority Shipping* to Anywhere in The United States
Here's how to get FREE SHIPPING.
Place your Ice Cleats in the CartIce Cleats FREE SHIPPING
1. Enter your Zip CodeIce Cleats FREE SHIPPING 1
2. Click CALCULATEIce Cleats FREE SHIPPING 2
3. Click th Drop-DownIce Cleats FREE SHIPPING 3
4. Select USPS PRIORITY Shipping FREE and Click GO TO CHECKOUT.Ice Cleats FREE SHIPPING 4
;