Here in Milwaukee, we have been spoiled with either dry weather or wet weather and warmer temps throughout the Winter so far. Ultimately I knew we were long overdue for the Winter elements that normally accompany a Midwest Winter. And finally, that as well as poor footing has finally arrived.
- Spikeless, ultra lightweight design
- 360° of traction with patented skid lock coil system
- Abrasion resistant 1.2mm Steel Coils
- Easy On/Off
- Great traction on snowy paths.
- Low Cost – about $20.
- Easy to put on and take off.
- Unsure of durability.
- Feels slightly odd wearing on clean and clear roads/pavement.
- Hinders Moonwalking abilities significantly.
I have worn the Yaktrax Walk during a few runs after some significant snowfalls that left the running paths covered with varying amounts of snow. My normal easy run pace hovers around 8 minute miles. I had no issues keeping that pace while running on trails that would normally slow me down to about 8:30 or 9:00 pace if I had not been wearing this device. I was pleasantly surprised how confident they made me feel in packed down snow that usually feels pretty slick. I even found myself trying to stay on the snowy sections as running on the clear sections of pavement just didn’t feel right.
After browsing their website, Yaktrax doesn’t recommend wearing the cleats on any normal surface such as bare streets, sidewalks, or paths as those will shorten the life of the cleats drastically.
Overall, I am a big fan of wearing these and will continue to as long as my running routes are covered in snow. The slight awkward feeling on clear paths is well worth the trade off in feeling confident that I’m not going to go down when I hit some precarious sections of the paths. I am curious how long these will last and if I can get full use out of them for a whole season, but I will make any updates here if they fail at any point during the Winter.
Click here to purchase: Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats
Product images from Yaktrax website