The other day, my wife and I started to head out to the grocery store and discovered a sheet of ice on the ground. Not the kind of ice you can gently walk over, but the slick, smooth, and slippery type of ice that will land you on your back in a split second. We turned around and went back inside.
(Note: We don’t own the property, and the leasing office is responsible for salting the sidewalks. I have since given them a piece of my mind, as this was 11am on a Sunday.)
I had known about Yaktrax’s ice cleats for a few years, but this was the first time there was a demonstrated need for them. Later on in the day I ordered a pair for myself (size medium), and one for my wife (small).
My wife normally requires a little convincing before buying new gear for herself at my suggestion, but okayed this purchase without hesitation.
Yaktrax Pro ice cleats are not suitable for when the ice is fairly thick – for that you will want spiked cleats – but they seem decent for icy ground. The device attaches to your shoes or boots and features 1.4mm steel coils that are wrapped around rubber webbing. Unlike spiked shoes, they *shouldn’t* damage walking surfaces.
Our new Yaktrax Pro ice cleats just arrived, and I plan to check the fit later tonight. I don’t know if or when we’ll be able to test them out.
I prefer not to go on long treks when the sidewalks or roads are iced over, and purchased the Yaktrax more for contingencies where we might need to go somewhere without delay.
I remember reading that, at least when I first learned about Yaktrax a few years ago, the Pro version was a little more durable than the original Walk version. That heavily influenced my decision to buy the Pro version, but there are also a number of improvements.
Compared to the Yaktrax Walk cleats, the Yaktrax Pro has thicker steel coils (1.4mm vs. 1.2mm), more premium webbing material (natural rubber vs. synthetic blend), and a removable strap that provides a more secure fit over shoes and boots.
I have been wondering, what do you wear on your feet when the ground is icy and slippery? Something like the Yaktrax cleats, something else, or nothing?
Here’s the kind of slipping and sliding we bought these to help avoid: