Monday, January 10, 2011

Yaktrax

Last week I received a pair of Yaktrax in the mail to test. I had mentioned in my post regarding Tuscobia 50K that I have never tried Yaktrax , Kahtoola or any other spikes and what do you know-Yaktrax to the rescue!

Because it was 40 degrees and rainy all day on December 30 and then froze during the night I had a nice icy surface to try the Yaktrax out December 31. I decided to run my neighborhood route-not wanting to venture out driving on the glare ice roads to the State Park.

I began in the darkness, without a headlamp. I wanted to enjoy the quiet darkness to decompress, meditate. I felt all ‘peopled’ out and just wanted some quite time.

As I walked down the driveway I could see a glare off of the driveway from the moon as I walked to the street. Topaz bolted down the driveway and skidded into the cul-de-sac as he turned the corner. Ha, it was slippery!

I bent down to touch the surface. Real icy. I moved my feet forward and back upon the ice, no slipping. I could kind of feel the coils catch the ice, the sensation was little different that without the Yaktrax. I was ready to give these things a try.

Apprehensively, I began to jog. Initially I could sense that there was something attached to my shoes. I was wearing trail shoes with a substantial lug sole. The Yaktrax only added a few ounces. I could feel the coil inbetween the sole and the ice. As I became more comfortable with them I began to run. Before I knew it I had forgotten all about the Yaktrax. I was enjoying the run through the neighborhood, watching the sunrise, laughing at Topaz as he rolled in the snow to cool down.

I was testing the Yaktrax Pro. They attach to the shoe with a soft rubber frame which has coils that run along the bottom of the shoe. They are spikeless but give great traction in ice and snow. I was very impressed with the grip they gave.

Since December 31 I have worn the Yaktrax for 45 of the past 80 miles I have run. The miles without the Yaktrax were miles upon snowshoes. They have held up great-there is no wear that I can see. I have worn them in weather as cold as -14F, in light fluffy snow, packed snow and ice.

Thank you for sending them my way!

2 comments:

elizabeth said...

Yaktrax are great! I've used them for years, I'm on my third pair. I've had the Kahtoola for a couple years and use them most of the time since I run off road. Yaktrax are better for icy pavement. Like snowshoes, the snow will stick when its too warm, so I find them most useful for mid 20's and below.

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