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Old 10-12-07, 06:51 PM   #1
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Anyone use Yak Traks on their shoes

Anyone use Yak Traks or something similar for traction on your shoes when you put your foot down while stopping?
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Old 10-13-07, 05:00 PM   #2
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I've been living with ultra-icy winters in Los Anchorage for years now. I don't trust Yak Traxs for any serious ice. They fall apart after a time and wiggle too much under foot. They are OK for light ice for a few weeks a year. For more than that go with spikes of some kind, either strapped on or screwed into the sole of your boot directly.
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Old 10-14-07, 11:48 AM   #3
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Anyone use Yak Traks or something similar for traction on your shoes when you put your foot down while stopping?
I did use Yak Trax (YT) and found them great for digging into the ice! BUT, I also use clipless pedals and the rubber on the YT gets caught in the clip, hence I broke them. I now use something called ice creepers or ice cleats.

In order to keep them on my shoe I use a strap from a clip and strap pedal, that way they are quick to remove.

Unlike the picture, I wear mine between the heel and ball of my foot thereby keeping clear of the pedal. Only thing is when you stop you have to put your foot down flat footed and not toe down for the cleats to dig in. Otherwise, your feet will slip out. The other thing about the Ice cleats is that they can bend easily if you put them down on rocks, but they are easily bent back.

I have found the Yak Trax great for hiking in winter and use them all the time.
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Old 10-14-07, 05:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice! digger,love what you are using!
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Old 10-17-07, 01:01 PM   #5
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Anyone use Yak Traks or something similar for traction on your shoes when you put your foot down while stopping?
I bought a pair. They lasted one day. Total junk.
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I bought a pair. They lasted one day. Total junk.
Did you wear them when cycling or use them for hiking/walking? I wonder, what's your boot size, perhaps they slip around or something on a smaller boot? Perhaps that's why you're not having any luck with them.

I must say I love mine, use them for winter hiking all the time. I also cary a pair in my winter coat pocket for walking on icy sidewwalks.

But like I said, I don't use them with clipless pedals anymore as the rubber will hook up in the cleat. That's why I switched to the ice creepers.

I gave a pair to my father who does alot of walking in the winter and he loves them also.

Hm, go figure...
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