- MANUFACTURER: YAKTRAX
- MODEL NO: 8611
- SIZES: SMALL (WOMEN 6.5-10/ MEN 5-8.5), MEDIUM (WOMEN 10.5-12.5/ MEN 9-11) LARGE (WOMEN 13-15/MEN 11.5-13.5) X LARGE (WOMEN 15.5+/MEN 14+)
- WEIGHT: 6.4 OUNCES
- COLORS: BLACK
- MATERIAL: STEEL AND RUBBER
- FIT AS EXPECTED: RUNS SMALL SIZE UP FOR BOOTS
- ALSO: REMOVABLE STRAP/ ABRASION RESISTANT 1.4MM STEEL COILS/ SPIKE FREE
- PRICE GUIDE: $22.36-$29.90
- OUR RATING: FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE
YAKTRAX PRO TRACTION ICE CLEATS
When the snow and ice come, you need to be prepared. But not everyone has their own fleet of huskies to transport them over the frozen terrain. Nor do we always have exactly the right pair of snow boots to hand.
So, what’s the next best thing to have on your feet when the snow is beating down? A pair of ice cleats on your shoes, of course!
And it’s not just regular shoes that you might decide need the added boost of ice cleats. Naturally, you can also put these onto snow boots in need of a little extra help. You just have to select the size carefully (see further on in our review about sizing).
The Yaktrax Pro Traction Ice Cleats are one in the series of ice cleats made by manufacturer Yaktrax. When deciding which pair you require, it is worth checking carefully against the other models on offer, because they are not all the same.
The Yaktrax Pro sits in the middle of the spectrum produced by the makers. The complete range are Yaktrax Walk, Yaktrax Run, Yaktrax Pro, Diamond, Summit and Ski.
Since all these have been specifically designed to do different things, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes and decide exactly which pair you require.
Put simply, they will only be suitable for what they were intended for. It’s no good therefore buying the Walk model and then trying to run in it!
This may sound obvious, but from examining the feedback left by customers, it does seem as if this is exactly what some people have been doing.
Likewise, it’s no good buying the Yaktrax Pro, which are intended for moderate all round walking and then putting them through their paces.
The Yaktrax Pro are intended for walking, or working in. But they aren’t made for any marathons or hikes to the North Pole in!
And this is reflected in the price point that these are sold at. The Yaktrax Pro are on sale for around $20 upwards. This is a modest sum and the more inexpensive models are not going to be as resilient as a $90 pair are.
So, we would advise both a reality check and also a proper think about what you actually want to do in them, before you buy!
Manufactured by Yaktrax, this is a footwear maker committed to specializing in all things snow and ice.
Taking their inspiration from Sherpas in the Himalayas, Yaktrax are dedicated to making winter something that can be shrugged off without any major ado.
These are ice cleats without spikes. Instead they rely on a skid lock coil system, with steel coils.
Fashioned from natural rubber and steel, these are a quality product and the removable strap allows them to fit over shoes and boots securely.
Nice and lightweight, these shouldn’t weight you down too much as you stride out atop the ice this winter.
As these are ice cleats which fit snugly over footwear, they don’t come in individual shoes sizes. These are available in unisex sizes of small, medium, large and extra large.
Although we are slightly surprised to find that the manufacturer seems to think that women’s shoe sizes might extend beyond a fifteen (!) we are even more surprised to discover that for a minority of people, the sizing runs under!
For a few, it seems that these are a bit small. Reading between the lines, we think it might be best to size up, especially if you are planning on wearing them over boots.
Obviously, wearing ice cleats is never going to be the world’s most comfortable experience. It’s not exactly walking on air. But likewise, you shouldn’t feel like the Little Mermaid, walking on knives every time you set foot outside.
Fortunately, this won’t be a problem in these ice cleats. No one has reported any major issues with comfort wearing them.
Whilst we don’t expect them to feel like wearing our favorite slippers, these are a reasonably comfortable wearing experience.
The terrain that these Yaktrax Pro Ice Cleats are worn in is all important.
The manufacturers are at pains to remind customers that these are not designed for walking over concrete or cleared paving.
Nor are they designed for the great outdoors especially (check out some others in the range). And they definitely are not good idea for walking over polished surfaces. Or carpet. Or anything indoors.
It seems, this basic fact needs stating, because there are plenty of confused people out there writing reviews like “I slipped on a cleared sidewalk” or “they ruined my laminate flooring”!
Newsflash: Ice cleats are designed for the er ice, and not your expensive polished wooden floor. Just a hint!
Once again, the terrain and some forethought about when and where you wear them is important.
Likewise, the activity you choose for the Yaktrax Pro Traction should be carefully monitored. These are not for running in, people! They are only intended for walking over ice or packed snow.
They are not going to hold up well over long expanses of tarmac, asphalt or concrete.
ARE THERE ANY ISSUES WITH THESE ICE CLEATS?
In all honesty, we have to report one or two issues with these cleats, however, we think they are mitigated.
We must say that they probably won’t last forever. There is a chance the rubber will give up eventually.
However, this has to be countered by the cheap price of these cleats – for a more long-lasting product we would point customers towards one of the more premium models in the range.
They also run slightly small, for some people
These are not major issues and we think that for around $20, you get pretty decent value for money.
SHOULD I BUY THE YAKTRAX PRO TRACTION ICE CLEATS?
Yes. In a word we think the Yaktrax Pro Traction Ice Cleats are good for the price and provide a high level of traction in the ice and snow.
They do what they say on the tin and if worn correctly, should help save your ass from skidding and falling on the sidewalk this winter!