The first time I heard about Yaktrax was back in 2007 when running with a friend, make that, trying to run with a friend on a very icy and snowy W&OD Trail. He was wearing something on his shoes that reminded me of a pair of tire chains. He confidently plowed ahead, while I dodged icy spots and held my arms out for extra balance. He finished his run and left his Yaktrax with me to try while I finished a few more miles. Even though they were a little big, they worked great; and I went home and ordered a pair each for Bill and me!
Since that day, I’ve run many miles in my old Yaktrax Pros. I remember one 20-mile run on packed snow that had melted and refrozen. Had I not been wearing my Yaktrax, that would have been a long and dangerous run; or I would have been stuck inside on the treadmill. I’ve used my Yaktrax to run on ice, sleet, fresh powder, packed snow, and even through icy slush; and I’ve completed each run safely and confidently.
And just in case I didn’t explain clearly enough how well they help with traction, I’ll share this from the Yaktrax website:
WINTER TRACTION FOR ALL YOU DO
The Yaktrax RUN is the only traction device anatomically designed to meet the needs of runners braving the winter elements. Run naturally on packed snow and ice with the Yaktrax Run’s combination of removable spikes and steel coils, providing 360° of unbeatable traction. Continue your training during the winter with the same stability you are accustomed to on dry surfaces. The Yaktrax Run can be worn in temperatures as low as ‑41° Fahrenheit.
When I was contacted by Yaktrax this fall to test and review Yaktrax Run, I readily agreed and asked if they would also give a pair of Yaxtrax Run to one of my readers. And they said, “Yes!”
My new Yaxtrax Run arrived in early November, complete with a storage bag.
The Run have a removable reflective toe straps, and Velcro fastener across the top of the shoe.
The Run also have removable carbine steel spikes, and abrasion-resistant steel coils.
Some days the trails can be unpredictable – they can be treacherous in shaded areas, yet completely clear where the sun has been shining. When coming across conditions like that while wearing Yaktrax, be sure to pick-and-choose the snow covered spots to run on. Yaktrax are not designed to be worn on surfaces cleared of snow, as it can cause damage to the spikes, coils, and rubber straps.
Last Tuesday we had our first decent snow of the season, so Bill and I strapped on our Yaktrax and headed out to run.
It seemed like we spent more time running back and forth in front of our GoPro to capture the perfect running shot of our Yaktrax in action, than we spent running!
My Yaktrax Pro have served me well for years, and I’m confident my Yaktrax Run will be no different.
If you would like to be able to make some of these cool tracks, be sure to enter my giveaway!
Rules to enter my Yaktrax Run giveaway:
- You are allowed to enter every day during this period. The more times and ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning.
- Shipping is available only in the continental United States.
- Winners will be selected by Rafflecopter at midnight on Sunday, January 18, and announced on Monday, January 19.
- Once the winner is announced, that person will have until Thursday, January 22 to claim the prize. I will make every effort to contact the winner; however, if the winner fails to claim their prize, another winner will be chosen.
- Relatives of Deb Runs are not eligible to win.
To enter for a chance to win a one pair of Yaktrax Run,
please use the Rafflecopter app below.
To enter, please click on the green Rafflecopter link:
- If you win, will you use your Yaktrax for running, walking, getting the mail, or something else?
- If you have a funny story about a time you wish you’d been wearing a pair of Yaktrax, please share!
- Who raced this past weekend?
Disclaimer: Even though Yaktrax is giving a free pair of Yaktrax Run to me and one of my readers, all opinions in this post are my own.