Snow Trax Review

Discontinued Slip-On Cleats for Walking on Snow or Ice

Snow Trax
Snow Trax. © Wendy Bumgardner

Snow Trax are slip-on traction cleats for your regular shoes or boots. They provide emergency traction to get you across snow or ice. The slip-on design allows you to use them just when you need them, then stow them in your purse, pack or pocket when you get to your destination or clear sidewalks. Just like tire chains, you can keep a pair in your home, car, and office all winter long.

This model is no longer offered by Yaktrax.

They have several other designs and the parent company also makes ICEtrekkers slip-on cleats. Snow Trax were available at Costco store and you may be able to find some remaining stock still being sold online.

Features of Snow Trax

  • Easily slip on to your regular shoes or boots to provide traction when you need it.
  • Provides good whole-foot traction on ice or snow.
  • Steel coils under forefoot grip snow. Ice cleats over the heel provide extra grip.
  • Comes in men's and women's sizes.

Drawbacks of Snow Trax

  • They can slip off.
  • They could damage floors and carpeting, so you must remove them as soon as you go indoors.
  • Don't get overconfident, they are meant to provide a little extra safety, but walking on snow and ice is always dangerous for slips and falls.

Expert Review - Snow Trax

I always carry a pair of slip-on snow cleats in my car in winter, since you never know when it may snow or ice up. Snow Trax is an improvement on the company's Yaktrax, as they have ice cleats on the heel as well as the snow-gripping coil on the forefoot.

Yaktrax has only the coils, and I didn't find the coil alone gripped enough for my taste, whereas the cleats really help.

Be sure to buy the size that will fit on your winter boots or your athletic shoes. The sizes usually are meant to fit casual shoes and I found them far too small even for my lightweight walking shoes of that size.

I wear a 9.5 womens athletic shoes and the Men's 8-12 fit well over my hiking shoes I plan to wear for any snow walking. But you also don't want a loose fit, as you can walk right out of these if they don't fit securely. You may want sizes that fit your casual shoes as well, in case of emergency.

Dangers of Walking With Snow Trax

The packaging warns you that these are only aids for walking in ice and snow, that actually walking in ice or snow is inherently dangerous. If it is slick outside, I only use these to get around as necessary rather than for ice jogging for fun. I also use trekking poles for added stability.

Snow Trax are not recommended for dry pavement or gravel. They are not bulky, so it is easy to remove them and put them in a plastic bag in your pack, purse, or pocket. You will also want to remove them as soon as you go inside as the cleats can damage floors and carpeting.

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