Yaktrax Pro Review

Slip-On Shoe Traction Device for Ice and Snow

Yaktrax Pro
Yaktrax Pro. Courtesy of Amazon

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I've used Yaktrax for more than 10 years on our days of occasional snow and ice. They slip on over your regular shoes or boots to provide extra traction on wintry surfaces. The traction surface is made of steel coils around natural rubber, rather than spiked cleats. The Yaktrax Pro improves on the original design by having a Velcro strap across the top to help prevent losing a slip-on while walking.

Safer Winter Walking with Yaktrax

No shoe traction device can provide absolute safety on slippery surfaces. But they are great to have around for extra help to prevent slips and falls.

The Yaktrax Pro improves on the original Yaktrax Walker in a few ways. The design is more heavy-duty, while still being lightweight and portable. The addition of a Velcro strap across the top of your shoe is welcome. I had the unpleasant experience of having the original strapless Yaktrax Walker slip off when I was walking in deep snow. The strap will help keep them on the shoes or boots.

The steel coil traction design has its benefits. Without spikes, you are less likely to damage floors and walkways when you step in from the snow; my husband forbids me from even putting on other ice cleats inside the house for fear of hurting the floors. Yaktrax Pro, however, does carry a warning that the devices are not for indoor use or on bare pavement.

An added benefit: If you carry Yaktrak in your pack or purse, you don't need to worry about scratching yourself or damaging the fabric as you do with spikes.

All in all, I don't feel I get the same secure traction with the steel coils as I do with spikes like ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Shoe Chains. But they provide extra traction versus not wearing them.

The feel of walking while wearing Yaktrax is more natural than spiked cleats.

Putting on Yaktrax Pro

Yaktrax Pro comes in small, medium, large and extra-large. The small size fits shoe sizes up to 8.5 for U.S. men's, 10 for U.S. women's, 42 for Euro men's and 42.5 for Euro women's. I was doubtful that they would really fit my size 9.5 wide women's running shoes, but they did, with only a tiny bit of struggle.

I think I would have preferred ordering size medium, which then might also fit my trail shoes and boots. If you are using them on shoes with an aggressive sole, it is best to size up. But not too much, as the tight fit helps keep them on your shoes in ice and snow.

I like to keep a pair of Yaktrax or similar shoe-traction devices in my car, home and office. We only get snow or ice a few days a year in my neck of the woods, but you never know when it's going to hit. I've driven out to do a great walk and on the way home had the weather turn to ice and snow. I've gone to work with a weather forecast of dry and mostly cloudy only to have snowpocalypse strike.

For that reason, I like to be prepared with shoe traction devices and walking poles at hand no matter where I might be.

Walking in Snow or Ice

  • What do you need for safer walking in snow or on ice? I start with shoe traction devices such as Yaktrax Pro. Then I add walking poles or ski poles for extra stability.
  • Dress for cold weather walking in layers to stay warm and dry without overheating during exertion. Hats and gloves are also essential when the weather is below freezing.
  • Take care when walking on icy surfaces, even when wearing shoe traction devices.

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Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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