If you have been a reader of mine, then you know I live in Maine and you know I run outside all winter long. To get me through the Maine winters, I do need a little help from some gear to get me through. One of my favorite pieces of gear is the Yaktrax. Last year, I bought myself a pair and immediately loved the way they added traction to my run. The only downside to the Yaktrax I had was that they did pop off at times and I had to go back and get them. Thank goodness I bought the black ones and they are very easy to spot in the snow.
When I given the opportunity to review the Yaktrax Pros, I was so excited because they have one extra feature that I knew I needed: a Velcro strap across top of the foot. This addition is genius.
|fresh out of the box|
I received my Yaktrax in late January and have been waiting to try them out since then. I was feeling quite confident that I would get the chance to wear them for a run, any run, since it IS winter and I do live in MAINE. But, because I have these wonderful little numbers sitting with my running gear, just waiting to go for a run, we have not gotten any snow. Correction, not enough snow to run with them on.
|Is this really February in Maine?|
One thing I did learn last year was that the majority of your running route needs to have snow cover. Running on the bear road does not feel good with Yaktrax. It would be okay for short stints, but longer bouts do not feel well. My suggestion would be just to take them off until you hit an iffy patch again. Yaktrax are quite easy to pull on and off.
|where's the snow, mom?|
|the Boudreau woods|
Since I’ve been waiting a long time and really wanted to try out my pros, I decided to take a walk in the woods with Pepper. That seemed to be the only place I could use them in my area.
|on there very secure - these are not going anywhere!|
The traction they offered was incredible. No slipping for me. I even ran a little in them, and they worked like a charm. I’m not really a trail runner, but that is something I’d love try out.
|excellent traction - especially on some slick icy patches|
Yaktrax has even labeled where you put your toe/heel on the inside. It’s hard to see, but if you look close enough you can see it.
The strap is quite secure and I feel 100% confident that my Yaktrax will not pop off during a run now.
If you live in an area where you get snow, I highly recommend getting yourself a pair of Yaktraks. I loved my older ones but did not enjoy them popping off on runs. But, I do love my new pros.
I know it’s nearing the end of winter and snowstorms will probably be quite rare at this point, but, if you are an outside runner – I have a great opportunity for you right now. Yaktrax has offered one of my incredible readers the opportunity to win your own pair of Yaktrax!
Of course, because I have been waiting for snow, I’m going to post this review and we’re going to get hit with a huge nor’easter. Just you wait. No worries though because I have my pros sitting here just waiting for their inaugural snowy run. I promise I'll take pics and share.
I was provided Yaktrax Pro to review and was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.