Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yaktrax Rock (+giveaway)

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.  



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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.  

39 comments:

  1. Wow, those look cool. I learned that there are 4 different kinds of Yaktrax. These would be great for my grandparents walking on slick surfaces!

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  2. I learned all the different kinds of YakTrax and which ones go with what.

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  3. I never knew they had different types dependong on what you wanted to do!

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  4. You can run, jog, or walk on slick surfaces with as much stability as you can on dry ones.

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  5. Don't enter me cause I have no place to use them.. just wanted to say I enjoyed your post immensely and am always a big fan of doggie pics!

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  6. That they aren't just made for winters but also for are amazing for the elderly!!

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  7. I learned that because of the SkidLock it provides you with stability in all directions, forward, backward and side to side! (Also Pepper looks so cute in that photo!)

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  8. I was thinking about investing in a pair this winter, but between healing from knee surgery and very little snow, I didn't. I would love to win a pair - for next winter:)

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  9. Love that grandparents/parents can be safer in winter with yaktrax!

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  10. I'd love to try them! I didn't know they can go on anything from sneakers to boots!

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    1. Yes, I should have added above that I've slipped them over my leather high knee boots for recess duty at school! They are quite versatile.

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  11. Gotta have stuff like this to run in the crazy icy and snow we get :)

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    1. it wouldnt allow me to do "open id" my email is roctherun@gmail.com not sure whats up with that....

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    2. I'm not sure. I wouldn't worry about that at all. I know where to find you!

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  12. Cool! I learned they were named after the Tibetan YAK!

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  13. I learned that they have some for ski boots!

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  14. I learned that I want some! I learned that they are easy to put on and that they can fit on my regular running shoes.

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  16. I live in Utah and seriously, where's our snow, too! These sound so cool, as long as you can find the snow :) I really like that YakTrax is working to help the troops who could use their product!

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  17. I didnt realize they made them for boots as well!!!

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  18. I love that they work with Bonneville Environmental Foundation! That's so awesome!

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  19. Just over from Another Mother... Just wanted to comment on chewing gum - I am completely embarrassed to say I have NEVER thought of that! I think maybe I was taught as a kid to never chew gum while exercising? I don't know. But I have such a dry mouth when I run, too - I hate those pretzel-offering people during races because I always want to eat them SO BADLY and I can't because they turn to chalk in my mouth and I won't be able to swallow them, even with a drink. So, gum! Fantastic! Maybe with a second piece I can pop in after a few pretzels.

    PS, I am in SoCal and can't even imagine having to run in YakTrax - you are awesome!

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    1. Samantha - Thank you for stopping by! I've never seen people with pretzels at races. Really? I would cry. Gum it is for me. On long runs, I take several pieces!!!

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  20. I love that they are multisport- running, hiking, winter activities.

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  21. I would love to try them! I'm scared of slipping in the snow, but, we haven't had very much in Toronto this year.

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  23. I didn't realize that there was more than one type of YakTrax. :)

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  24. uh...I love you shoes!!! Mizunos rock, but those colors are awesome. Excited to win the yaktrax (because I am going to win!!)

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  25. If you could see what I ran through yesterday - oy! I really need a pair of these!

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  26. Having recently relocated to Halifax Nova Scotia from Seattle WA the one thing I have very little experience in is running in snow. Seems they get a lot of snow around these parts. My first winter here was a little colder than I'm used to but I got out there as much as possible.

    These YakTrax would come in mighty handy...

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  27. I learned: These things look pretty stylish! And they can be worn in (holy moly) -41f which is too damn cold to be running outside anyways (just sayin)

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  28. I learned that all electricity used to manufacture Yaktrax comes from wind power. Yay for alternative energy. :)

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  29. I learned they can born worn in temps down to -41 but I hope to never have to experience that!

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  30. Ive been wanting a pair of these, although it would have been useless for me this winter with the lack of snow!

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  31. I learned theres a bunch of different kinds of yaktrax, I thought there was only one.

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  32. All electricity used to manufacture Yaktrax products comes from wind power.

    Theresa J

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  33. So basically I learned that I need yaktraks in my life. Why did I not know about them before? Pretty sure they would have made my walks with my dog a little more enjoyable since I wouldn't have I walk like a duck te entire time! I love that they have the SkiTraks! I always have to yell at my snowboarding boyfriend to slow down when walking since I'm sooo accident prone, I always slip in my ski boots on the icy snow/sidewalk! I think I will need to invest in a pair or two for next season!

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  34. A brilliant concept to confidently go walking or running in extreme weather conditions -- a predicaments I never thought I'd be in until now!!!

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  35. I learned that I would wear a size medium. We haven't hardly had any ice this winter but last year we had a TON of storms so these could come in very handy!

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