Yaktrax Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Yaktrax Traction Devices Work?

When you walk or run with Yaktrax, every step you take places hundreds of biting edges in direct contact with the ice beneath your feet. Yaktrax create a solid, secure grip by way of our patented SkidLock coil system, made of specially treated steel. As you step, each tiny SkidLock coil presses downward, becoming embedded into the ice below. As you transfer weight onto your foot, hundreds of SkidLock surfaces squeeze into the ice, providing you with stability in all directions: forward, backward, and side to side. When you lift your foot, the Yaktrax stay securely on your shoe, offering unhindered ease of movement.

Do I Have to Walk Differently with Yaktrax Traction Devices?

No. You will move about naturally. There is nothing new to learn - just walk as you normally would and experience stability on ice and snow like you have never felt before.

How Do I Put Yaktrax Traction Devices on My Shoes?

The easiest way for most people to install Yaktrax on their shoes is to sit down, pull your foot up near your other knee and slip them over your shoe. Start from the front of your shoe and then pull them over the bottom of your shoes, securing them in the back heel area. You may also fit them over your shoe prior to putting on your shoes. Whatever way you find easiest is the best way for you.

Do Yaktrax Men's and Women's Traction Devices Differ?

No, there is no difference in the design of the men's and women's devices. The only difference is the recommended sizing. Please see the size chart above. We suggest going up one size than your typical shoe size for use over work or hiking boots and adding two sizes for use over insulated/snow boots.

Which Traction Product Is Right for Me?

The Yaktrax WALK is the original Yaktrax design. It was created for people who walk across icy parking lots, sidewalks, or are simply walking their dog. It is a great way to stay safe if you are a pedestrian or elderly. It is simple to put on and take off and you hardly know you have it on your shoes.

The Yaktrax PRO is designed for someone who spends more time outdoors during the winter. For example: a mail carrier, runner, or someone who faces winter conditions on a frequent basis. Police officers, athletes, trainers, and many other professionals use the Pro.

The Yaktrax RUN features a combination of steel coils that grip into the ice as well as tough spikes to ensure trustworthy traction. This unique traction device is ideal for running on packed snow and ice. Because it is made of abrasion resistant steel and durable natural rubber, the Yaktrax Run is the best choice for serious runners.

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