Quick Review

Not too much snow but enough to cause a wipe out or two!

Not too much snow but enough to cause a wipe out or two!

This week we got a tiny bit of snow out here, nowhere near enough for my snowshoes unfortunately, but I’d say the ideal amount for YakTrax! I purchased the Walk Model which cost $20.
When putting on YakTrax you simply slip your toe in as you can see, and then stretch around to the heal shown right.

When putting on YakTrax you simply slip your toe in as you can see, and then stretch around to the heel shown right.

The heel

The heel

These worked pretty well on the ascent of todays hike, not so well on the descent though, I think as the temperature rose from 20 degrees to 28 some of the snow melted making the ice more treacherous. I believe the  YakTrax certainly have a place in every cold weather hikers pack, but for more severe conditions you may want to look at a pair of crampons. One of the major advantages of the walk YakTrax is their weight, at just 2.0 – 4.0 ounces depending on your size, you’ll never even notice them, they fold down to the size of my hand which makes packing them easy, and for the wide variety of conditions you run into hiking in early or late winter, they’re well worth it. They’re available pretty much everywhere, I got mine at a local outdoors shop but you could also purchase them on the YakTrax Website. I suppose I should throw in the disclaimer: I do not have affiliation with YakTrax or any other company whose product I review on this site. I pay for all of the gear on my own and am in no way forced or suggested to say great things about these companies.



How do you keep your grip in winter?