Yeah so, apparently there was a run on YakTrax in Indy this week. My awesome friend Kate called every running store in the city and managed to secure us perhaps the last two pairs of size smalls in existence. We tried them out last night.
These are the YakTrax Pros. I guess there are also non-pro YakTrax that will fall off of your feet if you try to run in them. To me that’s kind of like making an airplane with wings that fall off. Why not just make them stay on? But I’m in marketing so I get it. (There are also EXTREEEEME YakTrax that come with whips and chains.)
The coil framework is designed to bite into the ice and snow to provide traction. Rubber stretches over the toe and heel of your shoe. Fastens over the bridge with a Velcro strap.
As I said, a lot of Indy is still pretty thick with ice, so we tried to avoid any areas that looked overly…shiny. The Yaks felt the best on snow and slush, and transitioned well over to pavement.
Pretty good. The shoes I wore are on the lighter side and I could feel the framework of the coils underneath, but not in a way that was uncomfortable or annoying. They also make a nice, satisfying crunchy sound on the snow.
I like them. There were some super slick areas where we probably would have been better off using spikes, but I think the Yaks were a good choice for the varied terrain.
It was a tough workout. We did five miles but it felt like more. It wasn’t awkward exactly, but my legs and feet could definitely tell the difference. And…my right knee feels kinda wonky today. (Okay, I’ll be honest: it hurts. Enough that I woke up at 4:00 in the morning to take three Aleve and get my Ace wrap out of the freezer.) But I’ll definitely try this again when the opportunity presents itself.
What’s your crampon of choice?