The Yaktrax Pros have steel coils that wrap around a rubber cradle along the base, and it is these coils that provide the grip. Fitting is very easy as you simply stretch them over your footwear from toe to heel. They benefit from a Velcro strap across the top, which helps to keep them in place on more uneven ground that can cause some models to roll off the boot. The rubber cradle leaves much of the boot outsole exposed, which is useful for adding additional grip on snow. The overall performance is very impressive when used on valley paths, forest tracks or slightly uneven and undulating terrain where the harder snow or that has been churned up a little. But they are not as durable as all-metal devices so you need to avoid rocky and stony ground; and they cannot bite into hard ice.
Materials rubber cradle with steel coils
Sizes S (37.5 - 42), M (43-45), L (46-48), XL (48.5+)
Weight 196g (pair, size XL)
Stockist details www.yaktrax.co.uk
The Yaktrax Pro is best for valley paths.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2012