Yaktrax makes a range of ice grippers that are designed for different types of footwear, from street shoes to hillwalking boots. The Yaktrax Pro, which comprises of an elastic rubber cable that stretches around the boot, has an additional strap across the top that helps it stay on the shoe more securely. Underneath there are a series of metal coils that are wrapped around rubber cores. It’s these metal coils that provide the grip on snow and ice. The metal coils also leave a lot of the boot’s sole exposed, which means that if you have a boot with deep lugs you’ll get a better grip on deeper snow. I’ve used a pair of Yaktrax Pros for the last few years and find them very useful for compacted snow and ice that isn’t too hard or thin. As they don’t have long spikes they don’t bite into deeper soft snow or harder ice very well and can skate across black ice. The rubber isn’t as durable as all-metal devices either, so if you start scuffing the ground, kicking steps or wearing them over lots of jagged rocks they may not survive.
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)
The Yaktrax Pro is ideal for level paths with a thin layer of compacted snow or a thin layer of ice, as long as it isn’t too hard, but not as durable as some other options with higher price tags.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2014