I, for one, could not be more excited. No, I’m not crazy — I have YakTrax.
I’ve actually HAD a pair of YakTrax for three winters now, but thanks to a freakishly warm winter and a Christmas baby, I hadn’t had a chance to use them until this year. And I’m happy to report they’re all I dreamed they would be and more.
Basically, YakTrax are like snow tires for your shoes. They fit around your shoes and provide solid traction on snow and ice. I think they work best on a fresh layer of snow, but they also get the job done on the packed-down stuff that’s still hanging around after a few days of snow.
The only downside comes when you have to navigate long stretches of plowed pavement. The metal coils on the YakTrax are rather grating over more than a couple yards on concrete. However, if you get out and realize you don’t need your YakTrax, they’re easy to remove and small enough to carry, so it’s not a huge issue.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Here’s to wintery adventures, snow angels. — Aidz