Yaktrax: ice grips on you shoes

Posted by: Judit




As an experienced hiker and outdoor worker, know countless ideas and trices to prevent the ugly slipping – accidents. Everyone on ice treads carefully but it isn’t always enough. Accidents on ice & snow are common in winter and even the best winter boots or walking shoes need extra ice gripping power.

Many elderly people become effectively housebound in icy conditions through fear of accidents.

Running and jogging shoes offer little grip on ice snow. Whether we’re walking our dog, running a marathon, or taking on the slopes, in winter, need something to increase our shoes gripping power. Finally I find the solution: YAKTRAX.

Originally this smart shoe apliance was conceptualized when an adventurer who was exploring the Himalayas encountered a seasoned Sherpa striding confidently across the slick, icy surface. What was seen on the Sherpa’s feet sparked a revolutionary invention – the Yaktrax patented coil traction device. Yaktrax, “named after the Tibetan yak”, are light-weight ice grips worn over your regular walking shoes, winter boots, jogging or running shoes when walking on packed snow and ice in winter. Walk, run, or work on slick surfaces with the same stability you’re accustomed to on dry surfaces. Don’t let the winter weather put a damper on your outdoor activities or athletic training, use the Yaktrax!

How does it work:

When you walk or run with Yaktrax, every step you take places hundreds of biting edges in direct contact with the ice beneath your feet. Yaktrax create a solid, secure grip by way of patented SkidLock coil system, made of specially treated steel. As you step, each tiny SkidLock coil presses downward, becoming embedded into the ice below. As you transfer weight onto your foot, hundreds of SkidLock surfaces squeeze into the ice, providing you with stability in all directions: forward, backward, and side to side. When you lift your foot, the Yaktrax stay securely on your shoe, offering unhindered ease of movement. Yaktrax is a simple device that can be put on over their existing shoes or boots to give a safe grip on icy pavements.

How to install: The easiest way for most people to install Yaktrax on their shoes is to sit down, pull your foot up near your other knee and slip them over your shoe. Start from the front of your shoe and then pull them over the bottom of your shoes, securing them in the back heel area. You may also fit them over your shoe prior to putting on your shoes. Whatever way you find easiest is the best way for you.

Yaktrax help athletes, construction crews, public service workers, soldiers,outdoorsmen, and many more walk, run and work on packed snow and ice. Yaktrax developed the most appropriate product for different users:

The Yaktrax WALK is the original Yaktrax design. It was created for people who walk across icy parking lots, sidewalks, or are simply walking their dog. It is a great way to stay safe if you are a pedestrian or elderly. It is simple to put on and take off and you hardly know you have it on your shoes.

The Yaktrax PRO is designed for someone who spends more time outdoors during the winter. For example: a mail carrier, runner, or someone who faces winter conditions on a frequent basis. Police officers, athletes, trainers, and many other professionals use the Pro.

The Yaktrax RUN features a combination of steel coils that grip into the ice as well as tough spikes to ensure trustworthy traction. This unique traction device is ideal for running on packed snow and ice. Because it is made of abrasion resistant steel and durable natural rubber, the Yaktrax Run is the best choice for serious runners.

If you prefer to take your outdoor adventure off-road during the winter months, the Yaktrax XTR is for you. The XTR will grip into snow and ice with its durable spikes and chains. Featuring flexible toe and heel plates, your winter excursion won’t stop because of packed snow. The XTR by Yaktrax provides extreme outdoor traction on snow and ice. Designed for anyone who enjoys hiking and exploring during the winter, the XTR won’t slow you down while you take your adventure off-road. The XTR comes with a heavy-duty nylon storage bag for easy packing.

Some technical datas about XTR:

Outsole: Natural Rubber, 10% recycled content,

Chain : Stainless Steel, 80% recicled content,

Spike Plate: Manganese Steel, 80% recilcated content, Weight: 11.7- 15.6 oz.

Yaktrax are made out of an injection moulded thermal plastic elastomer designed for easy on and off.

The coils are protected against rusting and hand-wound to give you 360 degrees of traction on ice and snow.

When you walk in the Yaktrax Walker or Pro, every step you take places hundreds of biting edges in direct contact with the ice beneath your feet.

Yaktrax can be worn in temperatures as low as -41 degrees farenheit.

The Walker is the original version of Yaktrax and is ideal for pedestrians, the elderly, business people or anyone who want greater stability on ice and snow. Use the Yaktrax Walker while walking to and from work, school or just to the postbox. Yaktrax Walker are designed for people who are looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight traction device for their shoes. The patented design of the Walker makes it a unique solution to walking on packed snow and ice. The outer band conforms to the length and width of your boot or shoe. The high strength horizontal coils provide forward and backward stability.  The vertical coil pattern provide side-to-side stability.

The Yaktrax Pro is ideal for the person needing increased durability while working, running or enjoying outdoor activities during the winter months. It is equipped with a removable performance strap that was designed for stability. The Pro still has the same simple design and effectiveness as the Walker with the unique 360 degrees of traction with every step you take.

Anyone who has to walk on icy pavements is at risk of slipping and falling on ice. Yaktrax are the perfect gift for the keen jogger, commuter, outdoor workers, dog owners, the elderly and indeed anyone who has to or wants or needs to walk on icy pavements as easily as they would under normal conditions.  See the American Geriatrics Society report on Yaktrax ice grips showing how Yaktrax reduced the number of falls and severity of injury in a study of elderly Americans in winter conditions.

These results indicate that the gait- stabilizing device can prevent outdoor falls and nonserious injurious falls in fall- prone, ambulatory older people when carefully applied and worn under appropiate enviromental conditions.

Article based on informations from : www.yaktrax.com


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