I had no more than and stepped foot out of my truck into the snow and I immediately felt the difference in my step. I was thinking that the traction aids would make my step feel awkward because of the metal coils, but it didn't. Much to my surprise, I actually felt more stable while loading up the sleds with all of our ice gear.
Walking in the snow was a breeze
I had checked these out with the mindset that I was going to be needing them to walk on the ice. Upon arrival, we were greeted to a snow-covered reservoir. The amount of snow was shocking because we had just come from a snowless Nebraska. Walking down to the ice, the first thing I noticed was that the snow was very easy to walk on; this usually caused me to sink in. I was wearing my big hunting boots and they have a deep-lugged sole and are notorious for holding mud and snow. After twenty or so steps, I lifted my foot to see how the traction aids were helping me so much. I then found that the coil was actually bunching up snow, blocking off my tread, making it almost as if the bottoms of my boots were covered in snow. This was almost like I had a snow sole. It was snow contacting with snow, not rubber. This allowed me to easily walk over the snow and ice without sinking through with every step.
After I eventually got to some open ice, I kicked the toe of my boot against the ice, shaking off the packed snow, and continued on my trek. It was here that I was fully convinced that these tractions aids were worth the investment. I figured that the hard surface of the ice against the metal coils was going to make walking a chore. At first I was leery about them because they had no "spikes" like the other guys with me had. But, after a few minutes of walking on the ice, I found that I was actually pulling away from the rest of the pack. It appeared that the coiled traction aids were moving on the ice better than the spiked.
When we finally got to our honey hole, I watched one of my buddies come up to another guy and hand him something. When I looked closer, I noticed that it was his traction aids. He sat there in amazement wondering how they had come off his boots. They were Yaktrax like mine but the "walker" version. They were rubberized and pulled tight all the way around the sole of the boot, making connections in the toe and heel, but didn't have a strap going over the top of the foot. The deal was finally sealed for me with my Yaktrax Pros because they have a strap that goes over the top of your foot, looping through the top of the other side. This holds the traction aid to your boot or shoe and you don't have to worry about them coming off. I was walking in the exact same snow as he was, but without the strap, I would have most likely lost mine as well.
There is nothing wrong with Yaktrax® Walker, but they're meant to be used strictly for walking. If you plan on going in deeper snow or do any sort of hiking, I would suggest the Pro. The strap securely holds them to your boot and you won't have to worry about them coming off.
After using three different traction aids on this trip, the Yaktrax Pro was by far the premier of the three. Not only were they easy to use, but the functionality of them is nothing short of amazing. I am so impressed by them that I will include a pair of them in my pack for every trip where I may come across snow, ice or just need better traction.
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