Compare Yaktrax Walk and Yaktrax Pro Benefits and Features

Comparing Yaktrax Walker to Yaktrax Pro
Yaktrax Walk (Walker) is on the Left.
The heavier duty Yaktrax Pro is on the Right.

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Yaktrax Walk
MSRP $20.00 Your Price $17.95
Yaktrax Pro
MSRP $30.00 Your Price $24.95
Activities:  
Best for routine winter activities like walking from the house to the mailbox, short walks with the dog, walking from your car to the grocery store.

If your routine activities require that you occasionally walk over rough terrain... like sharp stones... the Pro is the better choice.

Best for professionals who work outside during the winter or participate in strenuous winter
sports
. I also recommend it for people who take longer, daily walks or hike regularly.

If you are constantly walking on rough terrain consider industrial strength ice cleats.

Construction:
Elastomer straps, stainless steel wire. They retain their shape and stay flexible at extremely low temperatures so Yaktrax are always easy to put on and take off. The difference in both the thickness of the straps and coils is less dramatic because of improvements made in 2008. Real rubber compound is tougher and thicker than the elastomer straps used on the Yaktrax Walk. The stainless steel wire is thicker and will last longer in harsher conditions. A new, even tougher material has been introduced for 2011 making the Pro 20% more durable,
Technology:
Both use the same proven, innovative SkidLock system that gives you hundreds of biting edges in all directions. The quality of traction is the same for both models. The Yaktrax Pro will just last longer...especially under tougher conditions.
Ease of Use:
There are no special skills to learn and stretch over your regular shoes in seconds. I think the Walk is usually the better choice for elderly people because with the thinner straps it is a little easier to put on. But really, it's not a big deal and many elderly customers buy the Yaktrax Pro and love them. Like the Yaktrax Walk there are no special skills to learn so you can just walk or even run on packed snow and ice the same way you do on dry payment.

The Pro has Velcro strap (see below) which is another step when you put them on. But if you don't need it you can remove it.

Ability to Stay On Your Shoes:
Most people have very little trouble with Yaktrax coming off their shoes. But in rare instances, most often when the size might not be the best choice, they may come off in deep snow. Most people never have a problem and you shouldn't consider it a problem.

The Yaktrax Walk will fit over almost all your shoes.

Yaktrax Pro has Velcro strap that goes across the top of your shoe and helps keep your Yaktrax in place. It's only important if you're "pushing off" very hard while working outside or playing sports.

The strap might also be helpful if your routine activities require that you do have to walk through a lot of deep snow since the strap will definitely help to keep your Yaktrax in place. Please remember that you can always remove the strap.

Like the Walk, the Yaktrax Pro will fit over most your shoes.

Comfort (Also affects how well they stay on your shoes especially in deeper snow.)
Toe Straps
 
Heel Straps
Walk
Pro
 
Walk
Pro
Yaktrax Walk Toe Straps Yaktrax Pro Toe Straps   Yaktrax Walk Heel Straps Yaktrax Pro Heel Strap

The Yaktrax Walk Toe (Top) and Heel Straps are not as substantial as the Pro's shown on the right. The Pro's are stronger, help keep the Yaktrax on your shoes better and are more comfortable especially on softer shoes and sneakers.

Yaktrax Sizing:
XS (Black Only), S, M, L S, M, L, XL
Yaktrax run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range you may be better off getting the next larger size especially if you plan to wear Yaktrax over heavy boots or shoes.
If you can't decide go with the bigger size.
Yaktrax Walk Sizes image Yaktrax Pro Sizes image
Note: Yaktrax tend to run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range I recommend getting the next larger size especially if you plan to use them on bulky boots or work shoes.
Colors:
The Yaktrax Walk is available in Black, Glow (yes, it actually glows in the dark!) and Clear.
Click here to see the different colors on shoes...

Tip: If you have more than one Yaktrax user in the house having different colors is a great way to quickly tell them apart.

Yaktrax Pro is available in Black only because it is a real rubber compound.
Pricing:
Yaktrax Walk Box
The suggested retail price is $20.00 .
Your price is $17.95 with Free Shipping to the U.S.
 
Yaktrax Pro Box
The suggested retail price is $30.00 .
Your Price $24.95 with Free Shipping to the U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions About Yaktrax

Does the Yaktrax Pro give you better traction than the Yaktrax Walker?

No. The Pro is made from more durable materials and the coils are thicker. The only way the Pro's traction is superior is that the thicker, stronger straps and Velcro® Performance strap keeps them better aligned on your footwear when you're "pushing off"... like when you push on a show shovel.

How long do Yaktrax last?

Yaktrax are a consumable just like any other article of clothing or ice cleat. How long your Yaktrax lasts depends upon a number of factors including...
  • Your weight
  • How often you use them.
  • How much bare payment you'll be walking on. It's rare that every foot of a sidewalk, parking lot or road is completely covered with ice and packed snow. It's unreasonable to remove them and then put them back on every time a dry patch is encountered. Bare spots obviously speed up the abrasion on the steel coils because the coils are abrasion resistant... not abrasion proof.
  • Will you be walking over rough surfaces that may tend to cut the rubber straps.
  • When it comes to running wearing Yaktrax how you run can impact wear. Do you recall hearing that grinding sound you hear when some people job near you on dry ground? That happens when their feet hit and slide forward slightly grinding the bottom of their shoe. Obviously that style will impact the life of the coils.

The Pro will obviously last longer than the Walker because the steel coils are thicker and the real rubber compound straps are thicker and stronger. The same factors mentioned above also apply to the Yaktrax Run but they're a new product and I don't have any experience with them to predict their useful life.

Now having said all that on the average you can expect two seasons. When you consider the cost per use it's a very low cost insurance compared to the cost of an injury.

Will Yaktrax absolutely stop me from slipping on ice and packed snow?

No. No traction device can guaranty you won't slip and fall on ice. What Yaktrax can do is significantly decrease the probability that you'll fall so as to make the risk acceptable.

Do Yaktrax work in regular unpacked snow or slush?

No. Spare Spike Ice Cleats are a low cost alternative for Yaktrax that will work in regular snow and slush. Visit SlipResistant.net to find industrial grade ice cleats that will work in snow and slush.

Must I really remove my Yaktrax every time I go indoors?

You absolutely must remove Yaktrax before going indoors where there are a smooth dry floors like those found in the grocery store, drug store, train station or post office. That's because Yaktrax are extremely slippery on these type of floors. You also have to be cautious on outdoor granite or tile as well as sewer grates and manhole covers.

If you are not capable of removing them or you are constantly going in and out of doors... or live or work in an urban environment... consider AltraGrips Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats sold at SlipResistant.net.

Will Yaktrax work on steep hills?

They do work on hills. But if you have a very steep hill I would go with ice cleats with an aggressive tread and aggressive 2mm studs. The aggressive treads will cut through any surface loose snow or slush to make absolutely sure the studs come in contact with the ice underneath. The aggressive 2mm studs give further assurance that you're making good contact with the ice. Two of the best are Grip-X Ice Cleats and AltraGrips-Lite High Profile Ice Cleats. If you're going to leave the ice grippers on your boots and you're not constantly going in and out of doors consider IceGrips Ice Cleats for maximum protection.

Will Yaktrax work on Ski Boots?

No.

Will Yaktrax work on Neos Boots or Bunny Boots?

No. If you have large, bulky boots consider IceGrips Ice Cleats.

Will Yaktrax work on roofs?

No. I don't seel a traction product on any of my stores that I would recommend for working on a roof. Furthermore the metal on metal contact climbing a ladder would be extremely hazardous. Visit Korkers.com to find footwear specifically designed for working on roofs.

What are WinterTrax?

WinterTrax are manufactured by Implus. They're an ultra-light duty, one-size-fits-all, extremely inexpensive almost one-time use version of Yaktrax. One national marketer sells them as being actual Yaktrax and makes it appear that you're getting a great deal by getting two pair of Yaktrax for the price of one pair from another source. Again, they're not Yaktrax. I don't sell WinterTrax because they don't hold up and they don't stay on your shoes.They're great in a pinch.

What is the Yaktrax Extreme?

If you order a Yaktrax Extreme online you will receive a Pro... same product... same packaging. There is a totally different spiked product called the Yaktrax XTR Extreme designed for off road use.

Why are they called Yaktrax?

Tibetan Yak imageThey're named after the surefooted Tibetan Yak. But the concept really has nothing to do with the Yak. The idea originated by observing how Sherpas would tie strips of leather around their shoes to get traction on ice.

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Yaktrax Walk
Yaktrax Walker on Boots
MSRP $20.00
$17.95  /pr.
On Boots
Yaktrax Walker on Boots
On Shoes
Yaktrax Walker on Shoes
Dress Shoe
Yaktrax Walker on Dress Shoe
Black
Black Yaktrax Walker
Clear
Clear Yaktrax Walker
Glow
Glow Yaktrax Walker
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Aggregate Rating:
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21 Reviews

Yaktrax Walker Sizing Chart

Yaktrax Walker are Unisex and fit the following men's and women's shoe sizes.
Size Men's Women's
XL* n/a n/a
*XL is not available in the Yaktrax Walk. Click here to find the Yaktrax Pro.
L 11.5 - 13.5 13 - 15
 
M 9 - 11 10.5 - 12.5
 
S 5 - 8.5 6.5 - 10
 
XS 1 - 4.5 2.5 - 6
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All Colors and Sizes
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IMPORTANT Sizing Tips!

Yaktrax Walker sizes run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range shown below you may be better off getting the next larger size especially if you plan to wear them over heavy boots or shoes. If you can't decide go with the bigger size.

Tips for Choosing Colors

Get different colors so you can easily tell them apart when there's more than one Yaktrax user in your home.

Consider Glow Green if you'll be using Yaktrax at night. You'll be safer because they glow in the dark for improved visibility. It will also help you find them if you drop one.

Size and Color:

Quantity:
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Yaktrax Pro

Yaktrax Pro on Boots
MSRP $30.00
$24.95 /pr.
On Boots
Yaktrax Pro Package
Pro Package
Yaktrax Pro Package Thumb
Features
Yaktrax Pro Features
On Shoe
Yaktrax Pro on Running Shoes Thumb
Heel
Yaktrax Pro Reinforced Heel Straps Thumbnail
Toe
Yaktrax Pro Reinforced Toe Straps Thumbnail
Rating
Surveys
6
4
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1
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Aggregate Rating:
4.36 / 5 Based On
11 Reviews

Yaktrax Pro Sizing Chart

Yaktrax Pro are Unisex and fit the following men's and women's shoe sizes.
Size Men's Women's
XL 14+ 15.5+
 
L 11.5 - 13.5 13 - 15
 
M 9 - 11 10.5 - 12.5
 
S 5 - 8.5 6.5 - 10
Authorized Yaktrax Dealer image
All Colors and Sizes
are In Stock

IMPORTANT Sizing Tips!

Yaktrax Pro run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range shown below you may be better off getting the next larger size especially if you plan to wear them over heavy boots or shoes. If you can't decide go with the bigger size.
Size & Color
Quantity:
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