Originally posted by lstall:
Got 'em. Hate 'em. Want 'em? You can have 'em. !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
They kill my feet, are atrocious on pavement, and just a general pain in the...
I have them as well but have only used with with boots on ice while fishing. Would you expect them to work on snow covered trails, or would it be too soft for the small coils to get any grip?
Thanks for the replies. Reviews are very mixed, but it's the only viable option that I see so I'll give it a try. BTW - I have seen the website that instructs on putting screws into the bottom of your shoes, but that just doesn’t seem practical.
Originally posted by merigayle:
oh i was going to recommend screw shoes, it does work very well. if you are too cheap for yak tracks, just do that to your old shoes.
Gee Merigayle, My OP asked about your experience with Yaktrax, not my wherewithall! !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/mad.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/mad.gif|border=0!
I found the following relevant information from another forum if it interests anyone:
Cool Runner posted Oct-12-2007 01:30 PM
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I live in Montana and have used my YakTrax several times. Initially, they felt weird on my feet but I quickly forgot about them once I got going. I definitely felt more safe using them but still had to becareful on pure ice. I have not tried anything else for traction but feel the YakTrax are definitely better than nothing if you are worried about slipping and falling.
I made a pair of screw shoes last winter and they were phenomenal on sheet ice, frozen slush, crusty snow, and work on stretches of plain pavement too (although they make a lot of noise). With a pair of screw shoes you could run on an ice rink without a single slip or misstep.
It takes about $1.50 worth of sheet metal screws, access to a drill or electric screwdriver, and about 15 minutes. Use an older pair of shoes or even new ones because you can take the screws out at the end of the season and the shoes aren't damaged at all.
I haven't tried any of the commercial products but screw shoes are so easy, cheap, and effective that I'd never have the need.
Originally posted by Lovrunnin:
Wouldn't a pair of good trail shoes work nearly as well? Are trail shoes worth investing in?
I've been running in Gore-Tex trail shoes the last two winters. (Salomon XA Pro 3D XCR). I highly recommend them for powder snow. Typical road running shoes are mesh and it doesn't take long before the socks are wet and/or frozen. Still, I have traction problems with ice and packed snow. Particularly in the morning when there's been melt that freezes overnight. That is the reason for my OP. I didn’t want to have to invest in a second pair of trail shoes for the screws. I ended up buying the YakTrax Pros, and as soon as it snows again, I'll report back.
I never found the strap-on versions very helpful and certainly not comfortable. The screw shoes (sheet metal screws) work great, much better than YakTrax but wear out quickly -- 1 long run if there is some dry pavement. Best option out there for running on packed snow and ice is Icespike -- http://icespike.net -- hardened steel screws that last much longer (1 set lasted me the season last year). Great traction, light weight, durable.
Hope this helps!!