I have to admit. I am a running gear geek. We had a little flurry a few weeks ago and as the weather man was reporting a season of wintry storms and accumulations of snow, I was already on REI.com searching winter running treads. Really, who else can you trust for outdoor gear than the folks at REI? They carry it all, and they have an awesome return policy.
Unfortunately, I was not the only one with this idea and the Yaktrax Run was sold out, and on back order! I read the guide on the Yaktrax Walk and decided this would be my best option, if i wanted to run outside anytime soon. So, i purchased them for $19.95 plus free shipping (and don’t forget the awesome return policy) My thoughts were, if they didn’t work i would return them. No biggy!
January 3- First official snowstorm 2014! woot woot! 16 degrees. I couldn’t get out for a run until 5pm. The roads were plowed but sketchy. Icy in some spots, packed snow in others, and occasionally a dry spot. I decided to wear my Brooks Pure Flow 2. I met my 2 runner girlfriends, strapped on the Yaktrax and we hit the pavement. Only i didnt hit the pavement at all. I was able to gain really good traction on the roads surface. I was able to hit the snow covered parts of the road and allow my friends to take the dry part. (since they don’t have Yaktrax…yet.) We took on a 5 mile run, our regular route, so we are pretty familiar with which roads collect more water. Although it didn’t stop me from slamming into a freezing cold puddle. OY! BRRRRRRR! I didn’t mean to..by the time my brain figured out where my body was going there was no chance to stop it. No worries. It was near the end of the run.
Once in a while, the Yaktrax did fill with slush between coils. It may have actually helped with traction. Either way, it didn’t hurt my run, every once in a while i tapped it out by
dragging on the pavement. I was concerned that the Walk version did not have the extra strap that the Run version had and was worried they would pop off. We ran about an 11 minute pace and they never budged! The straps fit into the groove of my Brooks Pure Flow sole nicely.
January 4- day 2 of our storm. 32 degrees. I decided to switch out shoes today and put the Yaktrax on my Newton Gravity’s. As soon as i put them on the fit was off. They didn’t sit as nicely to the sole. I felt like the coils moved around. The pavement now was dry mostly, or was thick with slush. The coils felt really awkward on pavement, so i kept running through the snowy slush, and this was making my feet wet. I decided it was best to head home and take them off.
Overall, I am completely thrilled with my Yaktrax purchase. They allowed me to go out and run with confidence that i would have safe footing. They didn’t slide, they were easy to put on and take off. I don’t need the Run version because these stayed on securely. I am looking forward to many more runs in them. They are now a staple accessory in my winter running vault.
(With that said, another favorite item….Bondi Bands hat with pony holder. Super stinking cute! Makes me feel “girly”, even when i’m bundled in layers!)
Don’t let the snow stop you. Grab some Yaktrax. Get out there. I witnessed a beautiful snowy sunset tonight. Jersey style. That’s why we live here, right?
Run Jersey Strong,