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I just bought some YakTrax, as we head into our 4th serious storm of the winter. Anyone have any advice or comments about using them? Did you find your gait changed? (Forgive X-posting at RA)<br><br>
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Use them all the time. Love them. Have run up to 15 miles in them. Then only surface they do not work on is sheer, untextured ice. They slip right out from under you on that. But snow or any crunchy uneven ice they are the bomb! On clean pavement in between yucky stuff I do not even know they are on feel wise though they do make a funny noise.<br><br>
Hope this helps and good luck,<br>
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Ditto what Cfli said.
 

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Really...on clean pavement they still work well? I had thought to use them only when there was lots of snow and no clean pavement to be had. I've read some reviewers say that they are no good on clean pavement, so this is good to know...the patchy stuff is really prevalent around here.<br><br>
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Nice to know all of this. I thought that using them on dry pavement might wear them down pretty quickly. I haven't had a chance to use mine yet since our snow melted and it's easy to find dry routes to run.
 

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I've used them a couple of times on snow and some ice and they've worked great. I didn't really notice a big difference as far as my gait goes. I've only run about 6 miles at a time in them. I really like them and I'm glad I got them.
 

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I've only hiked in mine cause thank goodness we don't get that much snow and they rock for that!
 

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Personally I prefer spikes if I'm venturing out on various surfaces. I find the yak trax tend to skitter across any smooth urban surface or sheer ice. So I'd use them on rural runs myself. (IMHO)<br><br>
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I've used mine in snow and patchy ice and loved them. I worry about wearing them out if I'm on too much clean pavement, but we don't get enough snow around here for that to be a serious issue. I used to feel like superwoman trundling down the road in my YakTraks - "Lookit me! I'm got Snow Chains on me feet!" They don't do much good on sheet ice. They need something crunchy to bite into. No significant changes to gait, nor hot-spots on my feet. They never come off. Heartily recommended.
 

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Robin I use them and ditto Cfli. They do make a funny noise on pavement, so i find that when I have them on I go out of my way to run on snow. They are also great for just walking around on icy days - remember that icy day we had a few weeks ago? People were wiping out on my street and the bikepath - so I think maybe walking with them on ice works out fine.
 

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Uhhh...yeah, I remember it. I have the largest, blackest bruise on my behind from slipping down the 5 concrete steps on my back porch that day. My DH saw the YakTrax and was bummed, because he had wanted to get them for me as a stocking stuffer, but he couldn't find any in the right size. He wanted to get them for me to be able to walk down our back steps in icy weather! I'm such an old lady...<br><br>
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Hi Robin, a few day's ago I would have said they were a bad idea. Got mine today and I think they are great. There will be snow and ice on everything I run on for quite a while now. Coming down the hill from our place is tricky, but not with the yaktrax. Larry
 

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<span style="color:#000000;">Robin - he can still get you a pair. They last for about a year and will fall apart at the most inopportune time!</span>
 

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A couple of years I created <a href="http://www.skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm" target="_blank">screw shoes</a> using a pair of shoes approaching retirement. They worked pretty well and near free. As I've gained more experience running, I've found I don't need them so much anymore. I can handle just about anything but sheer ice in my regular shoes - and if it's sheer ice, nothing helps anyway!<br><br>
(But mostly I just came by this forum to check out the skirts.)
 

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John <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
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LeftRight - i do remember that post and was particularly amused at being able to remove the screws and keep using the shoes without them.
 

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My trail shoes have little cushining and I have noticed that when I run on a hard surface, I can feel the springs, which might lead to some problems. On the road sections of my runs, staying off to the side of the road works well as the surface is softer. If there were any large snowless sections, I would probably remove them for that. Probably doing much on hard surfaces might wear them out quite a bit faster.<br>
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Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I bought my YakTrax, we are now in a thaw! 59 degrees anticipated for Tuesday. I'm loving it!<br><br>
--Robin
 
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