With much of the country getting slammed by snow this week, it seemed like the perfect time to write about my experience with my Yaktrax and my Snowshoes. We don’t have that many opportunities around here to break out the real snow gear so I was really excited about our winter wonderland this weekend.
I purchased these run specific Yaktrax last year and have been itching to take them for a “test run” ever since. In taking them out of the box, they are all one piece. This is a major plus for me as I really don’t like to try to put things together. They are really easy to put on even without reading the instructions. It is easy to see which is the right and left foot and they strap on easily with velcro. Who reads the instructions right?
According to the package Yaktrax are “designed to run naturally on packed snow and ice”. I first used them in about 2-3 inches of fresh snow. This was, in my opinion, the perfect amount of snow to run in. I felt very secure and did not feel any slipping. One thing to note is that you cannot use them on pavement or sidewalk as you will slide. You will need to transport them to where you can put them on. When trying to use them in deeper unpacked snow, they really don’t work as I just sunk right in. I think they are also perfect for packed snow or half melted snow on top of ice. I did not use them on pure ice mostly because I am wimp.
I felt as though I had to change my gait slightly by taking smaller steps and running slower than usual. The Yaktrax at around $20 are worth the money even if you only have the chance to use them a few times a year. They would also be great for snow shoveling and dog walking.
I am planning on taking them out for a few more runs this week as the snow gets packed down a bit. Anything to avoid more treadmill runs!
The Yaktrax were great but I have to say I had way more fun with my snowshoes . I was lucky enough to find these Yukon Charlies Snow shoes on sale at BJ’s a few years back. They still have them on Amazon and are currently around $75.
The Yukon Charlie’s came in their own carry case with retractable poles. With the amount of snow that we got, the snow shoes were perfect! I took them out for a nice trek through the woods with a friend. Snow shoeing through over 2 feet of snow is no joke. This was quite the workout and I loved it
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I was a little hesitant at first as I wasn’t sure how sturdy the snow shoes would be. I quickly learned that I had to really distribute my weight evenly on both feet so as not to sink in. The snow shoes are very durable and can accommodate any snow boot into them. They adjust easily to pop them on and off. As with the Yaktrax, you cannot really use the snow shoes on pavement and need to carry them to where you will be in snow. The poles are a must for balance and to help to go up and down hills or snowbanks without falling.
We went on about a 2 mile loop in our snow shoes which took over an hour and let me tell you, it is quite the workout. I found myself really recruiting my hamstrings and glutes to trudge through the deep snow. I’ve had the Yukon Charlie Snow Shoes for 3 years now and I expect them to last for many more. They are sturdy and easy to take on and off. This post contains affiliate links.
I’ve really embraced my outdoorsy side this winter!
How are you enjoying the snow this winter?
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