Yaktrax Ice Cleats – Great for Hiking in Winter

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When it is cold outside, that does not mean you have to stop hiking. In fact, it is one of the best times to go outside. Unlike any other time of year, winter offers the opportunity to experience nature in a unique way. The weather dampens all sound and gives you the chance to listen. It brings forth true silence.

To walk through this winter wonderland and experience this majesty requires specific gear. When it comes to walking on ice, it is better to be safe than sorry. You do not want to slip or else you risk injury. Yaktrax ice cleats keep you safe in the ice and snow. In this article, I will take a look at some ice cleats offered by Yaktrax and give you a review of the brand. After reading, you will have a clear understanding of the different Yaktrax ice cleats available to you.

Spikes vs Rolled Wire

One of the key differences you should know before reading about these products is between spikes and rolled wire. Understanding the contrast will help you make the right choice. Both will give you more grip on ice and snow, but there are distinctions between the grip. Rolled wire gives you grip over a larger surface area whereas spikes let you get into deeper snow and ice. Both will provide 360 degrees of traction.

If you are just looking for something to prevent you from slipping on the driveway, then aim for the rolled wire. If you are going trekking through ice for a significant period, then aim for the spikes. It comes down to what you will be using your cleats for.

Pro Crampons

Specs

Sizes: small, medium, large, and XL
Wire diameter: 1.4 mm
Weight: 5.6 ounces
Dimensions: 5.9 x 6.5 x 2 inches
Price: $26.95-$33.18

Product Overview

Pro crampons fit right onto your shoes. With these, there is no need to buy specialty shoes. They fit over any shoe and allow you to exercise outside despite the frigid weather. If you want to run on snow or ice in the winter, then these will do the job, making them easy to use. It is fitted with a velcro strap, so it can come off without effort. There is no hassle to put them on your shoe. They use a rolled wire as opposed to spikes.

Online Ratings

On Amazon, they average 4.1 stars out of a total of 53 reviews, giving them an overall good ranking. The reviews, by and large, have been positive. Most say they are effective. A common issue for those who gave negative reviews was them breaking. The reason most of them broke was because the customer was not using them on ice or snow.

Walker Ice Cleats

Specs

Sizes: extra small, small, medium, large
Wire diameter: 1.4 mm
Weight: 4 ounces
Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 8
Price: $18.23-$22.25

Product Description

These, like the previous ones, fit right onto your shoes. Unlike the others though, this does not have a velcro strap that goes over the top. These are designed for those who like to put their cleats on quickly. It is meant for those who like to slip them on before going out onto the driveway. With these, you can feel safe on a slippery surface.

Online Ratings

Overall, amazon users give these a high ranking. The biggest concern by many is the rubber strapping. Will they break? It is a fair question. When getting a pair of walker ice cleats, most recommend a size that is slightly tight for your shoe.

Chain Shoe Crampons

Specs

Sizes: small, medium, large, extra large
Weight: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 3 inches
Price: $23.52-$24.05

Product Overview

These chains are designed for those who want to snow shoe hike. Their individual welded square links bite into the snow. Made from case-hardened steel, these links come together to create a ladder system that provides traction even in packed snow.

Online Ratings

Unfortunately, I could not find these on Amazon, so I had to go through this site called Cabelas. They average 4.7 stars, but only out of three reviews. All of them viewed this product favorably.

Run Traction Cleats Crampons

Specs

Sizes: small, medium, large, extra large
Weight: 10 ounces
Wire diameter: 1.4 mm
Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 3 inches
Price: $30.29-$32.64

Product Overview

These cleats are designed for those who like to run outside despite the weather that tell them otherwise. With these, you can run as you would before. Made of 1.4 mm steel coils, the links are combined with removable spikes to give you extra traction. If you want spikes, you have that option. The use of spikes will vary on the weather conditions, giving you flexibility. The combo provides grip on pavement, snow, and ice. Continue training as you would if it were summer outside.

Online Ratings

Just like the ones before it, the running crampons rank well on Amazon, averaging 4.1 stars. The most important recommended thing to do is to pay attention to the size chart. A nice tight fit is crucial. Many say it is mandatory for running through ice and snow.

Diamond Grip Shoe Crampons

Specs

Sizes: small, medium, large, extra large
Weight: .9 ounces
Dimensions: 3 x 5 x 7 inches
Price: $34.12-$34.31

Product Overview

These are more heavy-duty. They are made from case-hardened steel to provide superior traction. The chains are made of independent beads that swivel. Revolving beads prevent build up on your shoes. Unlike most other cleats, they work fine in gravel, dirt, and concrete. Just like the walkers, these are easy to put on and take off. These are meant for those who work outside during the winter.

Online Ratings

While it does have a 3.7 rating on Amazon, it is not a fair appraisal of the worth of these crampons. It is only out of 10 ratings. There needs to be more assessments. It would be more accurate to say they are a 4 star.

Yaktrax Brand

Yaktrax is a company dedicated to making you feel confident and safe in icy conditions. They are a brand owned by Interex Industries, a family operated business. Interex Industries was founded in 1969 and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Yaktrax is part of a bigger company, so not all of their focus is on this brand, a bit of a downside.

On REI’s website, Yaktrax averages 3.8 stars. It is lower than most, but not abominably low. However, REI only carries seven of their products out of the tens of products that they make, so it is not the most fair rating. Overall though, you can trust that these cleats will do their job.

My Recommendation

When choosing the exact ice cleats to get, be sure to take into account the size of your shoes. No one pair of cleats fits all sizes, so you need to choose the correct size. Each of us has a different sized shoe. On top of that, consider where you be using it most. Each of these cleats is built for a particular type of winter walking. Otherwise, have fun hiking through the snow.

If you have your own review, thoughts, or a question, please leave a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you.

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18 Comments on “Yaktrax Ice Cleats – Great for Hiking in Winter”

  1. I do some hiking in the winter but usually stay low and down from the snow line. I do snowshoe as well. I know that snowshoes are designed for a wider step on the snow, but if the snow pack is not too deep, would the snap on spikes work the same? I live on Vancouver Island, where deep snow is higher up with snow scattered about lower down.

    cheers

    1. It is nice to know that you hike during Winter on Vancouver Island. That is wonderful. For a deeper snow pack, you are going to want snowshoes. They spread your weight over a wider area, preventing you from falling through. The snap on spikes will sink in. All snow is not created equal. It all depends on where you will be walking. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  2. This was a great, in-depth post with some great info I wasn’t aware of in a few ways. Thank you. I have some experience hiking, but not in the snow so this article actually inspires me! lol. I will be sure to take into account the size of your shoes and consider where I will be using them the most like you said. Thanks!

    1. Kayla, snow hiking is an overlooked experience because most people do not like the cold! You, though, said you feel inspired by this post. It is a very gracious compliment. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  3. Ok… I know what I’m putting on my Christmas list this year now! It sounds funny, but I think a pair of the Walker Ice Cleats or any of the simple-to-slip-onto-my-regular-shoe crampons would be a great idea for me! My husband is always worried about me slipping on the driveway while I’m carrying one of our kids or some of the gear kids come with… and as I have a bad back already, a slip would do some nasty damage pretty quickly.
    How do they feel when you have them on your shoes? Is it awkward getting used to walking with wires under the soles of your shoes?

    1. Marlaine, these are a great Christmas present. A lot of people slip on their driveway each year because of ice. It is quite dangerous, so I do encourage crampons for those who live in cold areas. It can ruin the holidays to see someone get injured.

      When you put them on, it does take some getting used to. Over time though, you get a stronger feeling of grip to the ground. If you are walking on snow and ice, you will become acquainted with them. Thank you for sharing Marlaine and Happy Holidays to you!

  4. Indeed, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Very informative article. Thanks for sharing . I’d definitely recommend your website to any outdoor adventurer who’s looking for a proper review on products/tools for hiking and climbing.

    1. Gosia, you are right that safety is paramount. Slipping on ice is a preventable injury. I appreciate the compliment on my site. I aim to provide quality reviews. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  5. I have been really thinking hard about going ice hiking with the girlfriend but I don’t have a clue were to start so this article has been a huge help thank you for being so informative.

    All the best
    Andy

    1. Andy, it is nice to know that this article has been a help for you. If you are looking for ice hiking spots near you, consider googling it. There is probably a spot near you. Thank you for sharing Andy and I hope you make it a great day!

  6. Great article! With my plans to become nomadic and closer to nature I am sure this will come in will come in handy on the road. Keeping safe in ice and snow will be a doddle.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Lace, it is nice to hear that you will aim to come closer to nature. It is a wondrous choice. These ice cleats will help to keep you safe. Thank you for the compliment and I hope you make it a great day!

  7. Comprehensive review and timely article, Alex! Although we don’t generally have much snow here in Oklahoma where I live, we definitely have ice, and some great hiking here, too. Bookmarking the site, thanks!

    1. Terri, it does get quite icey in Oklahoma. Crampons will help you with that. Also, you have mountain ranges such as the Ozarks and Kiamichi there if I am not mistaken, all excellent for hiking. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I hope you make it a great day!

  8. Hi Alex. I love hiking, It is one of my most favourite and relaxing passtimes. I live on the coast so it is especially nice walking along all the rugged clifftops. Great exercise too! Thanks for the information on different hiking shoes, I usually just wear my trainers but maybe I should invest in some proper hiking shoes.

    1. Stefanie, it is wonderful to know that hiking is one of your pastimes. I am on the California coast myself (at UC Santa Cruz) and there are excellent trails to choose from. For hiking, you want hiking boots because a long trail can be rough on your feet. These crampons are perfect for when it gets icey outside. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  9. Hi Alex, thank you for the comprehensive review. You are so right. I love going outdoors when it has been snowing, and the last thing that I would want to do is slip over and hurt myself because I haven’t got adequate footwear.

    You have been pondering now whether to go for spikes or cleats. I have never heard of cleats. But they do sound like they would be perfect for me. I’ll have to go over the reviews again though to make up my mind.

    Once again thanks again.

    1. Owain, you are right that slipping is something that no one wants to do. For choosing the right crampons, there is a difference between rolled wire and spikes. It all depends on where you are using them.

      It is nice to hear that you will be going through more reviews. Be sure to do that. The more perspectives you have on a product the better. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

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