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Erica Jong had a bestselling novel called Fear of Flying. If I hadn’t discovered a pair of Yaktrax this winter, I’d have to call my novel Fear of Falling. A slick film of ice masquerading as a pretty snowdrift can send anyone akimbo — a young mother with a rushing toddler in tow, a laptop toting CEO, even an otherwise-sturdy sportsman. So for those of us in cold climates, these “traction devices” are universally appealing. Yaktrax founders, Greg and Steve, must have been extreme skiers or mountain climbers because they took the awkward crampon and parlayed it into something that’s easy-to-use and truly dependable. This cleverly engineered gear, made from rubber and steel coils, slides on easily over boots, shoes, or sneakers. Yaktrax are lightweight and spikeless, but the sure footing they provide on ice and snow makes it possible to walk upright and naturally — you’ll wonder how you teetered through winter without them. This has been one of the coldest winters on record across the U.S., and there are more icy days ahead. Give yourself, or someone you care about, a pair of Yaktrax and stride confidently through the rest of the season.

Yaktrax Traction Devices

Ice Cleats for Walking on Ice and Snow

Make Tracks

Erica Jong had a bestselling novel called Fear of Flying. If I hadn’t discovered a pair of Yaktrax this winter, I’d have to call my novel Fear of Falling. A slick film of ice masquerading as a pretty snowdrift can send anyone akimbo — a young mother with a rushing toddler in tow, a laptop toting CEO, even an otherwise-sturdy sportsman. So for those of us in cold climates, these “traction devices” are universally appealing. Yaktrax founders, Greg and Steve, must have been extreme skiers or mountain climbers because they took the awkward crampon and parlayed it into something that’s easy-to-use and truly dependable. This cleverly engineered gear, made from rubber and steel coils, slides on easily over boots, shoes, or sneakers. Yaktrax are lightweight and spikeless, but the sure footing they provide on ice and snow makes it possible to walk upright and naturally — you’ll wonder how you teetered through winter without them. This has been one of the coldest winters on record across the U.S., and there are more icy days ahead. Give yourself, or someone you care about, a pair of Yaktrax and stride confidently through the rest of the season.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Steve
    Steve

    Yaktrax winter footwear traction devices are a great solution for anyone who has to walk on icy stretches of sidewalks or driveways -- and this winter, that's a lot of us! Yaktrax stretch easily on and off all types of footwear and conform to most all casual, athletic and boots and shoes.

  • marie
    marie
    2/16/2009 12:17 PM

    Some years ago we gave my father (now 95) something similar; however, they had spikes - as mentioned in your video - and made turning, etc. awkward. The Yaktrax look like the answer!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/16/2009 12:33 PM

    Ready to make a change! I took a long walk on snow and ice yesterday with the gear I normally use. It's a strap-on rubber contraption with little spikes that click click click on bare pavement. Yesterday, the left foot fell off four times. I am so eager to switch to the Yak Trax. Jen's testing convinced me, and the strap over the top will prevent the falling off problem.

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    2/16/2009 12:39 PM

    As I get older and wiser, ice scares me more and more. My daily schedule doesn't have room for an ER visit, icing down a twisted ankle, or worse! These make so much sense. Seeing you run down the street with them on was AMAZING!

  • joe
    joe
    2/16/2009 12:41 PM

    Yaktrax are an amazing and smart innovation. Thanks to the Yaktrax team for making it safe to walk again!

  • Terri Dalton
    Terri Dalton
    2/16/2009 12:41 PM

    I agree with you that Yaktraks are a fabulous item to have and would like to let you know that they also carry the Wintertrak which is designed to be worn with heels.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    2/16/2009 1:55 PM

    Would love to get a pair for my elderly father. Is there a size chart so I know which of the three sizes would be most appropriate?

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    2/16/2009 2:23 PM

    Hi Bonnie, here's the description of sizes from Yaktrax:

    Small fits women's shoe sizes 6.5 - 10, and men's shoe sizes 5 - 8.5

    Medium fits women's shoe sizes 10.5 - 12.5, and men's shoe sizes, 9 - 11;

    Large fits women's shoe sizes 13 - 14.5, and men's shoe sizes 11.5 - 13

    I've heard so many stories this year of friends and neighbors falling on the ice, and I don't know anyone who can afford to be out of commission like that! Definitely a smart and much needed invention.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    2/16/2009 2:46 PM

    My MIL has these and loves them. She has a steep driveway and feels much safer wearing these.

  • Jennifer May
    Jennifer May
    2/16/2009 7:59 PM

    My mom usually wears these in Colorado...but on the day she didn't, she fell and broke her wrist and hurt her back.

    Highly recommend these!

  • Kathi Kroll
    Kathi Kroll
    2/16/2009 9:10 PM

    I really should invest in a pair of these. Three weeks ago I was chasing my 3 year old son and slipped on ice and broke my ankle. I have been in a cast and on crutches for 3 weeks and have another 5 weeks to go. This is especially good for Moms with youngsters! My kids tend to move a lot quicker than I do for some reason.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/16/2009 9:14 PM

    @Kathi. Oh what a story. I can totally picture it. Having a broken ankle and a 3 year old boy is impossibly hard. (I have three sons...and I thought ages 18 mos. and 3yrs. were the toughest. All action, not enough brains.). I bought my Yak Trax today...looking forward to getting them. I cracked up at myself for being convinced by our own video. (I was not a tester for this product.)

  • Paula
    Paula
    2/16/2009 10:41 PM

    I got my mom a pair of these for Christmas and she loves them!!! She has a really steep driveway and with these she can go up and collect the mail or haul out the trashcan.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    2/17/2009 10:01 AM

    Hi Everyone,

    I want to thank all of you for you comments. I am glad to hear that our products are keeping you safe and upright during the Winter months. For those of you new to Yaktrax I wanted to provide a brief education on how the coil based traction works. The coils provide traction in a similar manner to tire chains as sharp points are not needed if you can create enough pressure on the edges of the multi directional (right and left hand wound) coils. The result is safe userfriendly traction that does not inhibit your natural stride.

    Thanks again for your support and let me know if you have any questions.

    Steve

  • Sunny
    Sunny
    2/19/2009 1:05 AM

    Excellent idea! Perfect for my elderly relatives when they're walking in the frozen snow.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/14/2009 5:35 PM

    OK here is what I RESENT about the Yak Trax.... now that I have them they wiped out all my handy excuses for not running in snowy or icy conditions. I need to find new excuses.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/8/2010 12:52 AM

    Here is a sizing chart for the Yaktrax:

  • Moneen Reekes
    Moneen Reekes
    11/14/2010 11:54 AM

    I am a city letter carrier for the post office. We were introduced to the YakTrak at work a couple of years ago and they are awesome. We do not get much ice where I live, but when we do, these work fantastic!! I would not attempt to work on an icy day without them again!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/14/2010 12:20 PM

    @Moneen Reekes: That is quite a testimonial. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience!

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    5/11/2011 2:55 PM

    I've had two sets of these - both broke rather quickly. Great in theory...

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/11/2011 3:06 PM

    @Cindy: That's unfortunate that these didn't work out for you. Thank you for sharing your experience.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Yaktrax Traction Devices

Ice Cleats for Walking on Ice and Snow

Make Tracks

Erica Jong had a bestselling novel called Fear of Flying. If I hadn’t discovered a pair of Yaktrax this winter, I’d have to call my novel Fear of Falling.

A slick film of ice masquerading as a pretty snowdrift can send anyone akimbo — a young mother with a rushing toddler in tow, a laptop toting CEO, even an otherwise-sturdy sportsman. So for those of us in cold climates, these “traction devices” are universally appealing.

Yaktrax founders, Greg and Steve, must have been extreme skiers or mountain climbers because
they took the awkward crampon and parlayed it into something that’s easy-to-use and truly dependable. This cleverly engineered gear, made from rubber and steel coils, slides on easily over boots, shoes, or sneakers. Yaktrax are lightweight and spikeless, but the sure footing they provide on ice and snow makes it possible to walk upright and naturally — you’ll wonder how you teetered through winter without them.

This has been one of the coldest winters on record across the U.S., and there are more icy days ahead. Give yourself, or someone you care about, a pair of Yaktrax and stride confidently through the rest of the season.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Steve
    Steve

    Yaktrax winter footwear traction devices are a great solution for anyone who has to walk on icy stretches of sidewalks or driveways -- and this winter, that's a lot of us! Yaktrax stretch easily on and off all types of footwear and conform to most all casual, athletic and boots and shoes.

  • marie
    marie
    2/16/2009 12:17 PM

    Some years ago we gave my father (now 95) something similar; however, they had spikes - as mentioned in your video - and made turning, etc. awkward. The Yaktrax look like the answer!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/16/2009 12:33 PM

    Ready to make a change! I took a long walk on snow and ice yesterday with the gear I normally use. It's a strap-on rubber contraption with little spikes that click click click on bare pavement. Yesterday, the left foot fell off four times. I am so eager to switch to the Yak Trax. Jen's testing convinced me, and the strap over the top will prevent the falling off problem.

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    2/16/2009 12:39 PM

    As I get older and wiser, ice scares me more and more. My daily schedule doesn't have room for an ER visit, icing down a twisted ankle, or worse! These make so much sense. Seeing you run down the street with them on was AMAZING!

  • joe
    joe
    2/16/2009 12:41 PM

    Yaktrax are an amazing and smart innovation. Thanks to the Yaktrax team for making it safe to walk again!

  • Terri Dalton
    Terri Dalton
    2/16/2009 12:41 PM

    I agree with you that Yaktraks are a fabulous item to have and would like to let you know that they also carry the Wintertrak which is designed to be worn with heels.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    2/16/2009 1:55 PM

    Would love to get a pair for my elderly father. Is there a size chart so I know which of the three sizes would be most appropriate?

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    2/16/2009 2:23 PM

    Hi Bonnie, here's the description of sizes from Yaktrax:

    Small fits women's shoe sizes 6.5 - 10, and men's shoe sizes 5 - 8.5

    Medium fits women's shoe sizes 10.5 - 12.5, and men's shoe sizes, 9 - 11;

    Large fits women's shoe sizes 13 - 14.5, and men's shoe sizes 11.5 - 13

    I've heard so many stories this year of friends and neighbors falling on the ice, and I don't know anyone who can afford to be out of commission like that! Definitely a smart and much needed invention.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    2/16/2009 2:46 PM

    My MIL has these and loves them. She has a steep driveway and feels much safer wearing these.

  • Jennifer May
    Jennifer May
    2/16/2009 7:59 PM

    My mom usually wears these in Colorado...but on the day she didn't, she fell and broke her wrist and hurt her back.

    Highly recommend these!

  • Kathi Kroll
    Kathi Kroll
    2/16/2009 9:10 PM

    I really should invest in a pair of these. Three weeks ago I was chasing my 3 year old son and slipped on ice and broke my ankle. I have been in a cast and on crutches for 3 weeks and have another 5 weeks to go. This is especially good for Moms with youngsters! My kids tend to move a lot quicker than I do for some reason.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/16/2009 9:14 PM

    @Kathi. Oh what a story. I can totally picture it. Having a broken ankle and a 3 year old boy is impossibly hard. (I have three sons...and I thought ages 18 mos. and 3yrs. were the toughest. All action, not enough brains.). I bought my Yak Trax today...looking forward to getting them. I cracked up at myself for being convinced by our own video. (I was not a tester for this product.)

  • Paula
    Paula
    2/16/2009 10:41 PM

    I got my mom a pair of these for Christmas and she loves them!!! She has a really steep driveway and with these she can go up and collect the mail or haul out the trashcan.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    2/17/2009 10:01 AM

    Hi Everyone,

    I want to thank all of you for you comments. I am glad to hear that our products are keeping you safe and upright during the Winter months. For those of you new to Yaktrax I wanted to provide a brief education on how the coil based traction works. The coils provide traction in a similar manner to tire chains as sharp points are not needed if you can create enough pressure on the edges of the multi directional (right and left hand wound) coils. The result is safe userfriendly traction that does not inhibit your natural stride.

    Thanks again for your support and let me know if you have any questions.

    Steve

  • Sunny
    Sunny
    2/19/2009 1:05 AM

    Excellent idea! Perfect for my elderly relatives when they're walking in the frozen snow.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/14/2009 5:35 PM

    OK here is what I RESENT about the Yak Trax.... now that I have them they wiped out all my handy excuses for not running in snowy or icy conditions. I need to find new excuses.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/8/2010 12:52 AM

    Here is a sizing chart for the Yaktrax:

  • Moneen Reekes
    Moneen Reekes
    11/14/2010 11:54 AM

    I am a city letter carrier for the post office. We were introduced to the YakTrak at work a couple of years ago and they are awesome. We do not get much ice where I live, but when we do, these work fantastic!! I would not attempt to work on an icy day without them again!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/14/2010 12:20 PM

    @Moneen Reekes: That is quite a testimonial. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience!

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    5/11/2011 2:55 PM

    I've had two sets of these - both broke rather quickly. Great in theory...

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/11/2011 3:06 PM

    @Cindy: That's unfortunate that these didn't work out for you. Thank you for sharing your experience.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.