So there were enough questions/comments on the yaktrax from yesterday’s post that I thought I would address a few:
Several people wondered if it changes your gait at all. My experience is no. They feel a bit funny for the first 1/2 mile or so, then you pretty much forget you are wearing them. I also found that I’d subconsciously try to dodge really slick spots, but then as soon as I remembered the extra traction I had, realized I was fine.
I was running in pretty icy conditions yesterday, which is where I find the yaktrax are most useful. In snow, you can keep fairly good footing, but the ice is another story.
Now–one funny thing I learned yesterday about the yaktrax and minimalist shoes–it’s a bit tricky. My shoes are extremely flexible, a good thing. However, that meant that the yaktrax pulled up on my toes too much. I started getting hot spots under my toes about half-way into the run. By the end, my feet really hurt. It wasn’t until I took my shoes off and noticed how radically the toes were being pulled up that I figured out why. Not really sure how to rectify this–maybe a bigger size on the yaktrax? Anyone?
Know that yaktrax aren’t the only game in town either. For years I had some other brand (don’t remember which) that had little spikes on the bottom of the rubber soles instead of the chainy things (technical terms, I assure you) on the yaktrax. Both work about the same from what I’ve experienced.
I’m thankful that some smart person came up with the whole concept of yaktrax–otherwise, many of us would be forced onto the treadmill. That said, I’m pulling for a yaktrax free winter here in Maryland!
What’s your experience with yaktrax?