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12/19/07 12:56 P

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KEEK:
Unless the sidewalk's totally covered in snow/ice I don't run with them. If it's just plowed, I'll carry my grippers in my pocket to use if necessary.


EDITED to add that I don't actually use YakTrax (never got on with them) but I use grippers with little studs on the bottom.

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 12/19/2007 (12:56)
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12/18/07 9:57 P

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Gotta check out the qvc site...I tried my first "ice" run this weekend and it was a disaster!!
Thanks for the info!!!

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12/18/07 6:26 P

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my mom called me this weekend and asked if i wanted a pair for xmas... she saw them on qvc... so i went to there site and sure enough.... 18.99/pr

go to qvc and search yak trax! pretty good deal... she got it on some special value thing... 2pair for $30 or something like that....


happy holidays!!

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12/18/07 11:54 A

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Keekbean,

My route goes under a bridge, and the Yak Trax feel kind of springy on cement. I wouldn't wear them if my route had lots of cement.

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12/18/07 10:48 A

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Question:
What if you're running on a combo of cement with spots of snow.....are they really only meant to run on straight packed snow or can they be multiterrain?

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12/18/07 10:30 A

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Storkbyte - the traction is amazing. I got some a couple of weeks ago from Lee Valley that had studs in the heel, and they would have crippled me. I have never had even a teensy slip with the toes only ones.

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Question:
Without any grips on the heel area, how is the traction?

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12/18/07 10:08 A

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Wow Lybbe, those are a great deal! They do look like they would last a long time. Ya don't wanna wear them inside! (YakTrax either!)

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YakTraks are $29.99 at the Running Room here. I paid $10 for my grips at a surplus store. I used them all of last winter almost every day and had one break so I bought another pair, which leaves me with a spare for this winter. I have heard from several people that if you use the YakTrax for a lot of running, you can plan on two pair per season. They definitely aren't as sturdy as what I have. See photo:

www.fcsurplus.ca/shopping/shopexd.as
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12/18/07 12:40 A

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Anyone had them long enough to know how long they hold up? I'm using YakTrax Pros.

5' 10"

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Waist under 34"

Weigh less than hubby--CHECK!!!

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I've seen some no name brands that look identical to the Yak Traks and they're a lot cheaper. I'll probably try those out first. Yeah....$40. Rip off.

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Storybyte--$40?! I guess I got a great deal...mine were $27.99 plus tax. It's still less than my co-pay if I had to go to the doctor with a broken hip, so I think it's a deal! ;-)

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12/17/07 9:53 P

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In my quest to stock winter gear so I can run outdoors, I was pricing them the other day. Wow....$40!! Sigh. Not before Christmas. But definitely will be a purchase after Christmas. The roads here are too icy and snow packed not to have some kind of grips on the shoes. I can picture myself now....flying ass over tea kettle and landing headfirst in some snowbank, feet in the air, flailing and wishing someone I don't know comes by to pull me out. Nope....no thanks. LOL.

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Oh yay! I'm so glad to see more positivity about YakTrax. I bought a pair not long ago, but have yet to get the chance to try em out. Hubby is worried about me running in the dark in the snow and possibly getting plowed under. We live on a main road through town and there's not much other place to run close by...I intend to try them on a weekend run....but my weekend run is sposed to be my long run....and I've been doing that on the dreadmill since it's gotten a little too cold for me...I'm a baby when it comes to the cold...but still, wanna try those Yaktrax out. Someday!

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12/17/07 9:01 P

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It's really weird reading all this when I'm sitting here in 40-50 degree weather wondering how many layers to start with tomorrow! Then there's always the decision over long shorts, capris or sweatpants in the am! I LOVE FLORIDA!!!

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12/17/07 8:08 P

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I am so impressed with you all for running out in the cold - more power to ya!


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I wouldn't even attempt running without my snow grips. Mine aren't yaktrax, but they are excellent. Almost every time I'm out I see a guy who runs with nothing on his shoes and he doesn't seem to have any problems - but I know I'd be all over the place.

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I LOVE YAK TRAX. Someone recomended them for the incline (search for mount manitou incline, pretty much the same impact as pikes peak only it's just a mile, strait up). My step dad and I got some for my mom so she'd walk the dogs outside, and she loves them. Being a starving student, I am going to borrow her's for the 5k in January. They're amazing!

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I had 14 miles scheduled on Saturday. I live in Boulder, and surprise surprise, there was a lot of snow on the trail. I got through 9 miles, then did the rest on a treadmill.

Sunday I found a set of Yak Trak www.yaktrax.com
at the local running company, then used them for 5 miles on the same trail today. It made a huge difference--no slipping and less ankle twisting. If anyone is struggling in the snow, I'd definitely recommend checking these or other snow cleats out. I'm going to be in Minnesota for the holidays, and you'd better believe I'm bringing these along!

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