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YAKTRAX Run Shoe Crampon

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Run sure-footed while others slip.

From the peaks of Washington to the streets of Manhattan, winter running conditions can linger long after a storm. The Yaktrax Run Shoe Crampon lets you get your daily run in without risk of injury when the streets, trails, or sidewalks are covered with hard-packed snow or a solid layer of ice. Strap these anatomically accurate (yes, you need to know the difference between right and left) crampons to your shoes and run sure-footed while others flail.

A mix of materials keep these crampons light yet rugged. Rubber webbing snugs up against your shoe and the performance strap ensures a stay-in-place fit. On the bottom, a mix of removable carbide steel spikes and 1.4mm stainless steel coils grab hold of the ground. The reflective heel tab adds an extra bit of illumination on your early-morning mid-winter runs.

  • Rubber webbing
  • 1.4mm stainless steel coils, SkidLock design
  • Carbide steel spikes
  • Performance strap
  • Reflective heel tab
  • Anatomical design (right/left)
  • Yaktrax Run is rated for -41F
  • Item #YTX000A

Tech Specs

rubber, 1.4mm steel coils, carbide steel spikes
Claimed Weight
9.7 - 11.7 oz
Recommended Use
running on packed snow, ice
Manufacturer Warranty
90 days

Tech Specs

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Gift for Mama Bear

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Gave this as a gift for Mama Bear but stole them for a test drive and loved them. Felt super secure and psyched for my mom to try them out on her winter trail running adventures. Sizing was easy and they attached to the gaiters perfectly. I really prefer the top strap on these to other crampons.

A must have

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are exactly as described - a lightweight version of the original Yaktrax. I have these and the originals and these are definitely lighter and better for running. I use the originals for hikes and these for runs and I couldn't be happier. The traction is a must and I was pleasantly surprised that these don't hurt my feet after longer runs.

Perfect to protect my mother from fallin

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased these after my mom slipped in her driveway last year and smacked her head on her car. My mom is really hesitant to try new things and gets intimated fairly easily. I purchased these for the ease of use and how quickly you can get these on to boots. I worked with my mom for a few minutes showing her how to put these on her boots and to adjust them. She was able to figure this out in a few minutes and she love them. The ease of use is perfect for her and she used them for the first time yesterday. She said that she didn't lose her footing once while shoveling. This product is perfect for beginners and easy to use.

Snowchains for your feet!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

"4x4 with Chains Required for taking out the recycling and fetching the mail" the the alert should have read on the back door as I ventured out into the wild beyonds of the back forty-hundredths of an acre. Man did I ever get horizontal on that ice!!! Got a bruise that rivaled the size of the lot too!
I've used various Yaktraks in the past and this incident was a not so subtle reminder to re-up with a pair as they work great to avoid such situations.
I haven't had the best luck with durability with my Yaktrax Pros, though full disclaimer: I typically steal my wife's which have been a size too small and even with working them over in the foothillls of the Wasatch on a day to day basis I've historically gotten an average use of 2 seasons despite stretching them beyond their intended capacity. Either way, I found getting my own pair in the appropriate size a worth while upgrade. I have been thus far impressed. The traction pins make a noticeable difference on those trails that are plagued by the dreaded freeze-thaw cycle including the one that goes from the backdoor to the curb!!

Great for every day use

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

After my dad took a spill with his dog on some ice, I knew I had to get something to help him out. Awesome for slick sidewalks when taking strolls with the pup, especially at night when it's tough to see slick spots

Great for additional traction

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for my boyfriend since he tries to steal my pair! So here is my review of these. I have used these for a year now and really think they do help with traction. I've hiked up plenty of snowy peaks in them. I do notice that after a bit of hiking in these that the front comes up and over my hiking boot. It does get kind of annoying to pull these back down especially when they are covered in snow. I would still recommend these since they do really make a difference.

Winter Trail Running Must!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave these as a gift to an avid trail runner and have gotten some good reports. They took a few steps to get used to but after that were not noticeably different than running without them. Great added grip in winter conditions on the trails covered in snow and ice. Only used 3-4 times so far due to the mild winter but seem to be well built and not having any durability issues to speak of. Definitely only for use on trails and not on any sort of pavement though. Fit true to the size chart.

No more slipping.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running in these all winter, and they're fantastic. They're quick and easy to put on at the trailhead, and they really make a difference on slick, packed-out snow, especially during descents. I can always tell I have them on when I first start running, but after a few minutes, I pretty much forget. I use them primarily on trails, and I've been impressed with the durability.

Best combination of crampon features

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I grew up in Alaska, where we wear "creepers" all the time. I never liked the original yaktrax that only have the metal coils - while they work good on snow (where I don't think you really need them anyway) on actual hard ice it just feels like you're teetering on sticks. Anyway, THIS version of crampon is great! The traditional spikes under the front of your foot work well on ice, and if I have to cross a bit of pavement I just walk on the heel part. Also the removable toe-strap piece is awesome, since I never have to worry about loosing one of these in the snow, which has happened to me multiple times in the past.

Great for winter trail running & hiking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife loves these for winter trail running and hiking when the trails get packed-out or icy. Only drawback is that you shouldn't really walk on pavement with them on at all, otherwise the little metal spikes wear down.

Soft metal

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Two trail runs with a mix ice of dirt, mud, and some gravel and the metal spikes bent and flattened pretty quickly. They helped a bit on ice but didn't last a season. Yak Traxs won't honor a replacement after the length of a season (90 days) either.

Excellent Product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased these YakTrax for my wife and have only heard great things since our first hike a few weeks back. The terrain has been incredibly icy this year, which is why we finally broke down and bought these. She is a 9.5 womens and we ordered a small - fits great. Very satisfied with product.

Simple winter safety

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Yaktrax Runs had no problem with wide crushed gravel paths, cement bridges, and root-filled singletrack and, while snow filled the space underfoot, no loss of traction was felt. Even walking across the parking lot felt fine. Yaktrax does caution against using these on pavement and ice, which will damage the coils and also lead to possible falls. Apart from those two caveats, I would bet that the Runs would work in most every other situation. If you're looking for a simple addition to your winter running safety gear, consider the Yaktrax Run.

Need clarification... It says on the YakTrax site and Backcountry these are for ice. Your review says YakTrax cautions against using them on ice. Can you clarify this because the whole point to me purchasing these would be to be able to continue trail running even over slick icy trails. Thanks.