How do I know which Yaktrax size to choose?

Yaktrax Size Chart

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There is a guide to sizing on the packet which shows the EU shoe size range for the various Yaktrax product sizes, XS, S. M, L and XL.

Footwear sizing is based on the inside fit of the shoe or boot to our feet.  As Yaktrax fit on the outside of the footwear, it is the actual footprint or circumference that is relevant when you choose the correct size.

A ladies casual shoe and a men’s working boot may share the same EU footwear size and yet have quite different footprint circumferences.

In our experience, it is this circumference that provides the most accurate guide to the best fit.

 Extra SmallSmallMediumLargeExtra Large
Walk OnlyNot available in Walk
EU Shoe Size
34-37 38-40 41-43 44-4646+
∅ in cm48-58 cm
58-64 cm 64-72 cm 72-76 cm 76-82 cm
∅ in inches19-23 inches23-25 inches25-28 inches28-30 inches30-32 inches
Can I wear Yaktrax indoors, while driving, cycling etc?

Yaktrax ice grips are designed only for use on packed snow and ice.   It is dangerous to wear Yaktrax indoors.  At best you may cause damage to the indoor floor surface, at worst you could slip on a smooth surface or trip on a carpeted one.

  • DO NOT wear indoors
  • DO NOT wear while driving or cycling

 

 

Do Yaktrax work on black ice?

Yaktrax are designed to be worn on packed snow and ice.  Products with coild need a depth of ice to bit into that is equivalent to half the depth of the coil.   Yaktrax devices are not intended for use on gravel, concrete, or sanded roads cleared of snow, as these do not allow the coils to compress properly, resulting in damage.

Black ice is frozen atmospheric moisture which occurs in the adbsence of precipitation.  These invisible patches of ultra thin ice and visible white slippery frost are not deep enough for the coils to bite into.  In addition products with coils are more likely to be damaged by wearing them on hard ourdoor surfaces with thin ice than products with spikes.

Ice grips with spikes can use the irregular surface of concrete pavements and tarmac to give you a better grip in such conditions but you would still need to take extra care and the spikes would wear out.

If black ice or frost covers a shiny surface such as cobbles then none of the products will provide protection.

The thinner the ice, the smaller the profile of the gripping texture needs to be.  For frost and black ice we suggest the following:

  • Woollen socks worn over your footwear can reduce the risk of slipping on black ice and frosty pavements.  Grip is better when the socks are slightly damp.
  • Spray or paint the bottom of an old pair of shoes or boots with water reistant adhesive, shoe repair glue or rubber roof paint and then press down into a tray of sand or grit.  Repeat this process so you have several layers.  Corundum grit used in model making is the best but any fine dry sand or grit will do.
Do Yaktrax work on thawing slushy ice?

No.  Slushy ice is often floating on a thin film of water and is particularly hazardous because of the ‘banana skin’ effect.

Can I wear Yaktrax on slippery mud?

NO.  You should not wear Yaktrax ice grips on slippery mud.

Yaktrax are designed to be used on packed snow and ice.  Slippery mud stretches the supporting matrix.  Products with coils are particularly susceptable to damage from mud-drag.

You might get a better grip on a short term basis but you risk damaging the product and reducing its useful life.

My Yaktrax fell off and I've lost one. Can I buy a single one?

Sadly no.  We cannot obtain single Yaktrax for sale or replacement straps for the Pro.

The most common cause of lost Yaktrax is where Yaktrax Walk pinged off or fell off because it was the wrong size or incorrectly fitted.

Why did the rubber break on my Yaktrax?

In products with coils, it is possible for a stone underfoot to get trapped in the coils.  This then cuts through the supporting rubber.  When that happens the coils have no support and become damaged underfoot.

Walking over frozen rutted ground or over rocks in products qith coils can bend the coils.  The bent coils then cut into and through their supporting matrix.

Wearing the wrong size stretching the product too far can also break the supporting matrix.

Do you have Yaktrax for children?

The smallest ice grip Yaktrax make is the Extra Small Yaktrax Walk.  However the manufacturers also recommend a minimum body weight of 32-34 kg is required to engage the unit effectively to prevent slipping.

 

Do you recommend Yaktrax for the elderly?

The correct size Yaktrax worn and used correctly will help reduce the risk of slips and falls on packed snow and ice.

When buying for the elderly however, there are a number of considerations:

  • Make sure the elderly person knows how to fit the Yaktrax correctly.
  • Ensure they are aware that it is dangerous to wear Yaktrax indoors, into shops or stations, while driving or cycling.
  • Advise them that Yaktrax will not protect them on hard pavement with just frost and patches of black ice.
  • If they have arthritis in their hands they may not be able to stretch them properly over their footwear.

You may want to fit the Yaktrax over an old pair of sturdy shoes or boots that are easy for the elderly person to put on and take off.  Instead of removing their Yaktrax, they can change their footwear.  Bear in mind they may have to sit down in order to do so.

Why don't you stock all the Yaktrax products?

Not all the American Yaktrax products are available in the EU or the UK.

This may be because they do not yet have the relevant EU safety certificates or simply because the manufacturers or distributors have made the decision not to stock that product in the EU or the UK.