EDIT:OWNER REVIEW:Yaktrax Pro Traction Device:JOHN
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Essentially you have the framework for a review here but you need to add a
lot more detail. At the moment the reader has no idea whatsoever what this
device is, how it fits on the shoe, how it functions in use etc. Later in
the review you mention 'rubber bands' and 'coil springs' but I have no
knowledge of how these figure in the device. It's not sufficient, either, to
say that they're 'similar to the regular Yaktrax Walker model reviewed
elsewhere' as the reader may have no knowledge of these and anyway, your
review should stand on it's own. These then are general points that you need
to address, and below are my more specific edits,
I look forward to reading your REPOST,
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> Product Review: YakTrax Pro (2002 Model) Traction Device### you should re-title this OWNER REVIEW:
> Height: 6'-1" (1.85 Meters)### you might like to use abbreviations (1.85 m) and (76.2 kg) and you do
> Weight: 168 Lbs (76.2 Kilograms)
not need caps. except where it is a proper name e.g. Celsius
> carry whatever I wanted, so I packed my 2.5 lb Thermarest, my full size### need metric equivalent here for 2.5 lb (and anywhere else you have a
measurement, weight, temperature etc. this is for our international readers
who have to do it in reverse) and it's written Therm-a-rest
> http://www.yaktrax.com/main.php3?primNavIndex=2### we only need the top level site here (and only once :), individual pages
> <http://www.yaktrax.com/main.php3?primNavIndex=2&> &
may change but the top level usually remains the same
> Listed Weight: Average weight listed as 5.7 ounces(161
> g) per pair in CampMor catalog### again you might like to be consistent and use oz for ounces
> Weight as Tested: 5.0 ounces (141 g) per pair for medium
> (Men's 9-11)
> Test Conditions: Rocks, bare ground, light snow, ice, icy### a little more detail might be nice here, elevations, temperatures or
anything else you can add
> Initial Test### we reserve the 'Test' title for our specific product testing
> Having had very little snow so far this year I have not been able to usemy
### this year? 2003? 2004? maybe 'this winter' might read better
> sections. I dug out an old pair of cheap instep crampons that had been### is there a word missing here? '...one of my daily hikes...'
> hanging around and tried them on one of daily hikes. They seemed to help
> until I realized that they were both sitting on the sides of my feet. Iwent
> home and perused the web for traction device advice, and found and ordered### we call this projecting, can you re-word this to reflect how it was for
> the Yaktrax Pro. The Pro has a strap which goes over your foot to hold it
you '...my foot..' or '...the foot..' or one's foot...'
> place. Other than that it is similar to the regular Yaktrax Walker Model### see my note earlier re. stand-alone reviews
> reviewed elsewhere.
Follow Up Testing:
> We have now worn the Yaktrax Pros on 3 or 4 more hikes of an hour or twoand
> they have completely self destructed. Several of the "rubber bands" that### you need to give more details of the progress of this breakdown. Was it
> hold the steel coils have broken allowing the coils to flop out in all
> directions. It also allows the entire device to flip up onto the top of
gradual over the period in question? Did you notice something different each
time you used them?
the> had responded to complaints and had made changes. She is sending me the
> and improved model and I will update the review as soon as I receive them### you can't update this review as it's for a different model but you can
> and give them a workout.
write another for the new 2003/4 model :)
In the meantime I have ordered the Kahtoola
> Traction System, a lightweight crampon. I will review that as soon as Ican
> test it as well.## we don't need to know this here in the context of this product review,
that's for another review :) (you could be our traction device expert ;)
> * Lightweight### no need for caps. on light snow
> * Easily attached
> * Fantastic grip on ice and Light Snow
> Cons (2002 Model)* Poor construction (2002 Model), seems designed for occasional
> lightweight use, not hiking### not according to Yaktrax website ?
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- Thanks for the comments. One always thinks they may be the exception
and write a great review the first time out. Like most others I
appreciate the comments and will get right on it. Having spent some
time perusing other reviews I am not surprised by many of the
comments. Keep up the great work.