EDIT: OWNER REVIEW: Yaktrax Pro - Jo Ann Moffi
- Jo Ann -
Good job overall on the OR. You've met most of our requirements right
out of the gate, and your review is well-written (as well as free of
spelling and conversion errors - thanks!)
Here's my biggest point of concern: as it stands, this would be a
great review for a running or walking magazine, but appears less
relevant for a backpacking gear site, given your primary usage running
on streets. However, instead of asking you to submit a review of
something you've used in a setting more appropriate to our readers,
I'm going to suggest that you clarify and flesh out your descriptions
of your usage on the trail, as you may in fact have more to say about
that, and your review is otherwise quite good. I've also provided a
few other edits for you, noted below.
When you've made these changes, please repost your OR here with the
word "REPOST" included in the subject line of your message.
I'll look forward to seeing your next version - thanks very much for
BGT OR Editor
YakTrax Pro on Merrell Boots
***EDIT: I suggest removing this line and noting which boots you used
in the body of your review.
Yaktrax, Inc. claims the Yaktrax Pro gives instant traction,
confidence and safety on ice and packed snow. Walking and running can
be done as if ice and packed snow were dry surfaces.
***EDIT: Put this in quotes (if it is a quote) or note that this is
also their claim.
Putting on the Yaktrax Pro:
To get the Yaktrax Pro on, put the toe of the shoe under the Velcro
strap and into the toe end of the rubber 'frame'. Then, while
grasping the thickened portion at the back if the Yaktrax Pro, push
the toe of the shoe into the rubber frame at the same time as
stretching the Yaktrax Pro over the heel of the shoe. This is easily
accomplished when wearing the shoe. Getting the force to push the
shoe and stretch the Yaktrax Pro at the same time when not wearing the
shoe is a challenge I have yet to master. Once the Yaktrax Pro is on
the shoe, go around the edge of the shoe and pull up on the outer
edges of the rubber webbing so that it is around the entire outside
perimeter of the shoe. The toe end of the Yaktrax Pro has a distinct
mesh pattern that allows for easy centering at the toe of the shoe and
the heel end of the Yaktrax has a thickened tab for ease of pulling on
and off and centering at the heel of the shoe. Once the Yaktrax Pro is
satisfactorily situated, tighten the Velcro strap across the top of
***EDIT QUESTION: Is this your personal description, or Yaktrax's? If
the former, personalize it a bit to make that clear; if the latter,
consider removing this and restating your own experience.
Location or locations where the shoes were worn:
In and around Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and surrounding Algoma region.
Description of Location(s):
Around town on ice and snow covered sidewalks and streets, snow and
ice covered trails, some muddy trails.
***EDIT: Please provide more details on your trail use; since this is
a backpacking site, our readers will be especially interested in that.
Further details on grades/slopes, number of trail days (or hours), and
what kind and weight of packs you were carrying (if any) would all be
The Yaktrax Pro are fairly easy to get on and off while indoors.
However, once outside, getting the Yaktrax Pro on and off with cold
fingers and (usually) wet/snowy shoes or boots is not a pleasant
experience. Removing the Yaktrax Pro with gloves and/or mittens is
possible, but putting them on is not easily accomplished without
removing gloves, and is impossible without removing mittens. This is
the nature of winter though, and I certainly don't expect any
different. The design of the Yaktrax is intentionally tight to ensure
the Yaktrax Pro do not come off during walking and running. It would
be extremely difficult to design a removable traction device without
***EDIT: Please provide a little more detail on why they're difficult
or impossible to remove outside (and depending on your handwear).
I also used the Yaktrax Pro while hiking on snow packed trails. They
performed similarly to ice and snow packed roads.
***EDIT: I think you mean to say they performed similarly to the way
they performed on ice and snow packed roads; in any case, anything you
can say to expand your observations while on an icy trail would be
useful to our readers.
- Stay on all footwear without slipping.
***EDIT: Or at least on the two types of footwear you used - best to
be precise here
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