Stabalicer vs. Yaktrax

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Given the recent snow and ice in Kananaskis I thought it was a good idea to do this review. I picked up a pair of Stabilicers Sport and Yaktrax Extreme and have been using them for several weeks. The Yaktrax look like a web of flexible rubber, which is wrapped on the sole area with coils. They stretch around the shoe and have a strap that goes over the front of the shoe. The Stabilicers are molded rubber, which pull over the toe and heel of the shoe. There is a strap that holds the heel portion onto the shoe. A series of removable studs on the toe and heel provide traction. When I first examined both of these products I was skeptical about how they would hold up. The Yaktrax because they are made of the relatively thin rubber and the Stabilicers because that the spot at which the Velcro strap goes through the heel is thin and I expected it would break. Because I bought them at MEC I figured that I could return either if I did have a problem because MEC is usually good at taking stuff back, no questions asked.

Both provide excellent traction. The Stabalicers are better and more comfortable on dry ground. They are also better if you are walking through patches of mud because the Yaktrax seem to hold a pretty thick layer but they clear quickly. On glare ice the Stabilicers provide better traction, but if the conditions include slush and loose snow the Yaktrax work best. The cleats on the Stabilizers are only a few millimetres long and may not reach the ice if it is covered in a layer of snow. While the picture below shows Stabilicers being used on work boots I am skeptical. Because of the molded toe, other than runners or hiking shoes, I doubt they could be used. Even for my Vasque hiking shoes it took a while for them to stretch and fit over the toe. Because of there versatility I have to say the Yaktrax win. This spring, unless you like falling, you should pick up a pair for the trails. One suggestion, do not rely on the suggested sizing on the packages for either product. Take in the shoes you think you will use them with most and test them out.

Stabalicer

YakTrax

Update

With the snow and ice I came across at Highwood Pass on the weekend I thought I would update this post. My view is still the same, pick up the Yaktrax. For $35, it will be the best money you spend this fall. Looking online, it looks like MEC is not carrying the Stabilicers anymore.

Yaktrax rock!

I used Yaktrax for the first time on the Cox Hill hike and could not have done the hike without them.

Stabilicers - my choice

Hello - I am late to this conversation but new to the site. I am an avid New England runner who has used Stabilicers Sport for winter conditions and LOVE them. Very light, durable and provide excellent traction. I had used Yaktrax in the past and although they were great for light winter conditions I found that Stabilicers were the best value and held up best for all conditions light and heavy. Due to an injury I have reduced my running to a light jog and have started to increase my time hiking in the White Mountains. Once again I have turned to Stabilicers for traction and support. At www.32north.com I was able to find a product geared specifically for hiking and again I am not disappointed. I have complete faith in the stability and durability of this product and am confident I can be back running in the Spring!

I am late on the discussion

I am late on the discussion too. But have a question for hboody. I've heard better things about the stabalicers in terms of durability and am ready to get a pair. The regular ones look like better option to me (the have a strap that velcroes over the front in two directions and in the back onto your ankle.) Do you see any problems with using these? I imagine you have the stabalicer sport ones pictured above?
thanks.