This morning was an interesting test for the Yaktrax. We had a bit of rain overnight, so the pavements had some compacted ice with water on top as well as an increasing number of bare patches. Initially I ventured out without the Yaktrax, but after walking about 20 metres, I decided it was too slippery. I returned home to put them on. I was glad I did. There was no hint of slipping even on some steep slopes. I was a bit wary of walking on the bare patches of pavements, but it doesn’t seem to affected the Yaktrax at all. For mixed walking in snow and ice, I think these take a lot of beating. Unlike spikes or studs, you don’t have to worry about walking on hard surfaces.