What trainers for icy surfaces?

Hello, these crisp, bright and cold mornings are great for running. Though of course it's icy and slippy too, so which trainers do you guys recommend for this? Wayne.

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  • RicFRicF ✭✭✭

    They don't exist. Its ice.

  • What is "they"? I just asked what trainers anyone could RECOMMEND.
  • I just run in normal shoes and take smaller strides. Think penguin running image

    However a lot of people swea by yaxtrax (think thats what they are called)

  • I use yaktrax or magic spikers when it gets icy on the pavements - but that's just for walking. I'm not sure how comfy they'd be to run in.
  • If you're wanting shoes & not just 'Yak-Trax', how about these Inov-8's with Tungsten studs??
    They'll also work damned well in snow & muddy trails/footpaths too

    http://www.inov-8.com/New/Global/Product-View-Oroc-280.html?L=26

    http://www.sportsshoes.com/product/INO64/inov8-oroc-280-trail-running-shoes/

  • Ooh nice shoes !
  • try icebugs - http://www.icebug.se/default.aspx?m=641

    from Sweden where they know a bit about snow and have a product to suit most needs

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    Richard A Thackeray wrote (see)

    If you're wanting shoes & not just 'Yak-Trax', how about these Inov-8's with Tungsten studs??
    They'll also work damned well in snow & muddy trails/footpaths too

    http://www.inov-8.com/New/Global/Product-View-Oroc-280.html?L=26

    http://www.sportsshoes.com/product/INO64/inov8-oroc-280-trail-running-shoes/

    Yep Orocs are pretty darn good and look the business but can you justify having a pair just for ice? I know what my wife would say......image

    Last few bad winters, I have coped fine in most snow in Mudclaws. Admittedly not so great on hard compact icey stuff but fine for most of the other winter conditions we get. They are also a better autumn/winter/spring allrounder when its wet and muddy than the Orocs.

  • Pete S wrote (see)
     
    Richard A Thackeray wrote (see)

    If you're wanting shoes & not just 'Yak-Trax', how about these Inov-8's with Tungsten studs??
    They'll also work damned well in snow & muddy trails/footpaths too

    http://www.inov-8.com/New/Global/Product-View-Oroc-280.html?L=26

    http://www.sportsshoes.com/product/INO64/inov8-oroc-280-trail-running-shoes/

    Yep Orocs are pretty darn good and look the business but can you justify having a pair just for ice? I know what my wife would say......image

    Last few bad winters, I have coped fine in most snow in Mudclaws. Admittedly not so great on hard compact icey stuff but fine for most of the other winter conditions we get. They are also a better autumn/winter/spring allrounder when its wet and muddy than the Orocs.


    Mine too(re; wife & orocs...)
    I too wore my Mud-Claws during the winter, but, the salt/brine destroyed the rand by drying it out too much & it's all split wide open.
    Mindst you, they let the water out a lot quicker now in fell-races & XCsimage

  • This site has some good advice:

    http://running.about.com/od/coldweatherrunning/tp/Tips-For-Running-On-Snow-And-Ice.htm

    Ultimately it depends on how much ice you encounter, and how much you want to spend!

    Fitting screws to old trail shoes is a cheap alternative to Orocs or Icebugs, and Trespass do some cheapo version of Taktrax or Kahtoola microspikes.

    Cheaper than all of these though is Curly's method of taking smaller steps - that's one you'll always have to hand as well!

  • Richard A Thackeray wrote (see)
    Mine too(re; wife & orocs...)

    I too wore my Mud-Claws during the winter, but, the salt/brine destroyed the rand by drying it out too much & it's all split wide open.
    Mindst you, they let the water out a lot quicker now in fell-races & XCs

    Saw some Orocs half price in Ambleside and even that cheap I was having trouble justifying them to Mrs S! I suppose the fact that i already have 4 pairs of inov-8s on the go doesn't help......image

    I think the material they use for the rand on mudclaws is susceptible to drying out anyway. I had a pair of the old grey 270s that went that way anyway but my current 272s have lasted a while so far.

  • Pete, this is how mine went

    Still wore them for the (extremely wet) PECO XC on Sunday though


    Although I bought a pair of the 'Start Fitness Cheviots' to try out (got them at the 'Withins Skyline' fell-race)
    For the price they're damned bloody good!! 

     

     

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  • Whoa, that's serious! My 270s went in the same place but nowhere near so bad. 272s are still looking good - they're getting on for 12 months old but probably only done 500 miles or so in those. The new 300s look good- will be getting a pair next time I see them at a reasonable price.
  • I love my Yaktrax, and they are much cheaper than a new pair of shoes. They work very very well, and gave me so much confidence on ice and snow.

  • Sod that.  Depending on severity of conditions / where my mojo's at...

    1. Go out in normal shoes and run round icy patches with Curly's recommended pigeon steps;
    2. Head straight over to the park in cross country spikes and count how many times people on sledges call you mad;
    3. Go to the gym and image use the treadmill image ;
    4. Stay in the warm and see if there are any purple ones left in the Quality Street tub.

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  • PhilPub wrote (see)

    Sod that.  Depending on severity of conditions / where my mojo's at...

    1. Go out in normal shoes and run round icy patches with Curly's recommended pigeon steps;
    2. Head straight over to the park in cross country spikes and count how many times people on sledges call you mad;
    3. Go to the gym and image use the treadmill image ;
    4. Stay in the warm and see if there are any green ones left in the Quality Street tub.

    image

    fixed it for you image

  • Ha!  Next you'll be telling me you've got a sister who likes Turkish Delight.  image

  • Run off road

  • EKGO wrote (see)

    Run off road

    erm...... its still icey!

    Frozen mud etc. can be just as lethal as tarmac. At least roads may have been gritted.

  • Just attach yak trax or other ice grippers and try and avoid Tarmac I find the spiky grips better than the yak trax personally!
  • Yak Trax are for snow, not ice, though they're better than nothing for ice. When offroad they work well except where a water flow has frozen on a slope across a smooth trail. On pavement they are good except where there is smooth ice and you change driection on it, ice on a camber, or one way or another run anything but delicately.

    In addition to the spikes built into shoes already mentioned there are ASICS Arctic that have replaceable spikes. They're not my favorite because they are not carbide tipped, so will wear down very quickly if you don't stick to ice and snow. Icebugs are better all round than these and I have a pair with several hundred km on them that have blunted but still offer reasonable grip.

    Strap-on spikes are good for the odd occasion but I prefer a shoe with carbide spikes because I could spend a couple of months running on ice and/snow, so I choose either spikes or Yaktrax for the weather and route I expect.

  • Off road is usually far less of a problem

  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Last year (this year?) in the snow and ice I wore my Inov8 Roclites both on and off road. I was surprised how good the grip was and could run unhindered. That said I wouldn't fancy it on black or sheet ice.
  • I do exactly the same as normal in my offroad runs - winter's for cold morning runs across frosty hillls. Rare that you hit substantial patches of ice. Confidence is king. Rutted and frozen solid ground can be hard work and a good spot to turn an ankle. On road, a decent trail shoe usually gives enough grip.

    There've been times I've done reps on flooded and frozen footie fields in xc spikes when the roads have been deadly image

     

  • there are also the Salomon Spikecross 3 Climashield (eg from Wiggle). If I didn't already have most of the aforementioned products image I'd probably go for these for icy trails, since I love the normal Speedcross 3 so much.

  • spiked O-shoes are unbeatable for snow - ice - dry/wet rock - wet/dry wood - mud etc,etc.....

  • A bit of ice (well frozen wet grass) which caught a few out at the Cardington Cracker yesterday. The mudclaws were fine and coped admirably (unlike my legs!) 

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