shoes for frosty conditions-help please

I live in Glasgow at the top of a"switchback" hill...very soon it will be slide down and fall over, what type of shoes should I be getting for road running in frosty/icy conditions I only started running last year just before i turned 60 and am new to all this "gear".


  • When it's icy I don't bother outside. Far too easy to do yourself some serious damage.
    Can you go to the gym instead, and work out on their treadmill ?
    That would probably work out as about the same as specialist shoes, cost-wise.

    Or maybe I'm just a wimp ?
  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭
    I'm with Cougie on this one. I live in Inverness, so I get the same problem, and once nearly did myself some serious damage on a very icy pavement. Now if its slippy at all, I head to the gym, or to a field next to the sports centre which is fairly well lit (grass doesn't get as slippy as tarmac). I hate the treadmill, but better that than a broken leg!
  • Nessie - I was following the FLM training plan, and in the 12 weeks schedule there was nothing about spending weeks off due to a broken leg. ;-)

    Grass is a good idea though, might try that this winter. Luckily, last winter was pretty mild round here, so it was only a few runs I missed out.
  • Now I 'm laughing, I thought everyone would have really technical replies, OK I'll register at the local gym and take a bus to get there. and yes grass is a good idea, hoping that not too many dogs get there before I do.
  • Sorry KPnuts - maybe someone else out there will have a technical answer. I guess there will be some runners who run (or slide !) in icy conditions.
  • I have never seen these shoes, but on page 24 of this months Runners world magazine are some shoes called Iceberg Multirun that you can order from Sweden over the internet. They have tiny steel carbide studs in the sole that retract on dry tarmac. website
  • Thanks very much everyone, I will take it from there.
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