Terry Chiplin Replaces his YakTrax With Icespike

Terry Chiplin recently reviewed Icespike & has found us to be a superior alternative to his YakTracks. The following is an excerpt from his review…

Living in Estes Park, CO, near RMNP, is a trail runner’s paradise. Huge variety of trails over varying terrain with majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. The only drawback is that once Winter sets in and the snows arrive, running on trails, or even roads at times, can get sketchy. I’d been using YakTrax since coming here – while they work reasonably well, I’d had issues with the rubber base coming off my shoes multiple times, and then the rubber snapping while out on trail. Only answer was to buy another pair! I’d heard of runners using hex screws in the soles of their shoes, but hadn’t been brave enough to give that a try.

Then I heard of a new product called Icespike and thought I would give them a go. ..

…Since then I have had many opportunities to use the Icespikes on a variety of different surfaces. Ice and snow on trails and dirt roads, ice and snow on paved roads, on concrete on trails and pavements -same high level of traction and still with the same comfort from my Mizuno’s! I wondered how the Icespikes would feel on bare concrete and paved roads – no problems! The only difference is a slight crunching noise as the screw heads bite the surface. Of course, running on these surfaces will shorten the life of the Icespikes – the manufacturers reckon they will last for 500 miles – from my own experience I think they’re pretty accurate.

Overall view – a great product. They have made a significant difference to my Winter running here in Colorado. Traction is superior to the alternative strap on products, and I have found Icepsikes to be far completely reliable. Once Winter is over I plan to remove the Icespikes and return my Wave Ascends to normal use, with plenty of wear still left in the soles! If you run in ice or snow, Icespike comes highly recommended. They are cheaper than the alternatives, and come from a family run business. I think they’re on to a good thing!

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