Do you live in a climate where snow and ice can make running challenging in the winter months? Here are a few shoe hacks and product suggestions to consider if your regular running routes become slippery, snowy or downright cold.
Wear cleats when you run.
Add-on cleats slide over the bottom of your shoes to improve traction in wintry conditions. Stabilicers Run ($43) have an aggressive tread, and nine cleats help prevent slipping on icy surfaces. Yaktrax Pro ($30) have steel coils wrapped around a rubber frame that offer traction on show and ice, while Kahtoola Microspikes ($70) combine steel spikes and chains for the most rugged winter conditions. The advantage with these products is that you can continue wearing your favorite shoes without permanently altering them. Photo: Scott Draper
Add spikes to your shoes.
Inserting spikes or screws into a pair of running shoes can help provide traction in winter conditions. You can buy an IceSpike Deluxe Package ($30), which includes 32 notched, composite spikes and a wrench for installing the spikes into your shoes. Or you can take the do-it-yourself approach with a handful of hex-head sheet metal screws ($3 from a local hardware store). After pre-drilling 12 holes around the perimeter of the bottom of each shoe with a 1/16-inch drill bit, hand-twist the screws until they are secure at the base of the outsole. Photo: James Carney
Buy winterized running shoes.
Icebug Anima5 Bugrip ($180) and Salomon Spikecross 3 CS ($170) are both lightweight, easy-flexing shoes with a durable, weatherproof upper and unrelenting traction from an array of sharp carbide-tipped studs embedded in the outsole. New to the market this season are several high-top weatherproof running shoes. Although none has built-in traction features aside from specially formulated outsole rubber compounds, The North Face Ultra MT Winter ($170), Hoka One One Tor Speed 2 Mid WP ($150) and Altra Lone Peak NeoShell Mid ($160) offer warmth and protection for running in cold, sloppy conditions. Photo: Oliver Baker