Running during the winter can get dicey, especially in climates that produce a lot of hard snow and ice. Many just hang up their shoes and wait for drier conditions, but for those who choose to persevere with their training rain or shine, a little traction can go a long way. We’ve tested out three of the best traction devices on the market that are designed to fit on running shoes. Here’s a sneak peak at each of them.
Utilizing steel coils in the heel and six carbide steel cleats at the front of the foot, these have the look of traditional Yaktrax with the weight slashed down to be running-friendly. The cleats get a decent bite into hard snow and ice and are replaceable if they become worn down. The Yaktrax Run accommodates some wiggle room in the fit, as an adjustable Velcro strap running across the top of the shoe can be tightened/loosened as needed. At 10.7 ounces per pair, they make for a great winter option to tackle the ice with confidence.
These spikes are for the minimalists out there who prefer the least amount of weight and departure from the feel of their shoes in dry conditions. These weigh the least of just about any traction device on the market at 8 ounces per pair. The tradeoff is a lack of adjustability, as there are no straps or adjustment points anywhere on the device. Be sure to pick your size as accurately as possible. Properly fitted, the NANOspikes will hug your shoe and 10 tungsten carbide spikes underfoot will work wonders in those icy conditions.
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra
The best option for runs involving trails and lots of hiking throughout your workout is the Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra. At 14.9 ounces per pair you won’t want to run a marathon with them on your feet. That said, 18 stainless steel spikes on each foot provide the most traction of the three devices presented by far, and a Velcro adjustment strap across the top allows for some adjustability. Look no further than the Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra for those power hikes up and down icy trails with short sections of running interspersed.