Get-a-Grip

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Run, Training
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  • Tempo Run (click to see stats & route)
  • 8.40k (44:55)
  • Avg. Heart Rate = 158 bpm
  • Max. Heart Rate = 168 bpm
  • Avg. Pace = 5:06 /km
  • Max. Pace = 4:18 /km
  • Calories = 856
  • Temp = -5º
  • SOTD: ‘Phantom Limb’ by The Shins

In an effort to improve things a bit, and in lieu of Saturdays running fiasco, I decided to get smart and purchase myself a pair of Get-a-Grip’ Advanced Ice Cleats.  Priced at only $12.99 at my local Costco, I figured it was a risk that I could afford to make – so I bought two pairs.  As I have begun to get out of the city for long runs along snowy rural roadways, or remain in the city along unshoveled sidewalks and walkways as I did tonight, I am finding the lack of traction and secure footing to be a real challenge, particularly leaping to safety from lunatic white-knuckle winter drivers. I would prefer simply not to run of course, but what choice do I have?  So when life gives you lemons; you make lemonade…or, in this case, a lemon slushy.

A stoner triathlete’s failed attempt at finding added traction.

A friend I know has and worships these things so I figured it was high time to give them a try.  At first glance they look like they are going to fit and feel weird to run in.  Along the bottom are fitted 6 easily replaceable Ice Diamond Carbide Spikes for maximum grip on ice and snow while ‘allowing for more push off and lateral grip’.  These diamond spikes are held in place by special compound rubber straps that retain their elasticity in all temperatures and are easily fitted over the normal running shoe.  Sounds great, but do they work?

The pros are that they really do improve your traction and will really grip into the snow and layers of ice underneath making running quite easier.  They are easy to affix to your runners and will stay on quite snugly throughout your run.  The cons are that whenever you come across non-slippery areas, it’s much like trying to run in golf cleats across a dance floor.  So unless you want to stop and take them off and put them on again periodically throughout your run, I am doubtful that the carbide spikes will hold up for long – fortunately, they come with two replacement spikes.  However, if you can find long icy stretches of secluded roadway then they’re perfect. Also note that snow tends to cake up under the rubber straps if you’re attempting to run through deep snow making it a bit uncomfortable so that you will need to stop and clean them off.

All in all, not a bad purchase for thirteen bucks.

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Comments
  1. What can I say? Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  2. Susan says:

    Hi Terry! Nice calves!!

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