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22 Feb 2016
I recommend to people who want to run outdoors in the Winter that they put sheet metal screws within their running shoes.

They are a far more effective way to get some traction in slick conditions and price a lot less than some other solutions such as Stabilicers or Yak Trax.

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Can there be anything better?

Well, maybe. I got to test Ice Spikes last Winter, that are basically sheet metal screws on steroids. To give them a good and fair test, I desired to compare them directly against an ordinary pair of screw shoes.

Since i have had recently purchased 2 new pairs of the best trail shoes, I outfitted one pair with screws and one with the Ice Spikes.

The Ice Spikes come with a screwdriver with a hex head that can be used to install them, a cordless drill is less difficult and faster. I managed to get to test both methods considering that the battery in my cordless dies after about 3 minutes people and I made the screw shoes first.

A screwdriver is a bit more time consuming than using the drill, but it works fine providing you don't need the shoes immediately.

So, the next question is, just how is the grip in the ice spikes? They are much more aggressive as opposed to standard #6 hex head screws that I normally use, but exactly how much better grip can it give you?
After testing both pairs of trainers, they seem to be pretty equivalent when you count the features, and that means you need to see what's more important to you.
Both products can help you keep your feet when it's slick, but Ice Spikes will provide more traction within the icier conditions.

From a price standpoint, sheet metal screws will likely be cheaper, especially if you don't run far during the Winters and will get through an entire season and never have to replace any screws. If you rotate shoes and have different shoes for several conditions, then sheet metal screws will in all probability save you money.

If you do manage a lot, though, the Ice Spikes might be the better choice because regardless of whether they come out a tad bit more expensive than the sheet metal screws, they will give you more even traction through the entire season and will save the hassle of having to replace them constantly. As sheet metal screws deteriorate (providing less traction) and still have to be replaced the price does begin to even out.

For the most part, though, prehaps you are going to be fine producing sheet metal screws.


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