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Sliding through the Snow…

So I admit wholeheartedly that I will probably NEVER enjoy running in cold weather, and yesterday my freezing was a chilly 50 degrees. For many of you, my definition of cold weather is anything below 60 degrees. I know my cold and real COLD weather are much different, that’s why I picked out this special gift for all you snow bird runners. I applaud you in all aspects and this gift is suppose to help you out in your freezing weather! Keep up the training and I’ll keep drinking hot chocolate.
How ridiculous are these things?! Called Microspikes, they are lightweight and economical, and are a pocket-sized traction system that stands up to slippery terrain. Claiming to be grippy and durable, this slip-on traction system features strategically placed stainless steel spikes connected to a dynamic flex-chain with a tough elastomer shoe harness.
The unique “microspike” chain adjusts itself to grip nearly any surface — from ice and packed snow to wet rocks, concrete, and scree. (Honestly I don’t even know what scree is, but it sounds dangerous!) Extremely durable, MICROspikes require no special buckles or straps. This pocket-sized traction device is the answer for people of all ages who want to stay active in the winter with convenient, effective foot traction.
The Microspikes slip over any type of shoe and are available HERE for $59. They also come in a variety of sizes, so if you know a runner who tramps through snow, get this for them out of the kindness of your heart, it might save them from sliding throught the snow, or scree…
There are another version of these also called YAKTRAX! I never knew these things existed, but anyways, they claim to have a unique, spikeless, patented coil design, unlike other products on the market. (ahem microspikes, ha ha) The Yaktrax Pro will instantly give you better traction, confidence and safety on packed snow or ice. Move about naturally with the same solid grip that you are accustomed to on dry surfaces. Walk or run as you normally would and experience stability on ice and snow like you have never felt before.
They are made with high strength, abrasion resistant 1.4 mm steel coils and heavy duty natural rubber material, the Yaktrax Pro easily conforms to the shape of your boot or shoe. With its patented SkidLock coil design, the Yaktrax Pro provides 360 degrees of traction on packed snow and ice and can be worn in temperatures as low as -41° Fahrenheit. They are also ‘easy on/off’, spikeless, and can help reduce the risk of falls and injuries. They are $29.95 and can be found here!
So for all you snowbirds, these gifts are specifically for you! Tomorrow morning is the 5k, so I’ll post the gift of the day before that and have a mini race report and a confession to make on Monday! EEK!
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  • Reply Mojito Maven

    those shoes are crazy!!!!! good luck on your 5K :)

    December 6, 2008 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    OMG those look like a joke! i can’t believe people actually run in those!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha. i love the new sidebar additions :) you’re my hero!!!!! :) oh the shoe-spikes also remind me of when i tore my ACL in college– i went to school in Vermont, and my injury occurred in January and after the surgery I had crutches for a week or so and they put cramp-ons on the bottom of each of the crutches!!! they were pretty bad-@$$!!!!! hehehe. def looked like weapons, but with all the hills on campus with snow and ice it was necessary. anyway! heh… have a great day!

    December 6, 2008 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Vickie

    I have the YakTrax and was going to give a report on them, since we are in the process of getting 6-8 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours, and since its the only way to run here. How I prefer to deal with this weather, however, is to stay inside! Tomorrow first will be an indoor tri. Then I will maneuver the snow during the week.

    December 6, 2008 at 11:52 am
  • Reply J

    I saw those shoe thingies today at the running store! They might be good for walkers too!

    December 6, 2008 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Steve Stenzel

    YakTrax rock my world.


    If they didn’t look so painful, I’d probably have sex with my pair.


    December 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Kim

    I thought you were racing tomorrow but wasn’t sure. Have a great 5K and I love confessions. Can’t wait to read all about it!

    December 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply BeachRunner

    Kudos to all the hardcore YakTrak runners, but if it’s THAT cold and icy, I am running inside on the mill.

    Run strong, have fun and good luck tomorrow.

    December 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply X-Country2

    I’ll run in the freezing cold, but I stay away from the ice. Those spikes are a little too hard core for me. :o)

    December 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Allie

    I have been reading for awhile so I thought I would speak up. Thanks for the suggestion on the running log…I went out and bought one that night! I have the Nike Hatphones on my Christmas wish list after reading your review. Good luck on your race!

    December 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    good luck with your race :)

    December 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Candice

    Such crazy shoes! I really dislike running in the cold, so I hope to not be running in the snow this year!

    Btw, upon your recommendation, I just ordered Without Limits for my husband for Christmas. I’m so excited to have a fun surprise gift for him that I think he’ll really enjoy! And of course I am excited to see it as well:)

    Just wanted to say thanks for the great idea! Can’t wait to hear more.

    December 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Marcy

    OMG I have never seen those top pic dealys. Wow those have some serious grip.

    YakTrax are cool but they bust easily (at least for me) ebay has them for cheaper than the actual site (~$23)

    December 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    I could have used these yesterday!

    December 8, 2008 at 7:57 am
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