Monday, January 6, 2014

REVIEW: ICEBUG ANIMA2 BUGrip

When the snow arrived in early December, I was quickly out to Team Sportia in Uppsala to get myself a pair of shoes to run in this winter. I settled on a pair of ICEBUG ANIMA2 BUGrip, firstly as they had the carbide tips studs in the sole and secondly as they felt like a pair of slippers on the feet, really comfortable, a snug fit and very light. I tried on several other pairs of ICEBUG shoes for comparison but these were the ones, not only for the awesome colour!

19 carbide tipped studs are strategically placed in the sole to offer you the ultimate grip in all conditions. Carbide tipped studs are minimalist enough not to interfere with tarmac, but will grip on slushy and icy roads. BUGrip® is the name of Icebug’s grip technology for the most slippery conditions. A BUGrip sole is made of a special rubber compound and has 15-19 integrated steel studs. The design of the studs, together with the properties of the rubber compound, give these studs a dynamic function. The studs work independently from each other and are not completely fixed. When weight is applied the studs push in toward the surface of the sole. How far they are pushed in depends on the pressure exerted by the user and the resistance from the ground. This dynamic function makes the studs adapt to the surface and provide the best possible traction on anything from dry asphalt to pure ice.

The day after I purchased them, the snow began to melt so quickly out for a test in ideal conditions of packed snow, slush, ice & bare asphalt. The first corner I came to I felt really confident that my feet were going to stay where I planted them, it was like cornering on rails. Then came a long stretch where the sun had melted the snow from the asphalt and I wondered how the carbide studs would perform. Unlike the slip-over studs which you can cheaply purchase over your normal running shoes and you feel every stud when you're on hard ground, I never felt like I had studs under my feet. Sure, I could hear the chink chink chink of them hitting the asphalt like the winter car tires but I felt not a thing. Hard ground turned to slush, ice, snow, more asphalt again and I loved every minute of the run. I even tried them out on the outdoor ice rink to thoroughly test their grip...you don't often become confident running on sheet ice! The shoe is a little more narrow than I usually use, but it's a 'comfortable snug' fit. I had to carefully adjust the lacing to fit my feet but I put that down to being more used to a single draw-cord lace on my trail shoes. They're not waterproof but water resistant but my feet stayed dry during the outing despite running through some pretty ugly slush.

If you're looking for security in the icy road / trail conditions then I'd give these a good thumbs up!

They've now been sitting in the cupboard awaiting colder, snowy temperatures rather than the plus degrees we've been having the past weeks. Cannot wait to get them back on again and start hitting the tracks knowing I'm secure in my foot placement.

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