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4901 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2010 3:14 PM by JohnFKerr
GerryM715 Amateur 29 posts since
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Jan 22, 2009 8:21 AM

ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

I have been avoiding running on the trails since it started snowing, but i am craving it now that its light out again when i get out of work.


So how do you deal with snow and ice on the trails??  I have trail running shoes I love but im not sure how they would be in snow/ice (solomon speedcross 2).


I just feel like regardless of gear . . . running on trails with snow/ice just doesnt seem safe at all.  But i know that people do it all the time, so basically, I want to run on trails in the snow/ice, but i'm scared, any advice or words of encouragement?


(It is still quite dark when I run at ~ 5:30pm in CT, i heard some runners use headlamps for night trail running, does this really work?  I question it only because I grew up camping and in scouts, the woods is a dark place at night, i dont feel like a simple headlamp can give you enough light to actually run on a trail)

  • Staff 1,559 posts since
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    1. Jan 22, 2009 10:24 AM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    Using a combo of headlamp and handheld flashlight was worked really well for me and other ultra runners I know. Having the light on your head takes some getting used to but having both is a very reliable system. Lot's of my midwest and east coast peeps use some sort of traction control on the trails. Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System is well-know as well as the Yaktrax Pro Sounds like you've got cabin fever!!!

  • running01 Amateur 27 posts since
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    3. Jan 27, 2009 7:54 PM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    If you plan to run a lot, I would send your Yak Trax back and get some Kahtoolas.  The rubber on the Yak Trax will wear out quick.  Kahtoolas are burly but will last.  I run in the snow/ice a lot as well and a friend recommended trying screw shoes.  I haven't tried it yet but I plan on it.

  • rodhall Rookie 6 posts since
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    5. Jun 8, 2009 4:33 PM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??


    I used to trail run alot in Ohio in the winter.  Fresh snow is a good thing, sleet or a warming trend is a really bad thing. Where the trail slants to the downhill side avoid the trail - run just to the margin (less chance of ice under the snow.



    My wife bought a headlight for the dog and I was surprised at how well it worked.



  • CDR Spencer Moseley Pro 167 posts since
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    6. Sep 15, 2009 11:00 AM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    I spent three years in PA and ran year-around on the trails.  Most of my running as early morning and I used a good Petzel light system.  The LEDs would easily show the difference between ice and road.  When it snowed, I would back off the speed a bit and take it easy on any turn.  For traction, I used tacks put in my shoes more more traction.  there are some fancy systems that you can buy, but I used the old-school solutions.  Generally running in fresh snow is the best as you will have good traction all around.  after it gets beat down a bit the ice really can be a problem.  When that happens, I moved to roads that had been salted and plowed.

  • NH_Runner Amateur 17 posts since
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    7. Dec 10, 2009 8:22 PM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    Running inside all winter on treadmill = hamster syndrome!!


    Get outside!!  I agree with a good LED light (I tape a small "shelf" under mine to keep the glare off of the inside of my glasses).


    Forget the YakTrax.  Kahtoola's give good traction but are heavy and bothered the ball of my feet (I don't like straps anyways).  Screw shoes used to be the winner (used for several years) but did not last nearly long enough -- I was changing weekly while in training for a spring marathon.  Tried Icespike last year and will never go back -- by far the best option out there!  Lightweight, comfortable, excellent traction, last longer.


    Lastly, although I hate the thought of it, I do carry a cell phone (turned off) in case of emergencies if I am going out alone.

  • BanffRunner75 Rookie 5 posts since
    Dec 10, 2009
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    8. Dec 10, 2009 11:25 PM (in response to NH_Runner)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    Glad to hear you found Icespike as well.  It really is far superior for the reasons you mentioned and for me as a big guy, it comes down to traction.  Icespike gives me the confidence to just go, even on sheet ice.

  • Beerpace Pro 157 posts since
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    9. Dec 11, 2009 4:27 AM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    A handheld flashlight is great. You can point it where ever you need to. Its good for smacking the odd coyote, wolf , polar bear on the noggin.

  • s874 Pro 81 posts since
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    10. Jan 4, 2010 8:56 AM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    I have a question about the Icespikes that you just screw into your shoes. Some of the places that I like to run are partially clear but then there are sections that are ice and snow covered. Can you wear the Icespikes running on that, where you go from pavement to ice and snow? I think that the answer is yes, but I wanted to hear from you who have used them. Thanks in advance for your answers.

  • donmurf Amateur 31 posts since
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    11. Jan 7, 2010 1:40 PM (in response to s874)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    I think you can use the spikes on road, but remember it will dull them out.  I've seen some people with the clip-on ... can't remember the name of them, but they look like springs crisscrossing the soles.  They seem to do an adequite job with the snow.

  • JohnFKerr Rookie 5 posts since
    Nov 22, 2008
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    12. Jan 7, 2010 3:14 PM (in response to GerryM715)
    Re: ToRun or NotToRun with Ice/snow on trails??

    I had some trial and error, much error, with the running with a light source at night. First up I tried a cool little flashlight that fits in the palm of your hand and gives great illumination. So of course after the first run it started going off. I guess the jostling of it being in a runner's hand was the downfall. Then I went to the LED things that clip on to your baseball cap. Not bright enough. Then a head lamp that straps on with LED. Not bright enough. Finally I found a head lamp that uses 2 aaa batteries and isnt led. It has two degrees of brightness and can adjust. It works great, I'm quite pleased with it. The only downside is, if its right on your sink its COLD when its cold out, but if you can put it overtop your running cap you will be fine.

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