I'm looking for advice on what to do once the snow starts falling. I've seen lots of posts on layers of clothing, but what about shoes. I live in North Dakota. In the winter it's cold (below 0), it's windy (13 mph is avg-but I swear it's way higher), it's snowy, and it's icy.
I am going to try the screw shoes this winter. Try googling it but it basically consists of screwing a half dozen or so 3/8 by # 6 sheet metal screws on the soles of your shoes. Yak trak are ok but they kind of rub on top of my toes on long runs. I also prefer my trailrunners over my road shoes. I live in w Nebraska so know about the wind. In zero degree weather with wind I like a snowmobilers headsock (covers chin but leaves mouth and nose open) with stocking cap over and ski goggles.
5 deg to -5 and I like to be on the warm side
Top tech long sleeve shirt with softshell with pit zips over
bottom under armor briefs, winter tights, loose fit run pants over
smart wool socks
ps if that fails New Balance makes a trail runner (921) with spikes
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Screw shoes[/URL" target="_blank"> rule for glare ice. I have a pair that I break out if it's too slippery to run safely. I don't use them often though, most times just regular running shoes work fine. When you run on slippery surfaces you naturally shorten your stride which keeps your c/g under your body.
In Manitoba, just north of you in Canada, there is an 18km (11.25 mile) race across Lake Winnipeg, obviously in winter, across the ice.
The screw-in studs seem to be the answer.
Minnesota here. Can you find a place that is plowed regularly to run? I have that luxury here and it makes a huge difference. While it may get a little icy, normally it is down to the pavement.
Living in NH, I deal with running on ice for 4+ months per year. I had used the screw shoe option for several previous seasons and found them to work a whole lot better (as well as being far lighter / more comfortable) than the Yak Trax and Stabilicers. However, last year I discovered a much better option called Icespike ( http://www.icespike.net/ ). Similar concept as the screw shoes but one set lasted the whole winter (30-40 miles/wk). With the screw shoes (sheet metal screws), I was changing them weekly. Great traction, super light, long lasting (and less expensive than Yak's or Stabilicers).
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