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I often recommend to people who want to run outdoors in winter that they put sheet metal screws inside their running shoes.
They are a more effective way to get some traction in slick conditions and expense a lot less than some other solutions for example Stabilicers or Yak Trax.
Can there be anything better?
Well, maybe. I managed to get to test Ice Spikes last Winter, which are basically sheet metal screws on steroids. To offer them a good and fair test, I wanted to compare them directly against an average pair of screw shoes.
Since I had recently purchased 2 new pairs of my favorite trail shoes, I outfitted one pair with screws then one with the Ice Spikes.
The Ice Spikes have a screwdriver with a hex head that you can use to install them, a cordless drill is much simpler and faster. I obtained to test both methods considering that the battery in my cordless dies after about 3 minutes of use and I made the screw shoes first.
A screwdriver is more time consuming than using the drill, but it works fine providing you don't need the shoes right away.
So, the next question is, just how is the grip with the ice spikes? They are much more aggressive as opposed to standard #6 hex head screws that I normally use, but how much better grip does it give you?
After testing both pairs of shoes, they seem to be pretty equivalent if you count the features, so that you need to see what's more vital that you you.
Both products will allow you to keep your feet if it is slick, but Ice Spikes can provide more traction from the icier conditions.
From a price standpoint, sheet metal screws will probably be cheaper, especially if you don't run far during the Winters and will get through an entire season without having to replace any screws. If you rotate shoes or have different shoes for several conditions, then sheet metal screws will, without doubt 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 are going to give you more even traction through the entire season and will help save the hassle of having to replace them constantly. As sheet metal screws wear down (providing less traction) and also have to be replaced the price does set out to even out.
For the most part, though, you may be going to be fine just using sheet metal screws.