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Cold Weather Barefooting and Other Winter Kicks

Posted by scott on February 4, 2009

While most normal runners are spiking their shoes for winter, I’ve been experimenting.  I actually haven’t been running much, just some short runs here and there to test out the injury.  But I have wanted to get outside to test out some barefooting options for cold weather.

When things get into the high 20s and above, I stay in the FiveFingers.  I added a cutoff sock as an ankle warmer between my tights and shoes, and this has worked out pretty well:

FiveFingers Ankle Warmer

As the temperature heads towards zero, I turn to my Body Glove Cold Weather Distance Flats:

Wearing Body Glove Shoes

These are actually just 2mm water shoes from the marina near our cabin.  I wear Injinjis with them and they are fantastic in the colder weather.  They have tons of flex in them and a very soft thin sole, so you really feel the ground.  They are really warm and repel water a bit to keep feet dry.  They are definitely not waterproof, but they are definitely closer to it than typical running shoes.

For any notable distances or when things get really cold, I use my New Balance 790 trail shoes.  I got these last fall and haven’t put serious miles on them yet, but love them.  As far as full shoes go they are very minimal and lightweight.  They have a bit of tread on them, but not too aggressive, so you can actually run comfortably with them on pavement.  These will likely be my main shoe for any races in 2009.

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Winters Spikes Are Back!

Posted by scott on December 12, 2008

Both Matt and Brian showed off their DIY winter spikes in recent posts:

I love it – I might have to drive some screws into my Pegasus.  Like Matt, I would probably scratch the tar out of the wood floors I so carefully sanded and finished at some point.

I’m also imagining some double-layer huaraches with some kind of small, flathead spikes going down through the bottom layer for the winter-traction-barefoot-experience.  Might experiment a bit.

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Nike Zoom Waffle Racer XC – Still in Beta

Posted by scott on October 14, 2008

I have taken the Zoom Waffle cross country flats out for a few spins, but the verdict is still out for me.  These were a great find because they were so cheap, and they are fun to try, but still not sure if they will be a long term shoe for me or not.  For one thing, they are a 1/2 size too big, which I knew when I bought them.  But that might turn out to be a bigger deal than I thought.  I also have been running them on pavement more than they are probably intended for.  This should probably just be a trail shoe, and I’m pushing it.

But I’m not done with them yet, and I still need to get them out for a good sized (8-10 mile) trail run before I decide if they are keepers.  And overall I love how lightweight they are.  But I think I have decided that they won’t be a good ongoing option for pavement, so I still need to sort that out.

I’m seriously thinking about turning to low-top Converse Chuck Taylors for the roads.

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