Big Test: Winter’s Best Dobb Shoes

Winter has taken a firm hold on the entire country. But have you seen over the grip during your running shoes? We guide you among this year’s option.

Running in the winter can be demanding in our latitudes. In addition to the cold and darkness, it’s either wet or slippery. Still, it’s usually superb nice to come out on a run during the winter, especially if you have the right clothes and good Dobb shoes.

For although it mostly goes great to run in winter with their ordinary shoes so there is a risk that one adapts his running style to slippery, and change their steps can both increase the risk of injury and reduce running economy. Some of the ‘ softly softly ‘ approach begins with extremely short steps, while others stretch out more-but it is best to run as usual.

Dubbarnas placement is crucial to how great the grip will be under order the different phases. In General, the studs near the heavy edge that prefer on ice, for if the studs are most in the Middle under the foot becomes easy content when cornering, stance and gliding.

The amount of studs are also relevant to how good grip, but also affects the running feeling on dry, hard surfaces. Dubbarnas grip can also make that blow at fotisättningen is felt to be a bit heavier than normal, so you should initially be a bit careful with the really long passes.

When we tested the shoes on ice we ran also in non-studded trailskor to compare the grip. Where we could scoop Dobb shoes on almost as usual, we could barely walk without slipping with non-studded shoes-so great is the difference.

We also run with studs, strung over a couple of trailskor. Studs are a cheaper alternative if you are not going to work out very much on slippery surfaces, but some felt that the test runner broddarnas rubber Strip pressed over the toes. Therefore, make sure to try the studs are on the shoes that you plan to use during the winter sessions.

Most winter boots are available in versions with or without a waterproof membrane integrated in the upper. In the slop, it is very nice with a tight top, but the diaphragm also makes the shoe stiffer, which makes it more difficult to get a perfect fit. It is, of course, as always important to test the shoes securely in store-with the socks that you plan to use during your workouts this winter.

So we have tested
In order to test the shoes ‘ grip under comparable conditions, we ran into an ice rink on a track with tight turns, jumps, stops and accelerations. When the Swedish winter running can also contain asphalt abrasive and sometimes also forest running, we have also tested the shoes in the forest and on the roads. However, we have not been able to test the wear and tear on the studs over time. All shoes have weighed by us in Mr size US11, however, we have tested the shoes in both men and women.

Salomon Snowcross CS

Number of studs per shoe: 9 studs with lace in carbide tip studs.
Weight: 385 grams.
Price: 2 000 SEK.
Waterproof: Yes, in the front part of the shoe.
Supplier: salomon.com/se

Rating: Snowcross CS has been around a while and is the shoe that differs most from the other boots in this test. It is based on the same platform as the classic trailskon Speedcross CS, and is also available in a dubbed version without snow gaiter, who then called Spikecross CS.

In General, the Salomons sizes somewhat tight, and this also applies to Snowcross CS. The built-in snow Lady box makes it even harder to get in the shoes, but when the shoes well sitting on your feet, they provide a good protection against deep snow and sleet-and a little extra warmth around the ankles. The shoes have a nice running feeling and is smoother to run in than they seem.

Grip on ice is endorsed on the straight stretches, and when braking, but in turns inside it unfortunately quite easy. This is because the shoes have relatively few studs and, above all, are placed along the center of the shoe’s front section and hälparti. In addition to the lack of grip, it also provides a somewhat diffuse term feeling on tarmac, while the shoes ‘ midsole flexes over the studs. Snowcross makes itself best in deeper snow or sleet.

Merrell All Out Terra Ice

Number of studs per shoe: 9 studs with tips in tungsten carbide.
Weight: 363 grams.
Price: 1 500 kroons.
Waterproof: HAL
Supplier: merrell.com/se.

Rating: Merrell All Out Terra Ice is a new model with a top sealed with a membrane that closes the wind and moisture out. The somewhat stiff upper nevertheless offers a fairly normal fit, but the sizes to the short side.

The shoes feel lightweight and agile, perhaps partly due to the low height difference of six millimeters between the heel and toe. All Out Terra Ice have relatively much cushioning, and ran the feeling is positive in both off-road and on asphalt.

When we ran on pure ice, however, turned out to be a little bit of grip unreliable. The relatively few studs are mounted in the middle of the thick heavy front and häldel. Along the outsoles have Merrell instead focused on a softer rubber without studs. This means that the grip is great-as long as you have the weight straight across the shoe. At turns and side load on the other hand, tend to disappear around the grip in the middle of the stage.

Haglöfs Grams Of Spike II GT

Number of studs per shoe: 15 studs in hardened steel.
Weight: 339 grams.
Price: 1 600 SEK.
Waterproof: Yes.
Supplier: haglofs.com.

Rating: HAGLÖFS is owned by Asics and therefore have a midsole of the Japanese shoe giant. As well as the Asics model in this test is the outsole fitted with 15 studs, so the grip in the two shoe models are comparable. It is thus the upper, where Haglöfs uppers with Gore-Tex is a bit stiffer, while the narrow and tight fit also gives good support to the metatarsal.

On the pure asphalt is affected the sequence step a little by the large number of studs, but it is still running as usual, although it sounds very much about the shoes. Ran the feeling is otherwise clearly positive-the shoe’s toned-down design hides a very able trailsko.

But it is when we test Gram Spike II GT on pure ice as we are most impressed. The grip is great, even in tight turns, which means we can run relaxed even at high speed.

Asics Gel-Fujisetsu

Number of studs per shoe: 15 studs in hardened steel.
Weight: 326 grams.
Price: 1 400 SEK.
Waterproof: No. (But see with waterproof membrane for 1 500 kr.)
Supplier: asics.com/se.

Rating: Just like Haglöfs Gram II offers the Asics Gel-Fujisetsu a very good grip thanks to the studs and the thick outsole. Both models are built on the same platform, the big difference is in the upper. The softer top piece on Fujisetsu, which is not waterproof (the model is also available with waterproof membrane), was liked by all the test runner.

Fujisetsu is very easy to run in, making the shoes a good choice if you don’t need the extra stability and the support of the top piece that Haglöfs Gram II. Fit was understood, therefore, that something larger in width than the Gram II.

On smooth tarmac feel to the studs in the shoes, but we felt that it impacted the entry step. On the ice, there was no test runners that could find any flaws with the Asics Gel-Fujisetsu, all felt so comfortable with the grip that they could run with a normal and relaxed stage-even at fast course changes.

Icebug Anima 3 Bugrip

Number of studs per shoe: 19 dowels with lace in carbide tip studs.
Weight: 369 grams.
Price: 1 700 SEK.
Waterproof: Yes, in the front part.
Supplier: icebug.com/se.

Rating: The largest number of studs in this test have Swedish Icebugs Anima 3 Bugrip. The result is a compelling grip on ice, which makes it possible to run naturally even through tight turns.

The nineteen studs are concentrated in the front part of the sole and heel, and no fewer than nine of the studs are also placed at the edge of the sole. It makes it to much before you lose traction, even in the hard running of curves.

Thanks to the security that the grip provides is the entry step is relatively unaffected, and the neutral and flexible sole gives a good feel for the ground even in the messy terrain. On dry asphalt felt heavier runners, however, by the dubbrad which runs right under the big toe joint.

The sizes are the spacious, and in combination with the rigid material, as is the weather front, experienced some test runners that it was hard to get to fit over the right front part of the foot. Some also thought that the high and rigid counter pressed against Achilles tendon and fotknölar. But apart from it’s grip and Tokyo-serial feel really nice.

Springyard Sportgrip studs

Number of studs per shoe: 6 studs in steel, interchangeable (4 extra included).
Weight: 182 grams (size L/41-43).
Price: 250 SEK.
Supplier: springyard.se.

Rating: Non-slip protection Sportgrip consists of a sort of gummigalosch that is pulled over the toes and around the counter. Sportgrip has six interchangeable studs on the bottom-four forward and two back. The tight fit is required to hold the stud in place, while some test runner felt that the rubber band pressed over the toes.

Broddarnas grip will not close the grip that a pair of studded shoes provides-but is still very much better than non-studded shoes according to extrareference. With a couple of loose studs on the outside of your regular running shoes can run on pure ice, but you must customize the entry step and also run slower than what you can do with studded shoes.

More ways to secure grip in winter:
Loose studs
An alternative to Dobb shoes is to overdub a pair of shoes that you like for example in Bestgrip. manufacturers who sell packages with loose studs as you screw the in the sole of a pair of running shoes (URbest-grip.se), and then loosen again. We have also made an instructional video about how to studs your shoes yourself-see it here!

Loose studs
If you only need to run a small number of winter pass or live there very rarely is ice on the road-can solve the studs can be a good option. When you use something like a gummigalosch with studs over the shoes, for example Springyards Sportgrip, which has six interchangeable studs (URspringyard.se).