Plow Through: Cold-Weather Workouts

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Dec 17, 2012
  • Updated Nov 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Get a Grip

If you need a little extra traction, try one of these runner’s versions of snow chains.


Small ultra-hard screws with molar-shaped tongs designed to dig into ice.

How to: Screw them into the rubber sole of a shoe.

The good: Flawless grip on ice, and they last longer than standard screws.

The bad: A bit awkward on pavement.

 Yaktrax Pro

Metal coils wrapped beneath the shoe grip over snow and ice.

How to: Plastic harness wraps around the shoe.

The good: Goes on and comes off quickly and easily.

The bad: Can get sucked off in thick mud.

 Salomon Speedcross 3 CS

Light trail running shoe with spike-like tread.

How to: Just lace it up.

The good: At home on any trail surface and feels normal over pavement.

The bad: Doesn’t grip ice as effectively as the metal add-ons.

RELATED: Snow Chains For Your Running Shoes

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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