Shortly after I posted my review of running on ice and snow in Yaktrax, I was contacted by a company name 32North, asking if I’d be interested in trying their STABILicers Sport ice cleats. Being a runner in Alaska, I’m always on the lookout for whatever will make running in the winter as easy (and safe) as possible, so of course I said yes.
I feel bad that it’s taken me so long to get around to writing this review, but ever since my ITBS injury started at the end of December, I’ve been doing a pretty limited amount of running. It’s only been recently that I’ve been able to get out more for longer runs, and feel like I’ve gotten enough use out of the STABILicers to give an honest review of them.
While I was very happy with my Yaktrax, I had found recently they didn’t do as well on ice. We’ve been getting warmer weather during the day, which means melting snow. But at night the temps drop, and turns it all to glare ice. On a recent run in my Yaktrax, I had been slipping around quite a bit. Then, I decided to switch to the STABILicers and give them a try. At least on the ice, they did much better than the Yaktrax. They have a much different design, using something more like metal spikes, instead of metal coils like the Yaktrax. These seemed to do a much better job of digging into the ice and gave me much better traction overall. They’re also pretty low-profile, so they weren’t any more awkward to run in than the Yaktrax.
If you live in an area where you have to do much running on ice, then I would definitely recommend giving the STABILicers a try!