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Running and winter
« on: October 20, 2011, 09:51:28 PM »
Was wondering if there is anything made to run in winter conditions?

Like winter running shoes? or Running boots?

Cause I wont lie... I'd do anything to stay off a treadmill.

Anything.

so, I would be looking at something light, comfortable, waterproof, protecting me from the cold with a sole that would not slide that easily on ice and grip well on snow too.

Any idea?
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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 09:58:55 PM »
I actually ended up looking on the military/paramilitary side
http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Footwear/8-Boots/Winter-TacLite-8-Boot.html
and I found that. No idea if they're good but they seem good but uh. I don't know really. I'll wait for a reply or something that's for sure :P
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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2011, 07:11:27 AM »
I wear a pair of boots similar to those for work, I can't imagine running in them long term. Look into gortex, I think they make some socks that will keep your feet warm and dry. There are also wool socks. You might also consider getting a slightly larger shoe, for the bigger thicker sock. Remember if your shoes are too tight the blood won't flow as well to your feet and they will get cold. You could also try trail running shoes, if you are going to be running on snow, ice, and slush trail shoes will be more water resistant and have better traction on the ground.
 
 

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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2011, 08:24:32 AM »
Both are the suck.

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2011, 09:34:50 AM »
I wear normal shoes.  Unless you are running in deep snow or something, the only issue is when you get your feet wet by stepping in a puddle.  The only real time I stay inside is when there is lots of black ice out on the sidewalks, because that's just asking for an injury.  I've never used them, but I've heard good things about Yak Trax so you may want to check them out. 

Otherwise, the clothes you need are way less for running than cycling.  At 32F (0C) I'm generally still wearing shorts, long sleeve shirt, light-ish pull over, gloves, hat.  Below that much more and I start throwing on tights and other upper body layers. 

In the winter I generally slow it down to be safe, and hit the trails where things aren't as slippery (plus more wind protection).

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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2011, 09:44:02 AM »
looks like there are a few Yak trax retailer in my town and even my LBS supposedly have them.
I think matched with a good pair of trail running shoes it would be nice. Or at least Much better than my normal running shoes.

Thanks so far for the advices! If anyone has better idea, I'm still all in.
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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2011, 09:50:28 AM »
looks like there are a few Yak trax retailer in my town and even my LBS supposedly have them.
I think matched with a good pair of trail running shoes it would be nice. Or at least Much better than my normal running shoes.

Thanks so far for the advices! If anyone has better idea, I'm still all in.

Snowshoes, skiis, skates.  Helpful, I know.  You are welcome.  :)

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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2011, 10:08:01 AM »
 :lol:  last time I had snowshoes, I did try to run with them... Omg the fun of sunking in a pile of snow and trying to get out of it...
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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2011, 10:27:28 AM »
:lol:  last time I had snowshoes, I did try to run with them... Omg the fun of sunking in a pile of snow and trying to get out of it...

I think I ran about 50 meters in snoeshoes once and just about coughed up a lung.  That is tough work!  Running outside in a Rimouski winter though?  You are hard core! 

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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2011, 10:49:14 AM »
I think I ran about 50 meters in snoeshoes once and just about coughed up a lung.  That is tough work!  Running outside in a Rimouski winter though?  You are hard core!

I don't think I have that many other choices.
Treadmill or Outside in the snow or Nothing.

Pick one.

I hate the treadmill with a passion, It's so boring to just stand in place and run, waiting for your time to be done, on the other hand, how awesome would it be to run in a blizzard? That would be like in the top ten of the most epic stuff that people won't even think of doing if they're mentally sane.

But I'm not well up there so I want to do it. 
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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2011, 10:53:18 AM »
Snowboard. Not only is it an absolute blast, it helps work on my balance in the offseason when I'm mainly on the trainer.

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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2011, 04:40:07 PM »
+1 to all of what Quel said, when I was running full time, that's what I did.  Since you are in Canada, I imagine you get much more snow and colder temps then I do.  I would generally run in temps down to 0, one the my best runs was in 2005, it was 2 degrees F and snowing, I ran 15 miles and loved every minute of it.
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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2011, 12:10:02 PM »
to give you an idea,the average temperature are usually about -5f to 5f during the winter,it can go down to -40f though but I don't think I'm going to be running these days. I may be nut but I'm not suicidal either.

I'm going to go and ask at a running shop in town today, they might have some good advices for me and the right stuff too.
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Re: Running and winter
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2011, 09:53:37 PM »
Went at the shop and the guy walked me through the shop, told me he had specific shoes for running in the snow/ice.

Waterproof lightweight shoes with big/soft grips, they're made for trail running but for snow too.
Salomon speedcross

They even retreated it with the waterproof liquid before I left, told me I had a one year full waranty on the shoes and the price were much better than anywhere else in town. I was surprised really.

They had a treadmill so I could try the shoes and they felt as good as my current running shoes.
 
IMHO it was a Win-Win situation. He just told me to wear some good socks so I wont freeze my toes and to have fun this winter.
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