While the boys were sleeping I decided to give them a go. I probably should not have walked across the hard wood floors in them, but no damage so all is well. I stepped out on to the deck and immediately hit ice. I didn't budge! Awesome. The
19 carbide tipped studs are strategically placed so you get a great grip. I am super tentative on ice and quickly found I had sure footing. Enough that I ran down the driveway.
The design of the studs is pretty cool. They are placed in the 'right' position to give you the most traction. The studs actually move, so when you put weight on them they push in. This means that the studs adapt to the ground. So when I hit pavement the studs retract, but in slush and snow they don't. I was not able to try on solid ice, but did get snow, slush and pavement.
It sounds like spikes as you run on pavement and I worry a bit that I could wear them down, but they don't hinder your run. There is no slipping on the pavement. I usually run in a minimal drop shoe, so we will see how the 8mm drop feels on a longer run, but for 3 miles it was great. I thought the fit was good. I usually wear a 10 in women's and these were right on. I was walking through slush and my feet stayed dry. Later in the day the boys and I were out shoveling and I wore my Anima5. I had traction while my boys were slipping in their Bean boots. I would guess if I had been out over an hour my feet might have gotten wet, but today they were dry.
We are supposed to get more sleet and snow overnight and now I am actually looking forward to it!!