Kahtoola NANOspikes grant runners sleek, lightweight, over-the-shoe grip for tackling icy sidewalks and roads so that you can maintain your fitness all winter long and keep on training regardless of how nasty conditions get.
For runners who can’t be stopped by a little snow and ice, the Kahtoola Nanospikes are a perfect lightweight solution that is going to give you confident traction in snowy or icy conditions.
The first thing to talk about with the Nanospikes are the different materials that they are made with. So if I grab these, I have just them on a lightweight running shoe. You can use these on running shoes, on different types of shoes, but since these are the Nano-spikes, they are made for a lower profile shoe.
You have got a very supple harness here on the top. This is a very stretchy material. It is a flexible elastomer harness on the top here. And it is really easy to put on and take off of your shoes. So I have got them on a pair of shoes here. There is no straps, no buckles and no adjustability. It is really streamlined and simple. So basically what you have to do is just put your shoe in through the top. There is a little part on the front of the spikes that say front. And then you stretch them under the shoe and then as far as they go back be-hind the shoe. This really nice pull tab on the back that allows you to pull them up snug around your shoe. And they stretch over nicely. They are very lightweight.
This is a flexible, lightweight material, but it is also very durable. There are six attach-ent points that attach to a little chain and that attaches to the bottom traction. So all of those six points have a very durable disc that is on the inside. So it is not just this material that is punched a hole through. There is actually a little disc in there that gives it a lot of durability. So if you pull on that, you can really see how durable that is. That little chain isn’t going to rip out of that hole.
Going to the bottom, there are 10 small carbide spikes. There are six here on your forefoot and that is going to give you really good traction in your stride. And then there is four back here on your heel. So your heel is not going to be slipping around. It is going to give you really good traction back there. And if I turn this upside down, so on the underside of that platform there is actually little grippy traction there that is going to kind of make contact with the grips or the tread on the bottom of your running shoes. So not only is ... not only are you going to have really good traction on the bottom onto the snow and ice, but these little platforms are not going to slide around on the bottom of your running shoe. So it is going to stay put. It is going to stay exactly where it needs to be and that is just going to give you really confident traction against that ice.
They do come in different sizes for obviously different size running shoes. So definitely take a look at the sizing chart. They are meant for lightweight running shoes. So definitely go with what they recommend. Again, this material is really stretchy. It is really light-weight. And as I have tried them on and I have worn them, they do feel really light-weight on. They have a tight enough fit that they are not going to slide around, but they don’t feel like they are compressing your foot at all. I have heard people that are concerned with it, you know, being too cumbersome or, you know, compressing their feet or being too tight. And I think it is just really good balance of giving extra traction, not adding a lot of weight. And they do break down to be really small. So you can fold them up. They come with a little carrying case. So you can put them in there. If you are on a really long run, maybe you are starting out in the city or something like that, going on the trails. You could even just bring these along with you and use them when you need to. But over all they are just a really great solution to being able to run all year long.
They are the Kahtoola Nanospikes.