Goat Head SoleSpikes Review 2 of 3

Last week I got Sole Spikes from Goat Head Gear and did my initial review here. After a week or so, I like to do an interim post, just to show how things are going.

Since I installed the SoleSpikes last Sunday, I have worn those running shoes 2-3 times a day, walking the dog in some pretty nasty and icy conditions, but hadn’t used them for running until today.

Sole Spikes vs Sheet Metal Screws

During my initial review post, I stated that I was going to keep SoleSpikes in one shoe and put sheet metal screws on the other shoe to compare the two options, last Wednesday I was finally able to do that. TheWife said that she wanted me to do her old running shoes as well.  She was impressed by how I was able to go places that she couldn’t go nearly as easily in her YakTrax.

Here is what I found out while installing them.

Cost $3.99 at local hardware store

 

The SoleSpikes are just a bit shorter than the sheet metal screws and this proved to be important when TheWife put on her shoes. One of the front sheet metal screw had popped through and tried to tickle her toes, while the SoleSpike shoe didn’t. The difference in length is not much, but it is enough to make a big difference.

We now each have a set of shoes with one shoe having SoleSpikes and the other Sheet metal.

Wearing the Test Shoes

We had a bit of an ice storm this week, so it has been a great week to continue testing the SoleSpike versus sheet metal screw setup. Here are some pictures of the testing grounds we have been walking on to see how the SoleSpikes/sheet metal screws do.

There has been a lot of ice/snow mix and then snow on top of the ice. Both the SoleSpike and sheet metal screws have made a positive difference as far as the ability to move around on ice and snow. I do notice that my sheet metal screw leg is more tired after walking – they do tend to slip a little more. The SoleSpikes have a 4 prong tip and the sheet metal screws are have the screwdriver slot down the middle, which I believe helps the SoleSpike bite into the ice a little bit better.
I ran in the spike/screw running shoes for the first time today and they did make a difference in being able to run or not in several places on the Rail Trail in Augusta. After yesterday’s fiasco run down back in shoes without the metal hardware on the bottom, I wanted to to try out my “ice” running shoes.

Be careful

 

Just because you have spikes/screws on the bottom of your shoes, doesn’t mean you can run at normal speeds – you can’t when you are on ice. This is especially true when you get into “hard” or “glare” ice you have to slow down and pay attention to what you are doing. The spikes or screws can not penetrate very far into the hard ice and you will slip if you are going too fast for the conditions.  I almost went on my butt a couple of times when that happened. I slowed down pretty quickly.
However, they did not interfere with my gait at all, even when running on bricks or tar (they were a lot noisier that’s all).
The sheet metal screws are already starting to shoe some signs of wear compared to the SoleSpike. It will be interesting to see how the wear patterns emerge at the end of the month, when I will do my final report on the SoleSpike versus sheet metal screws.

Some observations

 

that I have had while wearing the shoes:
  • Be careful of the shoes that you choose to put either SoleSpikes or Sheet Metal screws in to ensure that they do not come up through the bottom in an area where there is less sole.
  • Ensure if you are going to use your these shoes for running, after you add the SoleSpikes or sheet metal screws, that they don’t bother you when you retired them or that they are not completely worn out. Otherwise those problems that those shoes were creating for you while running in them will come back and may even be magnified, because you have the metal hardware in them and the conditions you are using them in are probably pretty nasty.
  • If you take the SoleSpikes or screws in and out of your shoes a few times, they will not stay as well.
  • Don’t walk on hardwood/laminate floors they scratch them pretty easily.
  • Remember to take off your metal equipped shoes before going into a store, they are noisy and slippery on tile.

The reality is that

so far both the SoleSpikes and sheet metal screws work well in the conditions that I have tested them. The SoleSpike right now has a definite inside track to be a better choice and performer overall, but I will have a better idea of how much better at the end of the month.
I know that these the SoleSpikes/Screws in my shoes has given me confidence go places that I never would have gone otherwise on our walks – we would have just turned around. So far I am very impressed and am glad that I have them.
FTC Disclaimer – I was provided this product free of charge to review it on my blog and received no other forms of compensation to do this review. My opinions regarding this product will be my honest observations, based upon my experience while I am using this product.

 

5 thoughts on “Goat Head SoleSpikes Review 2 of 3

  1. One question–after winter, can you easily remove them? Ok, two questions–these vs. something like yaktrax?I ran 16 in icy conditions today w/ an old pair of the rubber slip-ons w/ spikes on the bottom. You're right–you still slip a bit on really shiny ice, but at least I didn't have to succumb to the treadmill!

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  2. @Misszippy – yes you can remove them, however, they do leave the hole in the shoe, which I believe will deteriorate the sole more quickly since it is compromised. That is why I would use a pair of shoes that are near the end of their running rotation. I am still testing how well they wear, so I am not sure of that yet. Versus YakTrax, TheWife was in YakTrax and couldn't walk in the places I was walking with these, it was shiny ice. The thing I don't like about YakTrax is the rubber bands get cut by the steel wire wrapped around them after a while and they only last us a season or two before we have to replace. I was very comfortable running in them today, just had to pay attention to what I was doing and how I planted my foot. A quicker cadence helped.@Erik – they are interesting and I like them for walking the dog in this crap we have been having this week, I don't feel like he is going to pull me and I will slip and fall.

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