ICESPIKE™, your new best friends in treacherous conditions, can be best installed on any footwear with rubber soles. New or gently worn shoes may be used.
An average runner can get up to 500 miles out of a complete set of ICESPIKE™. This will vary depending on terrain conditions and distance on dry roads. Extreme and ultra runners may get less, while trail runners, hikers and walkers will get more.
Each Deluxe Icespike package includes: 32 patented spikes plus one precision ICESPIKE™ tool. Each adult sized shoe should be fitted with12 spikes. 8 additional spikes have been included, as replacements for 4 heel spikes. Heel spikes with normal use tend to wear faster than the front spikes.
Marking shoes for installation:
On the bottom of each shoe, mark the position of each spike that you are going to install. This is best done with a magic marker, or if the shoe's sole is black, use chalk or liquid white out.
It is important that you start approximately 1½ inches back from the toe, and about 3/8 inch in from either side of the outer sole. However, this pattern does not have to be perfect.
Try spacing the front six spikes equally along the sole of the shoe (3 on each side). Do not place any spikes in the arch area. Spikes placed in the arch of the shoe do not help a great deal with the traction.
The heel spikes will be closer together because there are 6 spikes in a smaller space (again 3 on each side). Again stay 3/8 inch in from the outer edge.
There are two ways of installing the spikes – either with the ICESPIKE™ tool that was included with your package or a variable speed drill.
Hold your shoe on a flat surface, such as a work bench, table or floor.
Using the ICESPIKE™ tool: Tap each of the markings with a sharp tool such as an awl, ice pick, skewer, or push pin to break the rubber, allowing you to screw in the spikes. Place a spike in the tool, using a little pressure to start the spike. As soon as the spike grabs the rubber of the sole, it is easily screwed down.
Using a variable speed drill: Attach a ¼ inch hex head socket to the drill. Place a spike in the socket, and hold the drill firmly at each marked spot. Start slowly and drill the spike into each of the markings. Be careful to tighten only until spikes are snug against the sole. Do not over tighten.
The patented washers that are a part of the spike will not let it slip out of its place or allow it to come unscrewed, unless you choose to remove it. As the heel spikes begin to show wear, simply unscrew the spikes and install new ones in the same place.
Some shoes, new or old, have fairly deep channels for channeling water away from the sole and for extra traction. It’s a good practice not to attach a spike in a channel or groove. If the pattern that you have laid out on the bottom of your shoes hits one of these channels, just move the spike forward, back or sideways to avoid the channel. Your installation does not have to look perfect; it just needs to work and keep you safe.
• Do space ICESPIKE™ evenly
across the ball of the foot and
heel of the foot
• Do mark your shoe BEFORE
you install ICESPIKE™
• Do arrange ICESPIKE™ in the
same pattern on each shoe
• Don’t install ICESPIKE™ too
close to the edge of the shoe
• Don’t install ICESPIKE™ in
grooves or channels on the shoe
ICESPIKE™ fitted shoes and boots should NOT be worn on:
• Any floor or surface that you do
not want damaged, as ICESPIKE™
WILL destroy flooring or surfaces
• Treat your ICESPIKE™ fitted
footwear the same as you would
your golf spikes or ice skates
ICESPIKE™ is not liable or responsible for any injury, loss or consequential damage from the use of this product including but not limited to the installation and wearing of this product.
ICESPIKE™ is designed to assist the wearer with traction on ice and snow and difficult terrains, but will not eliminate the inherent dangers of running and/or walking on any surface.
"Trail Monster" Blaine from Maine: Icespikes are like sheet metal screws on steroids!
Anna from CO: I am finding Icespike helps me hold my form together while running on slick surfaces. I can recommend them to my athletes – thanks!
Mikeeta from CO: I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with your product. The Imogene Pass run is one of my favorite challenges but has a brutal downhill full of rock. The ice spikes allowed me to plant my feet and feel more secure. I actually shaved 14 minutes off my downhill time over 2008. I can credit it to better training and ICESPIKE.
Lacey from FL: I am the Head Athletic Trainer for a pro hockey team and I usually don’t wear ice grips during games because the ones I tried have been very uncomfortable. I am looking for something low profile like Icespike that is comfortable all the time…and give me a little extra grip without the discomfort so I don’t fall in front of thousands of people!
Jeff from Alberta, Canada: Winter weather here in Canmore Alberta Canada with snow and ice on the streets, pathways and trails. As a result I installed your product on a pair of Saucony shoes and headed out this morning for 10k. Exceptional traction and stability in all conditions I encountered. In the past I have installed hex head screws but there is no comparison between the two. As I have in the past I installed only six in the forefoot of each shoe and this proved to be more than enough to deal with the poor footing. Great product.