Are you ready for winter running?
Tor Fauske: Daily leader of Löplabbet

In several places in the country we have already had the first snowfall. Even in Oslo, it was snowing and slippery on Sognsvann in mid-October. It is not necessary to pull indoors even if winter comes. I myself run outside throughout the winter. Fresh air and the variety you get outdoors make up for colder evenings. Now the footwear for winter running has also become so good that slippery roads do not limit the running trips.

Only in 2001 came the first models with pure winter studded shoes for running. Before that time, some people ran with orienteering shoes with studs, but Icebug was the first brand to specialize in winter studs. Löplabbet sold the first winter studded shoes the same year. The Icebug models were a revolution. The grip on the smooth was safe, but they were heavy and not very flexible. In addition, the quality of the spikes was so-so, and many of the pairs returned quickly. Specialized models for winter running were a big step forward. Especially when it was ice and temperatures around freezing. A secure grip made a run more relaxed. Keeped the speed up and avoided overload especially in the muscles at the back of the thigh and in the seat. When you run with studded shoes, the load on the legs is greater. You have to expect a small run-in period.


If it is ice, you are completely dependent on spikes to be able to run safely and relaxed. If, on the other hand, it is snowing, you can run without spikes. When it is cold and well plowed, you get the same grip whether you run with or without spikes. Still, you will be able to get small slips that can quickly overload the muscles. Therefore, slow down. You should not keep the same speed per km as in summer. If the track is loose, you can run up to 1 minute slower per kilometer. Then you get the same training effect and avoid muscle aches. If the temperature is around zero, it will often be slippery regardless of the cause. Then you should choose spike options. In the cities, it is often salted on the sidewalk as well. Then only the spike applies.



Today there is a fairly large selection of running shoes with spikes for winter use. Asics, Icebug, Inov-8, Salomon and VJ have all worn winter studs for a few years. The number of spikes per shoe varies slightly from brand to brand. Therefore, check how good a grip you need. The spikes are strategically placed in the entire outsole and provide good grip in both the heel and forefoot. The quality of the spikes has become very good. If you train in an area with snow and especially ice throughout the winter, the models with fixed spikes are the absolute best. Most models dampen well. Then the fit is what separates them. Some have a water-repellent upper and a narrower fit. Try more options before making the final choice.

See Löplabbet's selection of winter stud shoes here! 


Many people prefer to insert spikes in this summer's favorite model. The advantage is of course that you can use the running shoe you love the most. For runners who need extra good pronation support, extra shock absorption or a light and flexible model for faster training, the selection is larger. At Löplabbet, we spike both running shoes and everyday shoes. There are some limitations on the shape and materials of the outsole. We put in approx. 12 spikes in each shoe. As many in the heel as in front. The price is NOK 250. Many people do not have much experience with where it is best to place the spikes. Then this opportunity is an extra plus. Some tire dealers also spike running shoes. My experience is that the grip on both ice and snow is not as good as shoes with fixed spikes. The spikes are a little shorter and it is easy to get some slips on the run. Here are the pros and cons.

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Many also use spikes that are threaded over the soles of the shoes. My experience is that it provides reasonably good fastening, but this solution is not as good as fixed studs either. If you compare with spikes you put in the shoes, the spikes have some advantages and disadvantages. The grip is a trick better than studs screwed in. Running comfort, on the other hand, is not as good. Spikes are a good alternative in those areas where the winter is a bit off and on. Then you have a solution for the slippery days. It is also an option if your round is a mixture of winter-hardy and dry asphalt. If you run at a faster pace, screwed-in spikes are preferable.

Today you have many and good choices for a comfortable running season outdoors through the dark season. Set aside a few evenings for a run through the winter. These are well-used hours and the transition to the spring season is smoother.

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Age: 45

Residence: Bærum

Distance during the BMW Oslo Marathon 2020:
I run half, and of course aim to have the widest smile all the way.

Previous participation in the Oslo Marathon:
«10 for Grete» 2013, Half Marathon 2014 and 2015, 2017 and 2018 and marathon in 2019.

Three words that describe me:
Outgoing, Smiling, Energetic

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