The only pair of running shoes you’ll need this winter
Does running on icy surfaces make you nervous? Well, thanks to Saucony’s ice-friendly shoe design, the Peregrine 7 ICE+, this no longer has to be a worry.
This past September, Saucony amped up their shoe game by adding an ideal feature for winter runners — Vibram’s Arctic Grip technology. And for those of you who aren’t familiar with this technology, it takes grip and traction next-level, allowing you to run or walk on wet ice with confidence.
But how exactly does this running shoe make “ice absolute”?
Saucony Canada’s marketing manager, Linda Quinteros tells me Vibram’s Arctic Grip technology may be specifically built to be ice-friendly, but it’s really the outsole material that gives users that high-grade traction on wet ice surfaces. “There are designated lugs with Arctic Grip sole technology that grip slick wet ice,” she says. “As well as thermochromatic lugs, which sense when the temperature drops below 0 degrees celsius, and change colour in cold conditions.”
And speaking of weather, not only is this technology built to withstand the harshest conditions that winter has to offer, but it’s also “a great choice for runners going from the road to trails,” she says.
Although this technology offers many benefits, one in particular stands out among the rest. “One of the greatest attributes of Vibram’s Arctic Grip is its durability and ability to maintain performance despite kilometres of wear,” says Quinteros.
My Peregrine 7 Arctic review
Normally I’m a nervous nelly about running in winter weather conditions, but after a 4-km run in these shoes my mindset has definitely changed. I tested out these running shoes in early January, with a fresh skiff of snow on the ground and ice covering the sidewalks. As I ran, I could feel the Vibram Arctic Grip technology secure my feet to the ground with every step, showing no sign of slippage.
Even though I am not an avid winter runner, I found that these shoes actually helped calm my nerves. Instead of focusing on the ground below me at all times, these shoes allowed me to better enjoy my runs without having the constant fear of falling on the back of my head.
Saucony Peregrine 7 Arctic, $190 at saucony.com.