I’m determined to keep up my running regimen this winter. What do you recommend for icy, snowy trails?
If you love your current shoes and don’t want to shell out for winter-specific runners, add a strap-on cleat like the STABILicers Run ($40; 32north.com) and a pair of running gaiters, like the Outdoor Research Stamina ($35; outdoorresearch.com),
which will keep snow and slush from penetrating the upper or sneaking in over the top.
If you’re ready to invest in shoe specifically made for winter, check out these models, both of which tested well with our die-hard runners: The Scott eRide Ice Runner ($140; scott-sports.com) and the Salomon Spikecross 3CS ($170; salomon.com). The Scott uses a special Vibram rubber sole compound that remains pliable and sticky in deep cold, while the lighter weight (by about half a pound per pair) Salomon employs embedded carbide spikes for added grip.