Review: Icebug Winter Trail Running Shoes

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Here’s a winter/spring trail-runner you may want to pick up and play with as long as this crazy weather is persisting — I’ve tested this shoe extensively on mixed ice and rock, snow and dirt, and it has kept me from busting my butt on numerous occasions. They also work well on wet wood such as boardwalks and bridges. Although they are not designed for winter use specifically, I found that they were perfect for the conditions I usually experience in the winter.

From Swedish footwear innovator Icebug Footwear comes the carbide-spike laden Anima 2 ($169.95), available at a local retailer near you and online.

Beginning back in 2001 and originally aimed only at Scandinavian brands and retailers, the Swedes Eliza Törnkvist and David Ekelund decided to take a new approach to winter running, with the goal of getting people outside all year long, while still providing them with a high-performance legitimate trail running platform.

The line is now available in the U.S. and while is still clearly Euro influenced, who cares. Once you try these things, especially if you live at altitude, you’ll come to rely on this soccer-cleat meets weather-proof running shoe.

According to the company, the Anima follows “the natural motion of the foot.” Newly upgraded laces and water repellency in the forefoot combine with molded lacing details that stabilize the heel. It has an anatomical last, an extremely protective mixed-material exterior shell, and a memory foam heel cup.

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The coup de gras is of course the low-profile full-rubber sole with carbide studs. A midsole also helps to absorb irregularities in a good all-around trail running shoe that may not be your everyday shoe, but it’s one I’m stoked to have in my quiver.

Bonus points: Partnering with the Humane Society of Utah, Icebug recently raised nearly $600 for homeless pets at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Paying homage to their homeland, the brand served Swedish pancakes to attendees to encourage donations.

The Anima2 features an 8mm drop and weighs in at 275 g. If you need to geek out even more, check out the company’s website.

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