Testing the chains from Life Sport
All season running means running in the snow. I have done several runs testing the chains from Life Sport.
I had cycled on snow. I practised snow-showing in fresh-snow and steep hard snow. Yet I had not run on snow. How is this?
Well, several people will tell you that you don’t need specific equipment to run on the snow. I would rather say, that you can run on the snow without specific equipment Now if you have some, use them, you will notice the difference for sure :-).
So you run several months long in the snow, you may have some very specific shoes, a little heavier but with waterproof material and dedicated sole. Else for occasional snow runners, or mixed ground practice, using your favourite pair of shoes with snow chains makes most sense.
In my case, I have been given to test the snow chains from Life Sport.
The snow chains from Life Sport are made of an elastic structure on the sides, stainless steel chains and picks on the bottom and a scratch in order to close them on the top of the foot.
The system is very easy to use, fast to wear and remove from the shoes, with little ice or snow agglomerated when you need to put them away.
The difference on the grip is immediate on hard snow and gets more significant with slopes even with softer snow. Wearing the chains I was confident in putting a lot of weight on my steps, letting me go down the hills with full control even with some turns along the way.
The chains and the structure are rather stable. I could run over 10km on mixed types of snow with the chains still. On very irregular ground the chains may turn but you will keep some grip and can put them back in place very easily.
For an early spring, end of autumn, altitude trek, that is definitely a plus at a reasonable weight.