Best Winter Running Shoes
Best Winter Running Shoes
When it comes to running in the winter you need the best winter running shoes to keep you upright as snow, slush and ice take over the roads and trails. Finding the best winter running shoes is an important investment so that you can enjoy your running especially if you are training for a spring goal race!
There are definitely some reasons why you need to carefully select your winter running shoes when you live in a climate where the winter weather is unpredictable causing for rough running terrain and wet conditions. In order to keep your feet happy you need to look for some key features when selecting your running shoes. You will want to pick a shoe with a rugged sole that has heavier duty lugs than a traditional road shoe. Traction during the winter months is so important so as to not have any mishaps on the ice or snow. This type of sole will also help you to gain traction as you push off as your foot-strikes. To combat the cold you need to look for a shoe that offers more warmth than a lightweight shoe with mesh and lightweight cloth uppers. Look for a shoe with heavy duty fabric that is water-resistant. If you know that you will be running in extremely wet conditions you may want to look for a Gore-Tex shoe to keep your feet dry. Some shoes even come with a built in gaiter to keep the snow out of your shoes.
Here are some winter running essentials in case your shoes are not enough:
- Half Inch Hex head screws and an old pair of shoes to make your own screw shoes
- Kahtoola Microspikes
- Winter Running Gaiters
- Smart Wool Ski Socks
Women’s Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Review
Hoka One One has become one of my favorite running shoe brands over the past three years. At first I thought that the shoes were too maximal and I was stuck in my ways and afraid to change to a different brand and model of shoe. But peroneal tendonitis and led me on the quest for different shoes. Several of my trail running friends swore by their Hoka One Ones so I decided to give them a try. My first pair was strictly a trail shoe the Hoka One One Stinson. But since I was back in the marathon game I needed shoes that would be great for road running and I ended up trying Both the Clifton and the Clayton. Now that it is winter though and not a mild one with practically no snow on the roads I am happy to be doing my winter running in the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3. I’ve had earlier versions of this shoe but I have to say that this version is by far my favorite as it fits my narrow fit better than the previous models.
The Dirty Details
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR is currently my favorite pair of winter running shoes. This shoe is versatile as it is an “All Terrain Shoe,” so it is perfect for the roads especially dirt roads, and ice snow and slush covered roads. This shoe can also easily be worn on moderately challenging trails.
Here are some dirty details about the Hoka One One Chellenger ATR3
- 5 MM Heel Drop
- Midsole Rocker-If you have not run in Hoka One One before this does give this shoe a different feel.
- Fit is better around the midfoot.
- Added room in the toe-box
- Well padded tongue as compared to earlier models.
- New, thicker Ortholite Insole to give your foot a more cushioned ride.
- The sole is more substantial than previous models and appears wider.
- This shoe is listed as a neutral shoe but as someone who needs a stability shoe this works well!
- 4mm lugs on the sole provide excellent traction on tricky and slippery terrain.
- The sole is a blend of carbon rubber and EVA foam which should stand up better to wear.
- Shoe seems narrower than previous models.
- Retail Price: $130
This shoe will definitely carry you through the winter miles and on trails as the weather grows warmer. They stand up well to wet winter conditions keeping your feet comfortable for longer mileage runs. The tread on the soles helps with running on slippery winter road surfaces. The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 is currently in heavy rotation for all of my winter running adventures.
What do you look for most in running shoes for winter running? Do you like to run outside in the winter or do you like to stay indoors on the treadmill?
The Challenger ATR is my favorite trail shoe ever! But my favorite Hoka ever is the Stinson. Or the Bondi 2.
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I don’t really need winter running shoes here in Texas, but I have a pair of Hoka One One Cliftons and love them!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Goals For Disney Princess Weekend
Great review! this Florida girl wouldn’t know what to do with snow! 🙂
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I don’t own any sneakers specifically for running in the snow/ice, but I think I will purchase a pair of YakTrax
I’ve dabbled a bit here and there with maximalist shoes but I’ve found I do better with a much lower stack than most Hokas.
They do look pretty sweet, though!
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I tried out some Hoka One One a few months ago in the hopes it might help my PF but no go. I know people love them or hate them!
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I have that exact Hoka trail shoe and love it. Sadly we seem to be skipping winter here in Chicago this year. The ground’s been bare since December.
So far I run in the same shoes year-round, the Asics Gel Kayano. I’ve haven’t done that much running in the snow, but so far they have done the trick!
Oh, I’m definitely an outdoor snow-runner…but we have not had much for snow this year. And, it’s been cold & icy…so I’ve been on the treadmill more than in previous years (UGH)
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Great info! I got a pair of Yaktrax last year but Ive actually only worn them once, probably because the winter has been relatedly mild. I tried a pair of Hokas but they didnt work for me.
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I’m glad to hear you liked the Hokas. I still only run in my Asics Gel Nimbus–sometimes augmented by YakTrax or Stabilicers!
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I love the Altra Lone Peak neoshells, which are a waterproof trail shoe. I got to run in them a lot last year, but not at all this year. We missed out on snow entirely this year.
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I need a trail shoe, badly! Right now I only have one kind of running shoe.
I’m too much of a wimp to run in the snow. That’s when I draw the line and head to the gym for the comfort and safety of the treadmill.
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These look amazing for winter running! Nice and toasty with great traction.
We don’t need special shoes for running in winter here. Now, if there were some waterproof ones for hurricane season, I would be all over that!
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These look like great shoes, I am thankful I don’t have to run in the winter anymore….
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