DIY Snow Traction Spikes

Snow on the ground shouldn’t stop your running. You could spend some hard earned money on fancy snow traction spikes for your training – or do it yourself and save some money.

In today’s post, I’ll share with you an easy and inexpensive way to make your own snow traction spikes in your own home. (Would’ve you have guessed a low-tech solution from a high-tech guy? Me either).

I can’t take credit for this running hack. The folks over at Competitor came up with the idea and I decided to put it to the test.

What You Need to Make Your Own Snow Traction Spikes

The best part of this solution is that it will only set you back less than a couple of bucks. Here’s what you need:

24 – ⅜ inch hex-head sheet metal screws; size #8 or 10

1 – Black marker

1 – Flat head screw driver

1 – Power drill with a 1/16 inch drill bit


How to Assemble Your Own Snow Traction Spikes

  1. Use the black marker to map out where each screw should go. It’s recommended to place six screws around the perimeter of the forefoot of your shoe and four screws in the heel.
    1. If you have well cushioned shoes you can place two screws in the directly under your foot. Use caution, you might not feel the screw tips until you start running if you have thinner foam midsoles.
  2. Using a power drill, pre drill 1/16 inch holes where you marked. This will allow you to screw in the screws much easier.
  3. Use the flat head screwdriver to twist in the hex head screws.
  4. Once you’re done, give a little tug on each screw to know they’re securely placed in the outer soles.


Best Practice for Running in Snow Traction Spikes

Kind of goes without saying but make sure there’s enough snow on the ground for the snow traction spikes to work. My first time out, there was three inches of snow and then roads hadn’t been plowed – worked awesome. If you hit clean road, the traction will work against you so use caution

Use an older pair of running shoes before assembling snow traction spikes on your current pair. For whatever reason, should you goof up no harm done to an older pair. I haven’t turned my current pair of shoes over to snow traction spikes yet. My hope is that it doesn’t snow year round in Chicago!

I haven’t used my snow traction spikes on ice yet but I’ve run on enough slick packed snow to know it should work.

So there’s your quick, inexpensive solution to creating your own snow traction spikes. Give it shot as the elements should not dictate your running – you should. Good luck!

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