An AKontheGO gear review.
Walkin’ in a winter wonderland….
Or – I wish I was. Alaska’s winter 2016 seems to be off to a sluggish start with little snow and lots of ice. I don’t need my -40 snow boots. I do need something to fit the in between season we seem to be stuck in.
All hail the Icebug Glava.
Alaskans know the Icebug brand well if they are runners; with a unique tread that resists slippage on icy streets or trails, Icebug has taken the 49th state running community by storm. But shoes and boots? Meh. We can go down to a local running store and have little screws drilled into the soles of older shoes and boots (because, of course, once they are in they are in forever); we can purchase over-the-shoe coil or spike tracks that sometimes fall off or don’t fit our shoes quite right.
Or, we can invest in a shoe-boot hybrid traction system like the Glava.
Ankle-high, comfortable with a part leather, part-suede upper that gets even softer with age, the Glava fits like a mid-fall, early-winter shoe should, durability included. Thinking I would wear these booties only until the snow flew and temperatures dove into the hinterlands of the thermometer, I wore the Glavas early in our Alaska fall, which to us meant August. Rain and muck? No problem, the shoe pattern kept me upright and what mud landed on the suede came right off with a wipe of a damp cloth thanks to the water-resistant material. Pleasantly surprising.
And now, ice? The Glava is a shoe of the Icebug brand that comes with the patented BUGweb traction; an over-the-shoe rubber and carbide spike device that fits into the sole pattern for no slip and lots of grip. Carbide means the spikes will last; the pattern means I won’t lose them walking down a trail. Nice.
It’s easy to pop on the Glava as well; a rear zip on the back of the bootie means no toe-to-heel dismount that can damage a nice pair of boots or shoes in nothing flat. The interior is cozy fleece, too, and I find myself wearing these every day, all day, all week. Temperature ratings place the Glava a -4F, which I’d personally love to see about now.
Icebug is a Swedish brand that knows a thing or two about appropriate footwear, and about looking good. I toss on a pair of leggings, my puffy snow skirt, a warm hat and the Glavas and viola! I look like an apres ski bunny<—not really but I feel like one and that’s all that matters, eh?
The only sticking point with the Icebug Glava, as with so many quality shoes, is the price. Retailing for $189.95, you’d better be sure you like these before you wear them out of the store. That said, the key word is quality, and Icebug is solid on that score.
A gift? Absolutely. The man or woman in your life is bound to appreciate the Glava as a comfortable, stylish solution to winter, wherever you are.