I had a credit to use at runningwarehouse.com and I decided to try out something called “Lock Laces” The theory here is that you will never tie your laces again. As a trail runner, the idea that I will have laces that stay “tied ” through the brush, the sticks, the rocks, the water crossings and everything in between has has me intrigued.
Intro:. From the LOCK LACES™ Website; Lock Laces provide convenience and safety for all sports. LOCK LACES™ are a necessity for runners and triathletes improving performance and transition times. With LOCK LACES™ you never have to stop play to tie unruly laces.
Some details: Lock Laces look like a normal shoe lace except they are made out of elastic. The same material used in bungee cords. No rotting on these bad boys. You lace your shoes the same way you always have. You can skip loops over / under loops, whatever you are used to doing.
“The Lock” Lock Laces describes it as follows: “The lock incorporates a sliding, spring activated device. The locks are made from a strong, durable nylon and use a high-tension alloy spring that won’t rust or corrode. The locking device holds the laces in place so they stay secure and maintain the same constant tension on the foot never loosening”
Simple lace up, thread through the lock, clip the ends together, and you are off and running
Quick- Easy to use – You never have to tie anything. Pinch. Pull. Locked.
I wore them on trails the first time – Not once did I stop to tie my shoes. Through water, dust, dirt, and brush. They really did stay put.
20 miles on a trail, my feet tend to swell. The elastic of the lock lace swelled with my feet, but kept my shoe in position. Perfect. With regular laces, I have to stop, loosen them up, and adjust them. This saved me time, and comfort.
Room For Improvement -
Make sure you get the right amount cut off first, do not cut too much or too little or you will be trying to unclip and fix the issue. Measure twice, cut once!
I was shocked. I really thought “ok, i’ll give them a try and they will be like any other shoe lace” Nope.. I love them. I have 2 sets now and will probably never go back to real shoe laces. The come in a variety of colors to mix and match any shoe you own.
Have you ever tried an elastic style shoe lace? Go to LockLaces and take a look around, leave me a comment letting me know what YOU think.
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