My new ‘Bugs have arrived from Sweden and there has been much rejoicing within these walls.
My old ones are still servicable, but they’re on the cusp of being gripless horrors which will cause me slip downhill waving my arms like a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man and spinning my legs like Billy Whiz up to his weekly hi-jinks in the Beano of my childhood.
So what’s new? The sole is good bit stiffer, but nor disturbingly so (maybe it’ll wear in to match the oldies?), the reinforcing band around the ankle on the outside seems a bit stiffer, the shape of the section is the same but the material used on the new version feels tougher. I didn’t have any issues before, but maybe somebody somewhere did have. The woven fabric used on the upper is different, both the weave and the colour.
That’s about it. The biggest difference is seeing how worn the soles of my old pair are, including loose and missing studs. Crivvens. That damage was all done walking on the road from Shiel Bridge to the Cluanie Inn. These ones aren’t going anywhere near tarmac.
These were my winter footwear choice in February’s Trail gear shootout with GT, but unfortunately there’s only about two pairs left in the UK now and Icebug are all out of stock too.
As has been said, these patchy winters mean finding solutions outside of big boots and Grivel G12s. The fact that so many folk are using Kahtoola KTS’s of both flavours and the Microspikes is just brilliant. It’s forward thinking, it’s thinking outside the box and not just believing the standard issue bollocks.
I hope that next winter more folk will get the opportunity to get Icebug spikes onto UK ice and snow and enjoy the simple pleasure of walking on ice (without adding anything to your feet) and not going on your tits.