Time to replace them - but what with?
As I was scanning the pages, I came across last years Arctic Claws (thermal lined(!)) in the Black Friday sale on inov8s page.
Spikey shoes. With primaloft lining. At half price? What isn't to like about that? So I bought them.
What makes them good? - or at least better than the Orocs?
Studs/gripThe Orocs were pretty decent in terms of studs. They had 9 studs at various strategic points on the sole - slightly recessed so that when you weren't on ice, they kind of recessed into the sole. The grip on mud was pretty decent with some big treads. However, the Arctic Claws appear to have upped the game on both sides of this. The sole tread is enormous. Huge cleats that grip onto pretty much anything that isn't ice. The mud and peat from the Dark Peak gets released from the tread pretty easily as you run, and there are MORE studs. 16 in all, I think.
They grip to almost anything. But more about that in a bit.
|Arctic Claws on the left - Orocs on the right|
Not so much (it seems) with the Arctic Claws. Inov8 have apparently put plastic layering into the sole around where the studs are to protect against this very thing. So far when running around the Peak (on soft AND hard ground) I have to say that it is a very different experience to running in Orocs. No push through from the spikes at all. Generally comfortable and grippy as you like.