I first became aware of elastic shoe lacing systems as I delved into triathlon circa 2005. One of the easiest ways to knock time off a race is to have a smooth transition. Yes, you can certainly “PR” an event just by being better in transition. Consider transition the 4th discipline of triathlon. The faster we are able to change our shoes,
without hurting ourselves the better. Enter speed laces, elastic shoe lacing systems which allow us to slip on our shoes before “some” decide if they are going put on socks or NOT.
For many years, we had two options in elastic lacing systems. One was super complicated, the other was much easier, if you picked up the right size laces for your shoes. Lock Laces has taken the complexity out of the issue and brought us an elastic lacing system that is not only simple but one that is truly for everyone. That’s right, one size fits all no matter your shoe size, the number of eyelets on your favorite shoes or if you have tiny toddler feet. I’ve seen these laces everywhere from professional triathletes all the way down to tiny tots at the playground. One size fits all. No exception.
As my TRI season fast approaches, I have started to think about my race shoe, and what type of lacing system I want. Since things aren’t always as easy as they appear, I wanted to try the Lock Laces while I still had plenty of time to find another option if they didn’t work out. Thankfully, Lock Laces was kind enough to send me a pair to try and they also sent a “few” for you!
I decided to try the blue Lock Laces by putting them directly into my new marathon training shoes. Several reasons, first I would know immediately if I liked them (or not) and two, because as I run long miles, my feet swell. So in addition to needing a slightly bigger shoe for those mega long runs, I also need a bit of flexibility, or should I say expandability in my laces. The Lock Laces eliminate my need to stop and readjust my laces mid-run as my feet swell, they instead just expand without putting additional pressure on the top of my foot.
They worked out great! First, I wore them to work/commute one day as a walk around test. Then I ran in them numerous times both on the treadmill and on the trail. I never even notice them, which is a good thing because the last thing I want to be thinking about during a run or race is my shoes or the laces.
My favorite non-performance aspect of the Lock Laces was the ease of installation. It wasn’t any more difficult than changing a regular pair of shoe laces. The laces are long, so you just lace them like you would a normal shoe, slide on the round lock over the laces, cut to leave 2 to 3 inches & place the end caps on the laces. Done.
Lastly, I will say that I’m SUPER excited about these Lock Laces, not only for myself but for Aby’s Cross Country team. I admit, that I’ve started hoarding them. You probably won’t see more than one or two pair in my shoes specifically because I’ll be saving them for fall to dole out to Aby’s teammates. Last year, I can’t tell you how many times those kids lost their shoes. Some kids do not possess the ability to tie their shoes. I know this sounds ridiculous but it’s true. So if they can’t tie their shoes properly on a normal day, then they certainly don’t understand the concept of double knotting their shoes for runs and races. Therefore, they lose their shoes. A lot. In the mud. In the woods. On nice straight, flat patches of grass. In the rain. In the snow. In the flippin’ sunshine. I’ve looked for missing shoes one too many times. I’m springing for lock laces for the entire team come fall.
If you would like to try a pair of Lock Laces, I have 7 pair to giveaway. That’s right, 7 winners!!! I have white, grey, purple, pink, red, green & black.
If you would like to be entered in the Lock Laces drawing, leave a comment below telling me which color would be your first choice. This will help with distribution! For a second entry, go like the Lock Laces Facebook page HERE and leave a separate comment below stating that you did so, along with your Facebook name for verification purposes. And lastly, for a third entry, go follow them on Twitter HERE & leave a separate comment stating that you did so along with your Twitter name. Total of three entries possible. Winner will be drawn on Monday, March 18th at 9am via a random number generator. Good luck!!
These Lock Laces are cool and they aren’t very expensive. If you would like to purchase some now, go HERE and shop. One pair for $7.99 or 3 for $19.99. Enjoy!
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