I was given the Icebug Acceleritas for an Obstacle Race Magazine review.
I traded my usual obstacle course racing (OCR) trainers in for these super cool, brightly coloured Icebugs, weighing in at an incredible 180g.
Offering a 4mm drop, they allow a good transition from a cushioned shoe to something a little closer to the ground.
During an OCR, the sticky sole coped extremely well through mud and over obstacles, and gripped muddy slopes with ease.
The non-absorbing material kept them lightweight even when saturated, whilst the flexible material was durable and washed up easily after a muddy race.
Some may find the slow drainage of water an issue, however I didn’t. I was aware water stayed in them a little longer during a race, but it didn’t cause me concern.
As I’ve been wearing trainers with a wide toe box for some years, I found the Acceleritas very narrow around my toes. However, after some longer training runs and races, they seem to be loosening up. I can’t figure out if they have stretched or I have got used to them, either way, they are becoming more comfortable.
The backs are a little more sturdy than what I am used to, which caused some rubbing, therefore I would suggest building up to wearing them for longer distances if you are not used to support around your heel.
Overall, I am enjoying wearing the Icebug Acceleraitas because they are light and flexible, and I will use them for shorter, muddy, sprint races where weight and grip is essential.
Afterthought: I get a lot compliments when I wear them which is always a bonus : )