How many times have you forgot to double tie your laces when in a running race and they come undone? Or are in such a hurry to get out on your daily run that you wish you could just slide on your shoes and go? A local Boulder company Nite Ize, has the solution in its KnotBone technology. You may also know Nite Ize, from its variety of versatile head lamps for running or camping.
The KnotBone Stretch Laces are made of a stretchy UV resistant thermo plastic urethane (TPU) material that serves several purposes; First and foremost because of the flexible and sticky nature of the material, you can tie your laces and not worry about them slipping out. Secondly and maybe more importantly in my opinion is that you can easily adjust the tension to different parts of your shoe, like a looser forefoot and tighter to the top of the shoe for a snug custom fit. They come in a variety of colors to match your shoe style. Black, Orange, Neon Yellow, White, Foliage Green, Hot Pink. The laces retail for $5.99 and can be purchased on their website.
I tried them on a variety of runs and shoes; from trail runs in my Hoka One One Stinson, to road running in my Newton Ahas. While I wasn’t able to get my shoe on and off as quickly as I would have liked, the tied laces were great once the shoes were on and I didn’t have to worry about them coming undone on my run.
Overall an interesting product, the weight and stiffness that comes with the laces felt a bit funny bouncing around as I ran so I ended up tucking them in anyways. I did like the opportunity to fine tune the tension on different parts of my foot as traditional lacing systems can be hard to dial in.
Have you ever used Nite Ize KnotBone Stretch Laces? How did you like them?
(Disclaimer: the product reviewed in this post was sample provided free of charge by Nite Ize).