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Traction Technology

TRACTION TECHNOLOGY

 

Icebug is an independent Swedish company. Everything we do breathes innovation and creativity. We might still be small, but we're growing fast. And that is a result of the fact that when it comes to grip and technology we really know what we're talking about. We've created outstanding traction footwear since the very start of Icebug and we have always taken extra steps to find a way to make our shoes even better. That's why we can be the best of what we're doing.

 

THE TRACTION EXPERT - Icebug provides people with the best possible traction to empower them to have fun and be safe when continuing to be active outdoors, even when it's slippery. We are proud to say that our core users range from world champions to those who need a walker to get to the mail box. With our patented carbide tip stud technologies, Icebug is the expert in providing the highest level of traction for extreme slippery conditions. By adding RB9X to our traction technology, we're setting the benchmark for the best “sticky rubbers” available on the market. Whether you're taking a mid-winter stroll or racing for gold in a midsummer trail run, we've got a grip for you.


BUGrip®

BUGrip® is the name of Icebug’s grip technology for the most slippery conditions. A BUGrip sole is made of a special rubber compound and has 15-19 integrated steel studs. The design of the studs, together with the properties of the rubber compound, give these studs a dynamic function. The studs work independently from each other and are not completely fixed. When weight is applied the studs push in toward the surface of the sole. How far they are pushed in depends on the pressure exerted by the user and the resistance from the ground. This dynamic function makes the studs adapt to the surface and provide the best possible traction on anything from dry asphalt to pure ice.

ICEBUG® Technology Performance Information

The purpose of the ICEBUG® technology is to provide traction on slippery surfaces. The manufacturing of outsoles with this technology is a complex process. Since the most important component is rubber – a natural material which performance is not possible to entirely control – there might be cases of premature loss of studs from the outsole. Therefore, outsoles with ICEBUG® technology are designed and manufactured with a surplus of studs. The function of the technology is maintained even if losing 3-4 studs on one outsole.

After usage in wet conditions, the head or sides of the studs might get a surface layer of rust. However, the relevant part of the stud for providing traction is the carbide tip, and this will not be affected.

Warning: No guarantee against slipping. Products with ICEBUG® technology are not recommended for indoor use.


BUGweb®
When it gets wet or icy and really slippery, relying on rubber alone is not sufficient to provide reliable foothold. For these conditions, Icebug has developed a traction system called BUGweb. BUGweb is a traction technology that consists of a compatible outsole and a traction unit. The BUGweb has six carbide studs and it fits into the special sole pattern of the BUGweb sole. The advantages compared to a conventional grip device are substantial as the BUGweb becomes an integrated part of the sole. The shoe can be used with or without the BUGweb, which makes the shoe extremely versatile.

 

 


RB9X®

RB9X® – Rubber 9 Extreme is our latest rubber compound development, and it sets a new standard in providing friction. Lab tests (SATRA) show that RB9X® outgrips the competition, but still matches the durability of an asphalt running shoe. In the real world, that means much more reliable traction in wet and slippery conditions and on challenging surfaces like rocks.

– RB9X is definitely a benefit for extremely demanding runners with high expectations on the shoes traction in mixed and tough terrain. RB9X is a new compound and tests show that we really have succeeded. There’s nothing like this on the market, says Erik Öhlund, member of the Product development team at Icebug and an elite orienteerer.

Here you can see the test results from an independent lab, comparing Icebugs RB9X® on both wet and dry surface, with other known brands.

RB9X (tests)