What are they?
Speed Laces is a highly reputable brand of shoelaces that are loved by athletes of all types of sports, but are exceptionally popular with triathletes.
They are a unique type of lace that is knocking ‘regular’, non-stretch laces out of the park. Triathlete Magazine even rated Speed Laces the ‘Best in Test’ over all other brands of laces in the world. Speed Laces describe themselves as ‘the only lacing system in the world that offers you the simple convenience and comfort of iBungee, or the ability to combine instant transitions with the superior support and stability of non-stretch.’
But will they really benefit you in your next triathlon race? Are they worth your time and money? We think so! And here’s why:
Easy to Use
Speed Laces are very easy to use and can install in as little as a few minutes. The brand has an installation video which shows you how you can quickly and easily install the laces super fast.
Speed laces are great for speeding up your transition time due to the ease of getting them on and off. When it comes time to the running section of your triathlon, all you will have to do is slip your shoes on quickly and effortlessly, then pull the lock to tighten, and off you go. You will instantly have an advantage over your competitors who are still using normal static laces that they are required to tie.
Non-stretch laces create a large amount of friction. This is why they are more time consuming and harder to get on and off as you have to pull at the laces all the way down the zigzag so that you can get your foot in. Speed Laces have a patented Zero-Friction system which massively reduces friction. How? By placing the laces onto the top of the shoe and keeping them loose when unlocked, and perfectly tight when they are locked in place.
Speed Laces fit comfortably on top of your foot and loosen and tighten with your foot’s movement. For example, if you tend to experience foot swelling when you run, Speed Laces will become less tight to ensure that pressure points are reduced, no hot spots occur and no discomfort is experienced.
Another great feature of Speed Laces is that they are highly adjustable. Once they are laced, you simply pull to ensure they are at the tightless level you prefer. If you pull them too tight, simply loosen them and then pull them back to ensure they fit correctly. The ease of adjusting couldn’t be simpler. Adjusting these laces takes around 1-3 seconds. Compare that with the time it takes to re-tie a regular lace. Such a great time saver!
The support that Speed Laces offer is great. They keep your feet stable whilst protecting them too. And the support continues no matter what your feet do. For example, the laces continuously adjust so that they offer support, based on the amount of force, pressure and movement that is conducted by your feet.
The design of Speed Laces makes the fit of your shoe even, smooth and consistent from top to bottom. The laces surround the top of your foot, holding it comfortably in place which leads to great stability as well as support.
Good For Blood Flow
With regular laces, some people can experience tightness or discomfort when/if your feet begin to swell. Normal laces can hold their friction and tension too much, without allowing any room for expansion or flexibility which can often result in discomfort, pain, injury and a stunt in blood flow. With Speed Laces, their flexibility and elasticity moves and adjusts to your feets movements and expands when they feel too tight. This reduces the chance of discomfort, as well as allows for good blood circulation and blood flow throughout the duration of your run.
Speed Laces use a multi-strand latex core which is surrounded by a polyester coating, and this provides extra strength whilst also easily allowing the laces and shoes to expand when necessary.
Speed Laces are known to be made from strong, high-quality materials which makes them super long-lasting and durable.
Overall, if you are a triathlete that is looking to shave off every possible second of your completion time, are looking for laces that will provide support and comfort, and can be adjusted in just a matter of seconds, then Speed Laces are a great choice for you. They will be good for training and for triathlon events, and are versatile to use for walking, hiking and so much more!