Icebug Men's ZEAL2 OLX
Icebug ZEAL2 OLX
The holy grail of trail running is to provide both stability and flexibility, but to make a midsole stable yet soft has so far proven too difficult for PD teams world-wide. Until now! The development of Zeal has taken more than three years and after numerous tests and prototypes it’s ready for launch. Upper material is a light yet durable nylon textile, and together with the lacing system it embraces the foot firmly. But it is the midsole construction, and the HGMS2 technology*, that is the true innovation. Zeal provides a stable but soft heel grip, this is the impossible combo, made reality through the moulded midsole cradle on the interior side of the shoe. The midsole not only adds superb fit, it also turns into the reinforcement protecting the foot in serious terrain. The height of the heel cup is slightly reduced at centre back in order to reduce the pressure at the Achilles tendon. The medium last is half lined with Quick dry mesh. The torsion and cushioning is in fine balance and together with the low sole profile the ground control is just outstanding. The outsole cleats are positioned so mud doesn’t get stuck.
The studs Icebug has developed and uses have tips made of carbide steel which is 6-7 times harder than normal steel which makes them virtually impossible to wear out. In addition to the different traction technologies Icebug also has a variety of systems for the studs. The Fixed Studs do not adjust to the surface like the dynamic studs in the BUGrip system, instead they are always exposed and grip whatever surface that comes in their way. With Fixed Studs it’s possible to make the sole relatively thin which saves weight and improves the ground control. The Fixed Studs system is exclusively used in the Off Trail category, at the shoes with the “OLX” added to the models’ name.
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