GRIP & TECH
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.
OLX® Fixed studs, when slipping is not an option. We have set the standard for studded footwear and now OLX® continues this for trail running, OCR, and Orienteering. Made of carbide steel, which is 6-7 times harder than normal steel, these studs are virtually impossible to wear out. For trail running, we use our “fixed” system which unlike our BUGrip® system, does not adjust to the surface. The benefit for trail running is that the studs are always exposed and provide grip on whatever surface they encounter. This allows us to make a thinner sole, which improves ground control and saves weight. OLX® is used exclusively in our summer trail, orienteering and OCR shoes.
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.
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.