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A Summer In the Icebug Mist. Running Shoe Review

Kein Mist! – For a German speaker, the name “Mist” is a bit unfortunate; it doesn’t make us think of light fog, it just translates as “junk.”

Icebug’s Mist are as far from junk as you can get…

I had noticed those shoes already at the ISPO last winter.

They are so lightly built, with a mesh upper that could almost rival a negligee when you see it lit-up like at such a fair, they are noticeable.

Icebug Mist running shoes

Icebug Mist running shoes (“tune” not included ;) )

They also looked rather less interesting, with that mesh and the comparatively thick sole (for a pair of Icebugs, not compared to the Nike LunarEpic of my recent review) making them look odd on top and ordinary below.

Was I wrong.

When I started talking (with their PR person) about Icebugs I should perhaps test this summer (full disclosure: they provided me with them), we finally decided on the Mist and the Acceleritas5, and I have hardly ever been happier…

Not only did those shoes end up being the ones I brought with me to China this summer, where their road running-appropriate sole and sheer upper was excellent for everything from walks to Beijing’s Buddhist Temples to running and strolls in Hunan, on the beaches of Haikou, and in Hong Kong.

Icebug Mist on Haikou Beach

Sandy Beach? Shoes in hand in the surf, wiped-off feet right back in them, all good – just shake out the sand that doesn’t just fall out :)

These were also the shoes I decided to take for the second half of the mountain marathon (Bergmarathon) around the Traunsee lake this year, with its mixture of gnarly trails and simple roads.

The Icebug Mist was even the pair of shoes, which I forgot to mention in the video, which I decided to use on the Hochkönigman marathon trail run, when they were still rather new and untested for me – and they worked out excellently.

A little bit like with the Icebug Zeal before, the only “issue,” e.g. on steep alpine meadow descents through wet grass, was that braking was not a good idea. Letting it run, though, the grip was amazing, and so was the comfort.

Best of all, the downside of feet getting dirtier than in more-closed shoes is quite the plus when they also dry out faster:

You lose the fear of simply jumping through the next puddles and sloshing through trails that are turning into muddy creeks.

It won’t matter, anyways: Your foot soles will be protectively cushioned just the right amount (even for road running sections), and your feet will be dry and warm enough again fast enough – and you’ll get back home to your shower faster, safer, and with more fun than if you’d tried to remain dry.

Icebug Mist and 'starry' CW-X tights, out road running

Icebug Mist and ‘starry’ CW-X tights, out road running

Too bad the summer’s definitely gone now, but I’ll get another season out of those shoes.

And until then, it’s getting time to switch to spikes – and maybe this winter turns out “bad” enough I can finally, honestly review the. Anima3 with BUGrip spikes.

I started that last winter, but it just didn’t have enough snow and ice. What a complaint :-p

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