Ok, I have to admit, one of the reasons I like these Yankz Sure Laces is they instantly peg me as a triathlete. Countless times I’ve been standing at a race start and someone notices them and asks if I’m a triathlete. Normally a marathoner with a slightly backhanded comment about why I’m not swimming this morning, but whatever. With that said, the Sure Laces are not exclusively for triathletes. In fact, we’ve found them useful for all athletes and even people that don’t exercise much at all.
So, what are they? Imagine small, thin shoelaces, made of elastic, and threaded backward from the top of your shoe to the bottom. Instead of tying your shoes every time, you can simply slip your foot into the shoes, as the laces expand and provide enough room for most people. If you can’t do this, then you can release some tension using the top adjustment and you’ll be all set.
So, there’s got to be more to this than just not tying your shoes, right? In addition to the ease of putting on your shoes, especially in T2, what the Sure Lace system provides, in our experience, is a more comfortable fit. Think of it this way: when you take off out of T2 or from the start of a longer race, your feet are fresh. They haven’t been pounding the pavement for hours and they’re not used and abused. By the middle of the race, especially if you’re into ultra running, your feet have taken a beating. They’re starting to swell, they’re starting to hurt, they’re starting to really protest. If you’re using traditional laces, your only option is to stop and loosen your laces to give your feet a bit more room. With the Sure Lace System, your shoes have some built-in play, making it more comfortable for your swelling feet on these long runs.
Last, I think you’ll be surprised with the durability and construction of the Yankz! Sure Lace System. Now, this is a bit disgusting, but these are the first pair of Yankz! I purchased, at least 4 years ago, from my local running store. The elastic is not noticeably looser, even when compared to a brand new pair, and while they’re pretty disgustingly dirty, they still work just as well as when I first bought them.
Yankz! Sure Laces are also pretty reasonably priced, normally about $8 but frequently available for less than that from different retailers. And, if you need another reason, check out this video about why Yankz! are assembled in the US: