Over the years, I’ve tried a few different speed lacing systems for running shoes but I always come back to plain old laces. I’m not sure why, but it’s never been that big a deal to tie my shoes in T2. Perhaps I’m not fast enough for a few seconds to matter but a big part of it is having equal, firm tension on each foot and that’s hard to come by with speed systems - at least the few I’ve tried.
Straces are about as simple as traditional shoe laces with the added benefit of being very stretchy. The Straces web site shows a variety of lacing patterns including those intended for triathletes motoring through transition but they lace just like regular laces. Once laced, pull tight for the desired tension, knot off each end, cut the excess and you’re done.
Similar to other speed lacing systems, Straces allow you to slip into your shoes, due to their flexibility, without tying.
In my opinion, there are three advantages to Straces versus other speed lacing systems I’ve tried. They mimic the even, firm tension of standard laces, they are simple and they are inexpensive.
It’s hard to argue with $4.99 per pair. Straces also come in a variety of colors for those who are fashion conscience.
I suppose the only down side is that once the Straces are knotted off, that’s the lace tension you have to live with. As I always tie my shoes the same, it’s of no concern to me but if you can’t make up your mind or if you use the same shoes for different purposes, it’s worth noting.
I now have Straces in my casual and running shoes and have enjoyed the convenience while retaining the secure feeling of traditional laces. I may never tie the old fashion way again.