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2012-07-01 11:23 PM

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Subject: Triathlon laces
Which laces are best for super quick transitions. The ones I am looking at are speed laces, bungee laces, yankz, lock laces, and xtenex. I've heard good things about xtenex but what do you think ?


2012-07-01 11:31 PM
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I use bungee laces and have been very happy with them.

2012-07-02 2:32 AM
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They all work fine (and I've used all of the above).  None is faster, you set them to the proper tension the first time, and just pull your shoe on like a slipper.  Some are firmer than others (Easy Laces are the least firm), so it's personal preference.  

Of the group xtenex are by far the most expensive, but allow different tensions in each part of the shoe.  Talking with the inventor, he sees them as an investment that you move from shoe to shoe (that's why they come in different lengths, cause they are hard to lace if you cut them).

2012-07-02 8:22 AM
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I've used Yankz for several years and have been happy with them.  The only downside is that it takes a couple of runs to get the tension dialed in. 

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2012-07-02 8:50 AM
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I prefer easy laces.
2012-07-02 9:12 AM
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What distances do you run with these laces? I've never used them but am looking at investing also but  you just tighten them and slide on your shoe? Not the other way around? Your shoes stay on tight?


2012-07-02 9:29 AM
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they're pretty much all the same, except the Xtenex.

just get whatever your local running shop has at the counter- and pick an obnoxious color.

I do have a set of the xtenex.  they do offer the advantage of being able to control the tightness at different points.  they take longer to install... and may take a few tries to get the tension just right the way you like it. 

I'd try regular $5 onese first.

2012-07-02 1:18 PM
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I have Yankx on two pairs of shoes, they do the job.
2012-07-02 9:32 PM
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Yankz have worked on several pairs for me.
2012-07-02 10:18 PM
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I run all distances once you can get them to the right tension they feel like normal laces they're just easier to put on quickly.
2012-07-09 2:53 PM
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Xtenex I have found to work best for me. Once you get them adjusted properly you can forget about them until you wear your shoes out. Just took a pair of shoes out of my rotation that had over 400 miles on them and I don't think I ever adjusted the laces once I had them where I like them!

 

 



2012-07-09 6:01 PM
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I've used yanks, lock laces, and xtenex, and I like xtenex the best.  The difference between them and all the others is that the xtenex prevent the laces from slipping and getting tight around the front and loose at the top.
2012-07-10 12:48 PM
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Another vote for Xtenex.  I found the yankz to be too tight in places, and the adjustability of the xtenex make them a pleasure to use.  Like everyone said, they take a bit longer to set up the first time, but then they are hassle-free for the life of the shoes.
2012-07-10 2:28 PM
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Yankz have served me fine.  I broke the triangular clip on a rowing machine.  I e-mailed them asking about buying a replacement and they sent me a pair for free.  
2012-07-10 7:42 PM
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Love my Yankz!
2012-07-12 7:06 AM
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I use the toggle kind with regular laces. I have found that my stride becomes more of a shuffle in Ironman, and the elastic laces let my feet move enough that they got wicked hot. Totally n=1, but thought I'd share!


2012-07-12 4:57 PM
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Trath-L33T - 2012-07-02 3:32 AM

They all work fine (and I've used all of the above).  None is faster, you set them to the proper tension the first time, and just pull your shoe on like a slipper.  Some are firmer than others (Easy Laces are the least firm), so it's personal preference.  

Of the group xtenex are by far the most expensive, but allow different tensions in each part of the shoe.  Talking with the inventor, he sees them as an investment that you move from shoe to shoe (that's why they come in different lengths, cause they are hard to lace if you cut them).




^^^ +1 what he said.


I've used nothing but Lock Laces, so far, but I have no reason to try anything else.
They're inexpensive and just work. That said, there's no reason any of the others wouldn't work perfectly fine.


2012-07-13 11:09 PM
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I'm looking at using the xtenex laces myself, the LRS doesn't carry them so will order off of web.

I've used Lock Laces and Yankz on Mizuno Wave Riders.  No difference to me for those two, once setup both were perfect for quick T2 transitions.

2012-07-16 2:59 PM
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Yankz work great for me !
2012-07-24 9:41 PM
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Can you put all of these on bike shoes as well?  My bike shoes are for mountain biking but I'd prefer not to buy a new pair.
2012-07-24 10:01 PM
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CountryMom27 - 2012-07-24 10:41 PM Can you put all of these on bike shoes as well?  My bike shoes are for mountain biking but I'd prefer not to buy a new pair.

you have laced bike shoes? i guess if it has laces you can use them...



2012-07-24 10:39 PM
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Mountain bike shoes.  I have a hybrid and do a lot of trail runs.  My husband has the fancy swift Italian road bike with the clipped shoes.  But he also has two bikes, a kayak, a canoe and a whole lotta gear :-)
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