A standard 1/4 hex socket is all you need
The easiest way to install your Sole Spikes™ is with a power drill or driver and a 1/4 inch hex socket. For your convenience, a magnetized hex socket is included in every cup. Simply chose a pattern you would like to try and drive them to the point where the flange snugs up against the sole of your shoe. DO NOT OVER TURN as this will strip out your sole material making it hard for the Sole Spike™ to stay in place. We recommend, once your spike is snug, give a little extra 1/8 to 1/4 turn to allow the underside ridges to grab your sole. If you're in the field or don't have a power driver, install Sole Spikes™ by hand with the Goat Head Sole Driver or any 1/4 inch socket tool. Apply enough pressure to drive the point into shoe lug and turn until completely inserted.
Tips to avoid fall outSole Spikes™ are a great traction mechanism for most outdoor situations and will wear well for a long time. From time to time, you may have one or two fall out, just like any other traction screw. Follow these tips to avoid loss:
- As mentioned above, do not over rotate your Sole Spike™ once snug. Over-turning will cause your sole material to be less firm around your spike and may lead to fall out.
- If your shoe shipped with a spike/screw preinstalled, or has a screw receptacle in the sole, DO NOT use that preexisting hole. If you like the position, simply offset your Sole Spike™ by a small distance and then install
- Avoid repeatedly removing and installing your Sole Spike™ into the same hole as this will cause that sole material in the hole to weaken and be less supportive. If you cannot dedicate a shoe for Sole Spikes™ you may be able to use the same hole once or twice more before it loses its strength. Simply offset your screw from the original hole by a small margin and you will have a much stronger foundation.
- Avoid installing Sole Spikes™ high flex areas of your sole as the material in these areas stretches and may pull away somewhat from your spike.
- Be aware that softer, spongier sole materials may have a harder time holding a Sole Spike as well as more dense materials. This doesn't mean you can't use Sole Spikes™, just be prepared to lose one or two. Thankfully we pack more Sole Spikes in every cup than our competitors to give you some back up in the event you may lose one. Also, we provide our Spikes at a lower cost than other specialty spikes so you don't feel gouged when you want more.