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Quick and easy instant traction.

Instead of doing the slippery dance and pulling your groin on icy trails, strap on the Kahtoola Microspikes Traction System for instant footing and more graceful movement. Burly stainless steel cleats are connected by flex chains and an elastomer harness for a snug and secure fit and high performance. A heel tab makes the system a breeze to get on or off, and a sturdy front bar holds it in place up front. Whether you're walking the dog, fishing on a frozen river, or doing that high-altitude hike with an icy peak, the Microspikes keep your flighty butt from hitting the ground.

  • Stainless steel flex chains and spikes
  • Quad cleats
  • Elastomer harness
  • Heel tab
  • Front bar hold

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when will you be getting more size L in stock?

Responded on

Sadly we don't currently have any more sizes on order. Probably won't have them in until fall. Sorry :(

4 5

Better than yack tracks

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Holy cow, I'll say that again. These are far superior to Yak Tracks (Trax?). I knew this before i bought them, but here's a story anyway. I picked up the Yaks several years ago because they were cheap and i knew they'd be a nice thing to have in the bottom of a pack in a pinch. But NOvember 14 i went with a group to tackle early ice in New Hampshire (Lincoln's Throat). It features a long approach up a river on rocky/snowy terrain. The Yak's deteriorated over the course of the up to the point where i was just trying to get some of the spring coils under my boots. Sure, i could've put on my crampons, but i would've crushed them and the conditions weren't that bad. I also could pack alpine crampons. But the Microspikes are so handy for their weight and the all metal bottoms mean they survive a bunch of adventures.
I was fine on my trip with the lesser product, but i wasn't as happy as the other folks in my party.

Get these, keep them in your pack in the winter and have no regrets.

When will you have size M in stock? Need them! Thx

Responded on

Gail,

Unfortuntealy we don't have any Mediums on order for the rest of the 2014/2015 winter.

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about this product as I have about 3 pairs myself.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

3 5

Awesome Grip

These microspikes work great for packed snowy and icy trails. They were great for trail running on trails that I never could have before.

5 5

Won't be worried about the ice again

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I purchased these for my mother as a Christmas gift. My parents live in New England and since my mom has been wanting a pair for awhile, it seemed like a great gift.


She has loved them. She is very active, walking daily and hiking frequently. These have been great for days when the terrain is suspect to full blown sheets of ice.

In regards to sizing, she wears a size 6-6.5 in womens and the size small has worked perfectly.

Would definitely recommend.

5 5

Essential

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These spikes have been essential to my New England snow removal this winter. They provide the extra traction you need on the Ice and snow. I wear a size 12 shoe and the XL was perfect for my bif merrell hiking boots.

5 5

Like Velcro on My Feet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Did a brutally cold overnighter into Grayson Highlands (-6, snow and 50mph gusts).

Day 1 there was a light dusting of snow, but many of the trails are through rock outcroppings and requrie boulder hopping / climbing and in between the rocks there were chutes filled with ice.

My buddy didn't have microspikes and slipped/slided his way along. I however had these and it was like I had velcro on my feet. I didn't even shy away from the ice patches, and had no reservations about hopping off a rock into an icy patch.

That night we got 3-5 inches of snow and the icy patches were now snow covered and the overnight temp froze the snow and ground so I kept my MicroSpikes on the entire way.

Even on bare rock I was able to get great foot purchase.

These are great - can't live without them on an icy trail.

My buddy mentioned no less than 10 times that he was getting a pair as soon as he returned home.

Like Velcro on My Feet
5 5

a must-have!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Kahtoola's Microspikes Traction System is an awesome, lightweight alternative to full-on crampons. They're perfect for winter hikes and walks around the neighborhood when the trails and sidewalks are icy. Easy to use, convenient, and portable; they're definitely a must-have for anyone who still wants to get out and play safely in the winter months without having to lug around expensive technical equipment. Get a pair and throw 'em in your car, you never know when they'll come in handy!

5 5

Well Worth the Price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm tapping maples on the slopes of Mount Ellen in VT for the winter. I ordered the Large Size to put over my men's size 10.5 sorrel boots while hiking through deep snow on hard snow, ice, and leaf litter, and they have reduced the rate at which I slip over the ground to nearly 0. They seem to work best on snow and ice, but are pretty good for leaves, which move under weight regardless of grip.

They do collect a bit of snow, which I think is contributing to heat loss in my feet, but not in significant enough amounts to establish an obvious correlation.

Mine have never fallen off, but my coworker said hers tended to fall off if they got caught on things, like branch ends under the snow. To fix this, I just tie a boot lace to the front of each microspike, and thread it up through my boots' laces and tuck it into the boot, so if it ever did fall off, it would stay attached to my leg.

5 5

Awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super easy to use, wear, great grip, love everything about them.

PS I have one pair that is now slightly too big for my new shoes and they slide out of place, any recommendations on how to get it more snug on it without buying a new pair?

5 5

They Make the Difference

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've gone winter hiking without spikes for a while now, finally broke down and bought them and they were the best investment ever! Makes winter hiking easier and allow you to go farther! Won't leave home without them!

When are you guys expecting large sizes to be back in stock??

5 5

Between Sizes? Go up.

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Are you between sizes? Example: I'm a womens 8-8.5. I tried the Small first, since a lot of my shoes are womens 8s. However, when I put the small ones on my hikers (Salomon womens, 8.5s) the spikes don't sit directly under the ball of the foot and front of the foot like they are supposed to. I've found that a Medium sits right on my 8.5's, and it's no problem on my size 8s as well!

On a side note, this is a really great product! They are sturdy enough to walk or run on, and even help in mud. Some other spikes just don't stay on a shoe very well. These never come off, and the spikes stick to everything!

5 5

Amazing!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I take my dog out on a lot of hikes in the winter and at times the trails can get icy. These work so well in slippery hard pack or icy conditions. Easy to put on, and they don't take up much space in my car. I would recommend that everyone owns a pair of these.

5 5

My must have for ice / snow / winter.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After spending way too much time avoiding falls on iced over trails, the backcountry team recommended these to me as the pick for traction on winter terrain. While I haven't tried the other options out there, I have to say, these things are something else so far. Taken them out several times in just the past few weeks from hard & slick ice build up to frozen dirt and snowed over trails and not a fall or slide since.

Also really like the rubber installation system. It's durable but also very quick to get the spikes on (just lift over your shoe and pull up) and off (pull down). This lets you adjust for your specific size dimensions on the fly so you're not reconfiguring if you change boots.

Definitely a little pricey and you'll probably want a case too (though a plastic bag for after is just as good, they hold a lot of dirt until rinsed off).

XL for size 14 boots.

My must have for ice / snow / winter.
5 5

Excellent fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I ordered a small size and it worked great for boots 7.5 - 8.5 boots. I wasn't sure they would fit the size 8.5, but they did. Excited to use them all winter!

5 5

Essential Piece of Gear

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I never leave for a winter hiking trip without these. As soon as the trail starts to get a little slick I throw these on and cruise straight through the ice/snow. They're so simple to put on/take off and they're very secure on regular hiking boots. The spikes are pretty aggressive and even on bare ice I had no issues.

5 5

Easy on, Easy off. While on, tough.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I tossed these on my pack while hiking in pretty good weather. As I got up the mountain, I crossed some over flows of the creek over the trail. I tip-toed around it as I did not want to take my pack off. This event happened 3 to 4 times. Heavy flow would over flow on the flat spots, then freeze creating large ice fields to cross. All was fine and when careful no need for these and they stayed on the pack.... until

On the night before descending, snow hit hard. I left early hoping to get down before what was, clear and visible trail turned to a snow covered blind navigation. Well, time flew by and before I knew it I was 2 miles down trail where I discovered the first ice patches under the snow without warning. The very first step I took unknowingly on the ice I was down. Without even having to remove my gloves, I could throw these on the Salomons.

I kept them on the rest of the trail only knowing when I hit ice due to texture, no slip. They seem to mesh really well with the Salomons as they are even those depicted in the main ad photo.

What size? I wear 10.5 in Salomon, 11 in most shoes. I purchased the size large. They fit perfectly snug, no sag.

Easy on, Easy off. While on, tough.
Blue Ice? That's nice...

Blue Ice? That's nice...

Was like this and worse all the way to the top of Mt. Field - no problem with microspikes!

Responded on

Did you visit Field's good friends Tom or Willey?

Awesome shot! Gotta love the iced over trails in the Whites.