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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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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.

5 5

Greatest Decision I Made

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I got into winter hiking I knew it would require a lot of new gear and even though I pride myself in finding good deals - I originally planned just to get a low end mid range crampon to try to suit my needs figuring that having snowshoes and a short crampon would be all I needed. Fortunately, a friend talked me into these when they were on sale and I have to say they have probably saved me from turning back on at least 3 ascents in the first year and surely have saved me countless slipping and sliding in areas where crampons would have been overkill and bare booting would be too dangerous.

They are relatively easy to put on once you get the hang of it - and I can do it within seconds, I love that they don't need to be adjusted like crampons for each boot and simply slide on to any of the many shoes I own.

Having owned many slip on "traction" devices where the traction is more or less a spring wrapped around some wire coughyaktraxcough I was initially skeptical of the longevity of the spikes - but a year of tough abuse and they are no worse for the wear while other similar devices break within a few weeks.

I find the teeth length perfect for trail use and even use in treks above treeline.

I love that they hold up even when you're not walking on snow and ice and handle transitional areas with rock and mud without any issue or damage to the teeth.

I highly recommend these for anyone winter hiking or anyone looking to replace less reliable traction devices for walking along roads, driveways, yards, anywhere.

Greatest Decision I Made
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These seem like a necessary addition to the pack when winter hiking. After seeing your reviews and pictures I think the lady and I will most certainly get some now. The Northeast is simply too serious a place to go trekking without them. Great stuff!

Invaluable

Invaluable

Never summit with out having these things in your arsenal. They make navigating icy terrain safe and can hardly notice them on your feet. Highly recommend!

Spikes in Action!

Spikes in Action!

Couldn't have made it to the top today without these!

5 5

A must for adventures in the winter

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's simple, these things just work. I use them for trail/mountain running and hiking. When you need that extra bit of bite on ice/hard pack snow, they go on easily, come off easily, and disappear into your pack when you don't need them.

5 5

Great Multipurpose Item

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great to have for a variety of situations. I keep them in my car during the winter in case I get stuck, they are wonderful to use for winter hiking, and they're useful when you're doing easy mountaineering routes that don't require steel crampons. I also don't see how anyone can break these things - they are BURLY! I think anyone can get good use out of these. I highly recommend.

5 5

yes!

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

I've used other shoe-wrap-around-snow-things before and been very displeased. I recently purchased shoes with Carbite Spikes BUILT IN for winter trail running but THESE are perfect for when 80% or so of the trail I'm running/hiking is dirt and I have just a few snow fields or glacier crossings. I got the size small (I wear a women's size 7.5) and put them on a very low-profile trail running shoe and they fit perfect. (although I can wrap them around my hiking boots too) Having these has created opportunities to summit some really, really cool mountains. They're durable, they're aggressive, they're inexpensive and I can just throw them in my pack until I need them.

5 5

Love these!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These microspikes help me get through anything that I run in during the winter. The traction that it gives makes me feel confident no matter what situation I get myself into. You seriously need to get a pair if you get yourself into any ice situations where you could fall on your butt, or cause others to fear for their safety because you aren't being smart.

Would these fit with a women's size 10...

Would these fit with a women's size 10 (approx men's sz.9) snowboard boot, or would those be too bulky to fit the microspikes onto? I'm on the fence between these and actual crampons (which seem like they might (?) be overkill) for summer hiking up Mt. Hood to shred the glorious slush.

Best Answer Responded on

Hey BexOnHood,

these should fit over a snowboard boot no problem, the thing about these are they do not work that well in slush, since there is little to bit down into the firmer snow. I don't know what hood is like but I have gone up to camp muir on Rainier in running shoes, people do not normally need crampons for that section.

these would help if you had a freeze overnight and had a slippery crust to walk up in the morning, but I don't think they would be much more help in deeper slush