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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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4 5

pretty darn good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these for almost 2 years and they've always performed well throughout most anything that I've thrown at them. They're pretty packable, light, easy to take on and off, and priced well.
Sometimes they will come loose if you're too vigorous, and they do cake up pretty fast when the snow gets sticky. Also, they tend to slip a little on the steeper terrain (on packed snow, not ice) but other than that, these are some great spikes!

5 5

Well worth the money

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They will pay for themselves the first time you use them. They are great to transverse ice/snow packed trails and frozen creeks. And they are awesome for trail running when you need a little more grip on inclines that are made up of loose gravel .

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They don't sell the medium here? I wear a...

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They don't sell the medium here? I wear a size 10=/

Hard Pack and Icy Tail Traction Safety

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From hard pack snow to icy trails, even when going ice fishing, these microspikes work at saving your tailbone from those nasty falls.

5 5

Well made

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used these little guys on a 20 mile Trek this Nov . Easy to use and have nice traction . Great for those ice coated rocks and slick paths. Good price to. I did not use trekking poles and never fell once unlike my guide :) These are no where near the same as crampons do not ice climb with these .

5 5

Rulers of Micro Traction

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are no others that compare when it comes to keep'n you upright on the trails or when trekking across a lake to your favorite ice fishing hole. They're fast to pull on and light weight. From the Pacific Northwest to the Wastach Front trails and including those great midwest ice fishing holes, these mini crampons rule!

I've been using these for the past couple of years and they have saved my tail bone when my buddies are whining all the way home because of the many falls on our winter training hikes.

Don't let the others fool ya, they don't even come close in traction or ease of use.

5 5

Great traction.

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

I used my Kahtoola Microspikes for the first time today. Winter has started to come to our trails, and I hiked a 7 mile ridge loop with snow depth ranging from 0 to about 12". The trail had been used in the recent freeze/thaw cycle and had icy, frozen boot prints. Without Microspikes, it would have been nasty and I probably would not have done it. With the Microspikes, it was a great winter outing. They are really easy on and easy off. Once on, the spikes stay fixed on the boot both uphill and down. I got good grip on ice and hard snow and the spikes accommdated bare pieces of the trail easily. I had to cross a paved road near the end and I left the spikes on to see what would happen. On pavement, they feel unstable because of the narrower track of the spikes, and probably they should be removed for pavement and smooth rock. I was glad I chose this product rather than a chain type of boot traction. The short spikes are a good match to low traction snow and ice, yet work in mixed conditions where crampons would be overkill. They look like they will provide a lot of miles of use without fuss or failure. I expect I will carry them when I might encounter hard snow or frozen trail early winter and early summer.

5 5

Works great!

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

I bought a pair for me and my girlfriend to hike a Colorado 13er in the snow. We put these on half way up because we were having trouble with uphill traction and we kept them on the rest of the day. They helped a great deal in soft and packed snow and ice and make the downhill hike super easy. My gf kept saying "I love these things". It made her much faster and more confident hiking downhill. I loved them too. Really easy to get on and off on the trail. These and the gaiters were the best winter purchase so far.

4 5


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

The snow has fallen in Utah so I grabbed these because I still had some hiking to do. turns out they are great when the trail is packed down or icy, but in new soft snow they don't get you much traction and snow balls up on the bottom
they are comfy and they stay on really well, I was running the whole time I had them on. They are light enough you really don't notice them in the snow, and they don't mess with the flex of your shoe