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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


  • 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...

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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.

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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

5 5

I just used these on Mt Hood

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

And let me tell you what, I could not be more impressed! I stretched these microspikes onto my Salewa Condor Evo GTX mountaineering boots (size 12) and began my ascent up Mt Hood this past weekend. I had zero problems making my way up the slope through a mixture of soft and hard packed icy snow. I climbed well past the point where everyone else stopped to attach their crampons and I didn't stop to swap my microspikes for crampons until I got to the Triangle Moraine area. I am seriously impressed with these. Coming back down the mountain I had my crampons attached to my pack and the Kahtoolas back on my boots and when I got to the point where I wanted to glissade I decided to leave them on to see if they would interfere. They did not. I was able to slow the glissade momentum with the microspikes on my boots with no troubles, unlike crampons.

The Kahtoola seem very well made and the Large fits both my hiking and mountaineering boots perfectly. My mountaineering boot size is 12 and my hiking boot is (Merrell Chameleon 5) also size 12. My only complaint with this product is that for the 60 dollar price tag I feel the carrying case should come with it. Not a big deal, just my opinion. I highly recommend this product and will be using my spikes on every winter adventure from here forward.

I just used these on Mt Hood
5 5

Couldn't be happier

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These microspikes make a huge difference in terms of traction over thick ice and snow pack. Over the 25 miles of hiking that I put on them in the back country of Vermont and New Hampshire, I didn't slip once. They provide reliably firm footing, and are stably positioned with each step. There is a bit of a strange 'wiggling' sensation on your boot. It's not a bad sensation, I just didn't know to expect it. They are extremely lightweight, and very easy to take on and off. When you're done with them you just shake them a few times are they are seemingly magically cleaned off. I could not be happier with the product.

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 .

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