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Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

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    Quick and easy instant traction.

    Instead of pulling the ol' banana peel slip and eating it 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 traction.

    With a new lower profile harness, eyelet reinforcements, and an integrated toe bale, these MICROspikes are the lightest and lowest profile version yet. 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 to an icy peak, the MICROspikes help you keep your footing and prevent your butt from hitting the ground. And now the MICROspikes come with a tote sack so you have somewhere to store them when you get to lower elevations.

    • Stainless steel construction
    • Welded chains
    • Elastomer harness
    • Integrated toe bale
    • Eyelet reinforcements
    • Tote sack included
    • Item #KHT000B

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [spikes and chains] stainless steel, [harness] elastomer
    Boot Compatibility
    strap-on
    Number of Points
    12
    Claimed Weight
    [small] 11 oz, [medium] 11.9 oz, [large] 13.1 oz, [x-large] 13.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping, running, casual
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Compact and Functional

      These spikes are super compact - the carry bag can easily fit in a pocket - and work perfectly on icy trails and hikes. The easy on/off makes them even more convenient and perfect in situations where crampons are unwanted or unneeded. Be sure to order the correct size (or size up), as I have seen them stretch when using too small of a size on too large of a boot.

      Top notch spike

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Anytime ice is around I whip out these bad boys for some first class traction. Must have gear in spring or winter conditions. These are well documented as being one of the best choices and when you put them on you know where that little extra bit of money went. Great product and backcountry got it to me super fast!!

      They work

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I sized up to a large from suggested medium (I'm a men's 9.5) with hope that they'd work on hiking and ski boots and it worked. They are a little awkward on ski boots but still effective. Larger size meant a little less snug on hiking boots, but again effective. They are easy to put on / take off; light and easy to pack in handy pouch. My daughter and I made first trip up Mt Washington to Tuckerman's Ravine a couple weeks ago and the Micro spikes were a key piece of equipment as the top half of the trail up was wall to wall ice hidden under a couple inches of fresh light snow. Micro spike gave us all the traction we needed.

      They work

      Works great and super compact

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I got a small and I have a size 8 women's hiking boot. Putting on the microspikes took a little bit of maneuvering them onto my boot, but once I stretched them over, they fit easily and snuggly. I didn't really need them for the whole hike, but there were very icy patches over some steep boulders on the hike I used them on and I felt totally stable and in control. Excited to try these in some more difficult conditions.



      Update: Used these on a hike to White Pine Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon, the whole trail was completely covered in snow and these were amazing. Totally didn't hinder our hiking but gave us great grip on the snow. We saw tons of people going down slipping and sliding, while we made our way up and down with confidence.

      Works great and super compact

      Amazing

        Microspikes are amazing. I picked up a pair in preparation for my trip to Iceland, knowing there was a possibility that some of the trails would be, well, icy. The initial climb on the hike to Svartifoss was well groomed and clear. After some mud that eventually cleared up, we saw some people walking toward us "I hope you have something for the ice, we turned around". No worries, I threw my MICROspikes on and made the descent with full confidence and safety. As you can see in the picture.. MICROspikes allowed me to get up close to the Svartifoss to see the amazing rock formations!

        Amazing

        A Must Have

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Got these spikes in anticipation of a late winter/early spring hike of Mt. Moosilauke in the white mountains. Although it's been a mild a winter, just a couple of miles into my hike up to the ravine lodge I needed to throw these on.

        They fit great, sizing is spot on and the medium fit around my vasque boots snugly and didn't move until I took them off at the same spot on the way down.

        This was my first time using spikes and it was a little unnerving at first, your brain is telling you "ICE ICE ICE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" all the while your feet have more grip than on regular dirt, incredible.

        They got me up and down the 5,000+ footer, 10.5 miles, in 5.5 hours, an hour faster than book time, which included a 45 minute stay at the summit for lunch.

        Rinse them off and spray a little WD40 on them before packing them away to prevent rusting.

        Does the job

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

        Wouldn't have summited without them on a recent trip. Stayed tight and gave me plenty of confidence on steep ascents and descents. As has been stated on other reviews, they're far better than yak tracks that do not stay in place.

        Does the job

        Way better than Yaktrax

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These far exceeded my expectations, after being unfortunate enough to have purchased basic Yaktrax first last year. Perhaps they are designed for different purposes, but for the life of me, I couldn't keep the Yaktrax from sliding off my shoe, at really any steepness of trail.

        These Kahtoola's rubberized harness rides up much higher around the foot and over the toe, and the chains/spikes on the bottom really help keep the entire thing in place on your shoe while you're hiking the steeps.

        I have used them three or so times now in the muddy snow, and am super pleased with them. They are surprisingly light and packable, and the small drawstring bag for them is a nice bonus to keep things organized.

        Bye Bye Ice!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        No more slipping and sliding and getting embarrassed in front of your friends. If you don't need full blown crampons these things will do the job. I got these because I am running down hills quickly and that can get really hard when it gets slippery. These will restore your faith in your footing when you know the ground isn't your friend.

        Great product but sizing ?

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        A great product for icy trails! don't leave home without them on wintery days!
        A point of warning though on sizing. The site (BC) give the size for shoes while Kahtoola on the package information in the product box note: two sizes one for shoes and one for boots - example:

        Lg shoe US M11-14 LG boot M11-14

        this applies t me so here i am with lg but in the winter and trail hiking i don't where approach, trail shoes, etc. - I tries them on hike ing boots to types and while a bit tight the go on, hopefully will not break. I'll update if they do. why not return? I'm leaving for a trip and don't have time ( i have real crampons so.... if these fail (break) i can put these on) i was trying to have something for approach trail and just icy walking trails.... be warned.

        First Use - Worked Great on an Icy Hike

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

        I purchased a pair of these microspikes in small, my hiking boot size is a women's 8 1/2 and the small worked perfect. My husband boot size is a 9 1/2 and the medium worked out well for him. We used them on a 5 mile icy trail hike in Zion National Park in February and had zero issues with them. They hugged our boots well and there was no slippage. I would recommend these to friends.

        First Use - Worked Great on an Icy Hike

        POOR DESIGN....

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

        I took my MICROspikes out for a light ice/snow hike the first time after receiving them. I am a boot size 9 so I ordered a Medium. They looked great and fit very snug. I was excited and on my way, but within an 2 hours I looked down to tell another hiker about how great they were when I noticed that my right foot was bare... I'm shocked these fell off being that you have to stretch to put them on but alas they did. They box claims a "New Improved Harness" so that tells me they've had trouble in the past with this. Had they put a strap over the foot to fully secure them this would fix the problem. All in all they are great when they work but I would never purchase or tell someone to buy them after falling off within 2 hours.. Backcountry wouldn't replace them so I am out $70... Thumbs down across the board.

        For icy hikes

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

        Ive only used these once so far, but the improvement in my grip versus my previous hikes without them is huge. Im a size 12-13 shoe and the size L fits snug around my boots with no loose ends.

        Work On Ice

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

        These work great on icy trails from flat to moderate inclines. Once you get close to 45° incline you will be wanting something with front spikes. If between sizes, I'd size down. I had a medium and was having them come off my heel on the downhills. A small might have been the way to go. I was able to thread some cord through the heel and tie it around my ankle to keep them in place.

        I usually wear a size 10 or 10.5 US Men's shoe. This is, unfortunately right between the M and L sizes. Which should I purchase?