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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

    Tech Specs

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    Good for Mid-Winter Hikes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are a permanent fixture in my backpack for winter hikes. You never know when you're going to encounter a trail encased within sheet of ice in the Wasatch, and these help me to cross safely. They fit well over my winter hiking boots, and tuck into a bag when I don't need them.

    Very good to have handy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great to leave in the car just in case. If ever you plan on hiking around on snowy and icy trails then I would recommend these. They are not the greatest on sidewalks, when you are walking on snow on the sidewalk they are fine but if you get to a slightly iced section then the hard surface combination on the metal micro spike does not provide very good traction.

    Wouldn't hike without them

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I use these to hike up zipfy tracks for sledding and occassionally just hiking. The grip is surreal, and with all the metal on the bottom, they seem like they will last more than other products. 5 seconds to take on / off. TBD if the top rubber will last, but really satisfied so far

    Solid winter investment

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got tired of slipping and sliding during shoulder season and into the first few snowfalls so I grabbed these Microspikes. All of my customers were going on and on about them and they were right! As you can see in the photo, their stretchy fit allows them to go over any shoe. The spikes are large enough to really grip the ice, and they fit in a nice little pouch that comes with them. I bet they are great not only for hiking but also simple things like taking your dog out before bed and you want to make sure you don't fall on rogue ice.



    Got a gear question? Contact me: 801-204-4692 or email me at tsalisbury@backcountry.com

    Solid winter investment

    Perfect for Dark, Icy Runs

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I wore these spikes on an icy, late-night run, and they were perfect. I didn't have to worry about slipping. They handled the ice without any issue and weren't too cumbersome on patches of dirt either. Highly recommend these spikes with some wool socks for all winter adventures!

    Champion on the Ice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I consider Micro Spikes to be a necessity, it's icy in the winter time and slipping around on the nice is no fun! These are great for winter hikes where snowshoes or crampons aren't necessary. These are extremely compact and easy to bring along if you aren't sure if you'll be needing them--better to be safe!

    I recommend them to anybody looking to play outdoors anywhere icy.

    These are Great Spikes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have had a pair of these micro spikes for about 4 years now and still holding up strong. Even on a sheet of ice, I feel like I'm hiking on pavement. Very confident in each step with these on. They are fairly easy and quick to slip on and off if the trail is spotty with ice (maybe late/ early season). I have even left mine on through several river crossings via rock hopping and the spikes are still very much intact. Will always have a pair of Kahtoolas with me on winter hikes.



    Fit is pretty straight forward, I am an 11 boot size and wear the L.



    Feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions about these micro spikes or any other inquiries.

    These are Great Spikes

    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.

        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?