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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

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!

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
Responded on

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

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

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.