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When heading out on the sidewalk feels like a trek onto the Antarctic ice sheet, strap on the Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System, and get durable grip on even the slickest surfaces. This flexible system attaches securely to running shoes, casual shoes, hikers, and snow boots, and provides a firm bite in ice, snow, or wet rocks thanks to a dynamic stainless steel flex chain with strategically placed 3/8-inch spikes. The durable elastomer shoe harness stretches for a snug fit, and the whole thing folds up to fit in your coat pocket or pack.

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Love these things.

    These were the best $60 I spent last winter. Not much to add to what everyone else has already written, but wanted to share my serious love for my spikes. I've used them on ~10 hikes, and they still look new. I've used them a lot on bare rock since I'm too lazy to put on/take off in between icy and rocky sections, and they look no worse for the wear. Hopefully the rubber lasts a while, because it doesn't look like the spikes are in any jeopardy.
    I have 10.5 feet, I got the medium. A little snug around my Keen PCT boots, but I like them snug vs. floppy, which the larges were.

    They're great

      Recently I used them on section h of the PCT when I encountered snow just north of Shoe Lake near white pass. I wear size 14 Zamberlan boots and the XL Microspike fit perfectly. Really easy to get on and off, they're light and provide good traction. I will be taking them along for my 200 mile PCT trip from white pass to Mt. Hood. Specifically for the goat rock wilderness area where I will likely encounter snow by the Packwood glacier.

      They're great


        I used the microspikes on a recent trip to Glacier National Park to cross snowfields. They provided a significant amount of extra traction, and were very easy to take on and off and attach to my pack with a carabiner when I didn't need them. I was very pleased with the microspikes. If you're on the edge of the sizing window, I would go with the smaller size because they can stretch quite a bit. I wear a size 11 or 11.5 and the large fit well for me.

        These things are just great

          I got my first uses of my microspikes while out in Yosemite just two weeks ago. I was shocked I got use out of them in June in Yosemite, but that's a whole different story this year.

          I brought them with me on a hike up Clouds Rest and we hit snow early in the morning which was still hard and icy. I started traversing some of it on a slope in just trail-runners and quickly realized I had no traction. I threw on my microspikes (which went on very easily) and I had instant and perfect traction. I made quick work of the hardened snow and felt very comfortable doing so.

          I used to use Yaktrax, but these things put Yaktrax to shame in terms of traction and only expensive crampons would provide as much and more.

          Kahtoola Spikes

            Yes, these spikes are as good as everyone else says. They are super handy for spring and early summer hiking in the cascades.

            Here is one thing i didnt see anyone else mention though: If u wear the spikes in deeper snow (snow u should prob have snow shoes on for) the rubber part can ball up snow and hold it in close to ur boot. This makes for a wet cold foot even with leather gortex boots on.

            If u stick to the hard pack and icy stuff on the trails and use the spikes how they are meant to be used then they work GREAT.


              Best invention ever! I hiked Tuckerman Ravine (Mount Washington, NH) in the beginning of May and these babies were perfect for the terrain I encountered (ice, snow, rocks, mud, etc). I would recommend these to anyone who likes to hike. They gave me confidence and sure footedness like nothing else I have had on my feet. They're very durable and portable too.

              My New Best Friend

                I have several pairs of ice cleats, i.e., Yaktrax, Atlas, Stabil-Icers, Katoola crampon-like cleats and my new Katoola MICROspikes. I hike twice a week, year round in Southeast Alaska in all kinds of icy terrain and these cleats are THE BEST. They are lightweight, easy and quick on and off and they are great on ice! I wear them over Asolo hiking boots. They are my new best friend.

                Great Grippers

                  These things are great. Solid underfoot and non-slip. I use them over my hiking boots and ski boots. I wasn't sure about sizing, so I bought medium and large to test fit. I went with the large even though my shoe size is smaller and returned the medium. Backcountry has by far the BEST return process that I've found on the Web. Good job folks.

                  Great traction, not very durable.

                    I really like these chains. I use them to walk my dog in the snowy and icy Wisconsin winter. I was disappointed, however, that they broke in less than one season and I was forced to do a home repair job to get them to last one season. If you plan to use them mainly to walk over pavement that may or may not be icy or snow covered, they won't last very long. I did get mine replaced and I'm hoping my second pair will last longer.

                    Made with nanotechnology...?

                      I've had the red ones for a few years now and they still work perfectly for almost any winter terrain in the white mtns. I sharpened my spikes with a file mid season and suspect I will get another year or two of use out of my original set. I wear a size 12 or 12.5 and wear a large for my boots. My trail running shoes are a size 12 however and my girlfriends medium set fits a lot better. Consider not just the sizing of the shoe but the overall mass or type of shoe, ie. boot vs. trail running shoe. Hopefully my size reference helps someone choose the right microspike size!

                      Incredible gripping and traction

                        I have gone through a countless number of YakTrax Pros and finally decided to pony up what it takes to get some serious ice spikes. The Kahtoola MicroSpikes deliver in a big way. When I'm on icy Rocky Mountain trails with my MicroSpikes, I can run with confidence and without any worry. At first, it's kind of unnerving hammering it over pure ice, but with MicroSpikes you know you have the footing to get in that great workout regardless of how slick the trail might be. Huge props to Kahtoola for this incredible product that delivers superb traction thanks to sharp teeth that really dig in with each step.

                        Also, last Sunday I ran in Boulder, CO with a pal who wore YakTrax Pros. It took me half the time to slip on my MicroSpikes that it took him to put on his YakTrax. You just slip on the MicroSpikes and you're ready to go. No velcro strap and hassle.

                        Kahtoola MicroSpikes are one of the best products I've ever bought. Huge thumbs up.

                        Easy On, Easy Off

                          I used these this past weekend for shoveling the driveway and pushing a car that was stuck. They provided great grip on the hard packed snow and ice. They were usable on the dry pavement, though I would not choose to walk any distance that way. The best feature is that I can put them on and take them off with one hand without sitting down.

                          Say Word?

                            These snow cleats are the next best things to crampons. I walk to class frequently in pretty crabby weather conditions which include really bad ice and snow, and these things really make all of the difference. I slipped and did a number to my groin a month or so ago which really inspired me to get the Kahtoolas and they work really well. They fit great and they look pretty cool too. I wouldnt suggest walking around with them on in your house unless you want to ruin your floors, also walking around with them on without the presence of snow or ice makes walking pretty difficult as well. In terms of snow cleats, these are superior. They're pretty comfortable as long as you're in snow/ice.

                            The other kinds with the springs suck! Dont get them, they will break.

                            The Kahtoola Micro spikes are like spiked snow chains for your feet. They're badass.


                              These MicroSpikes work great, much better than 2 other brands that I own. These are easy and quick to put on. Lots of traction. No straps to hook or tighten. Appear to be very strong and I expect them to last for years.

                              Sizing is the only problem. For a regular hiking/hunting boot, it is wide and the large fits size 10 boots correctly and tight enough that they don't slip around. My fire fighting boots (Servus size 11 Wide) are more narrow and the large doesn't fit tight enough. They move around and need adjusted on scene. I may add a leather strap across the top to run from one side to the other and snap back, to pull more tension on them. Should keep them tight and not slip around this way. The chains and spikes fit great, just the rubber is a little too loose.

                              I tried a pair of Medium on my fire boots, The rubber fit much better and wouldn't slip like the large does. But: the chain and spikes length (toe to heel) seem too short and the back spikes sat right at the front of my heel, not giving enough traction going downhill.

                              Since I have the large, I'll try putting a tightening strap on them (kinda like another brand that I have that goes across the top). FOR A NARROW BOOT, It would probably be best to get the Medium, and plan on adjusting the chains and spikes out, to get the proper position.

                              Or they could sell a Narrow Large ? Perfect for firefighting boots?

                              If you look at Micro Spikes picture above of the running shoes, this is how the Medium fits on my fire boots. The rear spikes sit right where the front of the heel would be (I don't like this). The Large allows the rear spikes to come to the back of the heel where they can dig in on a incline.

                              I want the chains of a Large, on the rubber of a Medium. OR EVEN BETTER, second set of spikes on the Medium to sit at the back of the heel ! (for working boots, perhaps not so good for running shoes? )

                              Spike-y goodness

                                I. Love. These.

                                I am a pedestrian in a rural car-centric town where the snowplows throw snow on the sidewalks and no one shovels. I've saved countless dollars in emergency room fees from the traction these babies give me on snow/ice pack. It was a spectacular slip that convinced me to get them (flat on my back in an intersection - pretty!) and I'm glad I did.

                                I'll bet they're awesome on the trail too.

                                Details: My size 8 Vasque hiking boot fits nicely into the woman's Small. I was afraid they'd be hard to get on/off when I first saw them in person - but they're not. They stay on and they don't shift (so if you misalign them forget trying to reposition them - take 'em off and start over!) and they come off when you want them too.

                                They are a little weird on 'dry' surfaces (no snow or ice pack)... someone asked about getting over rocks on the trail - I don't know about that, but on cement side walks it feels like walking on marbles - the spikes need something to bite. The slippery stuff should be at least as deep as the spike for optimal performance (so they're pointless {ha!} if there's just a skiff of snow).

                                If you want to walk on

                                I wear a size 10.5 trail running shoe. I...

                                I wear a size 10.5 trail running shoe. I notice on the sizing chart that this is a border size. Would I be better off getting a M or L size? Part of me thinks it may be wise to get a Large in the case that I get some insulated boots some day, but I hear they stretch a bit over time and am afraid of them being too large for trail running shoes if that's the case. Any first hand experience?

                                Any suggestion on size for Asolo Revenge...

                                Any suggestion on size for Asolo Revenge (size 12) hiking boot and Keen Blackcomb insulated boots (size 13)? Will a large (L) work for both? Thanks!

                                I wear a size 14 and thought I would need...

                                I wear a size 14 and thought I would need an XL, but on the sizing chart it says a L works for 10.5 to 14. Is this accurate or would I be better off buying the XL for trail running?

                                How would these work on rocks? I recently...

                                How would these work on rocks? I recently hiked in Yosemite in snow and ice with rocks scattered in between. It would be too much hassle to put them on and off every 10-20 yards. My Yaktrax Pro broke within the first two miles. I am looking for a much more reliable replacement.

                                Best Answer

                                I've also used these the past two years for winter trail running over a mix of snow, ice and rock. They have held up well and provide a good grip on rocks (unless they are at a super steep angle). I think extensive rock running would shorten the life of the spikes or chains though.

                                what size would be best for size 14 asolo...

                                what size would be best for size 14 asolo 520 boots (traditional leather hiking boots)? Large? XL?

                                Best Answer

                                Here is the sizing chart from Kahtoola's web site, since BC's didn't show the XL. With your Asolo's a bit on the larger size, being backpacking boots, the large might be a little tight. Depending on what you are doing with them this could be a pro or con. The great thing is BC has unconditional returns, so if you buy one and decide you wish you had picked the larger or smaller after using them for a season or two you can still trade. Assuming you want these for hiking not shoveling your drive way I would say get the L, worst case you have to trade.

                                Here is the sizing chart from Kahtoola's web site, since BC's didn't show the XL. With your Asolo's a bit on the larger size, being backpacking boots, the large might be a little tight. Depending on what you are doing with them this could be a pro or con. The great thing is BC has unconditional returns, so if you buy one and decide you wish you had picked the larger or smaller after using them for a season or two you can still trade. Assuming you want these for hiking not shoveling your drive way I would say get the L, worst case you have to trade.

                                I saw Seabass' question and Thunder Horse's...

                                I saw Seabass' question and Thunder Horse's reply about fitting a large for a size 14" foot. Would the large still be suitable and appropriately tight for a 15" foot or should I go for the XL

                                Best Answer

                                I use a large on my size 12 La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots. I would prefer if they were slightly tighter, but they still work extremely well on hikes.

                                If you are willing to part with some shipping fees, you can always return an unused pair and get the other size.

                                Anyone used these badboys on size 14's?...Looks...

                                Anyone used these badboys on size 14's?...Looks like the large goes up to 14 but there's also an XL...Not sure which to go for...danke!

                                Would these fit over leather mountaineering...

                                Would these fit over leather mountaineering boots?

                                Like my Scarpa Summit GTX?

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                                I have used them on my La Sportiva Trango EVO's with no problem. It might be hard to try them on before purchasing if nobody nearby carries them, but if they don't fit, as long as they are not used, you should be able to return them. Mine have helped me out countless times on iced over approach trails.

                                I'm not a hiker, I just run: will these...

                                I'm not a hiker, I just run: will these work for running on ice? I'm in S.E. Connecticut, so there won't be large or steep climbs, but we get a good amount of ice-coverage. I've been running in home-made screw shoes for a while, and I like them, but thought these might be better. Thoughts?
                                PS I don't care about the added weight.

                                These actually aren't very good if you are running on hard surfaces (cement with ice).

                                I use these for hiking in the mountains but I use STABILicers for running or walking on sidewalks and such. They are much easier to run with. For some reason, BC stopped selling them so you may have to get them at REI or something. That's my two cents...

                                Best Answer

                                I run in these all the time up to 90 minutes unless I'm with the kiddies. I think they work better on ice and super hard snow better than any other surface. I can almost guarantee you'll love them. If you don't, Backcountry will take 'em back no questions asked. Get them already.

                                Write your question here...I am looking...

                                Write your question here...I am looking for something to give me stability in an urban setting. My route to the office seems to be partly packed snow, partly icy and partly clean shoveled. I'm wondering if either these microspikes or yaktrax pro models might be of benefit. I'm guessing they both would be fine in the snowy/icy conditions but how do they perform on concrete or asphalt? I would take them off in the building but question if I would be prone to sliding and instability on clean concrete/asphalt surfaces


                                No, these will not slip on concrete or asphalt if you are walking in mixed conditions. They might damage your office floor though, so it is indeed a good idea to remove them at the door.

                                Keep in mind though that your typical sidewalk and road surfaces can wear down the metal over time. They aren't hockey skates, so you don't need to worry about keeping these super sharp, but it is something to be aware of.

                                Use these and be safe out there! Good luck.

                                I run winter track in upstate ny, and need...

                                I run winter track in upstate ny, and need something that i can run mid-to-full sprint while not slipping and eating it on the ice covering the track, will these suffice?

                                I would love a set of these for snowy hikes...

                                I would love a set of these for snowy hikes but wondering about performance and durability on the many rocks and boulders I'm likely going to come across on the route? Especially on descents stepping from rock to rock, will the spikes hold up?

                                I need something "just in case", while...

                                I need something "just in case", while hiking the high peaks in the Adirondacks on marked trails. My intention is NOT to use these to hike in the winter, but to carry them in late summer and early autumn in case I encounter (get caught) with iced trail conditions and exposed peak rock-face above the tree-line. Given that, would this product be appropriate or are they not "heavy-duty" enough? If not appropriate, what would/is there something appropriate short of a full-blown $100+ pair of crampons?

                                I think these things are more than adequate for what you are looking fact I know folks who run around on glaciers to get to rock climbs with them, so perfect for you to throw in the pack for emergencies. They are aluminum, so if you run around on too much rock, then they will wear down pretty quickly.

                                Best Answer

                                To correct Evan Stevens, Microspikes are made from rubber for the upper part and stainless steel, NOT aluminum. Thus, they hold up pretty well on rocks--but I wouldn't wear them continually on rock, it will wear them out a lot quicker than wearing them on ice or compacted snow.

                                Are these Kahtoola Microspikes sized large...

                                Are these Kahtoola Microspikes sized large enough to fit over hiking boots/trail shoes and do they run true? I am right on the border between M and L, with a size 10 (Euro 44-44.5) in outdoor shoes.

                                How's it work on ice sheets on Mt. Shasta,...

                                How's it work on ice sheets on Mt. Shasta, f'rinstance?

                                Best Answer

                                It will definately improve your traction. They certainly aren't going to grip like some of the other nicer crimpons on this site, but you shouldn't have any problem walking without sliding. The spikes on these still grip fairly well. If you're looking into more of a long journey/hike you might think about looking into something that is more permanent. But the nice thing about these is their versatility. They can be taken on and off without any hassle, and also used on different shoes.

                                They won't work that well on ice sheets on Mt. Shasta, especially as the slope angles increases. Also, I think these are best on tennis shoes or lighter boots, so you might not have the ankle support necessary for steeper ice with the shoes you'd be wearing anyway.

                                But for low-angle snow and ice travel or work in icy conditions these things are amazing.