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Step out, step in, and step up.
- Use the Skyhook Trail Crampons alone on rocky, hardpack, and icy surfaces; these eight-point crampons provide traction in slippery conditions
- Leaving the crampons on, use the innovative Skyhook clips to connect your feet to the MTN Series Step-In Snowshoes and enjoy greater floatation in light, fluffy snow; clip out again if the footing gets sketchy
- Fixed rear traction cleats on the snowshoes improve grip and help prevent lateral sliding on uneven terrain
- Bindings employ a two-strap design in the front, a one-strap design in the back, and are compatible with standard hiking footwear and narrower, less-bulky snowboard boots
- Bindings accommodate women’s running shoes size 7 to men’s running shoes size 12.5
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I have these snowshoes but I'm trying to...
I have these snowshoes but I'm trying to take care of contingencies. Would anyone with experience be able to say the trail crampon is completely superior to microspikes and eliminates the need for them? I understand a full crampon would be better, but I am just wondering if I can skip picking up microspikes because I have these.
Great solid light and gripping snowshoe
It has great grip on steep stuff. The relatively narrow snowshoe makes it easy to walk in without banging the snowshoes together. They also glide a bit on the downhill if you lean back on them a bit....make the downhills more pleasant. It takes a little practice to get into the crampons but it's pretty easy to get good at it. The best snowshoe I've had so far and I've tried quite a few.
How to put on Trail Crampon
Kahtoola MTN Snowshoes in Action
My first outing with these snow shoes was fantatastic... easy and smooth. Getting into them just takes a little shove and in the boot goes. I think they are great snowshoes.
Katoola skyhook crampon
showing only 3.5" on inside of rigid plastic base.
Katoola Mtn. step-in snowshoes
Don't get these just yet! I bought a pair because of the concept of crampons/snowshoe combo. I couldn't get my boot into the crampon. The rigid plastic part of the crampon was only 3.5" wide and my boot at the ball of the foot was 5" (size 12 boot). I even tried my summer hiking boots (size 11), still no go. I could only wear them barefoot, hardly practical for snowshoeing. I contaced Backcountry and was told they fit up to size 12.5 boots. I asked them to try and fit a boot into some of their stock and send me a replacement. The replacements arrived and they were exactly the same as the original, wouldn't fit. I contacted Katoola and was told to ship them the crampons and they would make a pair that fit my boots. I decided to return both pairs to Backcountry for a refund and I'll order new ones next fall. They should have this problem solved by then. So unless you have a very small foot, hold off on purchasing these snowshoes.
Wearing Trail Runners
Underside of Snowshoe
It also has crampon teeth independent of the crampon portion of the system