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Black Diamond
Distance Spike Traction Device

4.821428571428571 out of 5 stars
84 Reviews
Color:One Color



Distance Spike Traction Device

Black Diamond's Distance Spike Traction Device is one of the few set of spikes specialized for trail running. Most spikes like this one fit hiking shoes and trail running shoes alike, but the addition of a softshell toe cover gives trail running shoes a more secure fit and additional weather protection. The Distance Spike includes 14 stainless steel spikes for improved traction on icy surfaces. It only weighs 4 ounces and can pack into pockets on most running vests.


  • Black Diamond's premier spikes specialized for trail running
  • 14 stainless steel spikes stay solid-footed on icy terrain
  • Softshell toe cover gives a secure fit and extra weather coverage
  • Heel retention elastomer harness fits most trail running shoes
  • Item #BLDZ9CQ
[toe cover] softshell [heel] elastomer [spikes] stainless steel
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Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

5 based on 84 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 7 reviews
5 Stars - 74 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

April 6, 2024

rock solid

Great set of spikes. Easy to get on, and really like the toe cover. Used these about a week ago on the first part of the Grand Canyon as there was significant ice near the top of the South Rim. Highly recommend.

Colin M.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 20, 2024

New purchase

Tried these out this year for trail running. Easy to put in and remove over and over as needed. Very lightweight. Love the design, the front cover keeps snow and splashes off my sneaks and back hooks make removal and hanging to dry easy. My new favorite product! The reviews out there are correct—these are the best.

Stephen R.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 9, 2024

Game changer!

Great traction. The spikes give stability and reliable traction on packed snow with icy patches. Important for me as a delivery driver! But also worked great on a winter trail hike. I see so many applications for these. Perfect for emergency use on the road. They will stay in my car all winter. This is the first pair of street spikes (or trail traxs) with product design that actually makes sense. The soft shell forefoot is a game changer. Easy to slip into and pull on then secure with the heel loop. Just as easy to take off. These features are critical for real world use as conditions change underfoot many times a day. Storage bag is up to the job. One size (M) works for me. The Distance Spikes fit my running shoes (Brooks Ghost 14 GTX) and my lightweight hikers (Altra Cascade 5 GTX). I will need a second pair (L) for my winter boots (Scarpa) and my AT ski boots (Atomic). Saving up now. Thank you Black Diamond! Best traction device ever.

Suzanne S.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 7, 2024

Killer traction in a small light weight package

Used for a 24 hr race up and down a snowy mountain. Performed awesome in icy conditions and are far more comfortable than other similar spikes.

Robert E.

Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

February 4, 2024


Have had these for one week in the Canadian foothills. The Good: lightweight, so comfortable, very runnable and stick to ice like mud on a blanket. The Bad: INCREDIBLY flimsy. After 2 runs of less than an hour each, the softshell material had delaminated from the rubber harness. 3 min into my 4th run, I looked down to see the toe box kinked weirdly to one side. Took it off and realized the cleat on the bottom had uncoupled from one of the d-ring connectors. Had to turn around and ended up using my old heavy yet reliable microspikes instead. If the durability could be improved or if they were 1/2 the price they would be the best running traction device around.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 1, 2024

These spikes fit my running shoes perfectly and work extremely wellon icy trails. They are very easy to walk in

Muriel p

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 29, 2024

Easy on, Easy Off

The micro spike adds the traction needed when running on ice/snow. It's easy to put them and take them, and they come with a little bag for easy storage. I would highly recommend these to any trail runnner to hiker.

Eric C.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 14, 2023

Live saver in Bridgeport!

Very easy to use. Worked on several different sets of boots. Wore everyday for two weeks of tough mountain training in ice and snow. Was perfect!

Arden S

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 30, 2023

So easy to use

Just used these spikes on my Hoka Stinson trail shoes in the Desolation Wilderness and they were so easy to put on and take off. Worked great in the snow fields walking in the sun cups and slopes.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 15, 2023

“S-no-w” problem!

These bad boys cut through slush and snow like it’s absolutely nothing. Recently loaned them to my mom for some spring hiking and she absolutely took off with confidence, I could barely keep up.

Carly M.

Originally reviewed on