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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

    [spikes and chains] stainless steel, [harness] elastomer
    Boot Compatibility
    Number of Points
    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

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    Great Spikes

      Took these out on a hike about a week ago and they were great. Went over everything from solid ice to compacted snow and didn’t have an issue. However, they did start to accumulate some snow on the bottom when it got warmer and the snow was wetter. They’re a tight fit, so if you’re in between on sizes definitely go up.

      Great Product for Winter Hikes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Wore these over the weekend to hike up to the waterfall. Didn't slip once. These are great for trail running and training in the snow. Great for hiking as well. Didn't slip and kept traction very well. Best investment I've made for winter hikes.

      4 Wheel Drive

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The dramatically improve traction on hard snow and ice. They fit snug, go on easy and are light enough to carry with minimal effort. Recommend if you are hiking or trail running. For trail running shoes, I find them to fit true to size. I wear a size 10 Salomon GTX and the Medium fits great.

      Size up depending on style of boots

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Bought these in size L for a pair of Timberland Men's 9.5 hiking boots that are on the bulkier side and they did not fit. They fit my approach shoes (also Men's 9.5) fine, but those shoes aren't made for winter hiking. I would definitely size up if you have heavy duty hiking boots.

      Best product ever for snow and ice.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Maintain traction on snowy and icy surfaces. Much more durable than other brands out there. I go through about a pair every winter whereas the other brands were at least 2 or 3 per winter.

      Easy Spikes

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Kahtoola MICROspikes is a great piece of gear. I really enjoy these simple spikes. These are a fabulous when you don’t want to carry crampons. Great for the unexpected snow when backbacking.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I do quite a bit of winter hiking and I don't leave without these in my pack. Prior to using these, I used YakTrax and they failed a hundred times (bungee slides over the toe with any decrease in elevation... annoying when traction is what you're after). I can literally walk on a straight sheet of ice, with confidence, when wearing these. I wouldn't be without them in the winter!

      Hike Easy On Ice

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Your eyes might tell you that icy patch on the way to the back-country ski trail or summit of a mountain is not fit for walking on, but they'd be wrong. These micro spikes are easy enough to put on mid-trail, if need be. The rubber has been durable so far and helps keep the spikes tight on the bottom of my boot soles. A bit heavy and clunky for running, but good for anything at a nice walking/hiking pace.
      The only thing that would make them better is maybe a over-top boot strap to ensure they don't slip down when walking.

      Good micro spikes!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These are great micro spikes. Very durable and give you good traction on packed snow and icy trails. I also have the Yaktrax Pros and they work OK but are not very durable. The Kahtoola are acceptable for light mountaineering on low angle terrain and easy glaciers.

      Perfect in so many conditions

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Microspikes are fantastic and give you the right amount of traction in so many situations without being overkill. Strongly recommend having them in your winter arsenal.

      Best winter hiking gear!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love these spikes! They are easy to put on/take off, and if the trail is packed down, these are so much better to use than snowshoes. They pack away easily so they are great for mixed-condition hiking, they grip on very steep terrain - even when I think I shouldn't be able to be walking on something, they hold wonderfully! Pay attention to the size chart! For me (8.5/9 women), I'm on the cusp of small/medium - for my hiking boots, I like the smalls, but for my winter hiking boots I need the mediums. I have some that are about 6 years old and still in excellent condition!

      Essential alpine tool

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are a great secret weapon to carry when doing alpine hikes or approaching more technical high-altitude climbs. I have used them up quite steep glacier approaches and cruised past other climbers who were less prepared or who were encumbered by heavier crampons. For sizing, I wear a 44.5 EU shoe and the medium barely fits, but I think a large would probably be a better choice for anything over 44 EU.

      All the traction!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      Gave a couple pairs of these as a gift to some friends that had just had a baby, and wanted to do some winter hiking with the newborn. They loved them and said they felt super confident hiking in them, even using them when the sidewalks get icy around town.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Bought these spikes for added traction and grip on mostly icy, sun-baked roads and trails. When I go for a run or hike in the afternoon as the sun goes down, they do a great job and digging in on trails that become slick and variable after sundown. They've been easy to use and secure to my shoes, and I don't really notice that I'm wearing them at all once I have them on my feet.

      Get 'er done!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      As hiking is my true love in life, I get pretty impatient for the snow to melt off my ridgelines and peaks. That's where these micro spikes come in.

      They have a pretty secure fit to my shoes/boots, and I haven't had any problem with them shifting awkwardly around or slipping off. I was able to hike up snowdrifts with relative ease. In warm, slushy conditions they provided some help, but didn't perform nearly as well.

      Overall, a keeper for my bag. They're much more than peace of mind.

      Traction Anywhere

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I just bought these recently and have only used them once. These can really be trusted on slick surfaces. We were walking up a mountain on a frozen stream and I had complete confidence on the way up and down! I was expecting much more discomfort after the hike but it was minimal. Great product I bought a pair for my wife as well and she liked them also.

      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?