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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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    • 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.

    great for ice and packed snow

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Where these spikes really excel are very icy conditions or packed snow. They give sufficient bite in these situations to where you don't slip at all; better than any other of the light weight compact traction aids I am aware of. They don't work as well where there is a minimal amount of fresh snow over pavement, concrete, or mostly bare concrete. They fit easily in a pack or coat pocket. The fit guide is accurate. Thought I haven't done this, I'd think they would be good on frozen dirt as well.

    Amazing Traction

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had never used any kind of traction device while running and I used these microspikes for any Icy trail race in the Wasatch in February and I was blown away at how well they worked. the spikes bit into ice, packed snow, mud and everything in between. They only slipped off one time while I was going down hill and it only took a few seconds to re-adjust. I used the medium size on 2 different pair of size 11 Salomon trail shoes (S-Lab Wings 8 SG and S-Lab XA alpine) and I had no fit issues or hotspots

    Super Handy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    For shoulder season or winter hiking where you dont need snowshoes, these little guys are awesome. Fit is snug on the boot, they stow away in your pack very easily and the grip they provide is superb. 10/10 need these if you like getting out walking/hiking in the winter.


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

    Had a chance to take these out over the weekend. Previously I'd only use crampons so I was impressed when these had no trouble finding traction. Easy to put on, and from what I've heard they last a long time so I'm planning on taking these through the Sierras on the PCT. I'll provide a more detailed review after a couple hundred miles. My biggest gripe is the trail wasn't icy enough to see what these can really do.


    These are AMAZING!!! Buy these now!!! So admittedly mountaineering is not something I've had a lot of experience with. I've probably been less than 5 times. However last night was one of those. A buddy and I hiked up Grandeur in SLC after the sun went down. All was well until the ridge. Then everything turned into a sheet of ice. Looking down both sides, all I could see is a steep all consuming darkness that was a bit terrifying. I just kept imagining slipping and sliding down the mountain into who knows what. Thankfully, my spikes held up flawlessly. I didn't slip once on the way up or down. I still need to use these more to really test the limits but, WOW!!! #afan4life

    Awesome spikes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After falling on the ice 3x in one day on the driveway (in Maine) I decided to purchase these. Now I look for ice to tromp on during my daily hikes. These microspikes are pretty amazing. They slide on easily over the shoe and the fit is true to size. They don't slip off unless you want them off. Recommend highly!

    Great for Glaciers!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Took these with me to Nepal as I didn't want to take crampons with me. They come in a great bag for storage so they don't damage other things in your bag. Plus they don't take up anywhere near the space of true crampons nor the weight.

    They work great for anything from slick ice to soft snow to jagged sloped glacier. There were several guys in our group that had crampons which take much more time to get on and then you have to walk all funny since you have to be more careful how you place your feet. With these you just walk normal and they grip amazing. I was literally running across a glacier with absolutely no problems. Then we went across some glassy ice. Walk a bit more careful and you can hear the spikes digging in. I never slipped once. I didn't run on the ice but my pack weighed about 45 lbs with my own weight of about 165.

    These work perfect for the use and much better for the long hiking trips to the short day trips.

    Great for Glaciers!

    Great traction regardless of ice/snow.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are a must-have under any winter conditions that you experience. The confidence they give you as you are going on a steep hill (up and down) will make you wonder why you haven't had them your entire life.

    Good for Mid-Winter Hikes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are a permanent fixture in my backpack for winter hikes. You never know when you're going to encounter a trail encased within sheet of ice in the Wasatch, and these help me to cross safely. They fit well over my winter hiking boots, and tuck into a bag when I don't need them.

    Very good to have handy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great to leave in the car just in case. If ever you plan on hiking around on snowy and icy trails then I would recommend these. They are not the greatest on sidewalks, when you are walking on snow on the sidewalk they are fine but if you get to a slightly iced section then the hard surface combination on the metal micro spike does not provide very good traction.

    Wouldn't hike without them

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I use these to hike up zipfy tracks for sledding and occassionally just hiking. The grip is surreal, and with all the metal on the bottom, they seem like they will last more than other products. 5 seconds to take on / off. TBD if the top rubber will last, but really satisfied so far

    Solid winter investment

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got tired of slipping and sliding during shoulder season and into the first few snowfalls so I grabbed these Microspikes. All of my customers were going on and on about them and they were right! As you can see in the photo, their stretchy fit allows them to go over any shoe. The spikes are large enough to really grip the ice, and they fit in a nice little pouch that comes with them. I bet they are great not only for hiking but also simple things like taking your dog out before bed and you want to make sure you don't fall on rogue ice.

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    Solid winter investment

    Perfect for Dark, Icy Runs

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I wore these spikes on an icy, late-night run, and they were perfect. I didn't have to worry about slipping. They handled the ice without any issue and weren't too cumbersome on patches of dirt either. Highly recommend these spikes with some wool socks for all winter adventures!

    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?