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Kahtoola Microspikes

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Kahtoola Microspikes
5 out of 5 based on 6 user reviews.

Cred: 324
Review by fb_503226040 on Jan. 20, 2008
Lightweight, Great Traction, easy to put on and take off.

I have done a lot of non-technical winter hiking on steep terrain, and have used yaxtrax, stabilicer sports, full crampons, and now these. These are easier to put on than stabilicers or crampons. They are stronger than yaxtrax (which broke on my first uphill hike), and they are lighter and cheaper than full crampons. They don't need the extra velcro strap that stabilicers and yaxtrax seem to need to get them to stay on.

I have tested them on ice, packed snow, and mixed ice/rock terrain, up to an angle of about 45 degrees. While my stabilicers were slipping on this terrain, the microspikes didn't slip at all. For anything steeper than a city sidewalk, I highly recommend these.
The spikes are overkill for just walking down an icy driveway.
these *are* the recommended alternatives.

Cred: 1088
Review by dvalente on Dec. 15, 2011
This is one of the few products I've used that I can truly say exceeded my expectations. They are in a completely different league from YakTrax and the other traction devices out there. While not as effective as true crampons on steeper ice, up to about 30 degrees, they perform very well. Size smaller than you might think you have to. I have the large and they fit my size 13 Baffin Mountain Pac boots, as well as my plastic doubles, and my trail runners.
They also travel over rocks and bare ground far better than crampons, and they are comfortable and light enough so you don't even notice them. Points are far enough under your boots so you don't have to worry about catching loose pants too. This years (2011) model have great pull tabs on the heel that make the on/off process easy, takes about 20 seconds to put a pair on and half that to take them off.
I have to admit, on downhill ice they aren't quite as good as uphill. You have to remember your french technique because the rear points aren't close enough to edges of the heel (at least for my boots) to use anything but a flat foot on the ice.
There's nothing else in this price range that I would even hazard to suggest. If you need something for the in-between season before it's Time for real crampons, or just something to help you while shoveling the driveway, this is the product.

Cred: 15
Review by Hagen on Feb. 18, 2011
A durable product that works on anything but what you need real crampons for. Steel spikes withstand rock in the mix, and the chains blow away bailing wire around bungees. If you're on the cusp of 2 sizes, size down. You want a snug fit.
Makes a jingle-jingle noise when strapped to my pack? I can't really say anything bad.

Cred: 5
Review by shnmcclr on Feb. 16, 2011
I have used these on all kinds of icy hikes and they are great. Some other reviews I read on other products said that they always slip off on steep inclines, but these do great. I have never had any problems and they give you great traction.
to intense for icy pavement

Cred: 55
Review by mammut on Jan. 19, 2009
works well on inclined slopes great on ice, just ok on powder

Cred: 5
Review by lscunning on Aug. 10, 2011
Extremely good traction on ice. Felt very confident on icy trails. A very good value. Well worth the money when you consider the alternative of a potential slip or fall.
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