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KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device

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  • KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device

    Get serious traction on the ice this winter: with Kahtoola MICROspikes on your feet, you'll be able to confidently stand, walk, or run on just about any icy terrain.

    Winner of Backpacker Magazine's 2012 Editor's Choice Gold Award.

    Features/Benefits:

    • MICROspikes are ideal for walking, hiking, and running on snow-packed trails
    • Dynamic stainless steel flex chain adjusts to grip on any terrain and keeps snowballing at bay
    • 3/8 in. hardened stainless steel spikes grip ice, packed snow, wet rocks, even concrete
    • Updated design includes new quad-cleats on the heel for improved downhill traction (not featured on size X-Small)
    • Front bar hold MICROspikes securely in place
    • Pull tab on the heel allows for easy on/off
    • Glove-friendly with no buckles or straps to tighten
    • Elastomer harness maintains suppleness to -76F
    • Recommended for: hiking, running, shoveling, dog walking, ice fishing, and mail fetching

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device
 
4.9

(based on 54 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on (8)
  • Durable (4)
  • Light weight (4)
  • Traction (4)
  • Easy on off (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Winter hiking (4)
    • Ice (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47), Yes (4)

    Reviewed by 54 customers

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    (15 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect product from trip #1

    By Clint R.

    from Denver, CO

    Verified Reviewer

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          Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

          After researching many similar products, I decided to drop a bit more $$ on the Micro Spikes. They are perfect for what they're intended for. If you're using them to walk the suburb sidewalks, they probably are a bit overkill. However, if you're doing any hiking, they bridge the gap between rubber soles/Yatrax type and crampons. You find yourself preparing to slip on ice but never feel slip. You can slightly hear the small spikes digging into ice when under foot.
          My first trip with them was to climb Mount of the Holy Cross, CO. The trail went from dirt/mud/grass to hard pack ice in the shadows, and off trail in the woods with snow. The only slippery feeling occurs when on flat rock (obviously not what they're designed for). After 10 miles of varying terrain, there wasn't any wear marks on them.
          I have size 12 men's boot, and the large was a perfect fit. These combined with snow gators was a perfect setup.
          ** Note- there are 2 versions of these. The original have only 2 'teeth' under the heel, whereas the newer version has 4 teeth. I would recommend the one with 4, as the extra teeth definitely add some confidence when descending.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Absolutely the best !!

          By BigA

          from Pine Brook, NJ

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                I purchased these on the recommendation of some friends and after checking some of the reviews on different sites. I've been using MicroSpikes for about 3 seasons now and I am totally satisfied. I hike a lot in the winter and I always hang them on my belt with a carabineer. They are light weight, and handy for patches of ice or packed snow. It is simple to slip these on when on the trail and they provide super traction and safety on the ice. They are easy to remove and slip back on my belt when done. They are a perfect solution for winter hiking.
                I purchased a pair for my wife to use when walking the dogs and I have recommended MicroSpikes to many friends.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Theses are amazing!!!!!

                By altidude dave

                from lacolle quebec

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Simple

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Fall Winter Spring Hiking

                Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                Just used these to hike up mount colden and they made my hike so much easier and safer....near the summit I had a foot and a half of snow and they griped into the ice with ease....

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Serious Traction

                By jg

                from DANVILLE, PA

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Traction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hiking
                  • Snow and ice

                  Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                  Primarily used to shovel snow and fetch the mail and newspaper down a steep downhill driveway 0.1 mile long. Other traction devices with coil springs or shallow screw heads are OK in snow but not on ice or wet asphalt on this driveway. The triangular, arrow-shaped spikes on this device provide the best traction I've seen. Elastic mounting is not as convenient as velcro staps but does the job.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Kahtoola MicroSpikes review

                  By Rick the MicroSpiker

                  from Chula Vista, CA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to put on
                  • EXCELLENT TRACTION
                  • Sure Footed Feeling

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Freeze Thaw Conditions
                    • Hard Pack Snow
                    • Ice

                    Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                    Bought for a trip to hike down/up Grand Canyon in late March-
                    Frozen / icy conditions at top of trailhead.
                    MicroSpikes provided superior traction with pack.
                    Really felt confident of deep grip into mixed conditions.
                    MicroSpikes don't impede normal walking feeling.

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                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    great traction

                    By Marina

                    from Upstate NY

                    Verified Reviewer

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                          Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                          I used these for the first time on a relatively moderate hike with some steep and slippery sections coming down. They gave me just the traction I needed and kept me steady all the way down. I immediately felt more secure and was not worried about slipping at all!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Product!

                          By Dan

                          from New York

                          Pros

                          • Easy to use
                          • Light Weight
                          • Provided Great Traction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Spring Hiking In The Mud
                            • winter hiking

                            Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                            These microspikes have been excellent. I used them in the Adirondacks in February on ice and in April during mud season. The spikes handled the mud just as well as the ice. I highly recommened them to anyone who hikes during the winter months.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great product as advertised

                            By BSA Dad

                            from Simsbury CT

                            Pros

                            • Clips Onto Pack Easily
                            • Easy Application
                            • Great traction

                            Cons

                            • Sharp Points When Storing

                            Best Uses

                            • Ice Covered Trails
                            • Packed Snow Hiking

                            Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                            Hiked into Lonesome Lake AMC Hut in NH on 3-20-14 with 38 boy scouts. 4' deep packed snow trail up the 1000ft with 25lbs. pack without any problems. Used a large size over my Neo boot covers and fit great. My son used a medium over his size 8.5 snow boot. His medium fits my 10.5 and his 8.5 hiking boots. Having multiple pairs in various sizes helps with fitting various shoes.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Get the new ones w/ 4 spikes in heel

                            By Brad

                            from New York

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to put in
                            • Traction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                                These are the updated Microspikes with 4 spikes in the heel vs. 2. For descents, it makes a huge difference. I was able to use these in situations where I would have needed crampons in the past.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                MICROspikes are must have hiking in snow

                                By hikingwithtom

                                from Middletown CT

                                Verified Reviewer

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                                      Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Device:

                                      I use MICROspikes for hiking with my 2 dogs and compaired to other brands of traction devices they are hands down the best I have every used, well worth the money. Well made and will last a long time. I have had other brands break in the middle of a hike coming down hill and it was not fun. These grip excellent and will not break in the middle of a hike. The stay on your boots too which is nice to not have to keep looking down to see if they are still there..

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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