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KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Systems, 2012

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  • KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Systems, 2012

    Get serious traction on the ice this winter, the Kahtoola MICROspikes penetrate and grip even the hardest and steepest ice around.

    Winner of Backpacker Magazine's 2012 Editor's choice Award.

    Features/Benefits:

    • MICROspikes are ideal for walking, hiking, and running on snow-packed trails
    • Updated design includes a higher pull tab on the heel to make getting in and out even easier than before
    • Glove friendly with no buckles or straps to tighten
    • Dynamic stainless steel flex chain adjusts to grip on any terrain
    • 3/8 in. spikes grip ice, packed snow, wet rocks, even concrete
    • Refer to size chart for sizing

  • KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Traction Systems, 2012

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KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction
 
4.7

(based on 257 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great grip (228)
  • Easy to put on and adjust (217)
  • Lightweight (207)
  • Comfortable (167)
  • Versatile (120)

Cons

  • Tough to adjust straps (3)

Best Uses

  • Mixed routes (169)
  • Alpine routes (85)
  • Vertical ice (24)
  • Heavy snow (20)
  • Icy trails (6)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      92% 

      (216 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      99% 

      (156 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (117), Casual/ recreational (107), Casual adventurer (14), Outdoor professional (9), Environmentalist (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (154), Yes (16)

Reviewed by 257 customers

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(15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good product, but.....

By Moe

from Concord NH

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Easy To Put On And Adjust
  • Great on the uphill
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Overpriced
  • Poor grip on decent

Best Uses

  • Mixed Routes
  • Variable winter condition

Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

I want to start by saying I do think this is a good product and I am glad I made the purchase. The only issues I have are that the heal only has two spikes. Ascending I was loving life, but on the decent you land heal first and there was a lot less traction. These could absolutely be revamped to add more traction (more spikes) on the heal. Also a little pricey for something that probably cost $5 to produce.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels true to size

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

These are wonderful

By Ryan

from 06790, CT

About Me Avid Adventurer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Put On And Adjust
  • Great Grip
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mixed Routes

    Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

    Started doing a lot of hiking this winter. Trail conditions always varied, from light fluffy snow to frozen packed, and spots of slick ice. I was slipping on the uphills, downhills, and sidehills (when you walk sideways across a hill?).
    I started with YakTraks. They helped, but this is where they fell short: slippery or sticky snow, or light snow covering ice. I also had a few difficulties with them, while walking uphill they would slip up past my toe and be on the top side of my boot!
    These MICROspikes are amazing. They hug the boot real well. They seem very durable,(my buddy has YakTraks and they are twisting up on him after one season). The grip they have is great. They will sink right through the light snow and grab whatever's underneath.
    And the best part: they look tough.
    So if you do winter hiking on mixed terrain with any amount of snow/ice/hills and don't want to slide; buy these.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great product, A must have

    By adirobdack46r

    from near Adirondack mountains

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Packs Well
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Heel spikes not stable

    Best Uses

    • Ify weather conditions
    • Mountaineering

    Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

    Very stretchy rubber upper allows for one size to fit many sizes of shoes/boots. Very nice quality. Great traction. I found that when I use them, the pair of spikes under the heel are designed in such a way that they easily roll front to back making for an odd sensation as if there is a ball under your foot when you come down each time. Only noticeable on solid ice, not if surface is a little soft so the spikes can sink in. Other than that they are constructed well and provide great traction. Relatively light weight and easy packablity make them a perfect addition to a backpack when going out under ify conditions, when you might encounter snow/ice but not quite full blown winter yet when full crampons might be a better choice.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best traction device... EVER!

    By Whie Mountain Pete

    from Boston MA

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Packs Well
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Winter Hiking

      Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

      Don't bother with other traction devices, these work better than anything else on the market and they even replace the need for crampons in many cases (nearly all cases in the White Mountains). All the hikers I know wear these in winter. They are just the best out there! I picked up a pair last year and I now keep my old traction devices in my car in case I get stuck in a ditch around town. I am really happy to see EMS carrying them. You will not regret this purchase.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good But Sizing Not Perfect

      By Andy

      from Dover, NH

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Put On And Adjust
      • Great Grip
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mixed Routes

        Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

        I'm a size 10.5 Men's. Size Large is the correct size for me but the Microspikes tend to shift on my specific winter boots. That's because my boots have a more rounded front than most. I had to stop periodically during hikes to adjust. I tried a Medium but that was too small. So you could say I'm in-between sizes and my boots exacerbate the problem.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        very good

        By ADK

        from Lancaster, PA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Great Grip
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Alpine Routes
          • Flat trails
          • Mixed Routes

          Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

          Overall a very good product. They are easy to put on and not very heavy. Snow did ball up on the spikes over time, but was easy to kick off. The front tended to shift around a bit but the Adirondack trail we were on was pretty rough. They were a more reasonable option than crampons, but have their limits on steep alpine ascents with more than a foot of snow. I wear a size 10 boot and bought size medium microspikes.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great late season alternative

          By Jerry

          from Adirondacks

          About Me Outdoor Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Does the Job
          • Easy To Put On And Adjust
          • Great Grip
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None at all

          Best Uses

          • Late season trail

          Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

          Micro spikes, allow you to switch from standard crampons and mountaineering boots, in early spring to lighter weight boots.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Can't Enough About This Product

          By thewalkingman

          from Winthrop, WA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Put On And Adjust
          • Great Grip
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Alpine Routes
            • Mixed Routes

            Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

            I do a daily hike on trails year round no matter what the surface conditions tend to be. The MICROspikes are what I have been looking for for years. No more concerns about slipping. Four of my co-hikers have ordered these after seeing mine.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Microspikes

            By riverguy

            from Northern Michigan

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Grip
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Frozen ground
              • icy trails
              • Mixed Routes

              Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

              This is my second pair of Microspikes. The first pair I made the mistake of wearing them to shovel and snowblow my driveway when the cement was icy. The spikes wore down quickly doing that. Now, I only use them on the trails and use my Stabilicers on my driveway, since it is much cheaper to replace the Stabilicer screws than buy a new pair of Microspikes. Lesson learned!
              I love the Microspikes for trail use. They're much lighter than the Stabilicers and stay in place on my boots much better, though they will shift a little bit if one of the spikes catches a root while hiking but that can't be blamed on the product. For hiking icy trails or just when the gound is frozen, I'll never use anything else!

              • Sizing:
              • Feels half size too big
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best winter purchase!

              By Kristin

              from Hopkinton, MA

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Put On And Adjust
              • Great Grip
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Heavy Snow
                • Mixed Routes

                Comments about KAHTOOLA MICROspikes Winter Traction:

                I used these from simply shoveling a steep and icy driveway to trail running with my dog in the snow and ice. Regardless of what I was stepping on whether it be rock, ice, pavement, roots, and/or snow I never lost traction. I even experimented by running and changing direction on a smooth frozen pond. Incredible! Great for everything...love 'em!!

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size

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