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Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

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  • Slip-on action, just pull on over your boots and go!
  • When you don't need a full-on crampon, these MICROspikes Traction System will get you where you need to go with ease and precision.
  • Size: X-Small: Youth 1-4; Small: Youth 4.5-7 Women 5.5-8.5; Medium: Women 8.5-11 Men 7-10.5; Large: Men 10.5-14; X-Large: Men 14-16
  • Number of 3/8" Spikes: Small: 8; Medium: 8; Large: 10; X-Large: 12
  • Weight: Small: 11.4oz; Medium: 12.7oz; Large: 14.4oz; X-Large: 15.6oz

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Product Description

Any terrain, any age, any condition - welcome to Kahtoola's MICROspikes® ice traction system. Put a pair of our ice traction system in your pack, pocket, or purse and you're ready to handle whatever nature hands you. When you encounter challenging terrain - scree, ice, snow, wet rocks, slick sidewalks - just take them out and slip them on. No special straps, no laces, no fuss - just the confidence you need to get directly from where you are to where you want to be. They fit easily over most any footwear and offer secure ice traction to keep you moving. Pack them up, pull them on, and go.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00EYKL65U
  • Item model number: Kahtoola
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,871 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Very easy to put on and take off.
Inreb
The metal also seems quite a bit better quality, and there are more spikes.
Gary Holt
Works great in snow, ice and muddy trails.
Jeff Balazs

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இ Fuzzy Wuzzy's Summary:
ѾѾѾѾѾ Highly recommended with warm fuzzies!

As a longtime wearer of Yaktrax, I decided to give these a try during winter hikes high up in the Colorado Rockies (with mountain summits at 14,000 feet). Call me a Yaktrax convert, but having these spikes underneath your feet adds a HUGE increase in traction and confidence on slippery rocks and rough ledges with treacherous drop-offs, loose gravel, detritus and scree, all of which are covered with snow and ice during the winter. Now, during winter, I always pack my Microspikes, snowshoes, and ice axe whenever I am hiking up a snow-covered mountain. My Yaktrax have been relegated to more pedestrian city duties such as shoveling snow off of the driveway and sidewalk, walking the dog or walking around town on snowy days, etc.

While I like these Microspikes more than Yaktrax when I am hiking on trails, scrambling up snow-covered boulders, or walking across any unpaved surface that is covered in snow and ice, the Yaktrax feel nicer when used in the city on paved surfaces. On paved surfaces, these Microspikes are far noisier than Yaktrax, which can detract from your peaceful enjoyment walking through a quiet snowy neighborhood. I do not run for exercise during cold snowy winters, so I cannot tell you how effective these Microspikes (or Yaktrax) are for running across snow-covered sidewalks. But both walking and running on paved surfaces will create more noisy clickety-clack sounds using these Microspikes when compared to wearing the coiled wire springs on Yaktrax.

I can leave the Yaktrax on my shoes if I wanted to briefly walk inside a house while still wearing the shoes. I just take four plastic bags (e.g.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kestrel on November 25, 2013
These spikes have given me back my life in the winter. I live on a dirt road in Vermont, and last year I slipped on the ice and broke my wrist. I had tried Yak Trax in the past, but the coil springs rotate around and were actually slippery. These microspikes are 100 percent solid. I was so happy today when I put them on to go walk the dog and felt totally secure on my icy dirt road. You cannot make these things slip - I tried! I am so grateful that someone invented and manufactures these; they are worth every penny. They are also very high quality, and seem like they will hold up a long time.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By SurlyHiker on December 2, 2013
Color Name: RedSize Name: X-Small Verified Purchase
These are the only microspikes suitable for hiking. I've tried other cheaper alternatives but they just were not robust enough to stand up and they always failed within a year. My original pair of Kahtoola's are still going strong after a couple of years with literally hundreds of miles on them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Holt on December 7, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
Just got these because my Yak Traks were falling off my shoes every time I went up or down a hill. These are just as easy to put on, and unlike the Yak Traks, they *stay* on. The rubber on these goes over top of the shoes, not just around the edge.

The metal also seems quite a bit better quality, and there are more spikes. Yes, it's three times the price of Yak Traks, but this product actually works.

The only bad thing that happened was that the tread was so good that ice stuck to the microspikes in clumps, so I had to periodically kick it off.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Jones on December 17, 2013
Color Name: RedSize Name: Medium Verified Purchase
Last winter I did a number of winter hikes with my friends, all of whom had microspikes. The spikes made a noticeable difference. I would have trouble scrambling over icy surfaces, while they would walk straight through as if it were a clear summer trail. Remembering this, I grabbed a pair before trying a winter ascent of Algonquin Peak this year. I can't believe I ever hiked without these.

We all put our spikes on immediately upon reaching the trail head. Putting them on my boots took less than a minute and I could do it while wearing medium gloves. I had no issues at all and they were absolutely secure, no way they were coming off.

I was amazed at the difference in traction that I had. It was like walking on a perfectly clear trail despite all the ice and show. Where I really became impressed, however, was on the final ascent to the peak. Above treeline it was -20 and windy, and there wasn't a trail so much as a sheet of pure ice. I didn't slip a single time, I didn't even feel slightly unstable. The spikes dug right in when I needed them to and kept me safe all the way to the top. Even better, I had no issues on the descent either.

When not in use, the spikes fold up into a tiny and relatively lightweight package. I have a small stuff sack which I put them in and they fit right into a pocket on my pack. If for some reason I didn't want to wear them, carrying them would be no problem. I really can't think of any reason not to wear them during the winter though, unless you were traversing bare rock that wasn't icy.

On previous hikes my friends had noted that particularly wet or packy snow can get caked onto the bottom of the spikes and needs to be knocked off from time to time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Quantum on December 29, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Medium Verified Purchase
Excellent lightweight traction devices, ideal for hiking in mixed wintry conditions. I use these in the southern mountains where sections of ice and snow are often mixed in with frozen mud and gravel. Definitely preferable to Yak Trax in these conditions and also definitely preferred to more serious crampons (e.g. Kahtoola KTS that I also own).

Note on sizing - if you are going to put these over boots you might need to order one size up. From the back of the box and the Kahtoola website:

For mens hiking boots and tennis shoes (US)
S 4.5-7
M 7-11
L 11-14
XL 14-16

For mens insulated boots (US)
M 6-8.5
L 8.5-11
XL 11-13.5

The amazon sizing is for shoes.

The size M only just fits over a pair of Patagonia Drifter Mids 10.5. These are lightweight hiking boots. If your feet are near size 11 and you will be using the Microspikes on hiking shoes or boots with an aggressive tread, consider the size L.
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