Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction Black XL
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- Instant ice traction system you cad add to your winter footwear
- Packs small to fit in a backpack, jacket pocket, purse or handbag
- Provides traction and safe footing on slippery terrains including ice, snow, and wet trails
- No special straps or laces, so they can be put on in just a few seconds with no struggling
- Easily fit over most footwear, including your winter boots
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FEATURES of the Kahtoola MICROspikes Instant ice traction system you cad add to your winter footwear Packs small to fit in a backpack, jacket pocket, purse or handbag Provides traction and safe footing on slippery terrains including ice, snow, and wet trails No special straps or laces, so they can be put on in just a few seconds with no struggling Easily fit over most footwear, including your winter boots Spikes are made with heat treated 400 series stainless steel. Neat. Protected by Kahtoola's 2 year warranty SPECIFICATIONS of the Kahtoola MICROspikes 3/8" spike length (1 centimeter) 10 spikes per foot (X-Small) 12 spikes per foot (Small - X-Large) Spike Material: heat treated 400 series stainless steel Pack Sizes: 5" x 5 1/4" x 2 1/4" Weight per pair for Small: 12.2 oz Weight per pair for Medium: 13.6 oz Weight per pair for Large: 14.4 oz Weight per pair for X-Large: 15.6 oz
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I have also used Yak Trax and Yak Trax pro, and they do a fine job, but I never felt as secure with them on the trail.
With the Microspikes, I took one specific walk on a trail covered with about 2 inches of solid ice, and was able to just walk normally. They made quite a bit of noise as they gripped the ice, but that was to be expected, just don't expect a miracle of silence and good grip. :)
My only concern when I have worn them is that I am not sure how they will do on pavement between icy patches, so in my case, when we followed a road, I stayed in the snow along the side of the road, and when it was obvious that we would be following the pavement for the remainder of our walk, I removed them. I would probably be more confident if I wasn't so heavy. The spikes seem strong, but I am not sure what I would do to the spikes or the pavement if I wore them for too long at those times.
I recall reading somewhere that if on the borderline between sizes that you should get the lower size to make sure they stay on your feet. For my type of use, I disagree. I tried Large, and it took me a good 2-3 minutes to get them on because of all the stretching and pullling I needed to do to get them over my boot, then they were relatively hard to get off also. The next size up worked much better for me, and seemed to hold the Microspikes to my foot well. I am a casual hiker, and don't do anything that even the most tame would consider extreme... If I did, I might feel different.
If you need traction for a hike in the woods, use these. If you need something to avoid slipping while walking to the car, these are probably over-kill, so get something like Yak Trax for that.
Be advised I only have about 15 miles/ 2 months on these, so I don't know how they will hold up to higher mileage and time. With all the snow we have, I'm on skis most of the time.
Hope that helps.