Accessories: Kahtoola KTS Snow Release Skins,
Would be excellent, but for a design flaw. Rear cleats…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65
Would be excellent, but for a design flaw. Rear cleats are too close together causing an instability when hiking over hard surfaces, such as ice or rock.
- Long, strong steel cleats
- Great on packed snow
- Rear cleats too narrow
- Unstable on ice and other hard surfaces
The Kahtoola hiking crampons shown in the photo are of a flawed design. I bought a pair last year and tried them out in a variety of conditions—ranging from packed snow to icy trails.
The length of the spikes make them very good on packed snow, but on ice or icy trails they are very wobbly. This instability on hard ice is caused by the too-narrow back spike plate. As the heel of the boot lands on ice (or any hard surface) that narrowness translates into twisting the boot left or right.
Other similar hiking crampons — such as those from Natuworld and the KTS shown above — have a wide enough rear spike plate to provide ample lateral stability.