Kako IceTrekkers Chains
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
Great ice traction devices that does not cost too much. Best used for icy streets or light snow.
- Easy to put on
- Slips on hard ice
- Lacks spikes
I recently purchased a pair of Kako IceTrekker Chains to use for my backpacking trip last weekend. I was able to fully test the chains due to the varying snow conditions I encountered on my trip.
I have to say that these chains were very easy to put on and it remained nice and snug through out the day. Once it was on, it didn't require any adjustments.
Some of the features are...
- Case-hardened steel links bite into snow for exceptional grip in all directions; suitable for all snow conditions including packed and crusty surfaces
- Rubber shoe harness secures easily and ensures a snug, responsive fit even in frigid conditions; rubber remains flexible in subzero temps
- Weighs only 12 oz. for the pair and is a great addition to your gear.
Some of the conditions during my trip were...
- Crusty surface - the chains worked great on this terrain, my shoes gripped the ice very well with the chains on.
- Hard packed snow - the chains crunched through the snow providing ample support.
- Solid ice - this is where microspikes would've been nice. Since the chains did not have spikes, you had to walk very snow because there wasn't enough bite.
Here is a visual example of the type of snowy/icy terrain these chains work best on.
I would recommend this product for use on light snow and crusty ice surfaces. For solid ice trails, I would recommend traction devices that have spikes for maximum grip.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Over 25 years ago in the Italian Alps, the founders of ICEtrekkers were producing high end tire chains and came across a clever product that provided traction for walkers in snow and ice conditions. From this inspiration they developed Icetrekker Shoe Chains, shoe and boot traction devices based on the same technologies used for vehicle traction: studs, chains and cables. Superior quality shoe/boot cleats, which are great for work, sport and everyday use in icy and snowy terrain. Twisted link design for effective traction on packed and crusty snow. Durable case hardened welded links. Sturdy rubber sling stays securely on footwear without the need for straps. Comfortable for extended wear. Sizing: Small (men 5-6, women 5-7), Medium (men 6.5-9, women 7.5-10), Large (men 9.5-12.5, women 10.5+), XL (men 13+) Note on sizing- if using oversize footwear (such as insulated boots), order next size up
Offering enhanced traction in winter conditions, the Kako ICEtrekkers Chains Traction System acts like tire chains for your feet. Case-hardened steel links bite into snow for exceptional grip in all directions; suitable for all snow conditions including packed and crusty surfaces. Rubber shoe harness secures easily and ensures a snug, responsive fit even in frigid conditions; rubber remains flexible in subzero temps. The compact size of the Kako ICEtrekkers Chains Traction System takes up little space in a pack, car or emergency kit.
The Ice Trekker Snow Chains feature a twisted link design for effective traction on packed and crusty snow. PRODUCT FEATURES: Durable case hardened TIG welded links Ladder pattern provides stable footing Won t inhibit normal stride Sturdy rubber sling stays securely on footwear without the need for straps Comfortable for extended wear Durable & affordable traction Easy on and off
- Appalachian Outdoors
Think of ICEtrekkers Chains as tire chains for your feet, perfect for all snow conditions, including packed and crusty surfaces. The durable links are individually TIG welded and made from case hardened steel. The unique ladder pattern under the ball of the foot, combined with the triangular pattern on the heel provides stable footing and is comfortable for extended wear.