Traction Devices

Brands

Kahtoola
32north
Hillsound
Kako
Petzl
Yaktrax
La Sportiva
Patagonia
CAMP
Stubai

Genders

Unisex

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Traction Device Reviews

Snowline Chainsen Pro

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The best ice traction pull-ons I have found so far, much tougher than the others. A notch or two shy of crampons in a packable size and weight. The roads, sidewalks, and trails can get seriously icy here in Trondheim, with at least two consequences: an upsurge in emergency room visits (our neighbor actually broke her femur taking her son across the street to the school bus), and brisk sales in all kinds of traction devices (brodder in Norwegian). The cheapest and most common type have studs set… Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Well worth having for any type of hiking! I use these 100% of the time and they are a necessity for winter hikes. The Microspikes are not only a necessity but imitation spikes absolutely do not hold up to these. The benefit of having these on during a winter hike or even just around the campsite is tremendous. I suggest everyone has a pair and don't debate whether you should wear them or not, just put them on! Great product. Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars The Microspikes are incredibly handy, easy to put on and take off. When they are on the snow, ice, scree are no problem nor do they slow down your hike. I never had a pair of track shoes or spikes, so I didn't know what to expect. I knew I had to get something because with only my hiking shoes on hard snow and ice I was sliding and falling. I had no traction nor was I having a good time on winter hikes. Even hiking in scree I had traction problems. Several hikers I was with suggested getting traction… Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars In northern Vermont, our "between seasons" hikes can be marked by variable conditions, including frozen ground, ice, glazed snow, or anything else Mother Nature throws at ice. Footing can be quite treacherous, even on local trail networks; the Kahtoola Microspikes have allowed us to hike longer hikes, more challenging hikes, and in conditions where without the spikes, we would have stayed at home. The spikes are easy to put on; back is marked clearly, and the front has a bar (though sometimes I… Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to put on, good traction in snow and ice, stays put. I love to hike during the winter. What I don't love is falling on the ice. Almost every time I have hiked in snow and ice, I have slipped onto my butt at least once. That is until I purchased the The Kahtoola MICROspikes. My first time out on them, I had to pave a trail in the newly fallen snow. Not so bad until I got to the steep part. The Kahtoola spikes kept me from slipping even once. I love how easy the rubber upper attaches to my Ahnu… Full review

Kako IceTrekkers Chains

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We have had four pairs of Ice Trekkers for three years now. This season the rear ring on five individual chains has broken. Anyone else have this problem? Are replacement rings available? Full review

Yaktrax XTR Extreme

rated 2 of 5 stars Fell apart the second time I used them. Seems like a poor design. I bought these last year for a hike in the Adirondacks. They seemed to provide good traction on pretty icy trail up Cascade. Went back this year to do Algonquin and half way up the trail the front section metal pieces ripped off the rubber piece joining them together. I expected them to survive more than two winter hikes. Full review

Hillsound FreeSteps6

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've owned several Yaktrax, before buying the FreeSteps6. If you're looking for a great light and durable traction device these will do great! Great traction for walking aroud the house, onto frozen lake, easy to intermediate hikes. For jogging I still prefer my hyper light, not as durable, Yaktrax Pro. Full review

Trango Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon

rated 5 of 5 stars 6-point instep crampons allow for hiking down steep inclines while carrying a heavy pack, and not having to worry about having a foot come out from underneath you! Which is ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS here on Kodiak on wet grassy steep slopes after it rains! Or while crossing slimy algae covered rocks on steep incline stream crevasses. I ALWAYS have at least one crampon on one foot AT ALL TIMES while out hiking or hunting here on Kodiak! Even if I am planning on just hiking up river beds, because it allows… Full review