Traction Devices

Brands

Kahtoola
STABIL
Hillsound
Petzl
ICEtrekkers
Korkers
Vargo
Yaktrax
CAMP
La Sportiva

User

Unisex

Price

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

Recent Traction Device Reviews

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars No better traction device made, short of full crampons. This is my fourth winter season with the same Microspikes and they are now approaching 2,000 miles of trail running. I get some great stares from folks slipping and sliding along the trails as I run by at full tilt :) I've never had them come off. They easily pull on and off. The only maintenance I do is touch them up with a file about twice each winter. In addition to trail running they go in the pack for early season hiking when there is… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good device in between a Yaktrak and mountaineering crampon. I used a pair of the very inexpensive YakTrax exactly one time and decided to find something more substantial after the YakTrax kept getting dislodged from my boots while hiking relatively tame trails. In my search for a better traction device, but not a full-on crampon, I found the Kahtoola Microspikes. I've used a set of Microspikes now for around three years. Lots of rough, steep, rocky, icy, and snowy off-trail stuff here in the foothills… Full review

Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Perfect for well packed or travelled snowy trails. I have been using these Korkers (or a version of them) for several years now. They are perfect for my needs. Which are: Long-lasting, I use them daily taking clients (and putting them in them) on a packed icy canyon trails. They're easy to put on and off and come in different sizes. The cleats can be easily replaced if they become dull or if you lose some on a cat walk. Can be left in a pack without worrying about other gear Darwin says you don't… Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 1 of 5 stars Good idea, but only work under certain conditions. I bought a pair for simple winter trail walking. No pack..nothing crazy and these do not function well. The bottoms are grippy as expected and if you are walking on ice or frozen compacted ice like snow, they will function. Anything even sort of soft or add 1 inch of snow and the movement of the snow under foot builds up and acts like a bulldozer and pushes the rubber webbing off to the side, up over your toe or moves the whole thing out of its… Full review

Hillsound FreeSteps6

rated 4.5 of 5 stars SO FAST to throw on my feet, and very quick to remove! I LOVE the Freesteps for light hiking, walking on icy streets, and even trail running! Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy off and on and great traction, especially down hill. I was stopped on the way down by two hikers to ask me about my spikes because I wasn't slipping like they were. They were amazed by the traction from my Kahtoolas. Easy to put on and take off even with cold fingers. Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Great product for winter enthusiasts. These are awesome. They give you such good footing on very slippery ice and they're easy to put on over a boot with the stretch of the upper material. Very good piece of gear. Highly recommended for anyone that hikes in the winter. Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 0.5 of 5 stars My pair broke after just two snowstorms in a two-week period. I used them while I was shoveling my driveway, and they literally had only a few hours' use on them. The rubber seemed to be cut by the "new shaped edge coil design" touted on the package. Waste of money. Try something else! I've purchased many pairs of Yaktrax Pros over the years, and they typically lasted two years. I'd use them when I was out shoveling my driveway after snowstorms in the Northeast. But my most recent pair, bought in… Full review

Kahtoola NANOspikes

rated 2 of 5 stars Good design does not yield good performance for running. The image on the front of the box shows a running shoe, though buyers should understand the product's limitations. This product is best used for walking in crunchy winter conditions. I purchased NANOspikes to run/jog on pavement in mixed winter conditions. The clickety-clack produced every step was bearable, though the performance was not. The two studs at the topmost of each strap-on are ineffective at gripping ice, which means the lift-off… Full review

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