Traction Devices

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Recent Traction Device Reviews

Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Vargo Pocket Cleats are a front foot traction option for light hiking and running. I found that they are best for trail running on level terrain or for those interested in a lightweight backup traction device. I had the opportunity to test the Vargo Pocket cleats on the back roads and trails of the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. I found them to be well made and an innovative use of titanium. However, they were not well suited for all applications I tested them in. Ease of Use: The design… Full review

Yaktrax XTR Extreme

rated 2.5 of 5 stars I have to agree with several of the poorer reviews regarding this product. Not having a chain joining the two traction plates allowed them to move around causing the traction spikes to line up incorrectly on the foot. This constant movement of the plates also causes excess strain on the link that joins the chains to the rubber/grommet causing some of those links to start opening up. I bought these a few weeks ago to take along while snowshoeing so when trail conditions warranted, I could use these… Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Superior grip and stability This product really saved me on my recent trip to the Long Trail, Vt., in January. Slipped right on, in the dark, -5 degrees with cold numb hands. Just make sure you practice putting them on and off a few times at home so you get the drill. Once they were on, I didn't slip once on snow, ice, or rock... and this was up Mt. Mansfield for the first 6 miles. Apply some Maxiglide or other wax to the spikes so as not to gather ice and debris. Also, there is a left and right… Full review

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

Top-Rated Traction Devices

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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats reviewed May 29, 2015
$70
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme reviewed Mar 15, 2015
$38 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Kahtoola Microspikes reviewed Feb 4, 2015
$60 - $328
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Snowline Chainsen Pro reviewed Dec 25, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kako IceTrekkers Chains reviewed Mar 25, 2014
$17
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 reviewed Jan 21, 2014
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon reviewed Oct 26, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6 reviewed Oct 17, 2013
$49
user rating: 3 of 5 (8)
Yaktrax Pro reviewed Apr 26, 2013
$18 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip reviewed Feb 10, 2013
$24 - $44
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sheet Metal Screws reviewed Nov 28, 2010
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icespike Shoe Spikes Package reviewed Apr 2, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
32north STABILicers Lite reviewed Feb 21, 2010
$15 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Antislip Sole reviewed Feb 4, 2009
$29 - $35
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
32north STABILicers Original reviewed Feb 14, 2008
$33
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker reviewed Feb 20, 2007
$13 - $19
 
32north STABILicers Maxx
$38
Kako IceTrekkers Spikes
$20
 
32north STABILicers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
$90
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
$40
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
$18 - $45
Patagonia Stud Kit
$19
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
$30
Kahtoola NANOspikes Traction System
$25 - $49
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme
$70
 
32north STABILicers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
$4
Yaktrax Run Winter
$24 - $39
Petzl Crab 6
$87
CAMP Quattro Crampons
$33
Grivel Spider
$39
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
$36
 
AustriAlpin Power Grip
 
CAMP 6 Point Light Crampons
discontinued
32north STABILicers Sport
Korkers Ultra Ice Cleats
DryGuy MonsterGrip
$25 MSRP
Crescent Moon Permagrip
CMI Instep Crampon
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon
CAMP 6 Point Steel Crampons
$60 MSRP
Trango Double-Point Instep Crampon
discontinued
 
Petzl Crab 4
discontinued
 
Icebug Easy Street BUGweb