Traction Devices

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Genders

Unisex

Price

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

Recent Traction Device Reviews

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for ice or any hard pack surface. Wear with any boot—hiking, pac boot, and even big, bulky Muck boots. From flat trail walking with your dogs to light mountaineering to ice fishing with your pals, the MICROspikes will NOT disappoint. Outperform other traction devices in the class not considered 10 point crampons. I've used on a variety of surfaces from packed snowmobile trails walking my dogs to Maine/New Hampshire mountains where there is often ice on the trails at different times throughout… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 4 of 5 stars Best all around traction device for icy and winter hikes. I bought myself a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes after moving to New Hampshire for school. There are many days where I find myself on hikes that require more than bare boots, but less than a full-on crampon. Most summits here are coated with rime ice/snow for a good portion of the year, even while the trails are free of snow. For these situations, I find having the Microspikes is not only helpful, but an essential safety tool in the mountains. Full review

Sheet Metal Screws

rated 5 of 5 stars I've been doing this for years!! Never a problem at all. Cheapest and best solution out there. No review really necessary here. It's quite self explanatory. Other reviewer said it all.  Full review

32north STABILicers Original

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I have utilized various traction systems over the past years, to gain traction while hiking, walking on icy driveways, shoveling snow, and kicksledding. Each system has pros and cons. The Stabilicers seem best suited to non-technical/all-around use (walking around in icy conditions), though I also found them good for kicksledding. They will not be my first choice for uphill winter hiking, but are a durable, easy to use, traction device. When I first received these Stabilicer Maxx Strap-on Ice traction… Full review

Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip

rated 3 of 5 stars These work great on ice and I don't know how I got along without them for walking the dog before two winters ago. They have a "limited slip" character. For the money they should have lasted longer than two years. Last year, the third year, the cables rusted out and I kept losing the beads before I could make temporary repairs. The rubber part exceeded my expectations by lasting longer than the steel and snuggly keeping the Trekkers in place.  Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 2 of 5 stars They work for light duty or maybe packed trails. I've had two pairs. Hiking where snow was deep, then shallow, then deep, etc, I lost one. I called the company and they sent me another pair! [I had to return the one I had first]. I found one on a trail and then lost one of mine again! They slip off a big boot. I gave the remaining pair away. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use them around town and they do slip on easy, but I wouldn't use them in the outdoors again and they aren't the only brand… Full review

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

Top-Rated Traction Devices

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Kahtoola MICROspikes reviewed Feb 4, 2016
$32 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sheet Metal Screws reviewed Jan 28, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
32north STABILicers Original reviewed Jan 26, 2016
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip reviewed Oct 30, 2015
$24 - $44
user rating: 3 of 5 (9)
Yaktrax Pro reviewed Oct 8, 2015
$18 - $30
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats reviewed May 29, 2015
$60
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme reviewed Mar 15, 2015
$50
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
$10 - $19
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 MSRP
 
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
$11 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Antislip Sole reviewed Feb 4, 2009
$36
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker reviewed Feb 20, 2007
$13 - $19
 
Kako IceTrekkers Spikes
$20
 
32north STABILicers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
$97
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
$40
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
$25 - $45
32north STABILicers Sport
$43 - $44
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
$30
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme
$70
 
32north STABILicers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
$5
Yaktrax Run Winter
$24 - $40
Petzl Crab 6
$80 - $86
CAMP Quattro Crampons
$33
Grivel Spider
$40
 
32north STABILicers Maxx
$42
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
$34
Kahtoola NANOspikes
$25 - $54
 
AustriAlpin Power Grip
 
CAMP 6 Point Light Crampons
discontinued
Patagonia Stud Kit
discontinued
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