Traction Devices

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$25 - $49.99
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Recent Traction Device Reviews

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

Hillsound Cypress 6

rated 4 of 5 stars All tours, just for any season to wear in backpack! This little crampons remind me of older and similar crampons Grivel Hunter with chain step on below and belts on upper side of boot. Sometime is just fine to wear in your backpack like first aid kit , light e.t.c. Range of use >>>>>>Better to have in any case crampons then no any and direct exposed to danger and high risk. Much Luck Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 4 of 5 stars Compact devices ideal for established packed snowy trailways. I had meant to write this review back in the winter, but alas, work intervened...I have been using Pro's for some years and find them the best overall choice for packed snow and intermittent melt ice  on trails. They work well for may on the north slopes on Sierra east side trails in California as well hiking the local peaks behind our home city of Vancouver. I have found them to be less than ideal on scrambly rocky bluffs, but to… Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Awesome traction, stay put, fit varying footwear. I wear these on everything from backpacking boots to my minimalist trail runners.  I have run trails on hardpacked snow and ice and they have impressed me with their traction and how well they stay were you put them.  I have great traction on everything from mud and slush to hardpacked snow and ice. They are hardly noticeable on your feet as far as weight goes.   The only downside is that snow will ball up on the balls of your feet if its the… Full review

Top-Rated Traction Devices

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Kahtoola Microspikes
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kahtoola
Microspikes
reviewed May 9, 2014
$60 - $64
Kako IceTrekkers Chains
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kako
IceTrekkers Chains
reviewed Mar 25, 2014
$17 - $19
Yaktrax XTR Extreme
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax
XTR Extreme
reviewed Feb 23, 2014
$35 - $59
Hillsound FreeSteps6
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hillsound
FreeSteps6
reviewed Jan 21, 2014
$27 - $39
Trango Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango
Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon
reviewed Oct 26, 2013
discontinued
Hillsound Cypress 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound
Cypress 6
reviewed Oct 17, 2013
$49 MSRP
Yaktrax Pro
user rating: 3 of 5 (8)
Yaktrax
Pro
reviewed Apr 26, 2013
$23 - $30
Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Kako
IceTrekkers Diamond Grip
reviewed Feb 10, 2013
$30 - $41
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

Sheet Metal Screws
reviewed Nov 28, 2010
Icespike Shoe Spikes Package
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icespike
Shoe Spikes Package
reviewed Apr 2, 2010
32north STABILicers Lite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
32north
STABILicers Lite
reviewed Feb 21, 2010
$20 - $29
Petzl Spiky Plus Antislip Sole
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Spiky Plus Antislip Sole
reviewed Feb 4, 2009
$34
32north STABILicers Original
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
32north
STABILicers Original
reviewed Feb 14, 2008
$33 - $49
Yaktrax Walker
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax
Walker
reviewed Feb 20, 2007
$13 - $19
Kahtoola K-10 Hiking Crampon
Kahtoola
K-10 Hiking Crampon
$100
Kako IceTrekkers Spikes
Kako
IceTrekkers Spikes
$10 - $21
32north STABILicers OverShoe
32north
STABILicers OverShoe
Traction Device / Overboot
$120
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
La Sportiva
A.T. Hobnails
$20 - $47
Patagonia Stud Kit
Patagonia
Stud Kit
$11
32north STABILicers Sport
32north
STABILicers Sport
$40
Korkers Ultra Ice Cleats
Korkers
Ultra Ice Cleats
$18
32north STABILicers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
32north
STABILicers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
$6
Crescent Moon Permagrip
Crescent Moon
Permagrip
$50
Yaktrax Run Winter
Yaktrax
Run Winter
$40
Petzl Crab 6
Petzl
Crab 6
$80
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon
Stubai
6 pt. Crampon
$54
Grivel Spider
Grivel
Spider
$39
CAMP 6 Point Steel Crampons
CAMP
6 Point Steel Crampons
$60
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
Stubai
4 pt. Crampon
$34 - $35
 
AustriAlpin
Power Grip
 
CAMP
6 Point Light Crampons
discontinued
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
Korkers
OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
DryGuy MonsterGrip
DryGuy
MonsterGrip
$25 MSRP
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
Korkers
OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme
Korkers
Ice Cleats Extreme
CMI Instep Crampon
CMI
Instep Crampon
CAMP Quattro Crampons
CAMP
Quattro Crampons
$55 MSRP
Trango Double-Point Instep Crampon
Trango
Double-Point Instep Crampon
discontinued
 
Petzl
Crab 4
discontinued
 
Icebug
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