Traction Devices

Brands

Hillsound
Kahtoola
Yaktrax
DIY:
32north
Kako
Vargo
Snowline
Trango
Icespike

Genders

Unisex

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Traction Device Reviews

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

Kahtoola NANOspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Nanospikes are a super versatile traction device that work on snow, ice, rocks, and pavement. I purchased these for hiking in Colorado in the winter. I wanted a traction device that would allow me to go back and forth between snow/ice and rocks/dirt. Nanospikes fit the bill perfectly. I never slip, even on solid ice (though I do make sure my foot is firmly planted with each step, to set the spikes.) My traction on rocks and pavement is unaffected, and I also appreciate that these tiny tungsten carbide… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy slip-on, easy slip off, won't fall off. Well designed and durable. I bought two sets of these. They are easy to put on, easy to remove, yet won't fall off thanks to the silicone band they use for the foot mount. Easy to learn how to put them on—I learned in seconds where the front and rear were, and there's a pull tab on the rear to facilitate this. Silicone and all-stainless construction of the metal parts make these extremely durable for use. The spikes appear to be case-hardened, a necessity… Full review

Kahtoola NANOspikes

rated 4 of 5 stars Like them very much. Fit very snug. I can place them in my backpack and don't have to worry about damaging anything. Has kept me safe on ice and snow. Thanks again. Full review

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

Top-Rated Traction Devices

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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 reviewed Mar 29, 2016
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Kahtoola MICROspikes reviewed Feb 24, 2016
$70
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
Yaktrax Pro reviewed Feb 21, 2016
$25 - $36
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kahtoola NANOspikes reviewed Feb 16, 2016
$50 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DIY: Sheet Metal Screws reviewed Jan 28, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
32north STABILicers Original reviewed Jan 26, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip reviewed Oct 30, 2015
$28 - $44
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats reviewed May 29, 2015
$50 - $59
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme reviewed Mar 15, 2015
$25 - $49
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
$15 - $32
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: 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
$17 - $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
$120
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
$40
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
$26 - $48
32north STABILicers Sport
$30 - $44
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
$30
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme
$70
 
32north STABILicers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
$6
Yaktrax Run Winter
$35 - $39
Petzl Crab 6
$80 - $86
Grivel Spider
$40
 
32north STABILicers Maxx
$50
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
$34
 
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
CAMP Quattro Crampons
$55 MSRP
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon
CAMP 6 Point Steel Crampons
$60 MSRP
Trango Double-Point Instep Crampon
discontinued
 
Petzl Crab 4
discontinued
 
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