Traction Devices

Brand

Kahtoola
STABIL
Yaktrax
Korkers
Hillsound
DIY:
ICEtrekkers
Vargo
Snowline
Trango

User

Unisex

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$200 and above

Recent Traction Device Reviews

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Would I buy them again? Without a doubt! Would I recommend them? Absolutely! I've been using MicroSpikes for about 8 years. I'm a police officer in an area where sudden freezing rains occur and in the span of 30 seconds you go from wet pavement to black ice. They are a life saver. They stow away in my gear bag and take seconds to put on. You can drive in them, which makes rendering aid to stranded motorists quick and easy. Although a little pricey when compared to other traction aids initially,… Full review

STABIL STABILicers Hike XP

rated 4 of 5 stars The STABILicers Hike XP are perfect for the snow and ice on sidewalks or trails. Easy on and off makes them useful where the conditions may vary from snow/ice and then transition to hard surfaces where you want to just remove them. They slip over your winter shoes or boots easily. These slip-on traction devices worked very well this winter while we were walking in our neighborhood in Truckee, California. Although the roads were often plowed, the surface of the road, and our sloping driveway remained… Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 1 of 5 stars They are awful and I was more scared with them on walking on ice and snow, than with them off. They are made durable, and they are worth the price. However walking in a non-ice or non-snow sidewalk and street can do damage to your walking, and it is highly not recommended. Full review

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 3.5 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

Top-Rated Traction Devices

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (29)
Kahtoola MICROspikes reviewed May 25, 2017
$56 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Hike XP reviewed Mar 28, 2017
$50
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Yaktrax Pro reviewed Feb 23, 2017
$22 - $35
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme reviewed Sep 10, 2016
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 reviewed Mar 29, 2016
$40
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kahtoola NANOspikes reviewed Feb 16, 2016
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DIY: Sheet Metal Screws reviewed Jan 28, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
STABIL icers Original reviewed Jan 26, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip reviewed Oct 30, 2015
$20 - $45
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
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Snowline Chainsen Pro reviewed Dec 25, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains reviewed Mar 25, 2014
$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)
STABIL icers Lite reviewed Feb 21, 2010
$18 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Antislip Sole reviewed Feb 4, 2009
$35
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker reviewed Feb 20, 2007
$18 - $19
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
$50
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
$26 - $49
STABIL icers Sport
$5 - $39
DryGuy MonsterGrip
$20
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
$40
STABIL icers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
$5
Crescent Moon Permagrip
$269
 
STABIL icers Walk
$22
Yaktrax Run Winter
$36 - $40
Petzl Crab 6
$90
 
STABIL Bean Traxx
$30
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon
$63
Grivel Spider
$32
STABIL icers Maxx
$42 - $59
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
$40
Icebug Trail BUGweb
$35
 
AustriAlpin Power Grip
 
CAMP 6 Point Light Crampons
discontinued
 
STABIL icers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
 
CAMP Chainsen Pro
 
Patagonia Stud Kit
discontinued
Korkers Ultra Ice Cleats
 
ICEtrekkers Spikes
 
CMI Instep Crampon
CAMP Quattro Crampons
$55 MSRP
 
L.L.Bean Stabilicer Maxx
CAMP 6 Point Steel Crampons
$60 MSRP
Trango Double-Point Instep Crampon
discontinued
 
Petzl Crab 4
discontinued
 
CAMP Chainsen Light
 
Icebug Easy Street BUGweb