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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

Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras are a really well made product that performs well on icy trails. These type of trail crampons really enable you to enjoy hiking whenever your favorite trails are icy and are really great to have and share with a friend to give them a little greater confidence in following you out on an icy springtime hike. I have had a pair of these Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras and also a pair of the Hillsound FreeSteps6 and found them a great addition to my pack and have really… Full review


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 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 Trail Crampon

rated 5 of 5 stars Sharp, lightweight spikes make me feel secure while running on the icy roads in the winter in Colorado! I couldn't ask for better spikes to use on icy terrain.  I live in Colorado and run 3 mornings a week when the roads are nice and frozen over.  I have NO fear of slipping and falling when wearing these.  Best part is, I can't even feel that I'm wearing them! Full review

Top-Rated Traction Devices

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user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon
$49 - $65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (29)
Kahtoola MICROspikes
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Antislip Sole
$30 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Lite
$18 - $21
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6
$30 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip
$27 - $44
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Hike XP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kahtoola NANOspikes
$37 - $49
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Yaktrax Pro
$19 - $35
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker
$12 - $19
STABIL icers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
$42 - $96
CAMP Chainsen Pro
$30 - $32
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
STABIL icers Sport
STABIL icers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
Crescent Moon Permagrip
Yaktrax Run Winter
$25 - $39
STABIL Bean Traxx
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon
Grivel Spider
$16 - $35
STABIL icers Maxx
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
CAMP Chainsen Light
$39 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DIY: Sheet Metal Screws
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
STABIL icers Original
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icespike Shoe Spikes Package
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Snowline Chainsen Pro
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme
AustriAlpin Power Grip
CAMP 6 Point Light Crampons
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
Patagonia Stud Kit
Korkers Ultra Ice Cleats
DryGuy MonsterGrip
$25 MSRP
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
ICEtrekkers Spikes
STABIL icers Walk
Petzl Crab 6
$80 MSRP
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
Petzl Crab 4
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