Traction Devices

Recent Traction Device Reviews

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars My wife and I spent a week in the Smokies at the Wilderness Hike Week event January 23-28. The area received several inches of rain then snow followed on the evening of the 23rd, then it was bitterly cold on the 24th. We led a hike up the Ramsay Cascades Trail on the 24th, which was very icy, especially near the cascades themselves. Others without spikes were having a lot of problem and one person slipped into the creek. Brenda and I had no problem at all. We had eight folks on that hike. We also… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I thru-hiked the PCT last year and bought the Kahtoola Microspikes in Lone Pine at a known gear shop. These were amazing. Be sure to buy the correct size. I learned at the gear shop that the cleats should not be loose. This means that they may be a tight fit, but things wear in over time. Also, they should last around four seasons. When putting them on start from the top of your shoe and pull/follow the bands on both sides with your hands to the back of the shoe. Do not allow the red band to be… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars When snowshoes are too much, but you need a little extra confidence on firm snow and ice, these provide the perfect bite. There I was at the Echo Lake Sno-park near Lake Tahoe. I hadn't been snowshoeing in a couple of seasons, and had vowed this would be a winter I would get out! And it was a beautiful day in perfect conditions. I pulled out my trusty MSR snowshoes, and as I put them on, I realized that the binding straps had some cracks in them, and all four of them snapped before I even got them… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight traction for winter hiking. A great solution unless you see enough ice or snow conditions that require crampons. Best worn with a boot that has a reasonably rigid midsole and/or partial or full shank. When I threw these into my pack on Saturday, it occurred to me that I hadn't reviewed them. Though the snow held off and conditions weren't icy enough to need them, Kahtoola's Microspikes are like a security blanket—effectively one of the ten essentials for a cold weather hike that doesn't… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Everything they're cracked-up to be! I bought pairs of these for my wife and I earlier this year, after the disappointing results from cheaper imitators, purchased at big box stores. We finally tried them out this past weekend. We were hiking to an ice climb, where the approach involves lots of bushwacking, rock scrambling, and walking across the ice from the frozen creek. We'd hiked there a month ago to check on the ice conditions and I'd put on my Black Diamond Cyborg Pro crampons because the… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Top notch outer foot gear with outstanding customer service. I use mine during ice fishing season. They're part of my ESSENTIAL GEAR LIST. I wouldn't consider venturing onto the ice without them. They've saved me from slipping and falling dozens of times. I've been ice fishing for decades and have tried a number of other brands. All were disappointing, but hands down, these are the best. Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Pretty sure these saved my life numerous times. Used these on many snow covered cliffs and steep mountainsides. These spikes give you sure footing when crossing sketchy areas. Full review

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

STABIL icers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
$5
STABIL icers Sport
$5 - $34
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker
$13 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus
$15 - $27
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
$15 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Lite
$18 - $21
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Yaktrax Pro
$18 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains
$19
 
CAMP Chainsen Pro
$25
Icebug Easy Street BUGweb
$25
DryGuy MonsterGrip
$25 MSRP
 
CAMP Chainsen Light
$30
STABIL Bean Traxx
$30
Yaktrax Run Winter
$30 - $36
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
$33
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip
$34 - $44
Icebug Trail BUGweb
$35
Grivel Spider
$36 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6
$49
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
$40
STABIL icers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
$42 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6
$49
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kahtoola NANOspikes
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (36)
Kahtoola MICROspikes
$50 - $69
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme
$52
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Hike XP
$55
CAMP Quattro Crampons
$55 MSRP
CAMP 6 Point Steel Crampons
$60 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon
$65
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon
$63
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra
$70
Petzl Crab 6
$90
Crescent Moon Permagrip
$269
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Snowline Chainsen Pro
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme
 
AustriAlpin Power Grip
Korkers Ultra Ice Cleats
 
ICEtrekkers Spikes
 
STABIL icers Walk
 
CMI Instep Crampon
 
L.L.Bean Stabilicer Maxx
STABIL icers Maxx
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon
discontinued
 
CAMP 6 Point Light Crampons
discontinued
 
Patagonia Stud Kit
discontinued