Traction Devices

Recent Traction Device Reviews

Snowline Chainsen Pro

rated 5 of 5 stars I found myself crawling uphill on all fours through icy snow—not even trying to use the glass-slick trails—and headed right out to buy these. Absolutely love 'em. But who carries them? I got the last pair at Sierra, and I want some for my wife. Very good traction on hard ice and packed snow. Full review

Kahtoola NANOspikes

rated 4 of 5 stars Love em. I've worn these both hiking and running and they worked great. They are comfortable and the spikes are hardly noticeable. The only downside is they shift to the side, so be prepared to adjust them occasionally. Full review

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Snowline Chainsen Pro reviewed Mar 11, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kahtoola NANOspikes reviewed Mar 3, 2019
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (36)
Kahtoola MICROspikes reviewed Jan 30, 2019
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra reviewed Apr 13, 2017
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Hike XP reviewed Mar 28, 2017
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Yaktrax Pro reviewed Feb 23, 2017
$16 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme reviewed Sep 10, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon reviewed Mar 30, 2016
$65
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 reviewed Mar 29, 2016
$49
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
$41 - $44
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains reviewed Mar 25, 2014
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 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus reviewed Feb 4, 2009
$15 - $24
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker reviewed Feb 20, 2007
$13 - $19
STABIL icers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
$46 - $120
CAMP Chainsen Pro
$25
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme
$50
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails
$26 - $49
STABIL icers Sport
$5 - $34
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac
$33
STABIL icers OverShoe Replacement Cleats
$5
Crescent Moon Permagrip
$269
Yaktrax Run Winter
$36
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon
$63
Grivel Spider
$36 - $39
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon
$40
CAMP Chainsen Light
$30
Icebug Trail BUGweb
$35
 
AustriAlpin Power Grip
Korkers Ultra Ice Cleats
DryGuy MonsterGrip
$25 MSRP
ICEtrekkers Spikes
 
STABIL icers Walk
Petzl Crab 6
$80 MSRP
CMI Instep Crampon
STABIL Bean Traxx
CAMP Quattro Crampons
$55 MSRP
 
L.L.Bean Stabilicer Maxx
CAMP 6 Point Steel Crampons
$60 MSRP
STABIL icers Maxx
Icebug Easy Street BUGweb
 
CAMP 6 Point Light Crampons
discontinued
Patagonia Stud Kit
discontinued