Traction Devices

Recent Traction Device Reviews

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


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

STABIL Bean Traxx added Mar 30, 2017
STABIL icers Walk added Mar 30, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Hike XP added Mar 28, 2017
CAMP Chainsen Pro added Aug 15, 2016
Icebug Trail BUGweb added Jul 21, 2016
CAMP Chainsen Light added Jul 1, 2016
L.L.Bean Stabilicer Maxx added Jun 29, 2016
STABIL icers Maxx added Aug 25, 2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats added Apr 5, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Snowline Chainsen Pro added Dec 25, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kahtoola NANOspikes added Oct 22, 2014
$40 - $49
STABIL icers OverShoe Replacement Cleats added Jan 11, 2014
Icebug Easy Street BUGweb added Oct 30, 2013
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme added Oct 19, 2013
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac added Oct 19, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra added Oct 11, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme added Oct 11, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 added Nov 8, 2012
Yaktrax Run Winter added Oct 29, 2012
$30 - $36
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains added Jan 28, 2011
Stubai 4 pt. Crampon added Dec 1, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DIY: Sheet Metal Screws added Nov 28, 2010
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme added Oct 7, 2010
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip added Feb 8, 2010
$34 - $44
La Sportiva A.T. Hobnails added Feb 8, 2010
$15 - $49
DryGuy MonsterGrip added Feb 8, 2010
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icespike Shoe Spikes Package added Dec 18, 2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6 added Dec 16, 2009
Stubai 6 pt. Crampon added Oct 9, 2009
user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon added Apr 27, 2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (33)
Kahtoola MICROspikes added Nov 18, 2007
$56 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Lite added Nov 12, 2007
$18 - $21
STABIL icers OverShoe added Nov 12, 2007
$42 - $120
STABIL icers Sport added Nov 1, 2007
$5 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
STABIL icers Original added Nov 1, 2007
Crescent Moon Permagrip added Oct 9, 2007
CAMP Quattro Crampons added Mar 21, 2007
$55 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus added Nov 29, 2006
$20 - $34
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Yaktrax Pro added Nov 15, 2006
$19 - $29
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker added Nov 15, 2006
$13 - $19
Grivel Spider added Sep 24, 2006
$36 - $39
Petzl Crab 6 added Sep 23, 2006
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon added Jul 27, 2006

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