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Traction

The best traction, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 9, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Traction Device
$65 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl Vasak Crampon
$75 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (37)
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
$56 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Traction Device
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Neve Crampon
$112 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grivel G12 Crampon
$135 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro Crampon
$79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
STABIL icers Original Traction Device
$20 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
CAMP Stalker Crampon
$90 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Crampon
$157 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Leopard FL Crampon
$127 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kahtoola NANOspikes Traction Device
$40 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon
$97 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Device
$30 - $45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Lynx Crampon
$187 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Serac Strap Crampon
$142
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampon
$165 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grivel G10 Crampon
$105 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampon
$157 - $209
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (13)
Yaktrax Pro Traction Device
$24 - $29
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS Hiking Crampons Crampon
$136 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DIY: Sheet Metal Screws Traction Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Snowline Chainsen Pro Traction Device
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6 Traction Device
$49 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icespike Shoe Spikes Package Traction Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Stubai Tirol Pro Crampon
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains Traction Device
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats Traction Device
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SMC Superblue Hinged Crampons Crampon
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP Vector Nanotech Crampon
$280 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme Traction Device
STABIL icers Hike XP Traction Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS Aluminum Hiking Crampons Crampon
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango Ice Walker 6-Point Crampon Traction Device
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP Ice Rider Crampon
discontinued

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Recent Traction Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats

Excellent traction for the weight. Once set up correctly, will stay in place. Mine in size Large weigh only 135 grams. More for running than Hiking, because front loaded Excellent traction for the weight. Once set up correctly, will stay in place. Mine in size Large weigh only 135 grams. More for running than Hiking, because front loaded Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Yaktrax Pro

Not worth the money. Fell apart right away. Called the company and they won't do anything. Never buy another product made by them. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kahtoola MICROspikes

ALL SEASONS. Keep exploring and protect yourself on snow, ice, wet leaves, steep bushwacking... You can look around and price shop. Or just go get the best. I love mine and bought them for the whole family. Noticed it's a mandatory piece of equipment for some on hill employees at some larger resort. I saw them clipped to packs and belts all over the resort. The quick, just in case, footing protection.   Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Snowline Chainsen Pro

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Kahtoola NANOspikes

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kahtoola MICROspikes

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Kahtoola MICROspikes

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Kahtoola MICROspikes

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kahtoola MICROspikes

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