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The best traction, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 11, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Traction Device
$69
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl Vasak Crampon
$100 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (37)
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Traction Device
$75
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Snowline Chainsen Pro Traction Device
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro Crampon
$79 - $85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
CAMP Stalker Universal Crampon
$90 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Grivel G12 Crampon
$121 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Cyborg Crampons Crampon
$210
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Leopard FL Crampon
$112 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kahtoola NANOspikes Traction Device
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon
$130 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Device
$40 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Lynx Crampon
$187 - $250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampons Crampon
$220 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Serac Crampons Crampon
$139 - $189
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grivel G10 Crampon
$94 - $139
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Neve Strap Crampon
$150 - $159
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Vargo V3 Pocket Cleats Titanium Traction Device
$60
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS Hiking Crampons Crampon
$170
user rating: 2 of 5 (15)
Yaktrax Pro Traction Device
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DIY: Sheet Metal Screws Traction Device
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
STABIL icers Original 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 Crampon
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains 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
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SMC Superblue Hinged Crampons Crampon
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP Vector Nanotech Crampon
$280 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Yaktrax XTR Extreme Traction Device
discontinued

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Recent Traction Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Grivel G12

The benchmark mountaineering crampon that most people need. This will get you up any mountain in the world. This is the crampon 90% of people need. I have climbed vertical ice, steep snow, and even dry tooling. Sure, there are better crampons for really steep stuff, but if you only want one crampon, this is a good one. Steve House climbed Nanga Parbat Royal Face in this. Stevie Haston climbed Scotch on the rocks in this. I find it fits my boots well (La Sportiva and Hanwags models) and the Newmatic… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Neve Strap

These do not work at all with Altra trail shoes. The crampons slide off the toe box. My foot slid out multiple times while traversing a very sketchy icy slope. Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Yaktrax Pro

Piece of junk. Don’t waste your money.  Broke after less than two weeks of moderate use. Contacted the company twice with no response . Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Yaktrax Pro

Came highly recommended. Worn three times and they started coming apart. Rubber broke on both shoes. Grippers broke off from both shoes. Really disappointed as they came highly recommended. Not fit for purpose if they broke up on Day 3. Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Vargo V3 Pocket Cleats Titanium

Difficult to maintain position of cleats even after extensive adjustments. Extremely tough to adjust in freezing conditions. Work well when descending steep trails. Running on level ground or ascending pulls cleats too far forward. I bought these at the recommendation of a friend. Desired use was for trail running in late autumn/early winter along a trail starting at around 2000 feet, cresting at 10,000. Looking for a product that could be added to shoes above the snowline and removed when lower… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Vargo V3 Pocket Cleats Titanium

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