Traction

The best traction, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 30, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Traction 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

Black Diamond Snaggletooth

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good precision and grip, but slightly heavy. I bought them for mixed climbing routes with a lot of rock climbing involved and they proved very adequate for the task indeed. I used them with a pair of La Sportiva Baturas and they performed very well with great feeling and precision. However there was this incident on the downclimb when one of the crampons suddenly came off without particular reason. I had them fitted really hard, so I don't know what happened but since then I am a bit cautious. Full review

Black Diamond Contact Strap

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to fit on and great traction. These were very easy to fit to my boots (10.5D), and fast to get set up. I really appreciate crampons that are a breeze to put on and take off. It's not often I have an easy place to put them on when I get to ice, snow, etc. And the first time using them, I could feel a lot of secure traction on snow and scree fields. Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Traction Device
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl Vasak Crampon
$75 - $184
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (36)
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
$50 - $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
$157 - $175
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro Crampon
$79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
CAMP Stalker Crampon
$108 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6 Traction Device
$49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip Crampon
$139 - $184
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Traction Device
$15 - $27
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Stubai Tirol Pro Crampon
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Crampon
$157 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Lite Traction Device
$18 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Leopard FL Crampon
$127 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon
$97 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 Traction Device
$49
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Device
$34 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Lynx Crampon
$187 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Serac Strap Crampon
$139 - $184
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Rambo 4 Crampon
$225 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampon
$165 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel G14 Crampon
$230
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ICEtrekkers Chains Traction Device
$19
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grivel G10 Crampon
$117 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Crampon
$139 - $184
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl Dart Crampon
$220 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Hike XP Traction Device
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampon
$157 - $209
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kahtoola NANOspikes Traction Device
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats Traction Device
$60
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Yaktrax Pro Traction Device
$18 - $29
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker Traction Device
$13 - $19
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS Steel Hiking Crampons Crampon
$170
CAMP Blade Runner Heel Bails Crampon Accessory
$35
Black Diamond Contact with ABS Crampon
$130
L.L.Bean Boa Traction Footwear
$80
Kahtoola K-10 Hiking Crampon Crampon
$100
CAMP Automatic Toe Bails Crampon Accessory
$20
Petzl Fakir Crampon Accessory
$15 - $19
CAMP Aluminum Automatic Toe Bails Crampon Accessory
$20
Grivel G22 Crampon Crampon
$172 - $229
Petzl Irvis Crampon
$56 - $149
Grivel Rambo 4 Antibott Crampon Accessory
$60
CAMP Race 290 Crampon
$162
CAMP XLC Nanotech Crampon
$160 - $219
CAMP Alpinist Universal Crampon
$220
Grivel Rambo Dualpoint Spacer Crampon Accessory
$23
Black Diamond Long Flex Center Bar Crampon Accessory
$20
STABIL icers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
$42 - $120
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