Traction

The best traction, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 1, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Traction Reviews

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 BaturasĀ 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

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

STABIL STABILicers Hike XP

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

Black Diamond Serac Strap

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 12-point stainless steel crampon that does the job. I bought these a couple of years ago and I've used them only in snow ranging from powder to crust with my flexible hunting boots, but never on solid ice.After some mixed rocky trail hike, a fellow hiker advised me to buy a knife sharpening stone to sharpen the edges from time to time. I came to no result since stainless steel is VERY HARD to sharpen. Not that I needed any sharpening because till this day they are as sharp as they were when I first… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Traction Device
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl Vasak Crampon
$100 - $184
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
$56 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Traction Device
$38 - $70
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Neve Crampon
$150 - $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
$185
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Traction Device
$10 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Stubai Tirol Pro Crampon
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Crampon
$210
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Lite Traction Device
$18 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Leopard FL Crampon
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 Traction Device
$49
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Device
$27 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Lynx Crampon
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Serac Strap Crampon
$180 - $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
$210 - $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
$185
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl Dart Crampon
$220
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Hike XP Traction Device
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampon
$210
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kahtoola NANOspikes Traction Device
$40 - $49
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats Traction Device
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme Traction Device
$70
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Yaktrax Pro Traction Device
$18 - $29
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker Traction Device
$12 - $19
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS Steel Hiking Crampons Crampon
$136 - $169
Black Diamond Contact with ABS Crampon
$130
L.L.Bean Boa Traction Footwear
$80
Kahtoola K-10 Hiking Crampon Crampon
$100
Petzl Fakir Crampon Accessory
$20
Korkers PolarTrax Ultra Crampon
$25
Grivel G22 Crampon Crampon
$230
Petzl Irvis Crampon
$75 - $139
Grivel Rambo 4 Antibott Crampon Accessory
$60
CAMP XLC Nanotech Crampon
$160 - $219
Black Diamond Long Flex Center Bar Crampon Accessory
$20
STABIL icers OverShoe Traction Device / Overboot
$42 - $120
CAMP Frost Crampons Crampon
$60
CAMP Chainsen Pro Traction Device
$30
Korkers OmniTrax v3.0 IceTrac Extreme Traction Device
$50
Lowe Alpine Crampon Bag Crampon Accessory
$40
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