Rating: 5 of 5 5/5 You’ll love them!

I’ve been using Kahtoola MICROspikes® for a few years, and they really help make icy winter hikes a lot more enjoyable. MICROspikes® are basically small crampons (spiked cleats that attach over a hiking boot or shoe) made easy. They consist of a rubber fitting and some chains that hold the 3/8 inch (10 mm) spikes in place underneath the sole of the boot. They have smaller spikes and are more flexible than typical mountaineering crampons.

The Product

Kahtoola MICROspikes
Cost: $45 to $65
Weight: 354 g (12.2 oz) per pair (size Medium)

Impression

These sturdy and well-designed spikes work very well. They’re easy to put on and don’t slip off when you’re walking. When I try to walk or hike on ice without my Kahtoolas, I’m always on guard. I walk funny and I’m always bracing myself for a fall. It takes the fun out of the hike. When I use Kahtoolas, I can look around at the scenery and walk up and down steep grades without worrying. It’s more like summer hiking.

Pros

  • Great traction on icy trails or frozen streams or lakes
  • Easy to put on
  • Work with any boot or stiff shoe
  • Easy to stash in your pack, and not too heavy
  • More affordable than mountaineering crampons
  • You can leave them on if you have to pass over short spans of bare ground, rocks or mud

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to use with softer shoes such as light hiking shoes or trail runners because they bend the toes.
  • More expensive than similar products such as Yaktrax.

NOTE: These are NOT designed to replace mountaineering crampons.

Video: How to use Kahtoola MICROspikes®

Watch the video to see how to put them on. Start with the toe of the foot off the ground. Place the side marked “front” over the toe of your foot, and keep holding onto the rubber fitting. Then place the toe on the ground and pull the Kahtoola over the heel.