MICROspikes® Footwear Traction


(26 customer reviews)


Winner of Backpacker Magazine’s Hall of Fame Award and Editors’ Choice Gold Award, MICROspikes® footwear traction is the best choice for confidently hiking on frozen trails and mountainous terrain. Twelve stainless steel spikes aggressively dig into ice and welded stainless steel chains offer added traction in snow while remaining flexible and highly packable. Built for backcountry winter adventures, MICROspikes® redefined the winter traction category more than a decade ago by providing grip and performance that remains trusted today.

Best Use: Hiking, backpacking
Terrain: Rugged mountain trails, off-trail
Conditions: Ice, packed snow, rocks
Footwear: Hiking shoes and boots

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MICROspikes® are intended for added traction on ice, snow and frozen terrain.

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Product Features

Spike Design

Twelve heat-treated stainless steel spikes per foot are durable, corrosion resistant, and aggressively bite into icy terrain.

Stainless Steel Chains

Welded stainless steel chains offer added traction in snow while remaining flexible and highly packable. Chain and link components move independently and prevent snow buildup.

Reinforced Eyelets

Using a patented eyelet design, tough TPU inserts reinforce key stress points, allowing the elastomer harness to be lighter and stronger.

Integrated Toe Bail

Using the same technology and TPU as the reinforced eyelets, an integrated toe bail provides added security and prevents the toe from pushing through the front of the elastomer harness.

Raised Heel Tab

Allows for easy pull-back and removal.

Elastomer Harness

Low-profile and ergonomically shaped, the elastomer harness is constructed from a durable TPE for a secure fit that remains stretchy in cold temperatures, down to -22°F (-30°C).

MICROSpikes® Footwear Traction Specs:

• 12 spikes per foot (on all sizes)

• 3/8-inch spike length (1 cm)

• Spike Material: heat-treated 400 series stainless steel
• Weights per pair:
Small: 11.0 oz (312 g)
Medium: 11.9 oz (338 g)
Large: 13.1 oz (372 g)
Extra Large: 13.5 oz (382 g)
• Pack size: 5 x 3 x 2 inches (30 in3)
• 2-year warranty
• Tote sack included

• Care Instructions: Wash with lukewarm water and air-dry (do NOT dry with heat). Ensure the product is clean and dry before storage. Inspect before each use.

Additional Information

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 7.75 × 5 × 2.25 in

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26 reviews for MICROspikes® Footwear Traction

  1. Joe Laplante

    Kahtoola Microspikes are the best — you can climb up walls with these things! They are easy to put on, stretching easily over snow boots of any sort, and they do not fall off mid-hike the way lesser spikes or studs often do.

    Kahtoola’s biggest asset may be their Warranty & Repairs department. I recently had a 3 or 4 year old pair of Microspikes snap a connecting link. When I called Kahtoola to see about a repair, I was immediately connected to Cat, a cheerful, can-do young woman in the W & R department. Though my spikes were past the warranty period, Cat suggested a Kahtoola inspection & repair procedure and I was completely satisfied with the result. It’s rare that you can find a company that stands so squarely behind its product over the long term. I am now an enthusiastic, lifelong Kahtoola customer.

  2. Steve Dosh

    I’ve had mine for 10 years, or more, back when they were just 10 spikes per foot, and they still function great. All of the spikes have been worn down, 1-4 mm, but they still grip even ice on sloping concrete. Good on muddy roads too.
    They are the talk-of-the-town; people always asking, where did you get those? I’ll definitely get another pair, maybe in another 5 years.

  3. Jeremy K.

    I can’t recommend these enough. After getting 5ft of snow in 48hrs, I was forced to walk everywhere for several days with absolutely no traction. I made it to the outfitter store, grabbed a pair, and never looked back. The real end game though, is that I use them over my wader boots; all seasons. Not only great for ice, but they grip to shale and give you traction on steep, muddy hills, and slippery stream bottoms. These have gotten me into fishing spots I would have never reached. I bought a pair for my dad who was making me nervous while fishing. Now he crosses and climbs up steep banks, no problem. He also uses his pair all year round and often reminds me that it’s one of the best gifts he’s ever gotten because it gave him back his mobility.

    I have the style before this and they’re going on their 4th year of heavy use; at least every weekend. They’ve worn down a bit and have stretched a little, but still give me great performance and don’t seem like they’re going to fall off. I’m thinking of getting a new pair and keeping my current ones as backup or for friends to use.

  4. Gordon

    Great product
    Walking in the lakes with the other half who is definetly a fair weather walker but with these micro spikes from Kahtoola on she had the confidence to tackle some big winter yomps in tricky conditions lots of ice and thin layers of snow.
    Not cheap but worth ever penny.

  5. Peter Deleault

    My wife and I purchased our first pair a little over a year ago and have used our MICROspikes on almost every hike this winter when we weren’t wearing our snowshoes. They are absolutely amazing! On one hike our trail turned to a sheet of ice with some very bad steeps. While other hikers were detouring into the woods to go around the ice my wife an I walked straight down the middle of the icy trail with not one slip. Hikers kept stopping us and asking what we had on our feet! If you do any winter hiking these MICROspikes are a must!

    So you can imagine my disappointment when one of my MICROspikes’ elastomer bands broke. I notified Kahtoola through an email and within 24 hours I got an email back saying a new pair was on it’s way. They stand by their 2 year warranty and are tops in customer service and satisfaction better than any company I know. These are hands down the best pair of MICROspikes you can get from a company that stands by their product. I have recommended these Kahtoola MICROspikes to many other hikers along the way. Thank you Kahtoola for not only making a great product but for being the best in customer satisfaction and service. HIKE ON!!!

  6. GIANCARLO Castelli

    so far so good

  7. DDC

    On my second pair and they are still going strong. Pretty much bulletproof. Bought my first pair when they first came out, and wore them out over a period of about 6 years. Repaired the chains with steel wire, old pieces of chain, zip ties, etc., until the rubber finally broke. Second pair is still going strong after 4 years – and I’m really hard on these. They have made great improvements in the chains. Wear them practically every week during the winter season, and also during the summer when crossing old, icy snow fields.

    Beats crampons in most cases.

    The company service is the BEST! Great people. Honest, and they go out of their way to help you. Cannot say enough good things about my experience. One of the best gear purchases I have ever made!

  8. David

    I bought these to provide traction when hiking icy trails in upstate NY. So far they have performed flawlessly. I have so much traction I worry about being too confident in them. Climbing, descending, across sheet ice, in deep snow. They grip, and don’t get bogged down with snow. I am very happy with the product, and will gladly recommend them to everyone I pass along the trails.

  9. Adam Bradford

    I had a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes. I say had because the very first time I wore them one fell off on the trail and I was never able to find it. They should have a fastening strap like other companies have. Instead it’s good money down the toilet.

    • Andrew Wisniewski

      Hi Adam. Andrew with Kahtoola here. I’m sorry to hear that this was your initial experience with our MICROspikes. It is an incident that we do see, but very rarely. We’d be happy to help remedy the situation. If you could please email me at andrew@kahtoola.com we can get that process started. Thanks!

  10. Don Phillips

    Excellent. Very durable, easy to put on, even easier to get off. Not meant for every style of boot though, so make sure you try them on first. My boots with a stiffer soul probably require the K-10 crampons.

  11. Adam Bradford

    Just wanted to add to my 1-star review that Kahtoola reached out to me and provided great customer service in replacing my microspikes. They stand behind their 2-year guarantee and their product and are quick to respond and eager to assist. Thank you Kahtoola!

    • Hilary Childs (verified owner)

      Thank you, Adam!

  12. Jim Lanning

    I am on my third pair and hope to get my forth. The rubber eyes break after a while. Kahtoola has replaced them but I am not sure they will on this last set. They have made improvements to the rubber eyelets where the chains are held but this last pair broke so I put a piece of bungee cord to hold them together.

    The bottom line is these things work and can save you from falling on the ice. I use them for ice fishing and walking our dogs. Minnesota has ice and snow for most of the winter. The micro spikes live on my boots and I love them but they will break after a couple of seasons.

    • Hilary Childs (verified owner)

      Hi Jim, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. This does not sound like the norm to us and we would very much like to learn more about your experiences. One of our associates will be reaching out to you in the next 24 hours.



  13. Jennifer O.

    Lifesavers! Really!

    I bought my first pair in 2012, and wore them for 6 years straight before deciding I maybe needed a second pair. I wore the spikes right down to nubs, and they still gripped! I leave them on my winter boots at all times, and wear them everywhere I go with my dogs. I’ve gifted pairs of them to every family member, and my parents just rave about them! Some days I wish I could set up a sales booth at the heads of trails to sell them to people. I get asked about them every outing. Well done, Kahtoola!!

  14. Rick Sommerkamp

    I’ve had mine for almost 10 years now, and they are by far the best out there to handle any winter situation. Shallow snow, ice, and even wet snow. Raced many winter adventure races through the woods with these. Never let me down. Pretty easy to get on and off too. My wife, who is always terrified of falling, wears these through some crazy nasty trails with confidence. You can even descend on fairly steep black ice. If they do slip, which is very rare, they slip with slow motion control as they claw across the black ice. Plenty of time to adjust your balance. Unlike other traction control devices. They are expensive, but definitely worth it.

  15. Elspeth Wash

    The traction is wonderful. Feel completely safe with the spikes. Purchased the Red Medium as I wear a size 9 hiking boot. Very disappointed as I’ve literally used them 3 times and the silicone snapped /tore as I was putting them on to do a hike last week end so had to cinch with Duct tape. Not impressed.

    • Hilary Childs (verified owner)

      Hi Elspeth. Hilary here. We’re very sorry to hear about your experience with our MICROspikes. I want to assure you that this failure is not a common occurrence and that we’re more than happy to work with you on this. Please keep an eye out for a personal email from me and we can get things started. Thanks!

  16. Brandon

    These spikes work great. I recently had to contact the Kahtoola service department and got amazing service, very few companies have ever impressed me this much as far as taking care of their customers.
    Thanks Cat.

  17. Philipp Wickey

    Have had mine for over 5 years and they are still as tough as ever! Thanks kahtoola.

  18. Olen Whitaker

    Excellent product, highly recommended. I have had mine for so long that I cannot clearly remember when I got them–at least five years, maybe closer to ten. They are very quick and easy to put on and take off and give markedly improved traction on a variety of winter surfaces including loose snow, packed snow, rough ice, and even glare ice; they have also proved to be rugged enough to wear when passing over even extended stretches of bare concrete, exposed rock, gravel, and mud. After what may have been several hundred miles walked in them across many Alaska winters–in parking lots and sidewalks, over hiking trails, and even up rocky mountain slopes–I never had any trouble with them whatsoever until yesterday when the silicone strap down the side finally broke. Considering how long I’ve had them and both the amount of use and the roughness of some of that use, I definitely feel that I got my money’s worth out of them and I’ve come here to buy another pair, which I hope to have for at least another five to ten years.

  19. Clint Stout

    Just wanted to share my Kahtoola microspikes experience.
    First off they are by far the best product I’ve used for my ice fishing adventures on the frozen lakes of the upper Midwest. There is a comfort level you have when walking on the ice that you probably shouldn’t have unless you’re a polar bear…..they are fantastic! Worth every penny.
    Secondly, last winter after a fishing trip I noticed that one of the connecting bands on my spikes had broken. I had not noticed it while out fishing. I went to Kahtoola’s web site, sent a photo of the damaged microspike and within days they had sent me a replacement pair.
    Lastly, you all know the meaning of customer service! And the old adage, “you get what you pay for” certainly rings true with the folks at Kahtoola!
    You have a customer for life……thank you for making a superior product! Also having the integrity to standing behind it! Rare in this disposable age we all find ourselves in.
    Thank you!
    Best regards

  20. Mike Malloy

    I used these on two hikes this past summer. In the Dolomites we frequently had to cross old snow covering either scree or rocks. Without the Microspikes I would be at the bottom of Piz Boe right now. Halfway through our hike, our guides actually pulled 5 pair of Kahtoolas out of their packs and had everyone put them on. I already had mine on. Later on the trip I needed them again as we walked across part of Pasterze Glacier on Grossglockner. Again they made all the difference. Good on snow, old snow, ice or even wet rocks. Wherever you need good traction.

  21. Till Gottbrath

    The first snow in the Northern Alps, but because of the Föhn-wind the snow very, very wet and sticky. Down in the valley everything had melted again, higher up it was up to 15 cm.

    Surface I ran and walked on the following surfaces
    – Narrow single trail: mud, roots, stones, 0 to 15 cm wet snow
    – Forestry roads: 0 to 15 cm wet snow
    – Wet forest soil with 0 to 15 cm wet snow
    – Ice: none

    Saucony Exodus – a solid trail running shoe with a not too pronounced profile. I would not run this shoe in snow because of the weak profile. It also fails hopelessly in the mud! Shoe size 10, MICROspikes size M

    The MICROspikes in real life
    Mounting Surprisingly easy to put on, also standing one-legged in the woods. Put it over the forefoot, pull up at the flap at the back – ready! You don’t have to fiddle around for long.

    Overall, they fit very well! I also walked a bit pathless through very steep (up to 45°) mountain forest. This is so steep that you can hardly walk in the fall line anymore, but have to walk zigzag. In zigzag, the front part slipped sideways two or three times, but just a tiny bit and not relevant for the grip.

    How do you feel the MICROspikes on your foot?
    If you start running without the MICROspikes, you can clearly feel the additional weight of 170 grams per foot after putting them on. I didn’t feel the claws themselves as disturbing under the sole on hard ground – actually, I didn’t feel them at all. But for sure the Saucony shoes with a rather firm midsole and insole surely contribute to this. Must try it with my much more sensitive Inov-8`s.

    How do the MICROspikes perform?
    – As soon as there was only a little snow, both running and walking was always and without exception better than without MICROspikes. Much better! No matter if uphill or downhill, steep or flat, fast or slow, if lots or little snow – always!
    – The performance in the steep mountain forest WITHOUT snow surprised me particularly positively. That is sensational! Put your forefoot on the ground and walk straight up until the calves burn. Every farmer in the Alps, herder, forester, hunter, geologist etc. should try the MICROspikes.
    – The feeling of more safety on steep, narrow alpine paths was striking. I wouldn’t walk the direct path up to the local Schreckalm (typical pasture in the Bavarian Alps) under these conditions: a) it wouldn’t be any fun and b) there are a few really steep parts where you have to be rather cautious. With the MICROspikes on my feet, the trail was really fun to run and I felt much safer.
    – Running downhill was also great – no matter if on narrow snowy and muddy single trail that other hikers had already broken in, or on untrodden snow on climbs or forest tracks. The safety gain is considerable and I was also able to run faster.

    Does snow stick to your feet?
    Snow conditions were most unfavourable: it couldn’t get any wetter or more sticky! And yes, it happened again and again – especially under the heel – that the snow stuck. The most annoying thing was the snow package between the sole and the spikes. But it comes off very easily: mostly on its own or you just kick against a tree or a stone.

    Anyone who is familiar with the feeling of walking with crampons on their feet has got used to the slightly wide-legged gait of a sailor. You simply don’t want to get caught with the crampons in your trouser legs or gaiters. With the MICROspikes this is not necessary. The spikes sit clearly under the sole.

    Also posititve: The shoe flexes as well as without spikes. You don’t feel that you have a traction aid on your foot when you roll off.
    What you shouldn’t expect: If the snow is deep and soft, you still sink in. Traction products are no snowshoes.

    The MICROSPIKES have become an essential part of my trail running and hiking kit.

    To be fair and open: I was chief editor of “Outdoor” magazine in Germany and have a pretty wide background on gear. But you should also know that I support Kahtoola with PR in Germany. However, this review not a sponsored post. I would tell exactly the same to my best buddies – even after the 5th beer!

  22. John Patton

    I bought my first set two years ago at REI in Pittsburgh. I am a photographer and use them nearly every day I shoot in the winter. I’m always amazed at how well they hold traction on steep, icy hills and on icy rocks when crossing streams. I bought the medium size to fit a size 8.5 Lowa hiking boot. Tried to put them on a pair of Muck boots but they are to small. Will be buying a large pair next week. My only complaint is that wet snow has a tendency to ball up under the chains. Other than that they are the best of four other brands of traction devices I own.

  23. Zach

    Great until they break. I’ve never had a pair last longer than two seasons. Up until they break, they work great and I have no complaints. The description says the rubber remains stretchy down to -30F. I find that as low as 5F the rubber is pretty stiff, and any colder than that is when they snap. I haven’t had an issue with the chain pulling out of the rubber; only with the rubber breaking when I pull them on.

    I’d love to see something with these size spikes, but an “upper” like you offer with the crampons. The rubber is not durable. They may work for occasional use, but I’m on the trails daily in the winter. Offering something for those of us who aren’t hardcore mountaineers, but are on icy trails every day in the winter would be great. These don’t seem to be it. $70 every other year is a price I’ve been willing to pay, because they do work well until the break. But when people ask how I like them, my advice is always hesitant. “Yes, I like them, BUT…”

  24. Todd Brandes

    These spikes are simply the best. Nothing else makes every step feel as confident. Ice, snow, mud. Easy on, easy off. Customer service is awesome too!

  25. Greg McMahon

    I bought these to use while iceboating in New England. In order to get the boat moving in moderate to light winds, you need a running start. I have run next to my iceboat and have pushed others to get them going running at full bore. I never slipped even on smooth black ice. These are standard equipment for most iceboaters. After 3 years, mine are going strong. Highly recommended.

  26. Soren Trexler

    These things 100% have a use, but they might not be everything you think they are. Steep trails with packed snow? Awesome. Trail isn’t steep? I hardly ever put them on. Icy morning snow off trail a few days after the last accumulation? Super helpful. Off trail on fresh snow? These aren’t gonna give you much extra traction. Scrambling on rock with 1-3 inches of snow? Just make things feel way less stable. I also should note one of the chain links connecting the plates with the spikes to the elastic band bent out of place while I was doing a nasty sidehill, but nothing some pliers couldn’t fix.

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