MICROspikes® Footwear Traction


Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


When snow starts to fall, there’s gear you need and gear you want. Kahtoola MICROspikes® checks the box for both. Winner of Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice 2018 Hall of Fame Award, MICROspikes® are designed for use with flexible footwear, making it easy to hike, run, and trek on icy and snow-packed terrain safely and with confidence. Whether exploring or training, MICROspikes® deliver unrivaled traction and performance on frozen surfaces, allowing you to access and enjoy your favorite winter destinations.

Each pair of MICROspikes® includes a tote sack.

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

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Product Description

Spike Design

Twelve spikes per foot, each made from heat-treated stainless steel, are durable and corrosion resistant, while an independent layout allows them to move naturally with the foot and prevents snow from building up.

Welded Chains

Chains are welded from stainless steel to ensure a long life and reliable performance, have a clean and more finished look, and provide added flexibility, durability and traction.

Reinforced Eyelets

Reinforced using durable TPU inserts to ensure longevity, each patented eyelet allows the elastomer bands to be lighter and stronger, preventing tearing along the harness and at connection points.

Toe Bale

Integrated into the harness with recessed connection points, the toe bale secures the foot’s position at the front of the shoe, preventing the toe from pushing through the front of the elastomer harness.

Raised Heal Tab

Allows for easy pull-back and removal.

Elastomer Harness

Low-profile, extremely durable and ergonomically shaped, the elastomer bands are constructed from TPE for a secure fit and remain stretchy down to -30°F.

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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8 reviews for MICROspikes® Footwear Traction

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Terrence Salek

    I wear size 11 mickey mouse boots ice fishing. I had a pair of ice creepers on when I slipped on the ice yesterday an landed hard on my back. Wow, did that hurt, an to boot, I just had quad bypass surgery an was told about falling an the new arteries stitched into my heart. I am scared about ice fishing again , as I cannot afford to take another encounter like that without killing myself……literally!!!!…….so, it seems like the ice creepers you show are using studs front an back of the boot, my rubber stretch on, has only spikes on the front toe an forward section of boot. I need for you to tell me what size ice creeper should I order for my size 11 mickey mouse boot to get a perfect fit?

    • Hilary Childs (verified owner)

      Hello Terrence,

      I apologize for the long delay. Please let me know if I can help you with your question still.

      My apologies again,


  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  6. Rated 5 out of 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!!!

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    GIANCARLO Castelli

    so far so good

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    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!

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