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.
MICROspikes® Footwear Traction
Durable, Aggressive Traction
The Cutting Edge of Safety and Reliability
Safely make icy, mountainous terrain your playground with a proven performer that keeps finding new ways to push the limits of outdoor gear design. Used by arctic explorers and everyday outdoor adventurers for over a decade, MICROspikes® are ready to help take your outdoor adventures to the next level. This ultra-packable traction features twelve strategically placed, stainless steel spikes that bite into the most stubborn ice and snow.
- 12 stainless steel spikes
- Welded stainless steel chains for traction and packability
- Durable harness with reinforced eyelets
- Integrated toe bail for added security
- Raised heel tab for easy on/off
- Includes tote sack
- Twelve Stainless Steel Spikes Per Foot - Strategically spaced, hard wearing stainless steel spikes provide a stable walking platform and bite into even the most stubborn ice and snow.
- Ergonomically Shaped Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Harness - Features reinforced eyelets for increased durability, attaches securely to a variety of footwear and retains its elasticity down to -22°F (-30°C).
- Integrated Toe Bail - Keeps the toe from pushing through the front of the harness for added security while descending.
- Raised Heel Tab - Provides a secure grip point on the harness for easy on and off in frozen winter conditions with cold or gloved hands.
- Weight (pair): (S) 11 oz / 312 g, (M) 11.9 oz / 338 g, (L) 13.1 oz / 372 g, (XL) 13.5 oz / 382 g
- Packed Size: 5 in x 3 in x 2 in, 30 in³ / 13 cm x 8 cm x 5 cm, 520 cm³
Wash with lukewarm water and air-dry (do NOT dry with heat). Ensure the product is clean and dry before storage. Inspect device before each use and remove it from footwear between uses.
Your satisfaction is our top priority. All Kahtoola stretch-on traction devices are designed and field-tested for your most demanding adventures and are backed by a 2-year limited warranty. Products are warrantied to the original owner only and will be replaced or repaired at Kahtoola’s discretion.
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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.
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!
so far so good
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.