Kahtoola Microspikes have been updated for the 2015 winter season with an improved lightweight Elastomer harness that is supple to -30°C allowing you to use them with confidence in the harshest of winter conditions. To increase strength and durability the eyelets have now been reinforced with a harder plastic material, this prevents the chain links from ripping through the harness. At the front of the harness is a new toe bale to hold the spikes even more securely, also allowing for you to get them on and off a lot quicker.
MicroSpikes are lightweight pavement and trail crampons ideal for snowed up paths and pavements. They form the bridge between lighter pavement crampons and lightweight walking crampons which are designed for mountain use, but shouldn't be used as an alternative to full crampons. They will fit onto almost any shoe or boot in seconds to give you extra traction on ice and hard-packed snow. The traction is achieved by chains and small spikes held firmly in place under the foot by a rubber upper rand.
The Kahtoola MicroSpikes have proven especially popular with fell runners who want a light, compact crampon which will attach securely to a running shoe to allow them to pass icy sections.
Please note: because of the elasticated design of the Microspikes there is some flexibility in sizing at the lower end of the sizes, e.g. a size 9 shoe could wear a large without a problem.
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I have owned a pair of medium size micro spikes for about 10 years. I use them for hiking in snow and ice in Snowdonia and the Alps.
One section of elastomer has just split and so I just bought another set. Due to age (78), that is increasing difficulty in reaching my boots to fit the micro spikes during a hike, I ordered a large size, hoping they would be easier to fit. But they aren't. Because I am very keen to wear the spikes on ice etc, I have to adapt: either get hiking partner to help fit, or fit them to the boots before wearing the boots.
The new design looks better than the old, and it has a built in tab at the heel to help pulling on. I always carry them on winter walks. Top class accessory.
Tried these out in urban conditions over the last three days of severe weather. On ice and compacted snow they work great. On soft snow and slush there was no balling or retention of snow or slush. When wearing ordinary shoes rather than boots (they fit both) I could feel the contact areas through the sole when walking on pavement which had no snow coverage, although not uncomfortable, unaware of the mini spikes when snow and ice underfoot. A great product with both hill and urban applications, although not suitable for technical climbing.
I bought these on a bit of a whim, liked the idea of them but had no idea if I'd really use them as intended. Had a few days away in France and my wife and I hiked up to see a frozen waterfall. Decided to slip them on so I could climb up for a better look - WOW - what grip and security they give.
Wasn't quite as easy to put on as the video suggests but then again I've only done it twice. I'll be getting my wife a pair for sure, they really transformed the hike, I've been so used to just "getting on with it" and the odd slip, all the way back I was just amazed it the extra security.
These things worth their weight in gold, if I could, I would give them 6 stars easily. Went to a rocky climb with 500m positive altitude difference and even if I didn't expect any snow, I've put these into my backpack for safety. After climbing around 250m the first patches of snow appeared and in 50 more meters there was frozen snow everywhere on the slippery rocks. I've just put these onto my 3 season boots and went on as nothing happened, leaving the rest of the group far behind, some of them struggling with winter boots to keep up.
The best part? Even with my 90+kgs plus 10kgs in the backpack there were no signs of any usage on them, even if I had to make several steps on bare rock. They are much easier to put on as other similar products and the design and materials used guarantee a good durability. Even if they seem expensive, I would strongly advise you to stop looking for alternatives and buy these, these are the real deal!
Surprisingly good but a bit pricey, perhaps?
Bought ( by me) as a lightweight alternative to crampons for hillwalking / backpacking on "easy" ground or when small areas of ice are expected.
In summary: great for rolling Cairngorms whalebacks or Spring walking on the Freisian flanks of Lochaber but, if in any doubt, take ice axe and crampons. I'd recommend them though.
I bought the Kahtoola Microspikes for my husband - I have used a pair for a couple of years & found them brilliant on icy terrain. The updated Quad spikes are even better having 4 spikes now on the heel. He has used them a few times in the Lakes & once on an icy track in Scotland. They give excellent traction on compacted snow, ice, wet rock, or any slippery surface where full crampons are not required.
They are not a replacement for crampons but they are excellent for quite steep terrain & for more gentle slopes and tracks/paths, they are definitely worth having; they take up little room or weight in your pack & are very easy to put on & take off - well worth it for the increased stability they provide.
Very friendly & helpful, well informed staff at Facewest too, a pleasure to deal with.
I am an occasional hill walker in my late 50's. I am a keen triathlete and therefore reasonably fit.
The Kahtoola Microspikes are brilliant! Just slip them on over your walking boots. I walked up Pen Y Fan on a cold January day. Up a frozen stream, across soft snow, hard pack snow, icy stretches, rocks and ordinary paths. They gripped brilliantly all the way, other walkers were having a real struggle staying on their feet. When I got back to the regular road I slipped them off, bagged them up, and carried on as usual. Highly recommended.
Minus points - they seem a little expensive, but my brother has had his for years so I think they will last well.
Why oh why didn't I buy these 10 years ago?! They're a well made product that is easy to get on and off your walking boots and makes such a big difference when they're on. They work great on snow and ice - as you would expect - but are an absolute wonder on steep, wet, slippery and muddy grass and loose ground. They're relatively light and I keep them permanently in my rucksack. I can't recommend them highly enough.
These Microspikes are brilliant. Much better than other spring like designs as the spikes really do grip into the ice. Ideal for carrying in your pack when on summer alpine hikes that may involve crossing some spring snow that's still about, without the need for full crampons. Not really suitable for full on winter walking but just right for carrying 'just in case' on summer hikes.
They are a bit of a faff to put on until you have the knack, but you soon get used to that. But the best think is how they are adaptable to wear over different kinds of shoes & boots. (Including my work shoes once! Although if you are planning on doing that don't get them in red - unless you want everyone to know how you are walking normally whilst they are on their backsides !)
Camping in the Lake District this Easter proved a chilly experience at night but brilliant during the day with little wind and superb visibility. There were patches of snow at all levels but complete covering above 2000 feet. For much of the time I didnít need any attachments to my boots but on Scafell Pike used Yaktrax - they were better than nothing but came off once and clearly didnít have the grip of crampons or the Kahtoola Microspikes that a surprising number of people were wearing. Surprising since I hadnít come across them before. Hikers demonstrated how easy they were to use compared to crampons Ė securely fitting to the boots in seconds. And how effective they were both for walking and running. I decided I wouldn't risk missing out on snow walks in the future due to being under-equipped. The Microspikes arrived in just a couple of days with excellent service from Facewest. Very much looking forward to using them!
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