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.
Kahtoola Microspikes Features:
- Lightweight elastomer harness
- Reinforced eyelets
- Intergrated toe bale
- Heel tab for easy on/off
- Quad cleat on heel
- Hardened 9.5mm stainless steel spikes at the toe, midsole and heel
- Fit in seconds
- Comes with carry bag
Sizing (UK shoe size)
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.
Apologies for the poor audio at the start of this video. It improves after 6 seconds.
Customer Reviews of Kahtoola MicroSpikes
Have always been dithery in snow/ice conditions. A friend recommended them for a trip to Iceland. Absolutely wonderful - gave me confidence and independence. Well worth the money - an essential item.
Brilliant product, they do exactly what they're meant to, great service from Facewest too.
Having recently purchased a set of Kahtoola MicroSpikes I got the chance to use them on Lake District fells for the first time this week. They are provide excellent grip on snow and ice covered paths, even when walking over exposed rock. They are also excellent when walking do steep and wet grassy banks, which you find often when descending the lower sections of Lakeland Fells.
Fantastic. Usd on snow, compressed snow, ice and black ice. Absolutely fantastic. Well made and stay on my boots perfectly. Wish I'd bought them sooner.
I purchased two pairs, one for me and one for my wife as we live in the Lake District and walk the fells in all seasons. The original idea was to have them for the snow and ice when crampons would be overkill. We had them in our rucksacks the other day when there was no snow or ice, however we were tackling a steep ascent and descent on wet grass. From experience we know that this type of terrain underfoot can easily leave you on your backside so we put our microspikes on. They were fantastic. They transformed our boots from family saloons into Landrovers. I can't recommend them highly enough. They will stay in our rucksacks all year round now that we realise their potential on wet surfaces as believe it or not, we sometimes get rain in the Lake District!
I am an experienced mountain walker in all weathers and decided my kit list should include Kahtoola Microspikes for that intermediate situation where crampons are not really needed and take longer to fit.
Your price was competitive and delivery very quick - thank you.But I was even more impressed when realising I had chosen the wrong size I found your return and exchange procedure equally quick and easy.The exchanged spikes arrived a mere four days after I posted the originals and there was no additional charge.Thank you again for a first class service - I will be using Facewest again.
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.
- Half the weight, approx., of the very lightest cramponsand can be carried in a coat pocket. This means there's little fuss in doning / doffing so that, actually, you're more likely to use them on marginal terrain.
- Can be used with ski poles an alternative mode for winter walking. Only do this if you're sure it's appropriate. If in any doubt stick to the model of mountaineering orthodoxy, to wit, ice axe and crampons when on any white, sloping ground.
- No front points to either trip over or catch on your trousers / gaiters. Don't discount this. Front pointing crampons on steep ground can be dangerous in inexperienced hands (feet?)
- More likely to ball-up with snow than crampons with anti-balling plates.
- No front points mean any steepenings need to be tackled in a splay-footed, duck-walk style. This ain't necessarily a bad thing but it's a skill best practiced rather than assumed. Optionally, kick steps.
- Practice putting them on and the find the best way to fit them on your boots.
- They seem robust but I'm wouldn'texpect them to last if abused on rocky ground over a prolonged period, or if ill-fitted to your boots.
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 didn't need any attachments to my boots but on Scafell Pike used Yaktrax -they were better than nothing but came off once and clearly didn't have the grip of crampons or the Kahtoola Microspikes that a surprising number of people were wearing.Surprising since I hadn't come across them before.Hikers demonstrated how easy they were to use compared to crampons Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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!
These were purchased after reading the reviews on this site. As the boots our group wear are walking /hiking boots rather than mountain boots. We purchased two pairs to try them out and used them on test runs around Kentmere and Grasmere and I have to say they performed superbly. The main reason for buying was a trip to Ben Nevis this week. The zigzags on the final ascent were quite treacherous and the microspikes proved invaluable on both the ascent and the decent. The only concern before buying these were reviews on another site that claimed they didn't grip well in fresh snow, I am happy to say that this wasn't the case at all.
An incredible piece of kit. I use them for running on Ilkley Moor in conditions I could not safely run in without them. They are very quick to fit and remove and light enough to carry in case I need them. They provide excellent grip and have never slipped off.
Just returned from an exhilarating 5 days fell walking in the lakes doing a number of peaks over 800m. We encountered frozen and melting ice, hardpackedand soft snow, gravel and boggy patches. The microspikes were invaluable. They provided secure footings on frozen grass slopes and icy paths where longer crampons were not practical and held well on steep snow when traversing side on. I have leather walking boots which they fitted well,the microspikes were quick and easy to put on, but they didtend to acumulate damp over the front of the boot if used for long periods.
Truly liberating amazing piece of kit! No longer are my forays across snowy fells restricted to the need for heavy boots and crampons. Winter can be the best time to go running in the hills if you can suffer the cold. The Microspikes provide excellent grip where icy. I would however strongly advise anyone that is planning to cover steep ground to invest in a lightweight ice axe and not rely on spikes alone.
I bought these Kahtoola MicroSpikes for getting around in the icy weather, and I have had plenty of opportunity to test them recently. The MicroSpikes work unbelievably well. I can walk confidently over polished ice that walking boots and cars cannot grip on. They also grip well and feel ok on non-icy bits of road and pavement.
The design and build quality are excellent, with only the durable steel chain and spikes coming in contact with the floor. The rubber seems strong as well, so I expect these to last for many years.
My boots are size 10, which is around the border of Medium to Large, so I chose Large. This was definitely the right decision - they are easy to put on and take off, they stay firmly in place when on, and they don't bend the toe of the boot up, which I imagine the Mediums might.
I absolutely love my microspikes. I couldn't believe how quick and easy they were to put on even in the cold with gloves on - quicker than a pair of socks! Once in place they didn't move whilst running and I was very confident they weren't going to come off in the deep snow. I have used them in all sorts of snow conditions and they gripped very well. I haven't tested them on ice or non snowy surfaces yet. They are easy to store away without the spikes being dangerous. The sizing was accurate and fitted my trail shoes well ( I bought a S and I'm a size 5).
I purchased these MicroSpikes for myself and my partner so that we could go running along the trails in British Columbia when taking a day off from snowboarding this season.
Very easy to put on and remove, they are ideal for running on compact snowy winter trails that would otherwise be very difficult to run on consistently and provide confidence when on icy sections.
When running in deep fresh powder, the MicroSpike had a tendency to 'roll' around my foot slightly despite the snug fitting, however they aren't really required for those conditions and when running on compact snow they were fantastic.
Having read about these in Trail magazine and compared them to the alternatives available one can not help but be impressed and would recommend them to anyone who is involved in the outdoors in winter. We undertook a walk up WHERNSIDE (one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks) recently without the Microspikes where conditions were decidedly icy, in fact bordering on dangerous. Only our skill and experience got us up and down without a mishap; we look forward to the opportunity to repeat the walk, in similar conditions with the spikes.
The walk where they really excelled was just recently up GREAT SHUNNER FELL, near Hawes in North Yorkshire. The spikes had arrived in the week so we were looking forward to put them to the test. Turning into the lane just at the start of our walk we were immediately confronted by wall to wall hard packed ice, which without the spikes would have led to an abandonment. Within seconds-they fit so easily- the spikes were on and the transformation was immediate; stunning in fact, we were able to make progress up to the point where weather conditions (deep snow and low cloud) forced us to retreat. Again on the descent, even though the ice was thawing slightly the spikes proved invaluable. we won't hesitate to recommend them, and FaceWest, to anyone.
Service from Facewest was excellent.
Easy to put on spikes which give great traction on slippery surfaces. There has to be quite a bit of snow or ice for me to use them, because I find it uncomfortable to walk on them when there is not much to sink into (for example on asphalt with just a thin layer of snow and ice). However, when there's more then lots of snow and ice, there is no alternative really.
Just one (small) drawback: you really don't want to step on your dogs paws/toes when wearing these Microspikes. They will probably puncture them! Good advice: keep your dog away from your Microspikes fitted feet!
The super-tough elastomer fits securely both on my running shoes and hiking boots.There really is no need for additional straps or buckles as featured on similar products, making KMS easy to put on and take off (30 sec).I'm a UK size 9 shoe which is approximately between the size medium and large so to ensure a very secure fit I chose the medium.The 3/8 inch hardened stainless steel spikes are attached to the elastomer by tough stainless steel chains and really do dig into the ice.Not really suitable for soft snow, KMS work best on compact snow and ice be it on a mountain trail or urban pavement.I have no hesitation in marking KMS 10 out of 10.Give them a try, you won't be disappointed.These things really do work!
Brilliant.If you want to run all winter, particularly in the hills these are essential. Small and light enough to keep in the pack and quick to fit.On a failed attempt at a winter Tranter round last year these made running down a snow covered CMD a doddle.
Also very useful around town when the pavement snow turns to ice.
Bought two pairs of these one for my wife and one for me. I've got to say these are the best, we do a lot of forest track walking and walk along compacted roads that have been driven down hence very icy! but with this bit of kit we walk and now enjoy our walks. We have met many people and have told them about them and even gave them a test on some very slippery ice and they said they would buy them. Facewest are the best and provided a first class service and we highly recommend. Fast delivery and great coms.Thanks
These are amazing - for anyone wanting to run is snow / icy conditions you have to have a set of these. I have tried them with Nike Pegasus Trail and Mizuna Wave Harroirs and they were just as good with either.
Absolutely brilliant!As a blind hill walker snow and ice have always terrified me!But this year with the Micro spikes, no problem at all.10 miles over the Quantock Hills and whilst my partner is slipping and sliding and falling over.I'm steady as a rock!
Have been looking at these for some time. I have some Grivels but these were good for walking but not running. I tried these out on both my boots and trail shoes. They were excellent and gave a good feeling of security on snow and ice. The only problem I could foresee is that for thin snow on pavements they would be too aggressive. I next want to see how they perform on wet steep grass fells when grip becomes an issue. They are light enough to carry and very easy to put on so I will update once the conditions are right.
I purchased this product for running in the ice and snow. The grip and traction is excellent and you hardly feel like you're wearing them. The sizing is reasonable and the product accommodated my running shoe and my walking boots. The only negative I can offer is that in deep wet snow the spikes can ball up. However, I do feel that such conditions are beyond the remit of the product and require a running/walking crampon with an anti-balling plate instead. All in all this is an excellent product and if used for its correct purpose I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
Luckily, there's been a bit of snow up North and that's given me a great chance to try these out. I'm a size 9-10 & the Medium fits on my Merrells etc mids and shoes pretty well. They took me a few minutes to get on, but that'll get easier as I get used to them.
Once on though, they are incredible as far as grip goes. I ain't been up a mountain in truth, I've had a quick wander about outside the house on hard ice and compacted snow and the usual flailing & slip-sliding around was completely eradicated. I'm self-employed and any injury that keeps me away from my work is costly so for Ã‚Â£45 these work well, are extremely robust (chunky steel and chunky rubbery stuff) and will potentially pay for themselves many times over. They are small and light enough to carry around un-noticed in my rucksack.
As always, Facewest were brilliant.
Absolutely brilliant.I run on the canal tow-path quite a lot, and last year struggled when the snow got packed down and icy - this year absolutely no problems.There's a section that's sheet ice and rather than doing my Bambi impression I ran at a respectable tempo pace straight across it.
Firstly the negatives- pricey!!
But when you consider the impact on walking with total confidence on ice or snow. Whilst you will 'clink' on pavements these provide excellent traction. Not as heavy as their durability would suggest. A certain health related investment!
I bought the Microspikes for my own use after several falls in snow and ice last year. Used them first on a steep, close-cropped grass and mud descent in torrential rain when others around me slipped, teetered and fell (four falls I think) and generally had an anxious time; I felt VERY secure and relaxed in the microspikes. Since then have been equally impressed walking on steep terrain in snow and ice.I would be reluctant to wear them on thinly covered pavements to avoid blunting the spikes (the more fragile Yaktrax are better suited to that) although they would work well.
I'm particularly impressed by the rubber 'rand' that pulls over the shoe or boot; it's very robust, flexible and 'grippy' which seems to make it quite forgiving on shoe size. Shoe a bit small? Just pull the 'rand' up higher to tighten the chains underfoot and it grips and stays put.
Brilliant piece of kit - just ordered two more for friends.
I thought these would just live in my pack to be brought out for safety reasons on the occasional icy slope but I am amazed at the improvement in running efficiency, compared with studded fell shoes, on hard packed snow on flat trails and roads.
I experimented with MicroSpikes on one foot only and the difference in traction between the two feet became obvious. My Garmin showed more than one minute per mile improvement in speed with the MicroSpikes over the same ground for no apparent increase in effort. I can't wait to use them for a race, in suitable conditions, hopefully before too many other competitors get hold of some.
Just used my spikes walking 5 miles on snowy Downs. I felt very secure on ice covered pavement to get to foot of Downs, with out spike last year it was very awkward.
Super grip walking up steep paths, on top left them on for grass and snow mix so easy to walk on. Gripped well on bare slippery chalk which is all ways tricky. Wish I had them last year.
Absolute genius! While these are marketed at a 'harder core' Winter walking/trail running user, I think Kahtoola are missing a trick. Since they will fit pretty much *any* shoe or boot, they'd make the ideal Xmas present for absolutely anyone - even if all they ever do is walk to their car along an icy pavement!
I made good use of mine trail running last Winter. Very light, they can be carried in a small rucksack, and slipped on or off trail shoes in less than 30 seconds. They offer good grip while running on everything from hard ice, to semi-frozen snow/mud.
However what is really impressive is that unlike a big rigid crampon, you can still run across bare rocks that stick out of the snow, and the spikes don't skate, but allow the rubber of your shoes to grip on the rock.
Nick Smith, UKClimbing.com