Nick Smith | October 6th, 2010
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. <strong>Nick Smith, UKClimbing. com</strong>
Trevor Goswell | November 29th, 2010
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.
Paul Jacobs | December 5th, 2010
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.
John Linnell | December 6th, 2010
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.
chris mather | December 10th, 2010
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!
andy wiggans | December 12th, 2010
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. Highly recommended.
richard heard | December 28th, 2010
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 Ãƒ "šÃ‚£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.
Anthony Dainty | December 31st, 2010
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.
Sharron Morgan | January 4th, 2011
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.
rod carne | January 6th, 2011
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!