By Jason B
Sometimes in the winter, I need serious traction, especially with the freeze/thaw cycles we see in the mountains here, but crampons are overkill. I am hopeful that the Kahtoola MICROspikes will be able to fill this niche between standard traction devices and crampons. The Kahtoola MICROSpikes are slip on traction devices that fit over most footwear. They consist of an elastomer band that slips on over boots, a stainless steel flex chain, and 3/8” hardened stainless steel spikes. There is also a front toe bar that is supposed to help keep the MICROspikes in place even when heading downhill. A boot or shoe slips inside of the elastomer band and the flex chain and spikes rest against the sole of the boot or shoe.
The MICROspikes are easy to put on. The only tricky thing was I needed to put my foot into the red elastic band. I think it is more my lack of understanding than the design. The spikes seem to stay in place well in the quick test I did with them. One of the issues we have here in Kodiak is that there are icy sections, then clear trail, then ice again. I am particularly interested in how they will perform when crossing clear sections.
This concludes my first post. Please check back in about a month to see how they perform!