• Online:
  • URL for this product:
  • From the U.S. and CanadaCall 1-800-426-4840
  • Mon. through Sun., 4 a.m. through 11 p.m. PT.
  • InternationalCall 1-253-891-2500
  • Mon. through Sun., 4 a.m. through 11 p.m. PT. English language only.

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

This item is currently sold out or unavailable online.

Or, may we suggest shopping for similar items:

Shop more Winter Traction DevicesShop more Kahtoola

This page is provided for reference to historical product information.

This light, versatile traction system from Kahtoola is designed for use with any common footwear from trail running shoes to hiking boots to snow boots.

  • From BACKPACKER 2012 Editors’ Choice Awards: “Since they came out in 2007, our staffers have used the low-profile spikes from the Rockies to the Alps.”
  • Ideal for winter walking, hiking, trail running, adventure racing, non-technical mountaineering and even snow shoveling
  • Constructed of high-quality stainless steel, strategically placed spikes and flex-chain combine to dig into the ground and grip any terrain
  • Tough elastomer shoe harness ensures a snug, responsive fit and secures easily
  • Compact size takes up little space in pack, car or emergency kit

    Sizing for hiking boots/tennis shoes is as follows:
  • X-Small fits Kids' shoe size 1 - 4
  • Small fits Kids' shoe size 4.5 - 7 / Women's shoe size 5.5 - 8.5
  • Medium fits Women's shoe size 8.5 - 12 / Men's shoe size 7 - 10.5
  • Large fits Men's shoe size 10.5 - 14
  • X-Large fits Men's shoe size 14 - 16

    Sizing for insulated Pac boots is as follows:
  • Medium fits Women's size 7.5 - 10 / Men's size 6 - 8.5
  • Large fits Women's size 10 - 12.5 / Men's size 8.5 - 11
  • X-Large fits Men's size 11 - 13.5

Weight specification based on size Medium.


Item 774966

Backpacker Magazine 2012 Editors' Choice Award Winner
Backpacker Magazine 2012
Editors' Choice Award Winner

REI Membership

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System Specs
Best use
Elastomer/stainless steel
12.5 ounces

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

Loading Ratings & Reviews...

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Systemis rated4.8684out of5by38.
Rated5out of5byfromSo awesome!Unbelievable assurance on icy and packed-snow trails. Very easy to put on and they stay on with confidence. I wish there was a similar style with less aggressive spikes for our frequent frozen-rain covered streets and sidewalks. A friend had the little wire on the front of his break, but he is a very extreme user. I love, love, love these.
Date published: 2013-08-23
Rated5out of5byfromDon't Hike the KST without itI have had a pair of these for over a year now and they are outstanding! I was initially concerned about the rubber breaking, but they are holding up well. I never leave home without them when doing the KST (ko'olau Summit Trail). It adds certainty to ever step I take, once you adjust to the extra half inch or so it adds to the bottom of your shoe (tripping hazard on rooty sections). You do have to check on them occasionally as they tend to slip a little and need to be readjusted. I also do find that after a while of using the spikes my toes begin to hurt, but that's a price I gladly pay for overall safety.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated5out of5byfromI would recommend this again.I love that it doesn't shift around on my foot. It stays in place well.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated5out of5byfromWorth every ounce and every dollarNot that this product needs anymore outstanding reviews, but these spikes are game changers. If you are hiking in mountains in spring or a transition season you would be foolish not to bring these along. Sure you can make it up snow covered ice-luge style trails without these, but why? Strap a pair of these on to some waterproof shoes w/ Gaiters and don't ever let the weather keep you inside. On another note, these also work great on rock. They hold me going downward up to 60 degrees on flat rock. Extremely durable. If you are considering yaktrax; don't. I returned three pairs of destroyed yaktrax runners before i realized that Microspikes are the way to go if you're dealing with harsh terrain.
Date published: 2013-05-05
Rated5out of5byfromAmazing gearThese provide amazing grip on flat or slightly hilly packed/icy terrain. Relatively easy to put on and off. On the heavy side at almost a pound, but worth it if the conditions are appropriate. I keep them in a DIY stuff sack and break them out when needed. These fit my mid hiking boots fine, but are a little too small for my snow boots - it would be great if the XL size could fit a wider range of boots. No complaints otherwise, they work great!
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated5out of5byfromThe best on the marketI keep these in my pack all winter, just in case, and more than once they have been lifesavers--allowing me to go on, when others turn back.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated5out of5byfromBest outdoor item I've bought in years!I've been snowshoeing for years, but always had trouble with packed snow or when hiking early or late in the season when there is little snow and a lot of ice. Problem solved! These microspikes have transformed the way I winter hike. They weigh almost nothing and pack small. When not using them, I clip them to my backpack and the hardly jingle. I've hiked all over Western MA and the White Mountains in NH with these spikes. They have amazing grip on ice and packed snow. These spikes are so awesome that I've had 4 friends buy them after the watched me using them. Do yourself a favor and buy these spikes!
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated5out of5byfromOut standingI was looking for something better than the norm. when I went to Nome for the Iditarod for hard pack ice and hard pack snow. Light weight versital and easy to use. I have also used them walking across frozen lakes and walks around mtn camp sites very nice..
Date published: 2013-04-10

Ask a question and have it answered by REI product experts and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Need immediate assistance? Use Live Help.

Loading Questions & Answers...

How are we doing? Give us feedback on this page.

FREE SHIPPING With $50 minimum purchase

MEMBERS, EARN A $20 BONUS CARD! When you spend $100 April 14-29. Single-use bonus card redeemable May 2-12. Details
  • Join REI today!
  • REI Membership
  • REI member benefits include an annual refund (typically 10% on eligible purchases).
  • Join REI today!
  • Sign up for REI Gearmail®
  • and get 15% off selected items!
  • Store Locator
  • Locate an REI store near you.
  • Find a Store
© 2014 Recreational Equipment, Inc. All rights reserved. REI, the REI Tree and Mountain design, Novara, and
REI Adventures are trademarks of Recreational Equipment, Inc.

Find REI on: FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickrMobile site