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Kako ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction System Specs
Steel alloy/steel aircraft cable/rubber
Kako ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction System
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Kako ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Systemis rated4.4222out of5by45.
Rated4out of5byretired but activefrombest for non-back country useAs the Kako website says, these are really intended for urban/suburban use, though they could be useful for back country hiking in some conditions. I found that mine worked well in a sheet-of-ice sloping parking area but feel more secure on MICROspikes for heavier going with more snow on top of ice, and can still use the MICROspikes for sketchy conditions around town and dog walking. These are slightly more compact to pack than the MICROspikes; both weigh about 12oz. The elastic bindings are similar for both, so putting on/taking off for both is about the same. From other comments I gather that the ICEtrekkers are prone to rust, either because the beads are made of steel alloy or because of galvanic action between the cable (probably stainless steel?) and the alloy beads. Rinsing them off after use is a hassle, it would be worth extra if they were made corrosion-resistant.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated5out of5bySandia hikerfromWalk up ice like walk on bare groundHiking trails in our local mountains tend to be very icy due to snow compaction by many feet.Steep sections of trail are sometimes impossible to navigate without slipping, even with trekking poles. With the IceTrekkers, it was like hiking on dirt, just walk up the ice. I love them, and of the various choices I had for purchase, these looked like they would be durable, especially important for my use since sunny sections of trail are bare and rocky.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated5out of5bybazbassfromKako Icetrekkers Diamond Grip TractionI use them on my boots when clearing snow from my driveway. They make my winter chores much safer. They are a great product!
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated4out of5byannarboralfromVery Good ProductI use these for walking my dogs all winter. I had used YakTraks but they wore out quickly and had very sharp edges as they wore out. These are much better in terms of effectiveness and durability. The only complaint is that for stainless steel they have shown rust after getting worn down a bit. My usage is suburban so I walk in a combination of sidewalks & streets that may be icy, snow covered or open in various places during our walks.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated5out of5byarikanoandyfromGreat for the Manitou InclineThey do the job. I bought them in order to make the Manitou Springs ascent in the snow and ice. They have not failed me yet. I see many hikers wearing the same model, so they are quite popular. I did notice a bit of surface rust on them after failing to rinse them after use. No biggie. I would recommend them.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated2out of5bymikebrousfromgreat idea-bad materialsI live in NYC and walk about 30-50 miles a week. I bought these from Paragon and destroyed them within 6 days. I got the men's large and strapped them on sorel caribous.
What damages them is the concrete and the salt. The spikes were rusting within a couple of days. The rivets which join the strap to the treads were heavily abraded and rusting. Though, it's the chain links that join the rivets to the treads which failed first. The concrete is just too much for the links. I broke through a heal chain which caused the tread to flop around.
If the materials held up, then i would give them close to 5 stars. They just can't handle the mixed conditions of the city.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated1out of5byBeccahfromRusted through after 2 monthsI bought these for my kid brother who walks to and from school and had fallen a couple times on the icy street. They were very hard for him to get on and off, so he got a second pair of shoes to swap out once he got to school. They served their purpose for less than 3 months. They started rusting within a month of having them and today they finally broke entirely. For the price, I would have expected them to last at least one full winter. He used them from about December 6th to February 21st. I think the next set will be a different brand.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated5out of5byGavin-JrfromGreat productTested these out today after the big storm. Easy to put on over my running shoes. Great fit. No issues with them coming off and when running light enough that you barely knew they where there. In snow and street ice the traction was amazing. People were sort of looking at me funny running up street hills with not a slip. It was not an issue to run on bare surfaces... You could feel and hear them a bit but not a big deal. Great product for that die hard runner.
Date published: 2014-02-12
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Kako ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction System Customer Reviews