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Does this product work as extra traction for summer hiking?
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How long are the spikes that extend from the bottom of the shoe (i.e., 1/8th or 1/4 inch)?
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What is the warrantly on the product?
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Does this product work as extra traction for summer hiking?
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Where can I find smaller sizes of this product or a similar one?
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How long are the spikes that extend from the bottom of the shoe (i.e., 1/8th or 1/4 inch)?

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Kahtoola Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device

Grippy, durable, slip-on traction systems, with strategically placed stainless steel spikes connected to a dynamic flex-chain with tough elastomer shoe harnesses. The spike design is excellent for walking, hiking, or running on packed snow, and provides excellent traction on ice.
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Questions & Answers for Kahtoola Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device

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How much grip do these have on bare ice? Is it comparable to wearing crampons?

asked 4 years, 8 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
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answer 1
These have amazing grip on ice. You couldn't slip if you tried with these on!
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answered 4 years, 1 month ago
by
northentrekker
 - Prairies
answer 2
Keep in mind that these are designed for walking, hiking, and up to moderate terrain in the mountain. In those conditions they will offer you super grip. However, they are definitely no substiture for crampons which you'd wear mountaineering or ice climbing. If you don't partake in the latter to activities, you'll be sure to love these. Walking on bare ice is a breeze.
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answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
BarbaraB
 - Calgary, AB
answer 3
These should not be mistaken for full fledged crampons.

It will be interesting to see if any other current users chime in with their experience - personally, I would not use them in steeper situations where a slip could lead to an uncontrolled slide.
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answered 4 years, 8 months ago
by
LorneH
 - MEC Service Centre
Question

are these adequate for winter running?

asked 4 years, 9 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
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answer 1
You bet. Try them on in the store to make sure they fit correctly.
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answered 4 years, 4 months ago
by
Climbhard
 - Canmore, AB
answer 2
Lots of people use these for winter running, especially if you're going to be on packed snow. However they're not suitable if you're likely to encounter areas of bare pavement as the spikes stick out a long way and would make running uncomfortable. Consider the Yaktrax if you're likely to encounter a variety of surfaces whilst running. It's also a really good idea to try them with whatever footwear you'll be wearing if you can, as a correct fit is key to good traction and comfort.
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answered 4 years, 9 months ago
by
MattInToronto
 - Toronto, ON
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I'm looking for more traction while hiking the west coast trail which is known for being slick, will these be a good choice for combating that?

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
by
The Forester
 - Calgary, AB
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
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answer 1
if this question is still applicable-- I'll give you my opinion. I've been on the WCT two years ago. Yes it was wet for part of the time-- but never did it present a challenge great enough to require spikes. A good Vibram sole is all you need.

You can definitely get along without these. I think the weight and added bulk in your pack because of these will far outweigh the small benefit of using them occasionally.

WCT has lots of ladders-- these wouldn't prove too helpful there. The bouldering on the trail requires good rubber soles-- not MicroSpikes (you'd be slipping more with them on than off!)

I'd say leave the spikes behind.
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answered 4 years, 1 month ago
by
northentrekker
 - Prairies
answer 2
This product is designed to be used on snow and ice. I would not recommend using these on the West Coast Trail. Use regular hiking boots and trekking poles to improve your balance over more difficult terrain.
 
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answered 4 years, 1 month ago
by
Jmec
 - Service Centre
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What is fit like on boots?

I have size 12 Sorels, will these fit or are they specifically designed for smaller boots/trail shoes/etc?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
by
meclifer
 - Toronto, ON
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
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answer 1
I would just bring your boots in and try them out. They are quite stretchy and there are different sizes.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
by
hkinggal
 - Montreal, QC
answer 2
The good thing with the Microspikes is that it fits any type of shoe, you just have to find the right size for you. They should be snug on your shoe.
You might want to go down a size for regular shoes like runners but with hiking boots or winter boot like Sorels I'd trust the recommended sizing. That's M for a size 12 women or L for a size 12 men.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
by
AT
 - vancouver
Question

are the chain links welded?

asked 3 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
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answer 1
no,the points are press punched which also tempers the metal for additional hardness and the points are assembled together through wire lacing which offers flexabilty and give(and repair options IF needed)
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
No the links are simply clamped. However they still seem sturdy.
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answered 3 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
 - Vancouver
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how do these go with salt water?

interested in using these for rock fishing - they look like great things to have in the back pack , and slip on when at the stones... but not if they rust!
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asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Anonymous
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
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answer 1
The Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device is made of stainless steel but I would not recommend them for use in salt water or on rocks. They are meant for use on snow or ice and I think they would fall apart used when used for rock fishing
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Expert Answer
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
by
GRAND
 - MEC SERVICE CENTRE
Question

Repair Broken link?

Any tips on repairing a broken link? One of the longer pieces broke - I had to reclamp it a couple of times and it finally snapped. Not sure what to try.
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
by
burnemark
 - Rocky Mtn Hse, AB
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
1 answer
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answer 1
For tips on repairing a broken link please contact your local MEC Warranty Department. They will be able to advise you on specific part repair or offer others solutions.
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answered 2 years, 9 months ago
by
GENIEVE
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sizing: big or small?

I am a women's 8.5, and so would fit both the small and the medium. I will predominantly use these for running, but may want to throw them on my hiking boots from time to time. Based on how these fit, should I get the small or the medium?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
1 answer
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answer 1
For running the small size would be best for you but if you want to use them for hiking boots you will likely need the medium size so I would recommend the medium size
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Expert Answer
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
by
GRAND
 - MEC SERVICE CENTRE
Question

Would you recommend this for Vancouver snowy weather (mixture of light snow/ice/asphalt) or would another model work better?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
by
New2snow
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
1 answer
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answer 1
These will work fine in Vancouver conditions, and being that they're made of steel they're good and durable. The front points may be overkill if you're dealing with slush.

Another option without the toe points is shown below.
 
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answered 1 year, 8 months ago
by
LUKEN
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Walking on a frozen lake for Photography

I'm planning to walk on a frozen Abraham lake in Alberta for my Photography. Do you think this is safe for walking on ice?
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
1 answer
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answer 1
The spikes will provide traction on ice. As long as the lake is safe for walking on and there isn't a lot of snow covering it, they should work. Alternatively snowshoes are also a great option.
 
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answered 1 year, 6 months ago
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