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Liberty Mountain Kahtoola 104642 Large Microspikes - Black

by Micro Spikes
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Product Features

  • Kahtoola's micro spikes are a pocket sized traction system that allow anyone, of any age to get out and safely enjoy winter.
  • These slip on spikes dig into all types of terrain-ice, snow, wet rocks, concrete, and scree. Extremely durable, they attach securely to your footwear and require no special buckles or straps.
  • Sizing: Small:youth4-5.7, Women 5.5-8.5 Med: Women 8.5+, Men 7-10.5 Large: Men 10.5-14, XL: Men 14+

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight476 g
Product Dimensions23.6 x 13.2 x 6.1 cm
Item model numberC579
Brand NameMicro Spikes
  
Additional Information
ASINB002NBN1LO
Best Sellers Rank #62,293 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First AvailableOct. 21 2010
  
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Product Description

The Kahtoolas MICROspikes are a pocket-sized traction system that allows anyone, of any age, to get out and safely enjoy winter. These extremely durable slip-on spikes attach securely to your footwear and require no special buckles or straps, perfect for digging into all types of terrain such as ice, packed snow, wet rocks, concrete, and scree.

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4.0 out of 5 stars They Work Feb. 17 2012
Found these to be an excellent micro for icy trails. Very easy to put on and very secure on the foot with no movement even on very steep grades - I like em
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  295 reviews
93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it Jan. 24 2010
By M. Rex - Published on Amazon.com
Color Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Like the spikes. Work as described. Got fooled by the sizing chart and ordered a size too large, based on using with my snow boots. Order for your exact shoe size or smaller.
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent traction and light weight Dec 11 2010
By My Two Cents - Published on Amazon.com
I am an active hiker, and hike leader for outdoors organizations and I have owned the three major products for winter traction: Yaktrax, Stabilicers, and Microspikes. It seems that many people turn up on hikes with Yaktrax more than any other product because it seems to be more prominently displayed at stores that sell outdoors equipment. I recommend the Yaktrax if you have an occasional need for low-cost traction, such as walking down an icy driveway to get your mail. Yaktrax are poorly designed; basically it's a giant rubber band with a coiled spring around it. They slide around on your boot and I have seen people have theirs peel off in snow and not even realize it. I had one of the rubber bands snap after not that much use, rendering the product useless. People who bought Yaktrax Pro with the strap seem to have better luck. The rubber is more robust and the strap keeps the Yaktrax from sliding around or sliding off. I also own Stabilicers (the version with the strap over the boot) and have mixed feelings about them. Stabil-Icers have steel screws on the bottom, which provide amazing traction, far better than the Yaktrax, but I have wear issues with them as well. My Stabilicers lose screws on a regular basis, which is a safety hazard because you think you have traction, but you really don't. When I contacted Stabilicer about the issue, their response was, "Maybe it's time for a new pair." Mine did not have that much use on them, so that answer was unacceptable. I tried various glues to keep the screws in place, but none worked. The other disadvantage of Stabilicers (in the model that I have) is that they are heavy to carry in a pack when you don't really need them. Instead, I now use my Microspikes, which have excellent traction, and have worn well so far, but I do have concerns about the durability of the rubber where it holds the metal spikes. Microspikes are light, so they are easily carried in a backpack when you don't need them, but might encounter conditions on the trail where you do need them. With any of these traction devices, don't be put off by the cost. It's about the same price as a health insurance deductible for a trip to the emergency room!
100 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but shadows in coverage are dangerous May 30 2009
By Doc Montana - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I run on snowshoes, yaktrax and now Kahtoolas. While the Kahtoola microspikes are well made, easy to use and durable, they have a possibly fatal flaw. There is a significant and I feel dangerous hole in spike coverage in the center of the back of the heel.

The first time I ran with them, all was well because there was a some fresh snow. But when I was running on icy surfaces (which these were designed for given the huge spikes), I was motoring along in blissful ignorance until I headed downhill heel-first. My leg shot out from under me since no metal came in contact with the ice. It scared me to death!

If you look at the pic here, you will easily see the dangerous hole in coverage.

To avoid slipping, I had to run downhill landing either flatfooted or on my toes to make sure I stick to the ground. Frightening.

I plan on modifying my kahtoolas with an extra wire pulling the chains closer together base of the heel like what was done at the toe.

I cannot believe that this hole in coverage was not addressed earlier. Unless of course, the primary users/designers don't really run on icy mountains but rather on flat crusty trails. Yet, given the huge spikes and aggressive appearance, it's too bad that the heel is so unprotected given that almost every step downhill lands on or near the heel. Oh, but uphill, these things scream.

But looking at the picture of the spikes while I write this, I wonder if I put them on backwards it would help since the extra wire connector at the toe was likely a fix from lack of coverage on that end of the shoe.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Spikes! Feb. 8 2010
By Inclinegal - Published on Amazon.com
These are a great addition for hiking in the winter. They hold up much better than the Yaks when it comes to hiking and running. I've been through two pairs of those because they break with heavy use. These are very easy to put on and give you great traction on ice and snow. I like to trail run and they work fine. Because they are much more aggressive in traction they aren't forgiving when you plant your foot. In other words your footing sticks and does not give at all. So, you do have to be careful and pick up your feet when walking. They aren't forgiving if you drag your feet at all. These wouldn't be my pick for regular walking around in light snow and ice because they would be over kill. The Yaks would still be my choice for taking the dog for a walk in the neighborhood, etc. Although you can run in these I tend to feel them more than the Yaks. They hurt a little bit vs. the Yaks don't when you run. But, I'd rather have these if I am hiking up a mountain trail in ice and snow. The price is pretty much the same everywhere, so that isn't an issue here. I havn't had any problems with them coming off. They have stayed on well for me so far.

A good purchase I think.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best traction device on the market Feb. 28 2009
By Gopherbroke - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Easy to put on,easy to take off. Put them in your pocket. Forget about Yaktrax unless you are OK with broken springs. Kahtoolas are durable and they work like they should.You can walk on broken ground with them and the spikes hold up fine. Plus, I like the fashionable red color. Every gearhead hiker I know has these in their pack in the winter and wouldn't go anywhere without them. Mark these "Essential".
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