Liberty Mountain Kahtoola 104642 Large Microspikes - Black
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- 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+
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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 packed snow wet rocks concrete and scree. Extremely durable they attach securely to your footwear and require no special buckles or straps. Color: Black. Size: Large.
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What made me buy these were an injury to my wife, one year, she slipped on top of concrete stairs in front of an commercial building entrance that was neglected and not salted, tumbled down the concrete stairs, injuring her sciatic nerve and nearly paralyzing her lower body. When that accident hit close to home and we witnessed the after effects of it, we decided to be more careful. You can go through your whole life without a serious fall but if a serious fall does occur, it can change your life drastically. This opened our eyes and we would be foolish to not do anything to avoid it if possible, going forward.
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A good purchase I think.
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.