Hiking Cedar Ln. in the Snow

Today December 11, 2013 I hiked in the first snow of the year on Cedar Ln. Middletown CT. I was trying out my new traction grips by Kahtoola.  MICROspikes and they worked better than expected.  Compared to my old Yaktrax with neoprene rubber and a steal spring around the rubber they were hands down 10 time better.  These thing are fairly easy to put on your boots and they stay on which is important.  They are well constructed and look like they will last for years and most important they look reliable. The traction was excellent on every type surface I hike on.  They griped on ice, rocks, dirt, snow snow covered leaves, you name it they gripped.  I did not slip once on my 2 mile hike.  I would defiantly recommend these traction grips for hiking in snow and ice on all types of trails.  There’s a link below where you can buy a pair..  There’s also a link to a video I made of my hike and you can see how well they worked for yourself..

Buy them here  http://www.rei.com/product/856702/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system

Watch a video of this hike here  http://www.iplayerhd.com/player/f1e9733c-308e-47cb-acaf-46e523e4f003.aspx

By the way Yaktrax has come out with a better pair of grips similar to Kahtoola MICROspikes and they are about $15 cheaper  but I did some research and they are not as good as the MICROspikes.  below is a review taken from the REI web site where they sell both MICROspikes and Yaktrax XTR Extreme Outdoor Traction Devices.

See the Yaktrax EXT Extreme here http://www.rei.com/product/821790/yaktrax-xtr-extreme-outdoor-traction-devices

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Uncomfortable

Best Uses

Comments about Yaktrax XTR Extreme Outdoor Traction Devices:

I got a pair of these last minute, after a trip to the Sierra, and discovering I had left my Kahtoola Micro Spikes at home, and my review is based in part, as a comparison to them.

First, let me say that these appear to be a direct knock off of the Kahtoola’s, except the craftsmanship isn’t quite the same. Having owned the Yak Trax, and finding them completely worthless, I can see why they would do this.

The problem is that the design on the bottom, where it really counts, is inferior. The spikes themselves are thinner, and not nearly as sturdy as the Micro Spikes, and I have no idea what they were thinking with the partially plastic, partially thin metal plate that comprises the bottom. It surely did not inspire confidence, but as I had no choice, I decided to give them a try.

It took less than an 1/8 of a mile, before I found out the real problem. Even on fairly consolidated snow, the snow balls up under both the plate that covers the forefoot, as well as the one that covers the heel. 1/2 mile later, after having to remove them several times to get rid of the snow, I finally gave up and just took them off. Maybe they would do better on ice crusted snow, but then the spikes aren’t really substantial enough for that. In short, I just can’t see any time when these would work for their intended purpose. I’d just get the Kahtoola Micro Spikes instead. Having much more substantial spikes, and no troublesome plates on the bottom, they do a much better job.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend