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Offline Okanagan

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Kahtoola Microspikes- fabulous
« on: November 23, 2012, 11:06:16 PM »
Finally broke down and bought some Kahtoola micro spikes after slipping around again in slick snow on top of ice in a rough clearcut a week ago.  Don't know if others would use them as much but slick snow on very rough steep ground is typical of my winter predator calling and late season deer hunting. 

Got them from REI for $59.99, which is  a lot to pay for such a simple item but they simply work great to give you good footing on slick ground.  I used them Wed. all day in rain on slick moss and wet wood in coastal forest steep hill sides.  They go on easy and come off easy and I hardly know they are on my boots except that I don't slip.  Wish I'd have invented them, but I have no financial or other interest of any kind in the company. 
They are just a surprisingly good product.

http://www.kahtoola.com/microspikes.php

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Re: Kahtoola Microspikes- fabulous
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 05:57:13 AM »
I've been using YakTrax for several years (when we have snow or ice which is not much lately).   They work real well but aren't as aggressive as the Kahtoola you show so may not work for you.  They are about $15-$20 on Amazon.

https://www.yaktrax.com/product/pro

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Re: Kahtoola Microspikes- fabulous
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 09:15:18 AM »
Chain up!
I like em both. One looks a lot more serious then the other but I can see them both having their place.
Okanagan, the Kahtoola's look like they'd be loud to walk in especially across some frozen ground or ice. Are they?
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Offline Okanagan

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Re: Kahtoola Microspikes- fabulous
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 09:38:45 AM »
Yeah, they will probably be a little noisier on crusty snow etc. but I don't think they are going to add much noise in themselves.  I haven't heard a sound from the chains etc. snugged tight.  So far I've only used them in places that are quiet to walk, like endless wet moss or soft snow.  I'm wondering if they will plug up with snow when it is in perfect packing temps.  I liked them well enough that I did an early review before full testing in all conditions!

Semp, the YakTrax look good but as you say, in our area I prefer the spikes.  We walk on slick wet wood so much that the spikes make me feel a little more sure of a bite of traction.  Half the time the wood is hidden under a cover of wet snow, wet moss, etc. and often angled to set up a serious slip.







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Re: Kahtoola Microspikes- fabulous
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 11:23:38 PM »
Used the micro-spikes in crusty snow and wet slick snow for a half day.  Wow.  Like them better every time out.  They were noisier when walking on crusty ice packed by vehicle tires on a logging road than my partner made walking without any, but not much louder.  Off the road into snowy timber on steep ground they come into their own.  Only had a problem with one step when I wanted my foot to slide and adjust down into the bottom of a snowy pocket a little more for a steady platform for a big step over a log- and the spikes gripped some wood under the snow and would not budge at all.

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Re: Kahtoola Microspikes- fabulous
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 04:00:20 PM »
Dont they make these things that'll fit insulated snow boots?
I got a pair of SorelsĀ® that I wear everywhere when I'm out and none of them say they fit anything other then shoe or work boot.

  :laf: I uhhhh...I just cant bring myself to go trekking across the frozen Mississippi River and ice fish for a few hours with a pair of chained up Nike's

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