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Gear Review: Microcrampons

When the conditions call for grip but not burly crampons, strap on one of these three microcrampon options and feel secure on ice and snow.

[trail runners]
YakTrax Pro
The light weight, low-profile metal traction coils, and flexible rubber casing that attaches firmly with a Velcro strap across the center, top of your shoe (or light boot), make these microcrampons ideal for trail running or easy- to medium-level hiking. One tester confidently churned out sub-8:00 minute miles on a narrow, snow-packed trail that was riddled with the occasional icy spot. The metal coils wrapped around the rubber underside can get stuffed with snow, so when tromping through really deep or heavy white stuff something with a heftier spike setup, like Kahtoola, is ideal. The low-profile coils (metal wires wrapped around the rubber underside), are easy to toss in a bag without worrying about shredding neighboring clothing. While not designed for serious icy climbs or descents, these microcrampons transition with ease from snow to dirt to pavement without excessive clacking or catching on the various surfaces. They are also super easy to pull on and off, but after a heavy season of use be sure to inspect the coils because we experienced some breakage. Bonus: One tester found they gripped on muddy surfaces surprisingly well.

The Specs:
Price: $30
Weight: 5 oz./pair (M)
Sizing:
S – Men’s 5-8.5, Women’s 6.5-10.
M – Men’s 9-11, Women’s 10.5-12.5.
L – Men’s 11.5-13.5, Women’s 13-15.
XL – Men’s 14+, Women’s 15.5+.
yaktrax.com

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