It’s been just over a decade since the MICROspikes debuted, and we’ve used them so often since then, it’s hard to remember what we did before. They solve a longtime dilemma: what to pack when crampons are overkill, but you need legit traction for steep, snowy terrain. With 12 steel spikes (3/8-inch long each), the MICROspikes have kept us secure on everything from an Andean volcano in Chile to our local hill in Boulder on winter weekends. The rubber band holds fast to boots of all sizes—they even worked on ski boots when we climbed Hyndman Peak in the Pioneers. And because they weigh less than a pound, we never question taking them when traction could be the difference between going up and going home.
Weight: 11.9 oz. (M)
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