Winter Traction Devices

It’s started getting colder and winter is almost here which means you’re already being hit up with winter products and deals.  Well there are a bunch of new snow and ice traction products on the market this year which look really interesting.

I avoided getting any slip-on traction devices for my shoes last year and ended up regretting it with all of the slick ice and hard snow that we had – at least here in North Carolina.  This year there are even more products to choose from with some new manufacturers joining in on the niche market.

Like me you’re all probably very familiar with the YakTrax crampons, but have you heard of some of the newer brands like DryGuy, Kahtoola, DueNorth, and Stabilicers?

There are several new products that I really like the look of such as the DueNorth all purpose spikes and the DryGuy MonsterGrip. If I can get my hands on some of them I plan on doing a more in depth review.  I particularly like the Kahtoola Microspikes Traction System shown in the photo below.

Have you used any slip-on snow or ice traction devices before? If so what did you use and how useful were they really? I’d love to know whether or not these are good for adding traction in slick conditions or gimmicky.

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  • Anonymous

    I bought the microspikes at Makais. They are not a gimmick! These things really work. (I hope) I have not tried them yet but I look forward to testing them out up at my cabin where there is already ice on the ground.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06693290671629192387 Jason Klass

    Great Post Brian. I have a pair of Yak Trak walkers and have a pair of Pros in the mail. I wanted the extremes but they’re so new I couldn’t get them yet. Even the Yak trak walkers or pros make a big difference and are really quick and easy to get on and off.

  • http://pig-monkey.com/ Pig Monkey

    I bought microspikes after falling off one too many mountains. They work great. They’re heavy, though. My pair weighs 12.8 oz.

  • http://www.goexploreoutdoors.com/ Goexploreoutdoors

    Another vote for the Microspikes here. They’re a great product. I went through 3 pairs of YakTrak before buying the microspikes. They’ve already out lived all my 3 pairs Yaktraks combined and show no sign of wearing out soon. They’ve even replaced my crampons on a few minor glacier hikes I’ve done.

  • http://www.goexploreoutdoors.com/ Goexploreoutdoors

    Another vote for the Microspikes here. They’re a great product. I went through 3 pairs of YakTrak before buying the microspikes. They’ve already out lived all my 3 pairs Yaktraks combined and show no sign of wearing out soon. They’ve even replaced my crampons on a few minor glacier hikes I’ve done.