STABILicers Original

This was my first pair of mini-crampons. They have a full Vibram sole with replaceable steel cleats. These perform best in icy, hard conditions because of the full sole. The Velcro hook and loop strap system works well but seems to fray after serious use. They work well on slippery rocks when fly fishing too. Retail: $49.99

Kahtoola Microspikes

Kahtoola means “directly” in Tibetan. These mini-crampons are the most aggressive of any I have used to date. They have 3/8″ stainless steel spikes with a steel flex chain anchored by tough elastomer webbing. A toe bar keeps footwear securely in place. This product is comfortable and works well in all conditions, but I would not want to walk around town with them. Retail: $59.99

Yaktrax Pro

This product is made of 1.4 mm steel coils and heavy duty rubber. The Yaktrax are quite flexible and conform well to your boot or shoe. They also utilize a Velcro strap system and are the lightest of the three discussed here. These work well in packed powder conditions and around town. Retail: $30.00


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