All I want for Christmas 13 Kahtoola Micro Spikes

Kahtoola microspikes are essential for anyone who ventures outside in the winter, let alone those that are active. They’re essentially a stretchy rubber band with a bit of chain attached. The band stretches easily (once you figure it out) over your shoes or boots, and the spikes underneath provide excellent traction in winter conditions. Everyone should own a pair of these if they want to walk safely in winter conditions. I’ve known two people who’ve fallen and broken arms just on pavements these last two winters who would have been fine had they used these.

My pair’s been well used in all conditions over the last two winters. They’ve been up the Carneddau on winter boots, in the Rhinogydd on icy paths, on thick urban ice and trainers and work shoes for the pedestrian commute. The only thing they weren’t practical for was pedalling, which isn’t really surprising. You’d probably be unwise to use these in traditional crampon territory, or in place of them. Ideal as a backup for unexpected patches of frozen snow, or for shorter icy sections.

Remember that they come in different sizes, so make sure you know your intended victim’s shoe size.

At first glance, you wonder if you’ve received some sort of predator add-on for a gimp mask, and spend the next hour or so just getting them onto a shoe. When you do work it out, they’re surprisingly easy to put on – Mud and Routes

The only issue you’ll have if you do buy some of these and wrap them up as gifts, give them immediately. If it does start snowing like last year, these will soon sell out and you’ll be tempted to either sell them off on eBay for a quick profit or use them yourself. Of course, should you do that then all is not lost. Just open any of the links below in order to find some other great ideas 😉

See our review of them here…

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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