The Gear Box: Kahtoola MICROspikes

Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 6:33 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.

OK, I’ll admit it. As I age, I’m less inclined to want to think about a slip and fall, particularly after having done so a couple of years ago on a wet deck and breaking my left fibula (that’s the smaller of the lower leg bones).

The onslaught of colder weather and icy winter conditions since that mishap has put a damper on my ambitions to try to walk at least a few times a week.

But I’ve changed my outlook, thanks to a pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes that are part crampon, part Canadian chains forboots. Take them out of your pocket and they can be slipped on over outdoor footwear in seconds, thanks to their rubbery perimeter band. Your boot soles go from slippery flip-flops to serious tractors ready to take on all but the most serious mountain climbing.

The business end of this system is a series of spike bars with half-inch points linked by sturdy chains and held firmly in place with a toe bar and elastomer perimeter band. The flexibility and sizing allow use over all winter footwear, including running shoes.

Kahtoola, a Flagstaff, Ariz., company, builds snowshoes, crampons and the MICROspikes, “all of which are your personal gateway to winter adventure.” The company says, “At Kahtoola, we believe that getting out and enjoying Mother Nature should never be hard. That’s why every one of our products has been designed with grip, stability and comfort — the three things you need (aside from your Camelbak®) to get you anywhere you need to go.’’

Look out, Ol’ Man Winter, I’m heading out.

For more information see: www.kahtoola.com

Retail price: $59.95

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