Kia ora all. Can people share their thoughts on using microspikes. Are they at all useful? Are they helpful for crossing slippery rocks? What are people's experiences of using them?
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Right. Mine are Asolos, not particularly ridged.
The Kahtoola microspikes sold here now come in two versions: an aluminium and a steel version. I think the steel one has slightly longer teeth and would be more robust if in contact with rock. The extra length of the spikes would also make them better if you're carrying a heavier load
I've been using Kahtoola micro spikes for three years now. I find they make for safe walking and I can walk down steep hills at normal walking pace and up steep hills by using the front spikes so the toes grip into the bank. I use them in streams too. They are noisy on the rocks if you are hunting tho. They last about a year before the rubber starts breaking. The tread on my footwear doesn't wear out now so the first thing to go on the shoes is the sides split or separates from the sole. Once I bought some cheap ones off the net and they lasted four and a half days, the links kept pulling apart. I work in the bush on steep terrain and I wouldn't be without them now.
I've used spiked loggers gumboots a lot in slippery untracked bush and open ground during winter conditions. Most trampers would probably complain that they are too heavy but they give excellent grip and keep your feet dry and warm in cold wet conditions. I've climbed quite a few hills in them too. The downside is they get too hot in warmer weather and the tops can chafe on long down hill stretches if your legs get sweaty.
Too heavy for what they provide in my view, I use these or 10 point crampons https://vargooutdoors.com/pocket-cleats.html
I've worn out quite a few pairs of instep crampons over the years (they don't last long with lots of use) and a few pairs of the spiked boots. You can get replacement screw in spikes for the boots. I also own proper strap on 12 point climbing crampons which unlike the other two grip options mentioned I try and save just for snow and ice. Being used to heavy boots the spiked gumboots or high top leather boots with strap on instep crampons are not a problem weight wise though most people used to light weight gear would balk at the weight.
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Started by Wanderwild
On 11 January 2020
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