Kahtoola, the brand behind the popular MICROspikes, sent me a tee and some stickers. Thanks guys! MICROspikes were designed by Kahtoola as portable ice traction gear. Think lightweight and easy to put-on crampons. Considering these were made for icy terrain, why would I even mention this product on Exploration: Hawaii. Hawaii isn’t really known for snow, sure, but local hikers have adopted the use of MICROspikes when hiking the muddy terrain of the Koolau Mountain Range and other trails throughout Hawaii.
“This is the best part – the MICROspikes Traction System is one piece and yes, they can fit into your pocket (a bag available). Just slip the spikes over your shoes and the built-in toe bar and flexible elastomer will keep your spikes in place, even when walking or running downhill.”
MICROspikes have also been shown to be useful on waterfall and stream type trails. Some people will attach their MICROspikes to tabis, a rubber/felt shoes, when participating in stream and/or waterfall type hikes.
One issue that I’ve had when using my MICROspikes in Hawaii has been slippage. The MICROspikes have the tendency to slip off of my shoes. Some hikers have “solved” this problem by simply tying the spikes with shoelaces. Not the best solution, but then again, these weren’t really designed for use in mud. Nonetheless, a great product that is useful both in ice and in mud.