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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by justiner » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:04 pm

Jeff Valliere wrote: As to dulling spikes, I bought a cheap bench grinder specifically to keep my Microspikes sharp, easily doubling or tripling their life.
I think the Yak Summits will still dull faster. Comparing the two, the Kahtoola spikes are almost twice as thick as the Yak ones, which I really think contribute to how fast they wear down. I'm almost positive the metal is perhaps different too - perhaps plated? The scratches on the bottom are showing a slightly copper-looking color, which I don't believe is rust, while everything on the Kahtoola spikes are nice and shiny.

I may have used my Yak Summits once before I shelved them. Too bad, as I think the Boa system applied to this problem had promise, and that licensing cannot have been cheap to procure.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by SurfNTurf » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:20 pm

brichardsson wrote:
SurfNTurf wrote:I just had a repair through Kahtoola myself. They don't do anything to check their two-year warranty, it's kind of an honor system. I'd fill out a request on their site and see what happens.
why would you tell someone to try to get a free repair when they broke it by not using it as directed? this is exactly why rei has changed their longstanding return any item ever policy, because of abuse like this.
I’ll admit to skimming the OP, didn’t realize the full circumstances behind the failure. I’ve had two different pairs of Microspikes crap out on me during normal on-trail use (broken chains), and I was just trying to convey that I’ve been impressed with their customer service. They fixed both for only the price of shipping — and, yes, I was within their two-year warranty period both times. Kahtoola stands by their gear.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by justiner » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:26 pm

Sometimes Kahtoola will also send you a discount code as a thank you for being a customer, after completing the process in their service dept.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by Alpine Guy » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:54 pm

My 1yr old sz medium microspikes broke this spring - the first day I wore them on some new insulated winter boots (vasque snowburbans). I chalked it up to overstetching the rubber. Just out of curiosity I bought the hillsound version (not the Pro) as a replacement. Personally, I prefer the kahtoola's for hiking shoes. They're less bulky and lighter. But I do really like the hillsounds (in sz large) for my winter boots. The spikes are more aggressive than kahtoola's and the mid-foot strap seems to make them more secure (although my kahtoola's never popped off either).
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by Jeff Valliere » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:31 pm

justiner wrote:
Jeff Valliere wrote: As to dulling spikes, I bought a cheap bench grinder specifically to keep my Microspikes sharp, easily doubling or tripling their life.
I think the Yak Summits will still dull faster. Comparing the two, the Kahtoola spikes are almost twice as thick as the Yak ones, which I really think contribute to how fast they wear down. I'm almost positive the metal is perhaps different too - perhaps plated? The scratches on the bottom are showing a slightly copper-looking color, which I don't believe is rust, while everything on the Kahtoola spikes are nice and shiny.

I may have used my Yak Summits once before I shelved them. Too bad, as I think the Boa system applied to this problem had promise, and that licensing cannot have been cheap to procure.
I never used my Summits long enough either to truly test wear rate and passed them along after a few outings. I too think the Boa system is promising, but so far prefer the Microspikes for their light weight, effectiveness, simplicity and durability. They are also an amazing company and have gotten to know some of the people there through the trade shows, I really believe in them and their products.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by polar » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:12 pm

LL Bean also makes a traction device with BOA closure. I have no experience with it though.

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/90699?p ... ction-mens
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by England » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:40 pm

I go down to the consignment store pick up a cheap pair of old crampons every 2-3 years. Yeah, yeah the weight snobs will scoff, but I like the peace of mind. I also get myself into some mixed situations here and there. Best of luck.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by polar » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:08 pm

Korean clone on Sierra Trading Post, maybe more reliable than Chinese clone on Amazon? I just picked up a pair, will see for myself.
https://www.sierratradingpost.com/produ ... 320MP-02-L

Edited to add: apparently REI also carry them, and CAMP is one of their global partners. Seems pretty legit.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by MUni Rider » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:17 am

illusion7il wrote:Just had my 2nd pair of Microspikes crap out on me. I put my boots on the register vent to dry with the microspikes still on them, pulled them off about 24 hours later only to find that the rubber had snapped on both of them. They are just past there 2 year warranty. Looks like there are a bunch of other companies that make these nowadays. I've always been a big fan of Microspikes but at $70 a pop, I'm now looking for alternatives. At that price I could try out 2-4 other brands.

Has anyone found a generic set of Microspikes that actually hold up?
Then there is the cheapest option.
http://skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm


Some website by some know-it-all dude that thinks he knows all about trail running. Matt Carpenter? Never heard of him. Probably a troll.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by druid2112 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:46 am

illusion7il wrote:Just had my 2nd pair of Microspikes crap out on me. I put my boots on the register vent to dry with the microspikes still on them, pulled them off about 24 hours later only to find that the rubber had snapped on both of them. They are just past there 2 year warranty. Looks like there are a bunch of other companies that make these nowadays. I've always been a big fan of Microspikes but at $70 a pop, I'm now looking for alternatives. At that price I could try out 2-4 other brands.

Has anyone found a generic set of Microspikes that actually hold up?
Straight up user error. Don't blame the microspikes, you won't find a better alternative anyway.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by polar » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:53 am

MUni Rider wrote:Some website by some know-it-all dude that thinks he knows all about trail running. Matt Carpenter? Never heard of him. Probably a troll.
Relax, you're not the first to discover the magical screw shoes. I have a pair of home made screw shoes too, but they're not a replacement for microspikes. I throw a pair of microspikes in my pack as late as July for the just-in-case snow crossing, but I wouldn't just carry my screw shoes or wear them that late in the season. Besides, while the scews are only a few bucks, you need to essentially dedicate a pair of shoes just for it. Even a cheap pair of quality shoes is more expensive than a pair of cheap microspikes.
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Re: Microspikes Alternatives

Post by MUni Rider » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:57 am

polar wrote:
MUni Rider wrote:Some website by some know-it-all dude that thinks he knows all about trail running. Matt Carpenter? Never heard of him. Probably a troll.
Relax, you're not the first to discover the magical screw shoes. I have a pair of home made screw shoes too, but they're not a replacement for microspikes. I throw a pair of microspikes in my pack as late as July for the just-in-case snow crossing, but I wouldn't just carry my screw shoes or wear them that late in the season. Besides, while the scews are only a few bucks, you need to essentially dedicate a pair of shoes just for it. Even a cheap pair of quality shoes is more expensive than a pair of cheap microspikes.
Relax? RELAX? OMG! How can I relax at a time like this? With so much at stake. Geeezuuuuhs. How dare I or anyone respond to the OP when we should all wait for your guidance. Guess I caught one with the sarcastic line. But you are right. I re-read the original post and he said "boots" so running is most likely not past or intended future use. Screwshoes are far less appropriate for steep snow as they are for icy trails. Best course of action at this point is to contact the manufacturer and get the free new pair.
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