Spikes: Why they are required for fall, winter & spring hiking

Updated: Feb 17

One of the most important items you need for fall, winter, and spring hiking season, October through June are spikes. I highly recommend Kahtoola MICROspikes.

I help my hikers purchase spikes for $50, (reg. $70).

We've had many winter seasons to test a variety of traction devices during 18 years of hiking and walking on ice and snow packed trails. These are easily our favorite! Simply slip them over your hiking shoe. They fit snug and will keep you confidently walking or hiking on slippery ice or snow-packed surfaces.

To better understand just how amazing these are, walk on the same terrain without spikes. You'll notice the difference fast!

Bring spikes on EVERY HIKE. They weigh less than 1 pound.

In October and November our hikes start out dry, then a mud/snow mix or an ice/mud mix.

It only takes one fall to potentially ruin your entire winter. It could be fatal as well. Carrying spikes with you on ALL hikes will help you be prepared and ready for any type of terrain we find. When the trail is icy or full of snow we stop and put them on.

If you need a pair, text me at 801-278-5313. You may pick them up at my home in Holladay or I'll bring them on our hikes and get a pair before we start hiking. Contact me in advance to make sure I bring your size.

If you need assistance putting them on correctly, let me know.

I'm happy to help.

We have been using these for several years and we love them because they are very durable and keep us safe! It's a one time purchase that will last several years. They take just a minute to put on.

I keep several pair in stock at all times. They are black and come in four sizes: small, medium, large, X Large. Tell me your shoe size. Consider keeping an extra pair on hand in case a friend wants to come hiking with you.

Purchase from me via cash or VENMO.

Venmo user name: @sheryl-mcglochlin

Falls are the most common injury in Utah during the winter and that doesn't even include people hiking. For me, I'm amazed at how confident I feel when a wear spikes. I don't think twice about hiking up or even running down a snow-packed trail when I'm wearing the spikes.

If you know someone, especially an elderly person who shovels snow or walks outside to get the mail, tell them about the spikes. I'll sell them to anyone who contacts me. They cost much less than a hip or knee replacement.

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