Rating: 5 / 5
I’ve been looking for a lightweight traction device for training hikes on Mount Si in Washington State and to use when my Grivels would be over kill. I chose the Kahtoola Steels mainly because of all the ice and compressed snow on portions of the old and new Si trails.
The one inch long steel Kahtoola crampons have been superb; they are quick to put on my mountaineering boots, provide excellent traction over hardened trail ice, compressed snow, and iced coated rocks, show no point wear, and they will fit both my mountain and trail hiking boots. I also purchased the snow release skins that have showed no wear and no snow collection underfoot.
At $144.00 they are not cheap, but by all accounts they appear to offer a light weight and durable extra margin of safety for non technical mountain travel.