November, 2011

Review of Kahtoola Microspikes

If you do much hiking in early winter or spring, consider investing in a pair of Microspikes. They’re ideal for traveling on trails covered in hard-packed snow and ice. In the shoulder seasons, the trails often lack enough snow for snowshoes but are too slippery for plain boots. In such conditions, you need to augment your traction. Crampons are one solution, but they often are overkill on hiking trails. Made by Kahtoola, Microspikes weigh just 11.4 to 15.6 ounces, depending on which of the four sizes you buy. They consist of a tough elastic band (red or black) attached to >>More


November, 2011

La Sportiva Raptor trail-running shoe

If you’re used to running on roads, you should try running on a wilderness trail. There’s something atavistic about racing through the woods that appeals to our primal nature. Trail-running shoes differ from ordinary running shoes in that they usually have stiff, knobby soles to protect against sharp rocks and provide better grip. A few years ago, I had a chance to test the La Sportiva Raptor. I put about 130 miles on the shoes and loved them. I used them not only for running, but also for some all-day outings that combined approach runs with mountain climbing. My feet >>More