Choosing crampons tends to be way more difficult than it should be. With endless options on Amazon and other outdoor sites it becomes difficult. I aim to make the choice easy for you. I’ve tried many crampons…and broken many cheaper crampons (where I learned which ones to buy).

You may wonder, What kind of crampon should I get? Microspikes, the climbing crampons with huge spikes?

Kahtoola Microspikes

As far as Amazon microspikes go, these are some of the more expensive ones, but by far the best ones. They are durable, don’t rust quickly, and fit on boots without any issue. These are perfect for just walking on ice, hiking any mountains short of ice climbing. The alternatives are 1/3 the price, but if you hike fast and hard, may break within the first few trips.

Hillsound Microspikes

These spikes are close second to Kahtoola. They offer about the same durability, similar traction and a bit of a different feel. They are a great option for most hikes, or any flat ground.


These are not nearly as popular as Kathoola or Hillsound, but they are great quality. The way the chains connect to the rubber piece is different than all of the other kinds, which I believe is helping these crampons be more durable than the rest.


These are not ideal for steep hiking conditions as they are not as durable and are susceptible to breaking on steep climbs. These are much cheaper than the other crampons and function great on flat ground. So they are great for flat hiking and saving a few dollars.

Steeper Climbs

If you want some crampons for vertical ice, and lots of it, you will have to spend a little more. Keep in mind these crampons have a lot of traction, however they are not ideal for flatter ground.

The less expensive option:


These are surprisingly good for the price. Super light, easy to put on, and great traction. The downside is that they will not last as long as the more expensive options, as the aluminum alloy spikes will wear down quickly.

The slightly more expensive option:

Camp USA

The stainless steel spikes will last a while. The design of these are great for pretty much all situations. The quality of these parallel the $150 options of this type of crampon.


These reviews are based solely on my opinion. Though I do get a small affiliate income when a purchase is made from this site on Amazon, all products were chosen as I felt they were the best crampons for the price. Please contact us if you have any additional input or thoughts on this! Thanks for reading.

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