Hillsound Carbon Steel Trail Crampon Winter Traction Device

Last updated: September 29, 2020


Made using an ergonomic design, this winter traction device works to disperse your weight for reduced fatigue and better traction. As an added bonus, these crampons come with a complimentary carry bag that makes transporting the cleats a breeze.

We looked at the top Winter Traction Devices and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Winter Traction Device you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Included with this winter traction device is a handy carry bag.

In our analysis of 58 expert reviews, the Hillsound Carbon Steel Trail Crampon Traction Device placed 2nd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

GRIP ON PACKED SNOW AND ICE – 11 carbon steel 2/3 inch spikes that are dispersed across a broad area. WARRANTY – These spikes are built to last and are covered by a category leading two-year warranty. SECURE FIT – The elastomer harness fits a variety of footwear while the strap ensures a secure fit. FUNCTIONAL DESIGN – An ergonomic plate system for traction, weight dispersion and reducing fatigue. CARRY BAG INCLUDED – A convenient puncture-proof carry bag for storage before & after your adventure.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Another claims these crampons make you feel “almost superhuman” when “on a trail and approach every obstacle without fear of slipping, sliding or falling.”
The sharp spikes dig into solid ice, soft snow, and more.
The top straps on the Hillsound spikes are very nice. I haven’t used a pair of microspikes without, but it definitely feels like these do a good job of keeping the rubber support from shifting and moving more than necessary.
The Trail Crampon’s elastomer harness fits lightweight and heavier hiking boots as well as insulated boots.
I hiked on some very steep hills and felt very sure-footed with the Trail Crampons. I felt safe walking straight up hills that I normally would have switchbacked.
I’ve owned my Hillsounds since 2015 and have probably put a couple of hundred miles on them. And aside a bit of rust on the spikes, they look brand new.
The 1/2″-long spikes on the crampon really dig in and provide a firm, stable grip on the ice.
- Sofrep
The Hillsounds boast eleven 2/3-inch (1.7 cm) long carbon steel spikes, stainless steel chains, an elastomer harness, a strap across the top to prevent the ice cleats from shifting (though they should not move much if you purchase the correct size), and tote bag.

What reviewers didn't like

Cannot be worn when driving
On my shoes with a softer toe box and more flexible outsole, the Hillsound spikes can move around a little bit when walking downhill or navigating stretches of talus and scree.
The Trail Crampon won’t work as well on trail runners or street kicks, but it’s doubtful you’d want to take these 1-pound plus beasts with their long spikes on a trail run or clomp to work in them.
Since the spikes are made from carbon steel, they can rust. They require more upkeep than MICROSpikes (made sure they’re dry before storing, light oil a couple of times per season).
The Hillsound Trail Crampon has an articulating center section that felt odd to me when I first used it.
- Sofrep
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