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Hard snow, icy patches, and steep slopes might re­quire ad­di­tional trac­tion.

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Chains BEST USES ››

Snowy trails or flats, es­pe­cially when run­ning or mov­ing quickly.

LIM­I­TA­TIONS ››

Chain-style trac­tion typ­i­cally lacks the bite re­quired for icy hills.

Mi­crospikes BEST USES ››

Icy ter­rain or gen­tle slopes with safe fall zones.

LIM­I­TA­TIONS ››

Spikes can pro­vide a false sense of se­cu­rity and aren’t meant for steep, firm ter­rain.

Cram­pons BEST USES ››

Hard snow, steep slopes, and no-fall zones.

LIM­I­TA­TIONS ››

Cram­pons should be used with moun­taineer­ing boots and an ice axe.

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