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Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:39 pm
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You could probably make an argument for both Laurie. My first light traction was Stabilicers. When I decided to go for one of the spikes, I went for the Hillsounds. I liked the 1/2 " VS 3/8 " spikes. I also liked the fact they had more spikes. And finally the strap for extra security.

So here's my take. The strap doesn't guarantee they won't come off because I lost one in a spruce trap. I didn't realize it until it was to late to go looking for it. I was off trail. I had every intention of replacing them but when I went into Ragged Mtn. Eqip. to pick up a pair, the sales person said they ball-up much worse than Microspikes. Never having owned Microspikes I had nothing to compare them to but as soon as she said that I remembered that they do that, badly. That metal plate you mentioned is a snow magnet. The snow just wants to stick to that cold metal plate.

So, since I knew Microspikes would eventually go on sale, I just got a pair of them. I like them and they seem to be a little easier to put on, for me.

For me the bottom line is, 6 of one, half dozen of the other. I mainly went for what I could pick up cheaper at the time. You may love the Hillsounds.

P.S. I do use the bag for my Microspikes. 8)

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Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:18 pm
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Laurie, sounds like the exact same thing that happened to my spikes this year...on an easy walk-about at Pawtuckaway of all places!

EMS replaced 'em for me. I'm sticking w/the spikes b/c the price was right. Keep us posted on the snow-sticking issue.

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Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:21 pm
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I think the Hillsounds would be the better product if they'd just incorporate anti-balling plates to them. They put them on crampons, why not these.?

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My question about the Hillsounds would be, are more teeth and better traction really better overall? These look interesting, but part of the reason I have Microspikes in addition to my regular crampons (Black Diamond Contact Strap), is that in many cases, I don't need the extra traction, especially in mixed rock and snow conditions, where sharper (and more) teeth could be a problem. If I needed the extra traction, I'd probably move up to my regular crampons. I wonder, if you could rate Microspikes, Hillsounds, and full crampons in terms of traction, how would the Hillsounds rate...

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