The Spring hiking season is coming and I've been thinking a lot lately about traction options. Spring hiking here in Colorado often means slippery, muddy trails with patches of ice and snow. There usually isn't enough snow to warrant snowshoes or enough ice to warrant big, heavy crampons but most ordinary hiking boots just don't cut it. I've used Yax Trax in the past and they work great but was wondering what other options are out there that are lighter. I was also looking for something that you don't have to put on and take off. Grip Studs seem to be a good alternative.
Grip Studs look like little cleats you would find on a golf shoe. You can install them yourself with a special tool and pattern guide that is included. They're great for trails with mixed surfaces and bite into with a nice, solid grip. In case you're wondering, they are removable so you can take them off in the summer when the trails dry out. I haven't done it enough to notice yet but I imagine you can only install and remove them so many times in the same place before the hole is stripped (I suppose you could alternate the location if you think you'll be removing them often).
For those of you looking for a simple "install and forget" traction solution, Grip Studs might be the way to go. Oh, and if you're an angler, they work great on wading boots too! Click here for more info.