Kahtoola Nanospikes Review

If the snow is preventing you from getting miles in this winter, checkout Kahtoola Nanospikes. Runners will appreciate the smart design of these snow spikes. They’re lightweight, easy to take on and off, and get the job done.

When I first heard about the Nanospikes, I loved the idea of a smaller spike to run in. The problem that the Nanospikes solve is that they work great in light snow. Many snow spikes on the market are geared towards trail running or deep snow. This works out fine if the winter is producing some decent snow fall. What happens when there’s only a couple of inches on the ground? Or the roads are icy? Traction is still an issue but the larger, bigger spikes are overkill. Nanospikes is a great response.

In this Amplify Running review, I’ll discuss Kahtoola Nanospikes out of the box and on the run. If you’re interested in ordering these snow spikes, scroll down to bottom of this post on how you can order from Amazon.

Out of the box

Nanospikes certainly live up to their name. The spikes themselves are small but cover enough surface area at 10 spikes per foot. To further enhance traction Nanospikes have a textured bottom for other types of terrain.


Taking them out of their own storage case, nanospikes are ultralight (8 oz per pair) and low profile (spike length 0.21″). This design encourages a natural running stride.

The connections from the harness to the traction plates has a tough polymer. I’ve seen reports from other runners that this is the part of the spike that gives the most trouble as this connection can break. The stretching and pulling over time can weaken this connection. Nanospikes looks like they might have a solution for it as their connection feels pretty robust.


With the traction plate, I had a concern about snow building up between the show and the plate. Nanospikes have  a snow release system that sheds snow with each step. Again, runners can maintain their regular stride without compensating for built up snow.


Nanospikes on the run

First, Nanospikes are a lot of fun to run in because it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing them. They are pretty seamless. The Chicago area got hit with some decent snow while reviewing Nanospikes.

My first run was only about an inch of snow but also had some freezing rain too. This was a mess but ideal for Nanospikes. I usually run in the morning so snow plows hadn’t cleared my neighborhood yet. Even better. Running through the streets felt like a regular run. I didn’t slip and transitioned pretty seamlessly between snow and pavement. I ran intervals for this particular run and had no problem accelerating when I needed to.


My other run had closer to four inches of snow on the ground. Nanospikes delivered here too. With the deeper snow, I still had the traction I needed for a good run. This was a longer run at a slower pace, but still in the early morning. I ran on the street and on the side walks; both were either not cleared at all or partially cleared. I was able to dig in and not change my stride.


Final Thoughts

The biggest takeaway for Nanospikes is that they allow runners to stride naturally. That’s really what snow spikes should do. There are others on the market that have longer spikes that are marketed to runners. In reality these are probably more for hiking.

Nanospikes solve a problem that any runner has during the winter months – keeping up  with training when there is snow on the ground.

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