Snowline Chainsen City Spikes

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  • 6 spikes, forefoot only
  • Stainless steel, durable & corrosion resistant
  • Secure elastomer straps – easy on, easy off
  • Fit nearly all shoes & boots
  • Compact & just 2.5 oz (70 g) per pair


Snowline Chainsen City Spikes are a minimalist version of the proven Chainsen design. They provide extra needed traction when you’re uncertain if there will be any snow or mud on the trail. Rather than leave your full spikes at home because you don’t want to carry the extra weight, take these mini spikes along so you’re ready if you do run into slippery conditions. They also give you extra traction around town with your regular shoes or boots.

There are 6 spikes per foot, all in the forefoot area. The 0.3 in. (7.5 mm) long spikes are made of hardened 400 series stainless steel for high durability and corrosion resistance. The independent spike groups, connected by chain, keep snow from collecting under your foot. And the chain design allows the spikes to flex with your shoes as well as fit varying shoe designs. The chains are hardened stainless steel and welded for high strength.


Compare Chainsen City Chainsen Trail Chainsen Light MICROspikes®
   Spikes - Forefoot/Heel 6/0 8/5 8/4 8/4
   Spike Length* 0.3 in. (7.5 mm) 0.3 in. (7.5 mm) 0.48-0.59 in. (12.2-14.9 mm) 0.5-0.56 in. (12.6-14.3 mm)
   Weight (pair) 2.5 oz (70 g) 7.0 oz (198 g) 8.6 (243 g) 11.9 oz (338 g)

*Measured values, from under spike plate to tip


City Spikes are securely held on your shoes with stretchy thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) straps. Loop over your toe box and stretch around your heel. Easy on, easy off. The eyelets are reinforced for strength and improved longevity. The spikes will fit nearly every shoe or boot, including regular shoes used around town, even ones with heels.

The best part is they pack down to a little larger than a tea bag and weigh just 2.5 oz (70 g) per pair. City Spikes are packed in a small durable storage bag to protect the other items in your pack.


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Size US Euro Eyelet Weight* (pair)
Men Women
M 4.4-7.5 6-9 36-40 Red 2.2 oz (63 g)
L 7.5-10.5 9-12 40-44 Blue 2.5 oz (70 g)
XL 10.5-13.5 12-15 44-48 Grey 3.1 oz (89 g)

 *Weight of pair without storage bag



Spike Quantity: 6 per foot (6 forefoot, none heel)

Spike Length: 0.3 in. (7.5 mm)


   Spikes: 420J2 Stainless steel, hardened

   Chain: 304 Stainless steel, hardened, welded

   Elastomer: Reinforced thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), maintains flexibility to -76˚F (-60˚C) (TUV certified to -4˚F (-20˚C))

Packed Dimensions (LxWxH): 3.6 x 3.3 x 1 in. (9.1 x 8.4 x 2.5 cm)

Storage Bag Weight: 0.4 oz (11.4 g)



  • Sharp spikes. To avoid possible injury or damage, point spikes away from you and others and use caution when handling and wearing. Do NOT step on or kick people, animals, or valuables while wearing spikes. When not in use, store and transport in the protective case.
  • Check for damage before use and do NOT use if damaged.
  • Put on while seated to avoid injury.
  • Keep away from children under age 14 to avoid injury.
  • Use caution when stepping on slippery or sloped surfaces to avoid injury. NOT intended for use in competitions or on steep terrain where crampons would be more suitable.

In no event shall Litesmith, LLC be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, or special consequential damages, to property or life, whatsoever arising out of or connected with the use or misuse of its products.

Limited Warranty Snowline warrants this product to the original owner to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of 2 years after purchase. In no event shall Snowline be liable for any consequential damages that may result from using this product.

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  • 5
    So light and they work great

    Posted by Unknown on 20th Jan 2022

    I brought these on a backpacking trip with about one mile of steep icy trail that I traversed down and then back up. I needed to pay more attention to how I placed my foot than if I had spikes on the heel, but these worked really well. They are so light that the minimal extra effort is worth it. These are coming on all of my Grand Canyon winter trips.

  • 5
    Great, lightweight traction control when full-on spikes are overkill

    Posted by Rolf Asphaug on 27th Mar 2021

    I'm a volunteer park patroller in foothills that often get snow followed by sun ... and ice. When full-on spikes are overkill, these traction devices fit the bill perfectly. They are very easy to put on while standing up - which is important, because if it's a pain to put spikes on and take them off you might decide not to bother, and pay the price. And they stay attached - unlike some popular alternatives. They don't cover the heel, but the spikes on the forefoot and the chains extending toward the back of the sole usually give me more than enough traction. They are much more lightweight than the most popular spikes, and I often just keep them in my day pack on days when I might see snow or ice on some or all of the trails. They are also durable: I've used my pair for many days of hiking and they still seem good as new.