Kahtoola

Sliding down hundreds of feet head first in a dark, icy gully of Italy’s Dolomites changed the way Kahtoola Founder Danny Giovale thought about outdoor footwear traction …

It was a revelatory moment for him. During a climbing descent of Campanile Basso with his brother Mike, he lost footing on some ice and took a massive plunge of several hundred feet. His helmet and day pack took much of the impact, and he was lucky to survive. Over the next few years, it became apparent to him that products available on the market did not deliver reliable, trustworthy winter traction in a packable size. This set him on a path to explore better solutions.