Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats

Improve speed and traction on winter runs and hikes with the ultralight, compact Vargo titanium Pocket Cleats™ available now through and specialty retailers worldwide.

Lewisburg, PA (January 6, 2015) – Vargo is sliding into a new product category without fear of falling with its new titanium Pocket Cleats™.  Designed for winter trail running and ultralight backpacking adventures, Pocket Cleats™ weigh less than a third of the weight of the competition, fold up to nest in any pocket or pack, and are more compact than comparable traction devices.

Weighing less than 4 oz. a pair, Pocket Cleats™ are made of a super strong and durable titanium alloy formed into aggressive 1/2″ (13 mm) spikes that claw into snow and ice.  Two high strength nylon straps and DuraFlex™ buckles securely attach Pocket Cleats™ to most trail running shoes and ultralight hiking boots.   Pocket Cleats™ are available in three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) ranging from a women’s 6.0 to a men’s 13 and include a protective nylon carrying case.  Retail price is $69.95.

Brian Vargo, avid year-round trail runner and Vargo CEO, conceptualized the Pocket Cleats™ after many failed experiences with other brands traction devices.  “After running with other heavy, cumbersome trail running spikes that were also impossible to stow in my pocket, I knew that we could do better.”  He continues, “I wanted to create a product that would be super light, provide full traction, and be able to fold up so that it could be stowed in the small pocket on my hydration pack.  I enjoy trail running and didn’t want the winter months or clunky running spikes to keep me from the trail.”  The Pocket Cleats™ are the answer to his and other trail runners’ winter traction needs.

Ultralight backpackers and hikers who use trail running shoes or light hiking boots may find the Pocket Cleats™ a suitable and lightweight “crampon-style” traction device for adventures in the winter months, for alpine ascents, or when additional traction is needed to hike safely.

Vargo titanium Pocket Cleats™ are available now through and specialty retail stores worldwide.

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Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats™ – MSRP $69.95


  • Titanium alloy construction
  • Compact folding legs
  • Reliable DuraFlex™ fasteners
  • High strength nylon webbing
  • Convenient nylon carry case


  • Weight: 1.9 ounces (55 grams) (each / medium size)
  • Size Open: 5.9 inches long x 1.8 inches wide) (150 mm x 45 mm)
  • Size Closed: (4.3 inches long x 1.8 inches wide) (110 mm x 45 mm)


Small: Women’s 6.0 – 9.0

Medium: Women’s 9.5-12; Men’s 8.0-10.5

Large: Men’s 11-13

About Vargo:

Since 2002, Vargo has been an award winning manufacturer of innovative ultralight backpacking gear.  Primarily using titanium, an ultralight yet ultra-strong material, Vargo has developed a unique line of products that reflect its commitment to improve and simplify outdoor gear design and utility.