Three decades ago, Kahtoola Owner and Founder Danny Giovale experienced a life-changing accident in the Italian Dolomites. It was a moment of growth for Danny and led to the creation of our first hiking crampon, designed specifically for flexible footwear: the Kahtoola Traction System, or KTS.
Today, our expanding collection of traction, gaiters, and hiking crampons continue to help others grow by empowering them to discover more accessible and more rewarding experiences in the outdoors. Based high on the Colorado Plateau in Flagstaff, Arizona, we're passionate about sharing love of the outdoors with others – and we're committed to protecting and giving back to the places and communities that inspire us through our holistic philanthropy and sustainability programs. Kahtoola means "directly" in Tibetan – and we enable people to go directly where they want to go.
Kahtoola is a proud sponsor of numerous events around the running world including, Hardrock 100 Ultramarathon, Transrockies run, and the Uphill Challenge.