Yes, it’s that time of year again! Track season is baaaaaaacckk!!!! If you are reading this more than likely you are looking for a good spike for your 2022 track season. At The Running Well Store we offer a wide variety of track and field spikes. If you are in need of help deciding which spike to choose, read on…..or come to one of our 3 stores in the greater Kanas City area and speak to one of our Gurus, who would be more than happy to help you out!
Most customers come in and ask the question-Do I need to wear spikes if I’m only running track in Middle or High School? The Gurus at The Running Well Store will tell you that using a spike for your track event will help you to run faster, jump higher or farther. Even though there are over 44 events at most track meets, almost everyone can use just one set of spikes for multiple events.
Read on to learn more about the wide variety of track & field spikes that we carry at The Running Well Store.
The lightest running shoe on the market they are designed to put the runner on their toes, leaving them with little to no cushioning at the heels and usually quite stiff on the bottom and have no padding. The spike plate at the front will have the maximum number of pins to take more force and provide as much grip as possible. For short distances at speed, sprinting spikes are best for 100m or 200m dash, the 4x100m or 4x200m relays. We would recommend that an athlete not use their sprint spikes for any jumping events, hurdles, or for any distances longer than 1 lap.
#supplychainissues NOTE: Due to EVERYONE having supply chain issues, if there is a sprint spike that is not available, runners can use a middle-distance spikes instead (see below) or we have also brought in several Cross Country Spikes as an additional option. (see below for our recommendations).
Perfect for the athlete who is in their early track career, the New Balance SD100 v2 offers a reliable sprinting option with plenty of value. A great option for sprinters who are new to the sport and haven’t figured out their specialty, the SD100 v2 provides enough versatility to be used in a variety of sprint events. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
The SD 100 V3 is an awesome sprint spike that has an innovative REVlite midsole which is made to to give the sprinter premium responsiveness and durability but is able to be 30% lighter in weight compared to competing foams. Pair great cushion with an incredible heel construction and a breathable mesh, this spike will certainly give you an edge over your competition. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
Middle-Distance (multi-event) Spikes
One of the most universal set of spikes for most every event are the middle-distance spikes. These spikes are still very lightweight, and will have a flexible bottom plate with a much more padded heel for greater cushioning. The middle-distance spikes will allow for a more natural running motion. They are less rigid than sprint spikes and the spike plate is not as far forward on the toe which will allow for more comfort.
This is the most diverse spike as a sprinter can use a middle-distance spike, and also use for some of the multi-events like long jump and hurdles. We often recommend the middle-distance spike to a new track athlete or an athlete who doesn’t necessarily know what event they will be competing in. A middle-distance spike would also work well for athletes competing in multiple events, and do not want to buy more than one pair of spikes.
These spikes are good for any running event, but are designed for the 800m to 3200m distances. Other events that this spike can be used for 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, All Relay Races, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Hurdles, Pole Vault.
#supplychainissues NOTE: Due to EVERYONE having supply chain issues, if there is a sprint spike that is not available, runners can use a middle-distance spikes instead (see above), or we have also brought in several Cross Country Spikes as an additional option. (see below for our recommendations).
The Saucony Ballista MD has an aggressive stance & lightweight performance. More importantly, it will make you feel like a bullet in the starting gun. Faster than the speed of sound, more power than a cap gun, it’s 6 ballistic spikes are ready to sync your stride to victory . (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes)
The Saucony Vendetta 3 has a breathable mesh upper with a molded EVA midsole. 6 spikes offered with a rigid TPU plate in a lightweight form fitting upper. Durable rubber outsole. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size) Saucony Vendetta 3
The Under Armour Kick Distance 3 will help you beat the competition and look great while doing it. The Kick Distance 3 has a lightweight breathable upper to keep your feet cool, an EVA foam midsole to help absorb shock and a Pebax® forefoot plate which has a 4-pin spike outsole. The Kick Distance 3 also has a 3D printed heel support so your competitors will have something to focus on while you’re leading the pack. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size) Under Armour Kick Distance 3
The only time your competition is going to see the bold 3D Graphics on your Under Armour Kick Sprint 3’s is when they are lining up at the start and at the finish line as you are standing there waiting for them. The Kick Sprint 3 features a perforated toe box to help keep your feet cool as your blazing down the track, a heel counter which adds support, a Pebax® cleat plate and a removable 6 pin outsole that gives you all the traction you need. If you are running the 100 or 400, this is the shoe for you. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size) Under Armour Kick Sprint 3
Best suited for events from 1500m to 10,000m, these running spikes provide the best cushioning while still maintaining a lightweight feel. Designed to take on more force over a longer period they’re made from more durable materials. Sometimes middle- and long-distance spikes are grouped together.
A woven upper that offers a lightweight durability and fit while a full-length dual-layer spike plate with Pebax Rnew that has a 4-spike layout that provides improved traction and support. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
An engineered woven upper that offers featherweight, breathable wrap & a snug fit. The DNA flash midsole compound is nitrogen-infused to offer lightweight cushion & adaptive energy return. The full-length Pebax plate (similar to a carbon fiber plate) is a polymer-based plate that is flexible & will return more energy back to the runner. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size) Brooks Wire v7
Shotput, Discus, Hammer Spikes
This specialty throw shoe is made specifically for the Shot Put and Discus events (Hammer Throw in college) and works well for both the Glide and Spin type throws. This shoe is for throwing events ONLY. These shoes should only be used by the athlete that has had experience in the above events, and should not be used for any other events. Also, for the athlete that is willing to have two or more competition shoes if they are competing in other events.
This shoe is NOT made for Javelin because it has no traction.
Be prepared to unleash a shot put, discus, or hammer in this tough pair of track shoes. Built for concrete, asphalt, or any hard surface, the construction of this shoe was designed for comfort and performance. The ISOFIT system conforms to specifically your foot and the way it moves. The high-density rubber outsole enhances performance and takes that spin and glide to the next level. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
High Jump Spikes
This shoe is made specifically for the High Jump as it has a grippy outsole and additional spikes in the heel. Since the spike is designed for high jump it is not an option for other events. Athletes competing in multiple events must be willing to buy additional spikes, or wear a middle-distance spike for a versatile footwear option.
The Uplift HJ2 sets the bar above the rest. Lock in with a midfoot cross strap that sits on top of a lightweight FLEXFILM upper for ideal form and comfort. Plus, this high jumper will elevate your performance with a full-length plate and rubber outsole. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
Long/Triple Jump, Pole Vault Spikes
This spike was created specifically for the Long and Triple Jump, and Pole Vault events. If the athlete is competing in other events like the sprint or hurdles, and only wants one spike we suggest the Middle-Distance spike.
The Soarin J2 is going to take you to new heights in multiple track events. Designed for the long jump, the triple jump, and the pole vault, the Soarin’s combination of a rigid spike plate and a die-cut EVA midsole helps you defy gravity with comfort and support. Get the best take off with this high performing spike. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
#supplychainissues Due to supply chain issues, we have brought in and brought back several Cross Country Spikes. These differ in that their entire sole is rubber, so slightly heavier and more flexible. They also feature the padded heel, so they are similar to Middle Distance and Distance track spikes. But they can be used for any event (except throwing).
An advantage of a Cross Country spike is that if the athlete is interested in Cross County in the Fall, this shoe will work for that. Just make sure that you take out the long Cross Country spikes and put in shorter track spikes to make them legal. Track shoes do not make good Cross Country spikes. This is due to cross country spikes having a rubber bottom and track spikes have a hard plastic spike plate that will slip on wet or non-grassy areas.
Cross Country Spikes:
The Brooks Draft XC is a cross country spike that has a wider midsole for more stable landings. This spike is designed for distance and has the BioMoGo DNA cushioning that provides a soft feel from start to finish. This shoe has a single-layer vamp mesh that offers great breathability and drainage. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
The New Balance Seven V3 XC Spike is great for any racer, with its six pin spike plate and durable sole, nothing can slow you down on race day. The number seven is the number of completeness and perfection, and that is exactly what this Spike is. This supportive and durable Spike will help you feel strong and ready to go from the starting to the finish line. . (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size)
The Under Armour Brigade XC Low cross country spike is a lightweight but durable spike that allows every runner to feel their best on race day. The four pin spike plate gives enough traction that is great on all terrain, whether that be those flat and fast XC courses or tough hilly XC courses, the Brigade can do it all. The breathable upper is lightweight but strong so that nothing can slow you down. The sole of this spike is Michelin rubber so it’s durable and fast. So Screw in those spikes, lace up, and get ready for battle. (This is unisex sizing-for women’s size, you will need to size down 1 1/2 sizes from your normal shoe size) Under Armour Brigade XC Low
Replacement Spikes Guide:
At TRWS we carry a variety of replaceable spikes. Each length has its own use, and some are not allowed due to KSHAA, MSHSAA, and NCAA rules. (If you have any questions or concerns please check sites directly).
The Running Well Store Gurus get asked this question quite often. We all would answer that an athlete does not need track spikes to compete in Track and Field. But a runner, especially a new runner, needs a good pair of training shoes. These shoes will be worn everyday at practice and most of their running will be done in these shoes. A lot of throwers wear basketball, court shoes, or cross-training shoes to throw in. At The Running Well Store, we fit the shoe to the runner to make sure they are in a shoe that is right for them. You can come into one of our three locations (Lee’s Summit, Northland and Mission, KS) for a free stride analysis. No appointment is necessary, but if you would like to schedule an appointment, click here. We take in-person and virtual fittings. Want to do research online? We have a find my fit tool that will help you narrow down footwear options.
If you shop in-store at any one of our three locations through the end of March, we offer a student discount of 20% off to athletes in middle and high school, and The Running Well Store will guarantee our shoes for 30 days.
We hope to hear from or see you soon! As always, Run Well!!
About TRWS GURU Hilary
Hilary started running in high school, and took some time off in her 20’s, but then went through a divorce in her 30’s and decided to get back at it and hasn’t stopped. She has run multiple 5k’s, then moved to running a butt load of 10k’s (sweet spot distance). After getting the long distance bug decided to run her first 1/2 Marathon, Rock the Parkway in 2013. Her first (and LAST) full marathon in Lincoln, NE in 2015. She has also run several ultra-marathon’s and a 50 miler. Over the past several years will run a destination 1/2 Marathon with her 2 sisters each year. So, far her favorite has been the Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon in DC. She joined The Running Well Dream Team at the Barry Road location in 2019, and plans to be a “lifer,” for sure.