Grit. Tenacity. Determination. These are the qualities that define cross country runners as some of the most resilient athletes in the sport. A spike should reflect the runner who wields it, which is why cross country spikes are made to be swift, rugged, and adaptable to any course's terrain. A fresh pair of spikes will equip you with the traction you need to dig deep and power past the competition this season.
If you are unfamiliar with spikes, searching for guidance, or just looking to brush up on your knowledge, check out our blog on Cross Country Spikes 101.
Weight: 6.6 oz. (men’s size 9); 5.9 oz. (women’s size 7)
This no-nonsense spike is cross country, exemplified. The New Balance XC700v5 is built on the sturdy foundation provided by a rugged, traction-heavy outsole. It's accompanied by a cushy, responsive midsole to form a dynamic pairing of grip and comfort in the sole of the shoe. A sleek, synthetic upper secures your feet and helps them glide through the air.
The streamlined, straightforward design of the New Balance XC700v5 is built to accommodate runners of all different speeds, styles, and foot shapes. It's a spike that no runner can go wrong with and is an excellent choice for newcomers and emerging athletes.SHOP NOW
Weight: 4.8 oz. (sold in unisex)
When you lace up the Nike Zoom Victory XC 4, you'll be pushing boundaries before even crossing the starting line. The revolutionary sock-like fit is engineered with a Hyperfuse water-resistant upper, the very first of its kind. Nike's ambitiously smooth rubber outsole is designed to resist dirt, pebbles, and other hindrances that build up within the average waffled spike, while an aggressive spike plate provides you with the grip you need to tear through any course.
The ability to shed water, dirt, and debris makes the Zoom Victory 4 the most course-ready spike in the industry. All the while, it weighs in at a featherlight 4.8 ounces, making this spike the complete package.SHOP NOW
Weight: 4.2 oz. (men’s size 9); 3.8 oz. (women’s size 7)
Saucony's flagship spike will take center stage once again this cross country season. With engineering improvements in nearly all facets of the shoe, the latest Carrera consists a lighter, breathable ISOFIT upper and features a more rigid spike plate for enhanced stability and propulsion. What's more, the Carrera XC3 maintains its status as one of the lightest spikes on the market and Saucony's lowest-weight cross country spike to date. The Carrera XC3 is built for PRs and tailor-made to give you the edge over your competition.SHOP NOW
Spikes aren't the only way to zoom through the upcoming cross country season. Alternative footwear, such as flats or waffles, may be better suited to races that take place on harder surfaces. The lightweight, spikeless nature of flats makes them an excellent choice for races run on pavement, while a pair of waffles can provide grip and traction on other surfaces—say, thick rocks or gravel—that aren't optimal for spikes.
Additionally, either type of shoe is an excellent weapon to keep in your arsenal and utilize in training and workouts. Whether you're looking for a little extra speed on some intervals or a little less weight on a tempo run, lace up a pair of flats or waffles to free your feet on any surface.
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