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.
But shoes for cross country aren't the same as your everyday running shoes. 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.
Saucony's industry-leading Havok XC series returns for its second iteration with a distinguishable silhouette that builds on the memorable design of the original. The Havok XC2 retains its water-shedding outer but transitions into a sleek fit defined by the seamless one-piece upper. In accordance with its streamlined fit, the Havok XC2 is equipped with Saucony's latest Super Lite EVA midsole for a comfortable and responsive feel.
You get two distinct benefits from the Havok XC2: consistency and speed. The combination of uniform fit and supreme traction mean no course is safe from the havoc this spike wreaks, no matter how deep the mud or sharp the turns.
Saucony continues to pioneer in the cross country landscape and there's no better evidence of that than the Havok series. If you're looking for a progressive yet proven spike for the 2019 season, you can't go wrong with the Havok XC2.SHOP NOW
Nike return its category-defining cross country spike, and does so with its most versatile offering yet. The woven, translucent upper on the Zoom Victory 5 is breathable and lightweight, while its Hyperfuse technology repels water and mud. The shoe exhibits Nike's carbon fiber midfoot construction, which provides featherlight, resilient counterforce to uneven surfaces. Nike also brings back the now-acclaimed pyramid spike layout that accelerates runners through muddy terrain.
The intent of this spike is to give runners a comprehensive racing shoe at a minimal weight. The Zoom Victory is an industry leader because it's an ultra-nimble spike built to withstand the unpredictability of any course. That's because the the aggressive spike plate is tailored to rip through surfaces that can slow down other spikes. The Zoom Victory 5 is a high-tech spike geared toward racers who are willing to put it all on the line for their team.
The Zoom Victory 5 wields all of Nike's latest technology while sporting the classic silhouette that brought the spike to prominence in the cross country arena. This premier spike has the capability to galvanize any racer and is certain to be worn by the competition's best this cross country season.SHOP NOW
The second iteration of the New Balance XC Seven is a rugged, traction-first spike that will stand the test of even the most demanding course. It embodies a traditional fit and sticks to the tried-and-tested, sturdy build that has been embraced by the cross country community. New Balance's innovative REVlite midsole offers best-in-class support at a competitive weight, ensuring that runners aren't weighed down when opting for a more stable spike.
Runners who employ the New Balance XC Seven will lace up in one of the most comfortable spikes available on the market. Cross country courses can be grueling, and the XC Seven is built with that fact in mind. Rain or shine, through snow or sand, the New Balance XC Seven will keep your feet cushioned from the start to the finish line.
Whether you're looking for a more comfortable fit or an exceedingly durable racing shoe, the New Balance XC Seven v2 is the perfect fit for emerging athletes and stability-savvy runners.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, level outsole of flats makes them an excellent choice for races run on pavement, while a traction-heavy, spikeless shoe like the Havok XC2 Flat can provide grip and adhesion on other surfaces—say, thick rocks or gravel—that aren't optimal for spikes.
Either type of shoe is an excellent weapon to keep in your arsenal and use in training and during workouts. Whether you're looking for a little extra speed on some intervals or want to drop a little weight on a tempo run, lace up a pair of flats or waffles to free your feet.
Compression, injury prevention, and adequate fuel are integral parts of any serious runner's repertoire. Shop by category below to prepare yourself for the upcoming season.