Ciera's Track Spike Review
It’s that time again. Outdoor track is beginning, and youth runners around the country are switching from road racing to track speed. On the west coast, athletes are already competing in track meets. However, before running, I was faced with one big question and decision to make: "Which track spike should I buy?" There are so many different brands, and each specialize in certain events and have key features. It can be almost impossible to find which one is best for you. So, I asked a few of the girls on my track team at Redwood High School in Visalia, Calif. to review their spikes, and here are the results.
Weight: 5.3 oz
The Saucony Kilkenny XC Spikes are great for long distance. They offer a tight, sock-like fit that can be very lightweight as you run. They are also very versatile, as they can be used for cross country and track since you can wear them on various surfaces. This spike is great for first-time spike wearers.
Victoria Niño, sophomore, has been using these spikes for 2 years. She runs the 1600 meters and 3200 meters in track.
“I like how they stand out when I run, and they’re very comfortable and lightweight.”
“I have nothing bad to say about them.”
Weight: 4.8 oz
The Saucony Vendetta Spikes offer a comfortable fit that give support to a runner. They give runners comfort and style, with fun, colorful pattern options. The Vendetta is a great racing show offering full body mess.
Katie Becerra, sophomore, has used these spikes for about 3 months. She runs the 1600 meters and 3200 meters in track.
“My favorite thing about these spikes is how well they fit and comfortable they are.”
“I wish that they had more cushion between the spikes and the soul so that I can’t feel them digging into my toes as I run.”
Weight: 6.1 oz
The Adidas Sprintstar Spikes allow sprinters to go as fast as possible. The design perfectly fits your foot for maximum comfort. It offers a reinforced mesh upper part for releasing of heat.
Amber Dancil, sophomore, and has used these spikes for 2 years. She does long jump and triple jump events.
“I like them because they have lasted me for a long time.”
“I wish they had more of an arch for my flat feet.”
Weight: 6.1 oz
The Nike Zoom Rival S 9 Spikes are perfect for short distances, hurdles and jumping events. These spikes conform to your foot to make for a better run. It has a tight, sock-like liner that provides support.
Mia Maciel, freshman, has used these spikes for a few meets. She runs the 800 meters and 3200 meters in track.
“It keeps me up on my toes and gives me a better start than normal running shoes.”
“I wouldn’t change anything about my current spikes.”
Weight: 6.1 oz
The Nike Zoom Distance Spikes are for long distance events. They are perfect for long, hot days on the track because they are very breathable. The mesh and cushioning made for that comfort and lightweight feel.
Elise Hyde, freshman, has used her spikes for one year. She runs the 1600 meters and 3200 meters in track.
“I needed them for triple jump - they helped me grip and not slip!”
“I used the spikes at the end of last year. I didn’t use them enough to get a good feel of what I liked and didn’t like as far as distance running.”
When faced with the challenge of choosing the best track spike,
you will find that there are many different options. However, you just must remember to choose the best choice for you. Do some research online and figure out what features you care about most. In my opinion, comfort should be more of a priority than how the spikes look. I encourage to try on a few different track spikes before buying them to find the perfect spike for you.
Good luck this outdoor track season!