High School Freshman and Youth Runner Magazine Blogger Jesse has been checking out track & field shoes and spikes....so you don't have to read through the technical jargon in the cataglogs here is his take on Spikes and Shoes for the Field Events. As he suggests you have to make sure the spike is a good fit for your foot. Best way is to hit the local specialty running shoe store and get fitted. Thanks Jesse!
When it comes to field spikes the real question is, do you need them? Some say that they help and some say they do not help. In my opinion if you are in a high school, they are probably unnecessary. When you hit college or more professional leagues then they probably become more common and you might want to purchase a pair. Instead of doing a review on every field shoe/spike in every event. I just chose more common events, and chose the best shoe/spike. So here is your review for field shoes/spikes.
Javelin spikes: Asics Cyber Javelin London ($120)
If you are competing in javelin throw, these spikes may give you a prime and much needed boost. Javelin spikes typically have spikes on both the heel and toe part of the shoe. Leaving only the arch area without spikes. This is normally because the heel ones will make sure you do not cross the line when you throw it. The toe ones to get you maximum traction when you are trying to gain speed/power. These javelin spikes have hoop and loop closure to give you a little more support and make sure you don’t hurt your ankle. Javelin spikes tend to be quite heavy, these ones are 11.4 oz. This is because they want you to get traction, they are not meant for speed. I would say if you are in javelin you should probably consider javelin spikes to give you that edge in your event.
Throwing Shoes: Saucony Unleash SD ($100)
Throwing shoes are supposed to be a hard shoe. They are almost like a running shoe or athletic shoe, but you can not twist or turn them, they will stay the way they are. The point for having one of these is to give you a little more traction, yet they do not have any spikes. They are also made for turning to help give you a little more stability there. Throwing shoes are again a little heavier, these ones are 10.9 oz. For shot put you probably would be ok with just a more stable running shoe, and probably do not need them. For disics they might give you a little more stability and power when turning but then again you probably don’t need them. For hammer throw, they will do the same as they would for disics. You would need throwing shoes most if you are in hammer throw but you probably don’t need them.
High Jump Spikes: Saucony Uplift HJ ($100)
The bottom of the high jump spikes looks very similar to the bottom of the javelin spikes. This is because they both want to give you lots of traction and lots of power. If I had to describe this shoe it is javelin spike meets sprinting spike, but they still look a little like a throwing shoe on top. They are the true mix of all the spikes combined. They do weigh a little more at 9.9 oz. Which might not be the greatest if you want to gain a lot of speed really fast. If you are in high jump, you might be better off just using a sprinting spike because of the lighter weight. If you only compete in the high jump then these spikes might give you a little extra to jump another inch.
Triple Jump Spikes: Nike Triple Jump Elite ($120)
When it comes to triple jump shoes it is almost laughable that they make them. They are very unneeded. You could use any running spike for them, but say you don’t do running events. Then you could use long jump spikes, they are practically the same thing. The only difference is that the triple jump spike will offer you a little more stability. You might be better off just using a running spike because triple jump spikes weigh a little more. In the end, I would not recommend buying triple jump spikes.
Long Jump Spikes: Nike Zoom LJ 4 ($110)
For long jump spikes I could go either way on if they are necessary or not. They look and feel very similar to sprinting spikes. But they have a couple differences that might be needed in order to jump to the gold. They are made so that sand does not get it. That is a major upside, everyone hates cleaning sand out of there shoes. With these spikes you do not have to. They also are very stable to support your foot when landing to make sure you do not hurt your ankle or blow out a knee or something like that. These spikes are also made with a little more flexibility upon landing to reduce the amount of pressure on your legs. I would say that if you are in long jump you probably should get these or another type of long jump spikes.
When it comes to field events you don’t always need spikes or certain shoes. Sometimes they don’t even give you a competitive edge. And when it comes to choosing what shoe or spike you want. It is all about the fit, if the one I said on here does not fit you well than try another one. When it comes to any type of spike/shoe, in the end it is what fits your foot.
If you've tried any of these Spikes or Shoes and like what Jesse has said about them throw in a comment below. If you don't agree or you think Jesse has it wrong that's ok too. He would like to hear from you about it.