Track spikes for run­ners re­viewed

WITH THE 2018 TRACK SEA­SON LOOMING LARGE, AW’S PROD­UCTS GURU PAUL FREARY THIS WEEK LOOKS AT THE LAT­EST TRACK SPIKES THAT ARE AVAIL­ABLE BE­FORE RE­VIEW­ING FIELD EVENTS SHOES IN NEXT WEEK’S IS­SUE

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ADI­DAS

adizero Fi­nesse

Price: £139.99

Stock­ist: adi­das.co.uk

These premium sprint spikes of­fer the ul­ti­mate in trac­tion thanks to the full-length, rigid spike plate and its ag­gres­sive de­sign. The six spikes are po­si­tioned for op­ti­mal power trans­fer­ence while the smooth de­sign of the up­per slices through the air with min­i­mal

re­sis­tance.

adizero MD

Price: £139.99

Stock­ist: adi­das.co.uk

The strate­gi­cally placed spikes in this five-spike plate have an asym­met­ri­cal lay­out de­signed to fol­low the foot’s nat­u­ral plane of move­ment. This op­ti­mises the power and push off through the foot for a re­spon­sive feel. The brand’s boost cush­ion­ing is used both in the heel and fore­foot to fur­ther en­hance the shoe’s

re­spon­sive­ness.

adizero Avanti

Price: £139.99

Stock­ist: adi­das.co.uk

Four spikes are placed at the edges of this shoe’s light­weight, full-length spike plate that runs the length of the sole. It cov­ers a low pro­file and light­weight, full-length mid­sole. As with the MD ver­sion boost ma­te­rial is in­cor­po­rated into the spike’s de­sign to pro­vide su­perb cush­ion­ing. These are premium dis­tance spikes built for

PBs.

BROOKS

QW-Kv3

Price: £95

Stock­ist: brook­srun­ning.com

The full-length spike plate and sleek de­sign in­stantly cre­ate an im­pres­sion of speed with this shoe. The plate houses seven spikes and helps po­si­tion the foot for op­ti­mum power trans­fer to the track. The sim­ple de­sign with its seam­less up­per pro­vides a neat fit around the foot lock­ing it in place on the bends as well as the straights.

Wire v5

Price: £95

Stock­ist: brook­srun­ning.com

Ul­tra-light with a low pro­file full-length mid­sole, this spike com­bines speed with en­durance for a mid­dle-dis­tance spike that’s ready to race. This is a ver­sa­tile shoe which would suit dis­tances from 400m to 3000m. The light­weight mesh up­per wraps the foot so well you hardly no­tice it’s there.

ELMN8 v4

Price: £95

Stock­ist: brook­srun­ning.com

Dis­tance run­ners will ap­pre­ci­ate the light­weight, road-shoe feel of this spike which makes it easy to get along with and run quickly in. The six spikes are housed in a frame that sur­rounds the edge of the sole. This pro­vides great trac­tion and a lively feel with­out adding ex­cess weight.

NEW BAL­ANCE

Vazee Sigma

Price: £120

Stock­ist: new­bal­ance.co.uk

These dis­tinc­tive sprint spikes use a wrap-around de­sign with a bootie an­kle con­struc­tion and BOA fas­ten­ing sys­tem to cre­ate a fit that’s sec­ond to none. The BOA pro­vides a close fit with­out pres­sure points that locks the foot in place and helps trans­fer power through the eight-spike plate. The plate is full-length and con­toured to cre­ate a strong toe-off op­ti­mised for sprint­ing.

MD800v5

Price: £115

Stock­ist: new­bal­ance.co.uk

With a slim, full-length EVA mid­sole com­bined with a semi-rigid spike plate, these mid­dle-dis­tance spikes of­fer a great com­bi­na­tion of ag­gres­sive trac­tion and dis­tance run­ning com­fort. The seam­less up­per cre­ates a close fit and re­duces weight, fo­cus­ing your ef­fort on the track.

LD5000v5

Price: £115

Stock­ist: new­bal­ance.co.uk

With the feel of an ul­tra-light road rac­ing shoe these spikes use a breath­able mesh up­per with light­weight printed over­lays to pro­vide sup­port. The re­sult is a sock-like fit that’s barely no­tice­able on the foot. The four spikes are placed in a spi­der’s web de­sign spike plate frame­work which cov­ers the sole and cre­ates an ul­tra­respon­sive feel which is at its best

when run­ning quickly.

NIKE

Zoom Ri­val S9

Price: £65

Stock­ist: nike.com

The Ri­val name con­tin­ues and this is its ninth in­car­na­tion.

The Ri­val again of­fers good value in an en­try-level sprint spike. The seven-spike plate ex­tends back into the arch of the foot to pro­vide an ag­gres­sive feel usu­ally found in more ex­pen­sive mod­els. The styling is typ­i­cal of the brand – both stylish and

strik­ing.

Zoom Ri­val M8

Price: £65

Stock­ist: nike.com

This is a true mid­dle-dis­tance spike in that it fea­tures a slightly ex­tended spike-plate that com­bines with a low-pro­file layer of cush­ion­ing. There’s enough pro­tec­tion for a miler yet the shoe re­tains an out and out speed feel that will keep one, two and three-and-three-quar­ter lap ath­letes happy. It could also make for a good value op­tion for multi-event

ath­letes.

Zoom Ri­val D9

Price: £65

Stock­ist: nike.com

With full-length phy­lon cush­ion­ing and a spike plate that pro­vides enough trac­tion with­out adding ex­tra weight this shoe is able to go the dis­tance in com­fort. The sin­gle-layer mesh up­per helps keep the weight to a min­i­mum while the fly­wire sys­tem com­bines

into the laces to sup­port the foot.

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