Part two of our sum­mer spikes and shoes re­views

Athletics Weekly - - TO­GETHER WE RUN -

PAUL FREARY AND JOHN SHEP­HERD CON­CLUDE THEIR RE­VIEW OF THE FORTH­COM­ING SEA­SON’S NEW SPIKE LAUNCHES WHICH IN­CLUDES FIELD EVENT SHOES FROM NIKE AND ADI­DAS

ASICS Hyper­sprint 6

Price: £65.00

Stock­ist: asics.com

These great value spikes de­liver high-level per­for­mance thanks to their ag­gres­sive three-quar­ter length spike plate that helps drive the foot for­ward. This is usu­ally a fea­ture of more ex­pen­sive shoes. The up­per’s styling is sim­ple and uses a light­weight mesh con­struc­tion with bonded over­lays for sup­port – all of which keeps

weight to a min­i­mum.

ASICS Hyper MD 6

Price: £65.00

Stock­ist: asics.com

These mid­dle-dis­tance spikes are also a great all-round op­tion for multi-dis­ci­pline ath­letes. The small heel wedge cush­ion­ing pro­vides added com­fort for mid­dle dis­tance run­ners but could also work for hur­dlers, for ex­am­ple, want­ing a ver­sa­tile shoe. The up­per uses re­in­forc­ing fibers bonded to the fab­ric to add strength and sta­bil­ity with­out weight.

ASICS Hyper LD 5

Price: £65.00

Stock­ist: asics.com

This spike is suit­able for mid­dle and long dis­tance run­ners and fea­tures full-length low-pro­file EVA cush­ion­ing for added com­fort. How­ever, the five-spike plate pro­vides am­ple trac­tion and makes for a ven­omous sprint fin­ish. The en­gi­neered mesh up­per keeps weight to a min­i­mum and pro­vides a breath­able and

com­fort­able fit.

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