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Author: Danae Baggs Date Posted: 23 August 2019
Buying a pair of spikes (athletic shoes with spikes on the sole) needs a surprising amount of consideration. The right spikes can make all the difference between a slow, sloppy run and a legendary PB.
Recommended replacement spikes: 5mm or 7mm Christmas Tree
Sprint spikes keep you on your toes, providing aggressive traction and reducing ground contact time. They feature:
Recommended replacement spikes: 7mm Christmas Tree or 7mm Pyramid
Mid-distance spikes are versatile enough to be your best option if you’re unsure which spike shoe to get, or if you’re competing in multiple events and don’t have the budget for multiple shoes. They feature:
Recommended replacement spikes: 5mm Pyramid
Long distance track spikes are basically extreme racing flats. Light, soft and nimble, they lack the support and aggression of shorter distance spikes. They feature:
Recommended replacement spikes: 7mm High Jump or 7mm / 9mm Pyramid
High jump spikes provide support and traction during the approach and plant, keeping your shoes secure as you flip over the bar. They feature:
Recommended replacement spikes 7mm Pyramid (or 7mm Christmas Tree for Pole Vault)
Spikes for pole vault, long jump and triple jump provide extra support during take-off and landing, plus traction on the runway. They feature:
Recommended replacement spikes: 7mm, 9mm or 13mm Pyramid
Javelin spikes are essentially boots with spikes for traction during the approach, plus solid plants. They feature:
Shotput and discus shoes don’t have spikes. Their soles either provide extra spin (for discus) or grip (for shotput).
Recommended replacement spikes: 5mm, 7mm, 9mm or 13mm Pyramid
Heavier, more durable and more cushioned than track spikes, cross country spikes look more like a lightweight racing flat. They feature:
Think all those metal spikes on your soles are the same? Not so. Spikes come in a variety of lengths, shapes and even materials. Always check the guidelines for your track or race before purchasing spikes to ensure the length and shape is permitted.
The default spike length is ¼ inch or 6mm. Other common lengths include 5mm, 7mm, 9mm, 15mm and 18mm. Go shorter for harder surfaces, and longer for softer or soggier surfaces.
Please remember to check each event or track’s rules and regulations.