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Adidas Track Spike Reviews

Rob and Kevin are back with more track spike reviews, this time on adidas spikes.
Check out some of what adidas has to offer this spring!

Adidas AdiZero Prime Finesse SP

As Kevin calls it, this shoe is “one bad mother at 3.8oz of pure sprinting excellence. Made for the 6o m, 100, m 4×100 m, and maybe the 200 m. Meant to tear up straights with its non-removable spikes. This gameday spike is one of the hottest pieces of sprinting equipment on the market.

Adidas AdiZero Prime Finesse

Pure sprinting power with a full length spike plate. For the 100 m, 200 m, and even 400 m for the speedsters out there. The Sprintweb upper keeps the shoe light but still locks the foot in place.

Adidas AdiZero Ambition

A new offering this year and a great, lightweight spike for the 8oo m and the mile. The Sprintweb upper gives a great fit and the spike plate goes to the midfoot.

Shop all adidas spikes this weekend, March 15 and 16, at 25% off during Gear Up at your nearest Gazelle Sports store!

Nike Track Spike Reviews

Rob and Kevin from Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids give us a “rundown” on four premium track spikes from Nike. Check out their video reviews!

Nike Zoom Ja Fly

The Zoom Ja Fly has a full length spike plate to help you generate the most power possible to move you forward.
Perfect for the 100 m and 200 m distances.

Nike Superfly R4

The Nike Superfly R4 S is a premium power sprinting spike. It has the same spike plate as the Ja Fly, but has exposed Flywire so you can really get a custom fit along the midfoot. Meant to tear up the straights!

Nike Victory Elite

This premium mid distance spike has a carbon fiber spike plate which reduces weight and gives you a nice rigid but responsive feel. It will perform really well for the 800 m and the mile. A lightweight, aggressive spike!

Nike Zoom Matumbo 2

The Zoom Matumbo 2 is 4.2 oz of premium distance spike. A horseshoe shaped spike plate reduces weight but gives rigidity and responsiveness. One of the best distance spikes out there; perfect for the high school 2 mile and college 5k/10k races.

Interested in one of these awesome spikes? Take 25% off all spikes during our Gear Up weekend on March 15 and 16 at your nearest Gazelle Sports store!
 

Track Spikes – Sprint, Middle Distance and Distance

Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids employee Rob helps us break down the different kinds of track spikes. Knowing a little about the shoe lets you know just how the right spike can help you perform better at our chosen event!

Sprint Spikes

Sprint spikes are good for events like to the 6o m, 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and some hurdling events. They are super rigid with a spike plate running all the way though the shoe. This stiffness allows you to transfer your power into forward momentum instead of bending the shoe.

Middle Distance Spikes

Middle distance spikes are good for the 800 m, 1500 m and mile events and the 600 m or 1k indoors. The spike plate is still large and the shoe has a rigid enough feel to be responsive, but it’s still flexible enough to be comfortable over the slightly longer distances.

Distance Spikes

Distance spikes are meant for the 1 or 2 mile, or the 5k/10k for collegiate students. There’s a little cushioning on the heel and they tend to be flexible for added comfort. The spike plate is reduced for lightness and the fit is sock-like.

Come check out spikes in all three categories at Gazelle Sports! Join us on March 15 and 16 for Gear Up weekend and take 25% off your spike purchases!

What Are Spikes For? Do I Need Them?

What Are Spikes For? Do I Need Them?

This post was written published by Track Mom and appeared there in November 2011. It details her conversation with a coach about what spikes are for, and whether a track and field athlete needs them. Read on for just about anything you might want to know regarding spikes!

What are track spike shoes for?

The actual spikes in the shoe creates a traction between your foot and the track surface. These shoes help you to transfer as much (energy) power as possible into forward momentum.

Track spiked shoes are suppose to keep you in proper fore foot position to help you sprint in the most proper form possible.

Should I train in my track spikes?

Only when  necessary. Common workout and pre-competition routines such as warm-ups should be done with your regular training shoes. In most other instances, you need not wear track spikes. In fact, the more you use a track spike, the more wear and tear it will cause.

Throwers may want to take exception to this rule. When practicing throwing techniques, the thrower may want to consider wearing his/her throwing shoe. Many throwing events, especially the discus and the hammer throws, put great stress on shoes, and may prematurely wear out other types of athletic shoes. In addition, athletic shoes may hinder a throwers form due to its outsole traction configuration. If you’re unsure when to wear a track spike or shoe, consult with your coach.

 

How should a track spike fit?

Snug, but not tight. As a result, most spikes are manufactured slightly smaller and narrower than running or training shoes. Nevertheless, many male athletes usually select spikes that are a half size larger than their typical athletic shoe. Since, most spikes are available in men’s sizes only, most girls select a track shoe which is a half size smaller than their typical, women’s sized, training shoe.

For those considering a throwing shoe, most models are not constructed as small as track spikes. Nevertheless, most throwers reportedly obtain a shoe which is a half size larger than normal. Note that desired fit is a personal preference which also has to be taken into consideration

Is weight really that important?

To certain degree, yes. However other factors may be more important than weight, so it should not be the sole consideration when selecting a track spike. Generally speaking, the lighter the shoe, the less support, cushioning and durability it will have. In many instances, the specialized and more expensive track spike will weigh slightly more than the less expensive, counterpart model due to the shoe’s unique structural characteristics.

 

Does a youth athlete really need track spikes. Can’t They just compete in my running  shoes?


Of course a youth athlete can compete without track spikes. However, athletes competing in track spikes should notice some improvement in performance. The degree of improvement will vary though based on many factors such as personal ability, the type of event, weather, and track surface just to name a few.

 

Should I wear socks with my track spikes?
 
Yes, as a cautionary suggestion, though many athletes do not. For most track events, wear properly sized and structured socks which utilize thinner textile materials. Tube socks or other types of bulky socks which do not a have a  heel should not be worn.

I run cross country and track. Do I need a separate shoe for each?


 Generally speaking, a cross country spike is suitable for track events 800m or longer. However, not all long distance track spikes make good cross country shoes. Cross Country spikes provide more cushioning, traction, and stability than their track spike counterparts in order to accommodate the diverse range of terrain and distances covered. However, all this extra protection comes at a cost in terms of extra weight which on the average is few ounces. If your first love is cross country, then obtain a cross country spike. If the opposite is true, then purchase a track spike, and be sure that it makes a suitable cross country spike. Of course, like track, one need not wear spikes when competing in cross country.

I need to obtain a new set of replacement spikes. How do I know which will fit into my shoe model?

Fortunately, track spikes utilize a universal thread design. As a result, you should be able to obtain any type or brand of replacement spike.

Do track spikes come with spikes. How do I insert them into the shoe?
Track spikes, except shot & discus shoes, should include one set of spikes and an accompanying spike wrench. Some shoes may arrive with the spikes already inserted. In that case, use the spike wrench to insure tightness. Many spikes come with spikes packaged in an individual container, usually a small bag. Inserting spikes into a shoe is almost the same as inserting household screws, and is very simple process. Pick up the spike at the head, and not by the thread, and place the thread to one of the available receptacles located at the bottom of the shoe. Rotate the screw clockwise into the receptacle by hand until the spike can no longer be rotated by hand. Use the spike wrench to finish the job by aligning it correctly to the base of the spike using normal rotational effort.

Once the spike tightens into place, use one quick extra turn to ensure fastness. Do not over tighten; one quick effort should do it. Some users apply a small amount of household oil or Vaseline onto the threads first before inserting the spikes. This may allow a smoother rotation, and possibly extend shoe life by reducing rust in the receptacles, and will not harm the shoe itself. If you do utilize the oil or Vaseline method, be careful, as it can be messy if you overdo application, and your brand new shoes may inadvertently get grease spots due to greasy hands before the shoe is even used. To remove track spikes, align the wrench to the base of the spike, and turn counter-clockwise until the spike is loose. Use the wrench to finish removing or use your fingers to finish the job, if preferred.

How do I remove broken or stubborn spikes from my track shoes?

This answer derives from  years of personal experience with track spikes that become well worn or broke. There are probably other remedies and solutions, however, the following has always worked – but may require some effort and patience. The track wrench that accompanied the shoe is great for screwing spikes in, but dismal in removing heavily worn spikes.

Your coach may have a “real” spike wrench – one made of solid metal. If he/she does, try using it. Apply it over the spike, GENTLY rotate the wrench counter-clockwise and find a locking point of sort where the wrench meets some resistance. Even if the spike is broken, there should be a small fragment that the wrench can “grab”. At that point press down hard on the wrench while maintaining grip on the spike, then rotate the wrench counter-clockwise until the spike is loose. Once it is loose, use your fingers to remove the spike.

If that does not work or you do not have access to a metal track spike, then spray WD-40 or similar lubricant into the threads of the spike via the seam where the track spike is attached to the shoe, wait a minute or two for the threads to lubricate, hit the spike with the wrench to jar it a bit, then use a needle nose plier to remove it. Try not get the lubricant on the spike itself to maintain friction, and use a good plier that has serrated or grooved teeth. Firmly grasp the pliers onto the spike with as much grip as possible, and rotate counter-clockwise. With perseverance, the above two methods should work.

-Coach Henry Wiiliams

Thanks again to Track Mom for letting us repost this excellent piece! Head to her site for an excellent resource for student Track and Field athletes. The site is currently being revamped and will be updated soon!