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  • Track Spike Buying Guide

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    Track Spike Buying Guide

    Track spikes are a type of specialized footwear designed for track and field athletes, particularly those who compete in sprinting, middle distance, and jumping events. They are designed to provide maximum traction and support on the track surface, as well as to help athletes move quickly and efficiently.


    Here are some key things to look for when shopping for track spikes:

    1. Spike plate: This is the part of the shoe that contains the spikes, which are typically made of hard plastic or carbon fiber. Different spike plates are designed for different events, so it's important to choose the right one for your needs. For example, a sprinter might want a spike plate with fewer spikes for maximum traction and speed, while a long-distance runner might want a spike plate with more spikes for better grip on turns.

    2. Upper material: The upper part of the shoe is the part that covers your foot. It's important to choose a material that is both comfortable and durable. Many track spikes use lightweight materials such as mesh to provide a snug fit without weighing you down.

    3. Cushioning: Track spikes are designed to be lightweight, which means they often have less cushioning than other types of athletic shoes. However, some models do include a small amount of cushioning to provide extra comfort and support during longer training and competition.

    4. Fit: Like all athletic shoes, it's important to choose track spikes that fit well. Look for a shoe that provides a snug, but not too tight, fit around your foot. Many track spikes are designed to be worn with minimal socks for the best fit. We recommend the ultra thin performance socks from Swiftwick, Feetures, or our RAC private label brand.

    5. Price: Track spikes can range in price from around $50 to over $200, depending on the brand and features. While it's important to choose a shoe that fits your budget, keep in mind that investing in a quality pair of track spikes can help improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury.


    When shopping for track spikes be sure to consider your event, the type of spike plate, the upper material, the level of cushioning, the fit, and the price. At Runners Athletic Company, we carry track spikes for several events from a variety of brands. Our staff can help you find the perfect pair of track spikes at the best price to help you reach your goals on the track! Shop now and save 20% on all track spikes!


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