Track spikes are worn during competition because of the extra traction that they offer as opposed to ordinary running shoes. According to Momentum Sports, track spikes designed specifically for sprinters are lightweight, have little to no heel, and have a stiff sole and a rigid spike plate that forces the sprinter to run on his toes. Choosing the best sprinter track spikes depends on the price, the comfort and the durability.
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Asics Japan Lite-Ning
The Asics Japan Lite-Ning track spikes weigh only 4.5 oz., making them one of the lightest track spikes on the market as of January 2011, and retail at $100. They are ideal for sprinters who compete in the 100, 200, and 400 m events. According to SpeedEndurance.com, they are composed of synthetic leather that is both comfortable and breathable, and the spike plate has a stiff platform with properly placed spikes for optimum traction.
Adidas Demolisher Sprint Spike
According to Galt, an independent online guide, Adidas strives to produce the newest technology and most comfortable fitting track spike for each track event. The Adidas Demolisher sprint spike weighs 7.8 oz., and offers a foam insole for comfort and a nonslip lining design for performance. The Adidas Shop notes that the aggressive spike plate with eight well configuration is designed for high-speed traction that helps the sprinter launch through the race. These shoes cost about $110 as of January 2011.
According to the Brooks website, these track spikes are composed of a Pebax sprint plate, and have an aerodynamic shroud and a zipper closure. Retailed at a reasonable price of $85 as of January 2011, these weigh 7.3 oz. and include 6 mm spikes with the wrench for the eight well configuration on the spike plate. According to the reviews on the Brooks website, one person noted that the zipper did not work properly, while the rest of the reviews gave a 4.0 out of 5.0. The pros include the responsiveness, traction and comfort of the sprint spike.
In addition to buying the best track spikes, make sure to use the correct metal or ceramic spikes in the spike plate. According to Momentum Sports, the pyramid spike has a wide base that goes to a point, and is one of the most common types of spikes. The pin spike is similar to the pyramid spike, but has a thinner neck and can easily dig into the track; this is preferable to use on an all-weather track. Replace worn metallic or ceramic spikes to avoid injury and perform your best.