The Best Track Spikes For Sprinters in 2022 | Buying Guide

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The Best Track Spikes For Sprinters in 2022

With all of the spikes on the market, it can be hard to decide which ones are right for you. Here, I'll try to give you a brief idea of which spikes might be the best choice depending on your event and level of sprinting ability.

best spikes for sprinters

#1 - Nike Air Zoom Maxfly

  • Weight: 5.7 ounces
  • Events: 60m,100m, 110mH/100mH, 4x100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m
  • Experience Level: Advanced

The Nike Air Zoom Maxfly is at the top of this list as it has the latest in sprint spike technology, and has gotten a lot of attention since so many fast times were run in these at the Tokyo Olympics. These are the spikes I currently use for training.

Personally I've found that despite the extremely stiff plates on these spikes, they actually have a softer overall feel as compared to a more traditional set of spikes. This is because of the Zoom Air unit under the forefoot and the soft foam heel on the spike.

As sprinters, we have to strike the ground aggressively and then quickly pick the foot up to cycle into the next stride. The Maxfly spikes help make this process a little bit easier as the Zoom Air unit helps store energy so your foot can bounce off of the ground with minimal ground contact times, allowing you to sprint efficiently and conserve energy.

I have found that these sprint spikes are particularly useful for speed endurance training, and my assumption is that this is because of the enhanced energy return you get from the shoe. For me, my ankles and achilles tendon feel better sprinting in these than traditional spikes, making the premium price worth it for me.

Personally, I feel that these spikes are more helpful in upright sprinting for attaining high maximal velocities and maintaining that speed during speed endurance training.

#2 - ASICS Metasprint 

asics metasprint

 

  • Weight: 4.9 ounces
  • Events: 60m,100m, 110mH/100mH, 4x100m, 200m
  • Experience Level: Advanced

The ASICS Metasprint is a sprint spike like no other. Not only does it feature a full length carbon fiber plate and an extremely light weight, this sprinting shoe features a pinless spike plate.

The designers at ASICS decided that instead of building a shoe with spikes that penetrate the track surface (and require friction to come out of the track), they would create a pinless spike that weights less and more easily bounce off of the track.

The result is a quick shoe that won't bog you down with extra weight or unnecessary friction. In my testing, this shoe was typically as fast as the MaxFly's, though I prefer the softer albeit heavier feel of the MaxFly.

#3 - Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Flyknitnike superfly elite 2 flyknit spikes

  • Weight: 5.2 Ounces 
  • Events: 60m,100m, 110mH/100mH, 4x100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m
  • Experience Level: Intermediate & Advanced

Next up on the list are the other high performance spikes by Nike, the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Flyknit. These spikes are more of a traditional spike plate design in that they have a single, full length spike plate. Where these differ from other spikes is in their unique spike plate texture, as well as the material of the upper portion of the shoe.

The flyknit upper material is lightweight, flexbile, and breathable, making for a comfortable fit that morphs to the shape of your foot. If you struggle with finding spikes do are either too tight or too loose, the Superfly Elite 2's might be the spikes for you.

Also, the spike plate has a unique claw style design, which gives you the benefit of both added traction for sprinting on the curves, as well as providing you great grip in wet conditions. The honeycomb shape allows space for water to go so that you do not slip when it is wet, and the spikey texture helps you grab the track even when your foot is not fully in contact with the entire spike plate.

For athletes who want a very high performing sprint spike but need more versatility than with the MaxFly, or who want a slightly cheaper price, the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Flyknit might be the right choice.

#4 - Adidas adiZero Prime SPadidas adizero prime sp sprint spike

  • Weight: 4.2 Ounces (size 9)
  • Events: 60m,100m, 110mH/100mH, 4x100m, 200m
  • Experience Level: Advanced

One of my favorite spikes that I have used in the past is the Adidas adiZero Prime SP sprint spikes. If you want the lightest spikes around with a very responsive, minimalist feel, the adiZero Prime SP's are a great choice.

Designed for the short sprint events, the newest generation of Prime SP's now come with removable spikes, whereas the previous versions of these spikes were not removable. While this was good for weight reduction, many athletes complained that the spikes were unusable once the built in spikes wore down through practice and competition use. Now you can get more use out of these spikes since the pins can be replaced.

The feel of these spikes are opposite that of the Maxflys, in that these spikes have a very responsive feel almost as if you are sprinting barefoot. This is because the shoe is very thin, lightweight, and there is very little material between you and the ground other than the stiff plate.

If you get these spikes, I would consider using them in competition and your fastest practice sprints, but it might be wise to wear a more cushioned shoe for your longer distance sprint training. My Prime SP's have lasted quite a while, but the lack of cushion can be harsh on your lower legs if you use them for long sprints in practice.

If you specialize in the 60 meter and 100 meter dash races and are an experienced athlete, these spikes are a great choice. I have run some of my fastest acceleration times wearing the adiZero Prime SP's, and as such they come highly recommended for the shortest sprint distances.

#5 - Adidas adiZero Finesseadidas adizero prime finesse spikes

  • Weight: 5.5 Ounces
  • Events: 60m,100m, 110mH/100mH, 4x100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m
  • Experience Level: Beginner & Up

During the times that I have used the adiZero Prime SP's, I used the more affordable Adidas adiZero Finesse spikes for the bulk of my training. These spikes are heavier, but have a cushioned feel that makes grueling workouts easier to handle as compared to the Prime SP's.

Also, because these are currently on sale for a lot less than any of these other spikes, you do not have to worry as much about durability.

These spikes are better for intermediate level athletes at the high school or collegiate level, allowing for high performances while not being too aggressive for athletes who have not yet reached their highest levels of performance.

#6 - Nike Zoom Rival S

Nike Zoom Rival S

  • Weight: 6.2 Ounces
  • Events: 60m,100m, 110mH/100mH, 4x100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m
  • Experience Level: Beginner

The best spikes for high school sprinters is likely to be the Nike Zoom Rival S. These spikes are lightweight and comfortable, but offer a forgiving spike plate which is safer for youth and high school athletes compared to the stiffer plates of the MaxFly and the Adizero Prime SP.

These spikes are perfect for athletes who are new to the sport who do not need the stiffest spike plates or any fancy designs. These spikes are also much more affordable than most other spikes on this list. As an athlete grows accustomed to wearing spikes, that might be when they move up to the more aggressive spikes of the Superfly Elite 2.

#7 - Adidas Sprintstar

  • Weight: 6 Ounces
  • Events: 60m,100m, 110mH/100mH, 4x100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m
  • Experience Level: Beginner

The Adidas Sprintstar is an affordable sprint spike that is best for high school athletes and other athletes new to sprinting. This pair of spikes has a hard spike plate under the forefoot, but a more flexible plate under the arch, making for a softer and more forgiving feel as compared to the AdiZero Prime SP.

I used these spikes in 2018, and found that they were a good pair of spikes for my purposes at the time. I was not competing at that time, so I did not need a fancy pair of spikes.

Overall these spikes are comfortable and fit well, and feel very light when in use. While these spikes lack a carbon plate and a full-length hard spike plate, these spikes are a good choice for athletes who have little experience in spikes and want a good looking, forgiving pair of sprint spikes.

As an added bonus the Adidas Sprintstar is affordable at only $64.99.


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