Finding the right pair of track spikes might seem like a daunting task to anyone getting into track and field for the first time, but after spending a bit of time learning about which spikes will work for each event, it doesn’t have to be. There is no magic or witchcraft involved with track spikes, […]
Since the mid-1800’s, runners have been using track spikes to get the most speed out of every stride. Originally made of leather with hand-forged spikes, this ubiquitous piece of track equipment has evolved right along with the sport itself. Many of the companies that began with the invention of the track spike are now large athletic conglomerates and their founders names are etched in running history. A lot has changed about track spikes, but at their core is still the idea that thin piece of steel can help a runner gain extra time.
In this article we will explore the actual research on what makes track spikes faster options than regular sneakers or running barefoot. Much of the focus with athletes is the spikes themselves, rather than the hard sole and shape of the forefoot. Besides looking for comfortable and light spikes, athletes should focus on the choosing the model that has the optimal stiffness that delivers the matching response unique to their needs.