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At Pro:Direct we offer a range of XC spikes that are designed purely for some of the most exhausting cross country terrain, we also offer a personalised design on our spikes by our SPIKEiD service to stand out for the rest of the field.

We understand it can be slightly daunting looking for your next XC spikes or even your first ever spikes, so we have answered some of our most popular questions.

What is a cross country spike?

Cross country spikes are specially designed shoes for races on grass and mud terrain, yet some of our range offers a hybrid design which means you can run cross country or track races. Integrated with spike pins for grip and supportive lightweight design for a comfortable and fast run.  

Should cross country runners wear spikes?

Simple answer, yes! – Spikes are essential for every weather condition to face the challenging hills of the countryside. With 5 to 6 spike pins evenly located on the outsole of the shoe, offering a strong grip on some of the most demanding cross country surfaces. A solid midfoot gives lightweight stability and support along uneven surfaces while providing the rigid support to push off from and race aggressively while providing strong protection against rocks, roots and other complicated natural obstacles.

How should a Cross Country spike fit?

Cross Country spikes should feel like an extension of your feet, fitting snug around the foot and ½ a thumb width between your toes to the front of the shoe. If it is your first time wearing spikes you may find them uncomfortable at first, so we advise you to go for a couple of short distances to get used to them. 

How to choose a cross country spike?

Choosing a set of XC spikes can be a matter of preference, while some offer a snugger feel to the tighter fit models. Brooks and Saucony are usually a broader fit while adidas is better suited for those looking for a narrower fit.

We recommend if you’re a beginner runner to strengthen your muscles in trainers before jumping straight into spikes, then to opt for a more cushioned and supportive spike over the more minimalistic spikes.

What length cross country spikes do I need?

Most XC courses require 6mm spikes which all of our spikes are equipped with. On the extreme muddy courses, it is important for spikes to be long enough to be able to withstand the off-road terrain. All our spike pins are replaceable, so we recommend adding some longer pins to your kit bag for the more extreme conditions. Replaceable spike pins are available here.

What cross country spikes should I get?

At Pro:Direct, we offer a range of the best cross country running spike on the market, including brands such as Nike, adidas, Brooks and Saucony. 

If you’re a beginner, it’s best to look for a cross country spike with more cushioning and arch support. These often fall under the cheaper budget but offer a more comfortable run for the beginner level runners. We recommend the New Balance XC7

While the top end range is still suited for beginners, they offer a more lightweight ride which can be too aggressive on the legs for new runners. 

Top 5 cross country running spikes

At Pro:Direct Running we offer both men’s and women’s cross country spikes. Our product experts give you a selection of our favourite spikes to help you #OwnYourRun.

So there you have it! Our top 5 cross country spikes of the season, be sure to check out our full range. 

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