Product Review: Nike XC Spikes

Before you come in for your team’s spike night, learn a little bit about the spikes available to you!

Nike has made quite a bit of a change with their cross-country spikes! We have three Nike styles available at Runner’s High for your upcoming cross-country season. Read a little bit about each one below.

Nike Zoom Victory XC 4:

5.3 ounces

5.3 ounces

Have you been an avid user of the Nike Zoom Victory? Well, have no fear they are still available, but with a bit of a twist!

As you can tell from the photo on the left, the Nike Zoom Victory XC has made quite a change with the new sock-like fit. Along with the high-top appearance, the Flywire technology around the laces helps create the sock-like fit with its lock-down technology.

The spike is constructed with a water-resistant material, a foam mid-sole with light, responsive cushioning, and a durable outsole. Another big change that Nike has made is with the spikes! The metal spikes with the black base help you avoid the accumulation of rocks and mud and provides a multi-surface grip to give better traction during your race.


Nike Zoom Forever XC 5:

 Not a huge fan of the sock-like appearance that you receive from the Nike Zoom Victory XC 4, but want a spike similar to the old Nike Zoom Victory XC? If that is the case, then the Nike Zoom Forever XC 5 is the spike for you!

5.2 ounces

5.2 ounces

The upper is constructed with mesh to provide you with breathability and Flywire technology to keep the shoe fitted to your foot. The midsole contains a carbon fiber mid-foot shank to provide you with comfort and a lightweight, responsive cushioning with every step. The Nike Zoom Forever XC 5 contains the same bottom as the Nike Zoom Victory XC 4 featured above. The spike plate contains metal spikes with a black base to provide better traction and helps avoid the accumulation of mud and rocks.


Nike Zoom Rival XC:

7.0 ounces

7.0 ounces

First time wearing a spike? Then the Nike Zoom Rival XC is the perfect fit for you.

The wider forefoot gives your toes a little bit more room, which provides a more comfortable and natural fit in the upper. Continuing with the trend, the Zoom Rival also contains the Flywire technology in the upper so you can fit the shoe to your foot, avoiding sliding. The upper also contains mesh in order to give you a little breathability during   cross-country races. The bottom is different from the other two Nike styles mentioned above because it contains the same rubber outsole and spike plate as your traditional cross-country spike.

Visit us at either our Freehold or Metuchen locations to try on these styles! Got questions or comments? Email us directly at

Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 4.14.55 PMResident shoe expert, Marin Warner, has been running for the better part of a decade.  From her days as a youth running the hills of Holmdel to competing at the collegiate level, Marin’s experiences on the track and XC course prove valuable everyday on the floor here at Runner’s High. When she isn’t out running or at The High, she enjoys spending time with her family, the beach and hanging out with her jack russell terrier Josie.

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