As with any sport’s equipment, the technology behind track spikes is constantly evolving. Companies are racing (no pun intended) to create the next top product that will be the envy of runners around the world. Even with the loss of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, many are looking ahead to the 2021 track and field season. To prepare for the coming races and product releases, we’ve created a short list of some of the newest sprint spike advancements and embellishments.
So, whether you’re a competitor or just love the sport, come race day you’ll know what’s what out on the track.
Nike Air Zoom Viperfly
Originally scheduled to drop for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this all new design was created with the 100 meter dash specifically in mind. Though the bottom looks like something from a sci-fi movie or just “unfinished,” it’s actually a grip plate created by their new process called Carbon Fiber Placement (CFP). This allows for a certain amount of flexibility within the carbon plate unit itself, resulting in perhaps the most responsive Nike spike yet. Accompanied by Nike’s newest version of their Flyknit called Atomknit, the heel is locked in and ready for take off.
New Balance Vazee Sigma Harmony
This newest edition to the New Balance line is said to be much more responsive than the spikes that came before it. The all new design utilizes their newest plate technology that allows for a quick transition between speeds and race demands. Plus, you probably noticed the lack of laces in the design. This shoe relies on BOA® Closure technology on the top of the foot and at the heel that is meant to mold the spike and hold it in place. This aims to eliminate pressure points caused by lacing systems while still keeping the foot and heel secured.
evoSPEED Tokyo Future Mid Track Spike
The sock-like, step-in design is meant to create maximum comfort and placement. It uses Puma’ MATRYXMicro technology in a single piece of carbon fiber, woven knit material that secures the foot into the shoe.This feature was also advertised as a great companion for the Tokyo heat, allowing for a light, cool feel. Another point to note in Puma’s design is the permanent eight pins on the bottom grip plate. Usually with track spikes, pins are replaced and screwed in as time goes. But this shoe allows for a lighter finish to the foot grip, removing the need for receptacles for new pins.
Though these shoes may not have had their moment to shine quite yet, the added anticipation into what comes next for spike technology makes the coming season all the more exciting. Be on the lookout for these shoes and the technology they boast in the races in 2021, you might even find a few newer editions.