Congratulations, you’re u11-u16 and ready to get into spikes, whether they be your first pair or 10th.
What an exciting time to be alive!
We have provided some information for your journey into the world of Spikes which is generalised to all athletes. Understanding everyone is different and at a different stage of their athletics, for individual feedback please speak to the Knox Coach/es.
U11-U13 Athletes, regardless of event should be looking at:
• Most importantly – A pair of spikes that has a ‘heel’ as that will provide support and limit likelihood of injury.
Generally speaking a Distance Spike will have the most support for younger athletes as there won’t be a ‘negative heel drop’, which is less likely to cause injuries (ie. Growing Pains, Bone bruising, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis).
• Spikes that can bend onto themselves if you pull the toe back over the top towards the heel
• Comfortable fit and isn’t too big, this is a challenge when you have a growing athlete which is why you should always look for the:
• Cheaper priced spikes; there is no need to buy Usain Bolt’s spikes or the latest Nike Air Zoom Maxfly, both of which are $250+.
If you’re in the older age groups U14+ and you have been training for a few years, know your favoured events you can look at the event specific spikes – Sprint Spikes, Distance (Middle vs Long), Jumps (High Jump vs Long vs Triple). Please speak to the throws coaches if you are considering spikes specific to Javelin.
Little Athletics – u11 upwards in all Sprint events 100m-400m including hurdles, Jumps (Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump).
Runners World (Kew)
The Running Company (Lilydale, Albert Park & Clifton Hill)
Stringer Sports (Clayton)
Replacement Spikes can be purchased on the Knox LAC online store.
Please note stores are currently running low on stock so you may need to shop around.
• How old is the athlete?
• What event/s does your athlete compete in?
• What level of competition does your athlete compete at? Ie. Knox Only, Region, State, National/ International.
• What’s your budget?
Spikes – Heel vs No Heel
This can be very hard to tell the difference when you first come across spikes, hopefully the below can help you understand. The below example we have used 2 of Nikes spikes, ranging from entry level distance spike, to middle range sprint spike through to elite sprint spike. If you consider a normal running shoe has a heel, or support underneath your foot, the far left (Zoom Rival Multi) you can see has support from the heel through the midfoot, compared to the middle (Zoom Rival Sprint) and far right (Superfly Elite) which has less support and in most elite spikes will have a carbon plate and will be incredible hard to bend.
Recommendations for U11-U13
Asics Hyper LD
Recommendations for U14-U17
Asics Hyper MD
Recommendations for Elite/Open Age
Nike Air Zoom Maxfly (Sprints)
Nike Air Zoom Victory (Distance)
Allowed Types of Spikes
Always carry spare spikes in case some fall out and keep a spike tool in
the spike carry bag. Spikes get blunt over the course of a season – replace
them when the point has disappeared is rounded & reduced in length by 1mm.