Full disclosure: I didn’t like these spikes on first wear. They felt way too built up and awkward on my foot. Toward the end of a workout, I put them on to do a fast 200m, and said aloud, ‘Nope.’ The air bag created an unfamiliar sensation when I was going fast. It felt like I was running on a bubble.
But after giving them a second chance, I fell in love. For runners who are considering purchasing these spikes, they certainly take a few wears to get used to, so don’t pull them out for the first time on race day. Also, because of the nature of the air bag, your foot will be dorsiflexed when you’re not running, so limit the time spent just walking around in them (between sets, for example).
These shoes deliver on lightness and cushion – like the road version. My legs felt much less beat up after a tough day on the track, and once I was used to the added bounce that they provide, I really enjoyed wearing them. These particular spikes are intended to be worn for the 800m and 1,500m and are not yet available in Canada.