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Posted: 20 October 2003

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a reasonably-priced Ladies cross-country spike shoe? I am going to try cross-country for the first time in 3 weeks time and have been advised to look at some Spikes. Any advice warmly welcomed!

Posted: 22/10/2003 at 12:21

If you only have road running shoes currently I would heartily recommend a good, agressive trail runner shoe instead of spikes. They are not quite as good in really wet conditions and slightly heavier are actually more useful generally.

Something like the Adidas Supernova Trail or Swoop, Nike Terra Tupu, or even Walsh or Mudroc fell shoes will probably see more use than a spike.

However, final choice is yours...


Posted: 22/10/2003 at 12:27

If you are definately after spikes I can recommend the Reebok Harrier, usually with 12mm spikes.
Posted: 22/10/2003 at 12:32

I'd second what David says, particularly as the ground is very dry at the moment (at least it is around where I live!)
I'm currently using Nike Trail Pegasus which have adequate grip in the dry. The Nike Terra Tupu are excellent when it gets wetter.
Posted: 22/10/2003 at 14:09

I use the PB walsh studs, rather than spikes.

Posted: 22/10/2003 at 14:22

Rosemary what size are you ?
I have a pair of hardly used Nike waffle x country spikes sized Uk 6 that you can have for the price of the postage- £2.00.
They are white and purple ( very practical - not)
They were too small for me . Use them and pass them on to someone else if you don't like them. If any other forum readers want them ,if they don't fit Rosemary , just ask.
If you don't get on with them you can then buy a pair of fell type shoes.
Posted: 24/10/2003 at 19:13

Bloody hell skinny boy, you must have small feet to even try a 6!
Posted: 24/10/2003 at 19:14

Yeah , I normally wear 6.5 in Road shoes which is great as there are always loads of clearance shoes in my size !!
Eg.Recent bargain at Start Fitness Asics DS trainer VIII , 2003 RRP £75.00 I got for £30.00 inc postage.
I do however ,have to wear lead boots on windy days as I'm under 9 stones in weight and I might blow away.
Posted: 24/10/2003 at 19:19

I would agree that spikes are not strictly necessary if the ground is dry but if it's wet and muddy there is not substitute IMO for spikes, especially if there are any sharps slopes or bends on slippy leaves to be taken. You should buy a couple of sets of studs in different lengths and change them to suit the conditions. It all depends on the type of races you are doing really, ask some of the other runners what they wear.
Posted: 25/10/2003 at 01:23

Much prefer to use off-road/trail shoes as it's less stressful and damaging to the feet in the long term. Currently using NB705's, quite lightweight and very grippy. Spikes are grippy only at the forward part of the sole, not good for running down hills!
Posted: 27/10/2003 at 18:33

Skinny boy - if you haven't sold the size 6 Nike waffles, I might be interested. Thanks !
Posted: 28/11/2003 at 14:59

I have Mudrock Inov8 which are great, but they do tend to carry some mud in really sticky muddy conditions which we presently have making them heavy. I've just bought some Addidas Spikes which I hope will give me a little extra when I christen them next week. I'm going out in them for a practice tommorrow which sadly I am really excited about!
Posted: 28/11/2003 at 20:45

Sorry Jo,
I sold them to Rosemary Cooper Clark who posted the original thread . She's going to give them a go to see if she likes them. If she doesn't get on with them she might pass them on to you.
Posted: 29/11/2003 at 09:11

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