Who should buy the Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless
The Mach 19 Spikeless is a great choice for track athletes looking for a pair of XC spikes for:
- cross-country competitions
- 200 to 300-meter sprints on grass
- middle-distance speed training on the track
On wet grass, dirt, and on trails, runners report the Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless does "NOT lose its grip." Thanks to its aggressive lugs, it latches so well onto unfriendly terrains.
Even better, it allows for easy transitions on pavement sections.
Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless: Feels like nothing
At 4.5 oz, the Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless is practically weightless. All reviewers agree that it's so light, it seemed like they were running barefoot.
Thanks to its trimmed-down upper and nearly zero amount of padding, it maintains a featherlight, race-appropriate weight.
Fast and supportive ride
Apart from its weight (or the lack thereof), the Mach also owes its swift performance to its spike plate. It delivers snappiness to the ride, pushing the runner forward.
Despite its minimalist design, the XC spike still has "enough" support in the arch area for a stable ride, claimed many testers.
Taking it up a notch, it enhances the ground feel with its low heel. So much so, athletes say it "increased" their balance.
Narrow-footed runners highly appreciate the shoe's sock-like wrap. According to them, it hugs the feet way better than the Brooks Mach 18 Spikeless.
Durability is as bad as it gets
There are a number of critics that say that it's a "miss" in the durability department. One of the worst experiences shared by some runners is that their shoes only lasted for 10 days.
They've stated that the new upper feels flimsy, it "cannot withstand" the force of sprinting. After a couple of uses, it already has a large hole in the forefoot.
Constrictive for wide feet
Even for a track running spike, the Mach 19 Spikeless is "tight." Cross-country runners with large feet find it very uncomfortable as it restricts their movements.
Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless vs. 18
The Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless retains the same midsole and outsole features from its precursor. The major update in this version is found in the upper, making the shoe:
- Snugger and more supportive
- Lighter (4.5 oz vs. 5 oz.)