3 Best Sprints Track Spikes in 2024

Jens Jakob Andersen
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3 Best Sprints Track Spikes in 2024
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Fast and light — these are the marks of a good sprint spike. With so many track and field sprinting shoes possessing these, finding the right pair can be a challenge. 

But don't fret. We've done the job for you. Setting their popularity aside, we've examined and selected the best sprint spikes among the ones we have personally tested. 

Even more, we've chosen our top picks from different categories because when it comes to sprint shoes, it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. 

How we test track spikes

Our choices for the best sprinting shoes are based on multiple (rigorous) testing. And to stay objective we: 

  • Buy the shoes with our own money to avoid brand loyalty. We avoid playing a part in partnerships because we do not want to give ourselves and our readers a reason to think we should thread lightly with our comments and opinions.
  • Clock up 30 to 50 miles of test runs in each shoe. We engage in different sprinting activities in different circumstances and conditions. As much as possible, we broaden our experience with the shoes so we can come up with a comprehensive review, as well as a valid conclusion.
  • Go mad with numbers. We do all sorts of testing on the shoes to measure and score their various characteristics. One thing we subjectively check is the stiffness of the heel. We use our bare hands in pushing and squeezing the sides and the back of the collar, rating the stiffness from 1 to 5, with 5 being the stiffest.

Best sprint spikes overall

Adidas Prime SP2

What makes it the best?

Among all the sprint track spikes we tested against flat-out and intense workouts, Adidas Prime SP2 is undoubtedly the best overall. It melts away on foot, but its massive energy return makes its presence felt. From the propulsive Lightstrike Pro cushion, rigid carbon plate, grippy spikes, and its visuals, its aggressive nature is undeniable. On foot, the steep offset encourages smooth and fast forward transitions. Our precise measurement reveals a -5.8 mm incline, a result of its thin 11.0 mm heel and 16.8 mm forefoot, the latter boasting Lightstrike Pro’s powerful rebound. We found this shoe performs best in 60m to 400m distances and hurdles.

The ultra-breathable upper and continuous momentum give a light and effortless sensation. It’s lined with a stiff full-length carbon plate that ensures great propulsion for toe-offs and maximum speed. Our bend test reveals it’s 104.9% more rigid than the average spike.

We had no slip issues even as we ran through fast corners on track thanks to the outsole’s grippy pattern and adjustable 6 pins. At 2.0 mm thin, the outsole gave us higher ground sensitivity.

Though not overly heavy, its 6.5 oz (183g) weight does pull us down a bit when compared to other lightweight elite competitors.


  • Exceptionally breathable
  • Impressive overall durability
  • Responsive forefoot bounce from Lightstrike Pro
  • Aggressive, performance-driven ride
  • Handles 60m to 400m with ease
  • Ideal for hurdles
  • Premium feel and design


  • Slightly heavy
  • Needs notched laces
  • High price point
Full review of Adidas Prime SP2

Best lightweight sprint spikes

What makes it the best?

Nike Air Zoom MaxFly showed unmatched speed and comfort among all the sprint spikes we brought on track, making it our top lightweight choice for races. It has all the advanced technology to enhance speed while ensuring a light, steady, and comfortable ride. It’s undoubtedly one of the most advanced and aggressive spikes — we think its $180 price is well worth the maximum performance.

MaxFly has a unique ride — blending insane snappiness and comfort into one. It feels airy on foot with its 5.6oz (162g) weight but feels way lighter because of its speed-enhancing features. The Flyplate is one of the stiffest we’ve tried, ensuring maximum energy return. This is balanced by the ZoomX foam and the Air Zoom Unit in the forefoot, which promotes smooth transitions and dampens landing impact. MaxFly can be used for hurdles too. Yet we discovered it performs best on 100-400m events.

The spike plate ensures reliable traction, allowing us to focus on our races. There is a full-length ShockWave Generated Outsole Plate for a smooth ride, while the 7 forefoot spikes guarantee optimal traction on speed curves.

Note that MaxFly’s ride takes some time to get used to. We recommend testing it out for better adaptation before bringing it to races.


  • Extremely springy ride
  • Snug, performance-oriented fit
  • Propulsion from Flyplate and Zoom Air
  • Premium design and materials
  • Ideal for 100-400m sprints
  • Can be used for hurdles
  • Unmatched comfort and speed
  • Notched laces for secure lockdown


  • Expensive
  • Requires some adaptation
  • Can feel unstable for some

Full review of Nike Air Zoom Maxfly

Best sprint spikes for beginners

Adidas Sprintstar

What makes it the best?

We tested sprint track spikes against hard efforts and found Adidas Sprintstar to be the most beginner-friendly. For an affordable $65 price tag vs. the $117 average, it delivers raw speed and power and a more natural feel. It’s a great entry-level sprint spike that also promises a long lifespan due to its impressive durability in our lab.

We instantly felt the remarkable ground feel this spike delivers, perfect for developing leg muscle strength during 60-400m sprints. Its humble 10.4/8.6 mm stack height enhances an authentic barefoot experience. 

Furthermore, the absence of a carbon plate in the midsole enhances its flexibility, which allows for our natural movement. Our bend test confirms its gentle nature when it emerged 48.6% more flexible than average.

Impressively, despite its budget-friendly price, its durability is outstanding! Extensive testing showed minimal signs of wear, with both the toebox and heel resisting our rigorous Dremel. The outsole, measuring a robust 88.0 HC and 1.1 mm thicker than average, promises it will last long.

Unfortunately, the upper lacks ventilation which may lead to hotspots and blisters. We couldn’t wait to take the shoes off on warmer days.


  • Excellent track grip
  • Ultra-padded tongue
  • Unbeatable value
  • Removable pins
  • Ideal for novices
  • Exceptional ground sensation
  • Solid durability


  • Zero cushioning
  • Poor ventilation
  • Requires strong feet
Full review of Adidas Sprintstar
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.