Who should buy the New Balance XC5K v5

The New Balance XC5K v5 is a grippy and high-performance spike best suited for:

  • competitive cross country races
  • dirt, rubber, grass and all-weather cross country events

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Efficient traction on mud and gravel

Cross country runners praise the New Balance XC5K v5 for its efficient traction on mud and gravel.

New Balance XC5K v5 Efficient traction on mud and gravel

They also say that it doesn't feel intrusive on harder terrain. It provides the sufficient amount of flex and rebound.

XC5K v5 offers stability on speedy runs

The semi-rigid spike plate keeps the foot stable on speedy runs through dirt and while cornering.

New Balance XC5K v5 offers stability on speedy runs

The rubber sole helps with traction with its multi-directional lugs from heel to toe.

Added protection and durability

Unlike its track spike brother, the New Balance LD5000, the XC5K v5 comes with a more rugged design.

New Balance XC5K v5 Added protection and durability

The new upgrades are intended for added protection and durability. This should help XC runners to perform better on a wider range of cross country course surfaces.

Promotes forefoot strike

Athletes like how the shoe "gets you up on your toes" and helps to maintain the correct stride throughout the course.

New Balance XC5K v5 Promotes forefoot strike

No foot sliding has been reported as the upper locks the foot down securely.

Quite hard to put on 

Some reviewers find the upper section of the shoe too snug for their liking and restrictive on wider feet.

New Balance XC5K v5 Quite hard to put on 

It also makes the shoe quite hard to put on. For wider feet, advised one tester, it would be best to go up a full size. 

Adequate cushioning 

Found in the underfoot is a thin layer of foam that offers adequate cushioning to protect the runner from hard surfaces, without adding any unnecessary weight to the shoe.

New Balance XC5K v5 Adequate cushioning 

Also integrated into the thin, responsive midsole is a forefoot plate that augments the protection, while allowing the runner for a springier ride.

Reliable traction on a variety of surfaces 

The outsole of the XC5K V5 has multidirectional spikey rubber teeth along with 5-spike receptacles, which are responsible for the reliable traction on a variety of surfaces.

New Balance XC5K v5 Reliable traction on a variety of surfaces 

The new upper section of the shoe has been updated to offer more comfort and durability.

New Balance XC5K v5 offers a foot-wrapping feel 

Finally, one professional reviewer wrote that if this speed-seeking spike fits your foot – and this wasn’t the case for all who tried it – the foot-wrapping feel is amazingly secure and comfortable.

New Balance XC5K v5 offers a foot-wrapping feel 

As a competitive XC speedster offering by New Balance, it hits a solid spot of cushioning and explosiveness for cross county athletes.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 5oz
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running
Features: Breathable
Surface: Dirt, Rubber, Grass, All-weather
Use: Cross Country
BRAND Brand: New Balance

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Zack Dunn
Zack Dunn

I race distances between 800 meters and 10K whether it be on the track, the roads, or on cross country courses. My typical training consists of easy days, long days, workouts (fartleks, tempos, interval training, etc.). My typical training paces range from 7’30 a mile on easy days to sub-5 minutes a mile on fast interval days, and with many paces in between. I run anywhere from 40-60 miles a week. My personal bests are 2:00 for 800m, 4:30 for 1600m, 9:50 for 3200m, 15:57 for 5K, and 34:10 for 10K.