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
Efficient traction on mud and gravel
Cross country runners praise the New Balance XC5K v5 for its 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.
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.
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.
Athletes like how the shoe "gets you up on your toes" and helps to maintain the correct stride throughout the course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new upper section of the shoe has been updated to offer more comfort and durability.
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.
As a competitive XC speedster offering by New Balance, it hits a solid spot of cushioning and explosiveness for cross county athletes.