Nike Zoom Rival XC: beginner's first choice

Nike Zoom Rival XC Side

The Rival XC wraps all the essentials of a cross-country spike into a budget-friendly package. It caters to entry-level athletes who are still testing the waters.

Nike Zoom Rival XC Midsole

Here is what makes it great for beginners:

  • a bit more cushioned than competitive spikes to help you adjust to the minimal feel

        Nike Zoom Rival XC Insole

  • more accommodating fit (not as tight and snug as race shoes)

        Nike Zoom Rival XC Collar

For a varsity/elite cross country spike, see Nike Zoom Victory XC 5.

Nike Zoom Rival XC Outsole

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 6.4oz
Update: Nike Zoom Rival XC 5
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running
Features: Breathable, Removable Spikes
Collection: Nike Zoom Rival
Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Wood, Rubber, Grass, All-weather

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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.