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.


Lab tests and in-depth reviews

Nike Air Zoom MaxFly
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Good!

Nike Air Zoom MaxFly review The Air Zoom Maxfly is the newest premium sprint spike from Nike, designed specifically for the 100-400m events, though it could also be used for hurdles, as well as the 80[…]

Nike Spike-Flat
90
Superb!

Our review This is a great versatile spike that can be used for track and cross country training or even long-distance racing. It is fast, versatile, comfortable, fairly durable (compared to most trac[…]

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2
87
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Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 review The Zoom Superfly Elite 2 is Nike’s highest quality, elite-level sprint spike. It is made specifically for distances of 100m-400m sprints. It might be costly at[…]

Nike Air Zoom Victory
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Nike Air Zoom Victory review The Air Zoom Victory is Nike's elite, innovative middle distance track spike, relying heavily on the technologies of Nike’s marathon racer, the Alphafly Next%. It wa[…]

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly
90
Superb!

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly review This Nike spike is an elite track spike that is designed and performs remarkably for distances 1500-10k. It’s bouncy, lightweight, responsive, and a real pleasure to[…]

Nike Zoom Victory XC 5
88
Superb!

Nike Zoom Victory XC 5 review These cross country spikes are great if you want the highest quality on the market and if you're ready to take your performance to the next level. They are durable, fast,[…]

Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2
88
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Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2 review In all honesty, the Under Armor HOVR Phantom 2 was a miss for me. It looked promising and cool from the outside but in terms of actual running performance there was[…]

New Balance Fresh Foam More v2
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New Balance Fresh Foam More v2 review The New Balance Fresh Foam More v2 is a max cushioned everyday running shoe. After testing it for a couple of weeks I can say it’s very much a great shoe fo[…]

Adidas Ultraboost DNA
91
Superb!

Adidas Ultraboost DNA review The Ultraboost DNA is a reliable Adidas running shoe specifically for people doing easy-paced running while enjoying a lower stack height. Priced at $180, the Ultraboost D[…]

Adidas Senseboost Go
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Adidas Senseboost Go review I mildly enjoyed the Adidas Senseboost Go for running. I took it through the testing and found that it can do running well and it's great for casual wear/walking as well. I[…]

Nike Zoom 400
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Nike Zoom 400 review This spike is great for exactly what it was intended for: 400m. It also works great for the 200-800m. It has a great amount of snappiness and power with just the right amount of c[…]

Nike Zoom D
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Nike Zoom D review The Nike Zoom D is a Nike entry-level distance track running spike. I have run multiple races in these and many workouts in these. The races were anywhere from 800m-3200m and workou[…]

Nike Zoom Victory 3
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Nike Zoom Victory 3 review The Nike Victory spike line is known for being fast, ultra-lightweight, and extremely elite. They are designed specifically for 800m-5,000m track races. It is an extremely w[…]

Nike Zoom Rival S 9
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Superb!

Nike Zoom Rival S 9 review The Nike Rival S 9 is a great beginner spike and can go fast, just not as easy as its more expensive counterparts. It is snappy while still being comfortable for new runners[…]

Adidas Solar Boost 19
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Superb!

Adidas Solar Boost 19 review Adidas Solar Boost 19 is a tank of a running shoe. It will definitely last you for plenty and plenty of miles and provide the support and comfort you need to get through t[…]

Hoka One One Carbon X
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Superb!

Hoka One One Carbon X review The Hoka One One Carbon X was my first Hoka shoe and I was pleased with almost everything about it! It was a nice blend of comfort, speed, and performed well for a lot of[…]

Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
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Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 review The Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 is the second iteration of the Epic React Lineup. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to give the first version of the Epic React[…]

Brooks Revel 2
92
Superb!

Brooks Revel 2 review I have put about 250 miles into this shoe. I have run anywhere from 200m intervals in this shoe to 10 mile long runs in this shoe. It was the first pair of Brooks I ever ran in,[…]

Asics Gel Contend 4
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Asics Gel Contend 4 review I have put in over 300 miles in these shoes, the typical point where a pair of running shoes give out. Being my first pair of Asics, I didn’t know what to expect. But[…]

Reviews

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless
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The Mach 19 Spikeless from Brooks is designed to tackle cross-country races with speed and unrivaled traction. And in this respect, it's a total success. With its snappy ride, it doesn't matter if you[…]

Saucony Havok XC 3
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The Havok XC 3 from Saucony is a cross-country spike that's designed to tackle any terrain that's thrown your way during that competition. In this respect, it's a certified star. Even better, it's fas[…]

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5
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If you want to ace your next cross-country competition with utmost speed, there's no better option than the Nike Zoom Rival 5. It's loaded with so much grip, you'll bolt through unfriendly terrains wi[…]

Nike Zoom Rival XC 5
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The Zoom Rival XC5 is a track and field shoe by Nike that flaunts an ability to tackle various surfaces well. This lightweight racer also earned commendations for its comfortable fit, responsiveness,[…]

Adidas Adizero Ambition
83
Great!

The Adizero Ambition from Adidas is a mid-distance track shoe that's great for setting/beating PBs in both training and races. Although it's not the snappiest, most advanced running spike available, i[…]

Nike Zoom Javelin Elite 3
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Made with the pros, you can now expect elite-level performance when you put on the Nike Zoom Javelin Elite 3. Sporting the best combination of secure fit and grippy traction, you can expect maximum ac[…]

Saucony Kilkenny XC8
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The Saucony Kilkenny XC8 is a simple yet reliable spike for entry-level cross-country runners. It performs just right for the price with no bells-and-whistles. Although the shoe fits tight and narrow,[…]

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat
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The Kilkenny XC8 Flat from Saucony will work best for beginner cross country athletes who don't want to spend a lot of money. Most runners also recommend using it for shorter races up to 5K. If you pr[…]

Saucony Carrera XC4
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The Saucony Carrera XC4 is an elite racing spike for cross country. Meant to feel like a second skin for the foot, it will accommodate competitive runners who have experience with XC spikes. Here&rsqu[…]

Nike Zoom Victory Waffle 5
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The Nike Zoom Victory Waffle 5 has become a go-to cross country shoe for many athletes. It is a premium option from Nike in the spikeless category. So, if your XC federation bans the use of spikes, th[…]

Nike Zoom Rival XC
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The Zoom Rival XC from Nike is one of the most popular cross country spikes among high-school and college athletes. With its budget-savvy price, it ticks all the essential boxes for XC, making it a re[…]

New Balance XC5K v5
81
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Meant for competitive cross country athletes, the New Balance XC5K v5 ticks all the boxes of a reliable spike. XC runners who tried this spike said that the shoe is great and comfortable fresh out of[…]

Asics Hyper MD 6
83
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Offered at a wallet-friendly price, the Asics Hyper MD 6 is all about pronounced cushioning at a minimal bulk. Because of its composition, the running shoe is perfect for multiple track running activi[…]

Adidas Adizero Javelin Throw
85
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Throw the farthest and move the fastest in one of the best javelin spikes in the market, the Adidas Adizero Javelin Throw. These spikes are designed for quick acceleration and unrelenting traction on[…]

Under Armour Kick Sprint 3
81
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The Underarmour Kick Sprint 3 is a lightweight track spike that lets you fly past your competition. It offers optimum speed and support all throughout the competition season. It uses some of the most[…]

Saucony Soarin J 2
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The Saucony Soarin J 2 is a multi-event track shoe that is preferred by athletes that compete in jumping events. These spikes are lightweight and jumper-friendly. The Soarin J 2 is reviewed by most us[…]

Nike Zoom JA Fly
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Built especially for competitive runners at all levels, the Nike Zoom JA Fly boasts exceptional traction and power. Its support system is one that integrates lightweight materials for powerful strides[…]

Adidas Adizero LJ 2
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With its aggressive traction and snappy toe-off, the Adidas Adizero LJ 2 is best used in all the sub-categories of the track jumping meet. It can accommodate the long jump, triple jump, and pole vault[…]

Puma Evospeed Sprint 7
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Flaunting some of Puma’s most reliable track shoe technologies, the Evospeed Sprint 7 boasts an unrivaled grip. It is touted as a running platform that’s lighter and faster than all other[…]

Puma Evospeed Prep Sprint
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The Evospeed Prep Sprint is a rather basic track spike from Puma. It can be recommended to entry-level athletes due to its moderate price tag and simplicity.