Who should buy the Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless

The Mach 19 Spikeless is a great choice for track athletes looking for a pair of XC spikes for: 

  • cross-country competitions
  • 200 to 300-meter sprints on grass
  • middle-distance speed training on the track

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Superb traction

On wet grass, dirt, and on trails, runners report the Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless does "NOT lose its grip." Thanks to its aggressive lugs, it latches so well onto unfriendly terrains. 

Even better, it allows for easy transitions on pavement sections. 

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless traction

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless: Feels like nothing

At 4.5 oz, the Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless is practically weightless. All reviewers agree that it's so light, it seemed like they were running barefoot.

Thanks to its trimmed-down upper and nearly zero amount of padding, it maintains a featherlight, race-appropriate weight. 

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless heel cup

Fast and supportive ride

Apart from its weight (or the lack thereof), the Mach also owes its swift performance to its spike plate. It delivers snappiness to the ride, pushing the runner forward. 

Despite its minimalist design, the XC spike still has "enough" support in the arch area for a stable ride, claimed many testers. 

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless arch

Taking it up a notch, it enhances the ground feel with its low heel. So much so, athletes say it "increased" their balance. 

Comfortable fit

Narrow-footed runners highly appreciate the shoe's sock-like wrap. According to them, it hugs the feet way better than the Brooks Mach 18 Spikeless. 

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless lockdown

Durability is as bad as it gets

There are a number of critics that say that it's a "miss" in the durability department. One of the worst experiences shared by some runners is that their shoes only lasted for 10 days. 

They've stated that the new upper feels flimsy, it "cannot withstand" the force of sprinting. After a couple of uses, it already has a large hole in the forefoot. 

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless snug

Constrictive for wide feet

Even for a track running spike, the Mach 19 Spikeless is "tight." Cross-country runners with large feet find it very uncomfortable as it restricts their movements. 

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless heel

Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless vs. 18

The Brooks Mach 19 Spikeless retains the same midsole and outsole features from its precursor. The major update in this version is found in the upper, making the shoe: 

  • Snugger and more supportive
  • Lighter (4.5 oz vs. 5 oz.) 

Facts / Specs

Weight: 128g
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running
Surface: Grass, Dirt, Rubber, All-weather
Use: Cross Country, Sprints, Long Distance
BRAND Brand: Brooks
SKUs: 063 / 065 / 085

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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.