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 track spikes), and is sold at a great price of 100$. 

The Nike Spike flat was exclusive to elite Nike athletes for a couple of years. It’s a combination of the Nike Streak Lt 4 road racing flat that is merged with a horseshoe spike plate (as seen on the Nike Matumbo 3). This combination produces a shoe that is extremely versatile and that can handle many types of workouts which can be used on the track or on grass/dirt. 

Nike Spike Flat in red

Nike Spike Flat shines at the versatility

I really enjoyed the overall ride of this shoe. Here is an example of just a handful of workouts I had done with this spike: 

  • 6 x 1000m @ 3:02-3:04
  • 1-mile hard effort, 4:45
  • 12 x 200m @ 30-32 sec. 

For shorter faster rep intervals, such as 200m repeats, these Nike Spike flats felt lightweight and fast. 

Training sessions in Nike Spike Flats

For the longer workouts, such as 1000m repeats, they felt cushioned, lightweight, and had enough support to get through at least 6k of work, which is why I believe these would serve as a great distance racing spike. 

Comfortable ride 

I found the midsole to be great for fast paces. I found the heel to be soft and cushioned while the forefoot was soft as well, just lacking the high responsiveness as much as the heel. 

The TPU-shank provided a smooth transition. The midsole of this shoe consists of 3 main parts:

  • Full-Length Cushlon foam, that provides a soft, resilient ride.
  • A TPU-Shank in the midfoot adds a more smooth transition and a little bit more snappiness in the shoe. 
  • The Zoom Air unit in the heel provides good great responsiveness as well as more impact absorption. 

Superb multi-surface traction 

The outsole of this shoe utilizes two main parts to provide amazing traction. 

Nike Spike Flat outsole

  • A green rubber waffle-design outsole provides great multi-surface traction that works both on the track and off-course as well. 
  • Generative Horseshoe Plate that increases traction and provides extra propulsion.

Spikes on Nike Spike Flat

Lightweight and breathable

The upper of this spike is Nikes Flymesh upper which is lightweight and provides great lockdown. 

Transparent upper on Nike Spike Flat

This spike is very breathable as can be seen to have many perforations throughout the entire upper. 

Inside the Nike Spike Flat

Nike Spike-Flat also uses an Internal Archstrap which provides a more locked-in midfoot feel. 

Better with socks 

The only downside to this spike is that the upper is a bit rougher of material so it could irritate the foot if you like training/racing sockless and have sensitive skin. 

Nike Spike-Flat is a great value for money  

Obviously, for 100$, these spikes don’t have the newest Nike technologies such as Zoomx foam or carbon fiber plates but still perform great. Overall, it really did great and was very versatile, just wasn’t outstanding or breathtaking in anything it performed in.

Nike Spike Flat

However, 100$ is great for a spike that can be used for long-distance races and versatile enough for training in both the track and grass surfaces. Most spikes with this build quality are at least 110-125$, so this is a great price for it. 

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Author
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.