Cross Country Spikes

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Nov 2013
1:56pm, 16 Nov 2013
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Thanks :)
Nov 2013
2:24pm, 16 Nov 2013
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I always wear spikes on an all grass/trail course. I feel I get better traction than my studded shoes. Studs also tend to get clogged on a really muddy course and you can end up carrying half a field round on your feet. Off-road shoes are often the better option for a mixed surface, especially if it's stony or with bits of tarmac.
Some people wear spikes without socks as they're less likely to get sucked off your feet in the gloopy stuff, plus socks can get really wet and bunched up (and destined never to be clean again). You may want to consider that when you're trying on sizes, and check them without socks if you think you might be going naked.
Mar 2021
9:13pm, 11 Mar 2021
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I just knew there would be a thread!

I’ve not done xc since joining running club a number of years ago but intend too when it’s allowed again.

So I’m doing some shopping at start fitness as there is some mega bargains one of which is some xc spikes still unsure if I need them or if the sizing will be ok at 1/2 size up May go a full size based on comments (as a girl differing with a bunion) I can always return them or give them away for the crazy price (£7!!!)
Dec 2022
3:47pm, 4 Dec 2022
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How long do you guys get out of spikes ?the shoes not the actual spike)?

I had one bent spike / tilted socket but with work I could still fit it in. Yesterdays curve has a river, mud, grass, some gravel and pretty much all 12mm spikes are bent. Not sure about the sockets - just cleaning the mud now.

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