Cross Country Gear Guide: Own Every Meet With The Best Spikes Of The Season

It’s time to pick up the tempo, to run extra miles, and to work harder than you ever have before. A new cross country season is here. That means it’s back 2 pushing limits. Get ready, get set, run.

Lace up this cross country season in the best spikes and racing flats yet. Not only will you break personal bests, but you’ll become a better athlete and teammate. When it comes to picking out your next pair, Eastbay has you covered.

Gear up for greatness and get ready for your best season yet. The competition is ready — are you?

Nike Zoom Rival XC

1. Nike Zoom Rival

Built with a foam midsole for lightweight, responsive cushioning, the Nike Zoom Rival XC and Waffle are adaptive and flexible so you can take your racing to the next level. Flywire technology in the upper keeps your feet supported and locked down while maintaining freedom in your stride. Both versions have a Phylon foam midsole so your runs are lightweight and responsive.


To give your feet more room for when your toes splay, the forefoot was designed to be wider than most shoes. The outsole has strategically placed lugs creating a sharp, crisp shape that will grip in all running conditions. The heel is rounded to roll with the ground and all together, the shoes includes eight 5 / 16 ” pyramid spikes.


The spikeless version of this unstoppable shoe is designed with a waffle pattern and a whole rubber outsole for unbeatable traction and, similar to the spiked shoe, the anatomical heel is rounded to move with the ground and keep your runs stable.

Nike Zoom Forever XC And Waffle


2. Nike Zoom Forever

Built with open-holed mesh for lightweight breathability and a sock-like fit, the Nike Zoom XC and Waffle are sure to keep you setting new personal bests. The midsole has lightweight and responsive cushioning to keep your feet comfortable each mile, making it especially beneficial when running over dirt, grass, and track courses.


Specifically for the spiked shoe, the midsole is built with carbon fiber to provide stability and support throughout the mid-foot. The outsole has a six-spike plate shaped like a horseshoe so when you’re running, your feet experience even pressure and traction.


What really separates this spikeless shoe from others is its ability to navigate the unexpected terrain of a cross country course. Its waffle outsole provides durable traction and the cushioning keeps your feet stable for when you take your racing to uneven surfaces.

Saucony Havok XC

3. Saucony Havok XC

The Saucony Havok XC Spike and Flat are designed for your top seven and varsity runners. Both versions have a seamless sock-layer upper with FLEXFILM overlays to provide an enhanced fit that will keep your feet feeling light and flexible.


The spiked version of the Saucony Havok has a six-pin Pebax spike plate and a full carbon rubber outsole to keep you leading the pack on aggressive terrain.


The Flat also has full carbon rubber outsole, making this cross country shoe the perfect alternative to the Havok XC when spikes aren’t an option.

New Balance XC900

4. New Balance XC900

Designed with a track-inspired mesh upper, the New Balance XC900 is built with a 3D resin screen print to provide collar and tongue structure and a snug fit that moves with you, not against you.


To keep your underfoot protected through the dirt, grass, and water, the New Balance XC900 is built with a REVlite and rubber midsole. The rubber midsole maintains traction so you can maintain your tempo. The spike model includes removable ¼” pyramid spikes and a wrench.


Designed with lightweight materials to provide a high-speed performance, the outsole is one of New Balance’s lightest, sturdiest, and most responsive yet. It’s built with durable rubber and strategically placed lugs for durability and traction for races on natural terrain.

Saucony Kilkenny XC7

5. Saucony Kilkenny XC7

The Saucony Kilkenny XC7 brings light weight to a whole new level. Its upper is built with breathable mesh and FLEXFILM overlays to give your feet the structure and support they deserve without adding unnecessary bulk or weight.


Built with a stiff, four-spike Pebax plate for durable traction, this shoe is designed to snap your feet forward while running, so you can stay on top of competition. This version includes ¼” pyramid spikes.


If you are a runner seeking good traction and longer durability, the spikeless version offers you just that. The outsole is built with XT-600 carbon rubber for traction and durability, so when you’re competing, or just practicing at high levels, you’ll get the maximum performance every time.

New Balance XC Seven

6. New Balance XC Seven

The New Balance XC Seven, formerly the New Balance 700, combines aggressive design with high-speed technology that will leave your competition in the dust. Both spike and spikeless shoes feature a REVlite midsole for cushioning and a 3D screen print on the upper to provide a unique fit that secures your feet.


Ensure your stability and take your racing to the next level with these durable spikes. The lugged outsole is designed with a six-spike plate to maintain a high level of traction, allowing you to conquer any kind of terrain. The spiked shoe includes ¼” pyramid spikes.


Cushioning meets competition. The spikeless NB Seven is perfect for racing and includes rubber outsole so you can have traction and durability in every step you take.

Racing Flats

Built for training, preparing for race day, and beating your PR, these shoes are guaranteed to get you closer to your goals.

Nike Zoom Fly Racing Flat

Nike Zoom Fly

The Nike Zoom Fly consists of Flywire technology that bridges strategically placed filaments to the laces, so you get to decide how locked-down your feet are. The midsole is built with Lunarlon foam for lightweight and durable cushioning. The full-length, carbon-infused plate snaps your feet forward for a faster run and race-ready feel, giving your performance the edge it needs. Rubber is built into the outsole for traction, so you don’t have to worry while running.

Nike Zoom Streak LT 4 Racing Flat

Nike Zoom Streak LT 4

Built for unpredictable terrain and competitive runners, the Nike Zoom Streak LT 4 is breathable and supportive. To stay quick on your feet, the internal arch band keeps the shoe adaptive and secure while the Dynamic Fit technology enhances the security your feet feel throughout your runs. Sticky rubber is integrated into the forefoot with a Waffle pattern, and the heel is designed with solid rubber for durability, so you can lead the pack wherever you’re running.

New Balance 1400 V6 Racing Flat

New Balance 1400 V6

This flat has a Fantom Fit upper that was engineered to create a lightweight fit and feel for your longest runs and personal bests. To keep this shoe flexible with your foot, New Balance designed a fixed insole and tongue for a barefoot-friendly construction and added REVlite foam for cushioning. The updated tongue is designed to promote an optimal fit and sleek feel so you can put your best foot forward every time you lace up.


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