Top Kids’ Track Spikes

Top Kids’ Track Spikes

Spring is practically here, which means outdoor track season. It’s almost time to get out there and set some new PRs, but first check your gear. Last year’s spikes probably don’t fit anymore, so check out our top three recommendations below and then hit the track to begin training.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or you’re shopping for a kid, the first thing you need to know is the basics of track spikes and how they should fit. If you’re already familiar with buying spikes, you can keep scrolling, but if you’re new to the sport, take a quick look at our fit guide before you start shopping.

Nike Zoom Rival S 9

A Nike Zoom Rival S 9 track spike in the laser crimson/white/black/university red colorway lying on the track.

First up is the Nike Zoom Rival S 9, designed for events from the 60m to 400m, including hurdles and long jump. With an aggressive traction pattern on the outsole and an updated eight-spike plate that digs into the track, these sprint spikes will propel you to victory.

adidas Sprintstar

An adidas Sprintstar track spike in the glory blue/signal green/core black colorway lying on the track.

Explode out of the blocks with the adidas Sprintstar, designed for technical athletes racing in events up to 400m. The upper features Celermesh, a super thin mesh with an inner grid for a lightweight lockdown feel. A Pebax® plate in the outsole provides optimal energy return to launch you across the finish line.

New Balance MD500 V7

A New Balance MD500 V7 track spike in the white/black colorway lying on the track.

A new season means another chance to set records, and with the New Balance MD500 V7 those chances just got a little better. The lightweight mesh upper keeps your feet dry and fresh, and the six removable spikes lets you customize your run for the course.

Now that you’re set with new spikes, what about the rest of your track gear? offers elite apparel and equipment from the best brands, so you can have your fastest season yet!

And did you know Eastbay has a Test Run Program? You can try out your new spikes to make sure they work for you. And if they don’t perform as you’d hoped, return them free of charge within 30 days of purchase. For more details, click this link.

Track and Field Gear Guide

Track and Field Gear Guide

Track and field stars, it’s time to start gearing up for the upcoming outdoor season. Eastbay has what you need to succeed, so out with the old and in with the new. This gear guide was created to help you figure out which qualities to look for in competition shoes, based on your event, and provide you with our top recommendations.

If you’re not sure how your spikes should fit, check out this blog post, to learn how to shop track and field shoes.

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Woman sprinting in tank top with trees in the background.

When choosing a sprint spike, you should focus on two things : light weight and aggressive traction. You’re used to speeding through and relying on instinct when you’re on the track, but when it comes to deciding on sprint spikes, make sure to take your time. Look for a snug fit on the upper and a strategic spike plate to keep your feet stable in the blocks and help you grip the track with every stride.

How Should My Shoes Fit? (And Other FAQ)

How Should My Shoes Fit? (And Other FAQ)

The fit of a pair of shoes is just as important as the quality because not only can it affect your performance during competition, but it can also affect your comfort and chance of injury.

But because different shoes serve different purposes not all shoes are going to fit the same. For example, football cleats should not fit you the same as running shoes would. Why? Because one is designed to provide ultimate traction and protection using durable materials, while the other uses lightweight materials and a sleek design to gain optimal speed. They’re different tools made to assist you with different jobs.

So, to help you find the right fit for your shoes, we’ve created this guide. For each sport, you’ll find three areas to check the fit and feel, and at the end there’s a section of frequently asked questions. So go ahead, give it a read and then head on over to to buy some shoes.

Toe Area:
Allow .25″ to .5″ (thumbnail’s length) of space between end of longest toe on largest foot and the end of the shoe.

Width Area:
Foot is supposed to fit comfortably without stretching the upper over the midsole of the shoe.

Heel Area:
Heel can move but is not supposed to slip.

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Toe Area:
Glove-like fit (allow room for toes to move comfortably) while standing up straight.

Width Area:
Foot should fit comfortably without stretching the upper over the midsole of the shoe.

Heel Area:
Because of the heel counter in the rear of the shoe, it should feel less padded and more firm, so you’ll want a snug fit.

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Toe Area:
Allow room for toes to move comfortably while standing up straight.

Width Area:
Foot should fit comfortably without stretching the upper over the midsole of the shoe.

Heel Area:
Because of the heel counter in the rear of the shoe, it should feel less padded and more firm, so you’ll want a snug fit.

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· What are training shoes?

Training shoes are the perfect all-in-one pair that can be used for a variety of athletic activities. When you compare them to running shoes, you’ll notice two main differences. First, you’ll notice that training shoes have less of a heel drop to provide increased stability. Second, training shoes feature more traction to assist with lateral movements while running shoes only focus on forward movements. Because of their versatility, training shoes are one of your best options for gym shoes. You can run, jump, lift, and climb in a single pair of shoes.

· Why is buying running shoes so complicated?

Because feet are complicated! Not only do people have different sized feet, but did you know that they also have different shaped feet? That’s why the first step to choosing the right running shoes is to figure out what type of feet you have. If you’ve bought running shoes in store before, an employee may have done a test on your feet to figure out your arch type. If you don’t know your arch type, you can do a quick test right from home – check out the how-to instructions in this blog post.

Once you know your foot and arch type then you can find the right shoes to complement.

Runners with a medium arch have normal pronation and should look for neutral running shoes or stability running shoes if you want a little extra support.

Runners with a low arch tend to overpronate (roll inward during stride). If you only slightly overpronate you can look for stability running shoes, but if you severely overpronate, you’ll want to find motion control running shoes (like the Brooks Beast or Brooks Addiction).

Runners with a high arch are more likely to supinate (roll outward during stride). So you’ll want to find some neutral running shoes with lots of cushion.

· What’s with the different soles on wrestling shoes?

Besides looking for a snug fit and sturdy ankle support, when shopping for wrestling shoes you’ll want to make sure they have the right sole to fit your needs. There are two options: Split Sole or Full Sole. Split Sole wrestling shoes are usually lighter in weight and more flexible, made for fast attack play. Full Sole wrestling shoes are designed for grappling moves and are built for aggressive traction on the mat and increased durability.

· There’s more than one type of soccer cleat?

Of course! The uppers of soccer cleats can differ considerably from the material they’re made with (mesh, leather, knit) to the way they lace up (or don’t in some laceless models) to the way they fit on your ankle (low cut or mid cut). The choice on the upper is more of a personal preference depending on what you find most comfortable. The other way soccer cleats differ from one another is the type of cleat/spike on the bottom when you flip the shoes over and choosing the right one should be based on the surface you’ll be playing on.

  1. Molded TPU cleats are available for a variety of surfaces. Firm ground cleats work best on firm natural surfaces. Hard ground cleats work best on hard surfaces, both natural and artificial. Artificial grass cleats work best on most artificial grass surfaces, and soft ground cleats work best on soft or wet natural surfaces.
  2. Molded rubber cleats are heavier but safer, especially for youth who are just learning how to play.
  3. Turf shoes feature small rubber studs on the outsole to improve traction on both natural and artificial surfaces. Many players use turf shoes for training and practice.
  4. Indoor shoes generally feature flat, non-marking rubber outsoles for indoor or dry artificial surfaces.
· There are so many types of baseball and softball cleats . . . any tips?

When it comes to baseball and softball cleats, they can pretty much be sorted into four different categories similar to soccer.

  1. Metal cleats have bladed studs that are usually wide and thin with rounded edges. The studs are pointed at different directions on the outsole to deliver multidirectional traction specific to baseball movements.
  2. Molded rubber cleats have wide studs with deep grooves. These are the safest choice when it comes to baseball footwear, which is why most youth leagues and certain adult organizations require players to wear them.
  3. Molded TPU cleats feature hard plastic studs in various configurations. TPU weighs less than rubber and offers the “feel” of metal-cleats without the danger.
  4. Turf shoes, also called trainers, have rubber bottoms with shallow patterns or little nubs. These are most popular during indoor training season and are ideal for batting practice and fielding drills.
· What type of football cleats should I buy?

When it comes to deciding on football cleats, there are two important things to consider: the type of field you’ll be playing on and the position you’ll play.

Just like in other cleated sports, there are different types of cleats depending on the surface you play on.

  1. Molded TPU and rubber cleats work best on natural grass surfaces that are neither soggy nor bone dry as well as “sport grass” synthetic turf surfaces.
  2. Detachable cleats work best on wet or dry natural grass surfaces.
  3. Turf shoes work best on very hard/dry natural surfaces and “Astroturf” synthetic surfaces.

The other important factor in deciding which cleats to buy is the position you play and the skill you want to showcase — speed, power or agility.

  1. Speed cleats are key for players in running positions. These cleats sit low on the ankle and provide speed and flexibility so that you can juke your opponent right off the snap to get open.
  2. Power cleats are best for those on the line looking to push and shove and stand their ground. These cleats will often sit higher on the ankle to provide both protection and stability.
  3. Agility cleats are for the playmakers, from QBs to receivers to tight ends, these cleats offer lightweight support for explosive moments.

For more details on the best football gear for speed, power, and agility, check out this blog post.

· With all these different cleats, how do I tell the difference?

Whether you’re new to your sport or shopping for someone else, here’s two tricks to remember:
– Soccer and football cleats never have metal studs.
– Football cleats and baseball cleats generally have an extra stud at the very front edge while soccer cleats don’t.

· What if I order shoes in the mail, and they don’t fit correctly?

Well that sucks, but you’re not out of luck! Did you know that Eastbay offers a Test Run Program? So you can make sure your cleats or spikes perform to your satisfaction and that they feel as good as they look online. If you’re not satisfied, you can return them within 30 days and be refunded with an e-Gift card to use on a new pair. For more information on Eastbay’s return policy click here.

· Where are all the women’s sizes?

Good eye, shopper! Unfortunately, not all sports and brands offer every shoe model in both men’s and women’s sizes. For example, if you’re a female athlete looking to play football, you won’t find any “women’s football cleats” on our website, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. All you have to do is take your normal shoe size and subtract 1.5. Voila! The remaining difference is going to be your men’s shoe size. This is a general rule of thumb for other shoes too, so if you find a cool looking colorway that’s men’s specific, just do the math, buy your size, and rock the heck out of your fresh footwear!

Did you find an answer to your question? If not, drop your question in the comments below, and we’ll help you out!

Ashton Eaton – Rising Above The World

Ashton Eaton – Rising Above The World

Ashton Eaton – Rising Above The World

words // Adam Arthur

Ashton Eaton, world-record-setting decathlete, takes his versatile track and field abilities to the cover of the latest Eastbay.

“I remember getting Eastbay in the mail and paging through the catalog. My mom would say ‘track season’s coming up. Which shoes do you want?’ My school colors were red, black, and white, so I would try to find red, black, and white shoes.”

He’s come along way since then. In 2012, Ashton set the decathlon world record with 9,039 points, and went on to capture the gold medal in London. The decathlon, comprised of ten different track and field events, takes place over two days of competition and is a true test of overall athletic ability — the reason gold-medalist decathletes are crowned as “world’s greatest athletes.”

“I love track and field for two reasons: accountability and measurability. The decathlon is the only standardized test to determine who the greatest athlete is, because all of these different elements take place over two days: explosion, endurance, and the technical side,” Ashton says. “It’s unbelievably measurable. Whoever wins the gold medal accepts that title, because that’s what history says.”

To outrun, outjump, and outthrow the competition and win the decathlon, an athlete needs a rare combination of speed, stamina, and strength. These versatile track and field abilities are developed through continuous training and competition.

“I enjoy track and field because I’m always challenge myself and it’s so easy to measure how well I’m improving. You run 10.21 seconds and now you think, ‘okay, I’m going to run 10.20 seconds.’ During a given week of practice, I’m probably in and out of shoes like 3 or 4 times a day. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday tend to be focused on running and jumping events – the legwork. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are more for throwing. Now that I’m at this level, it’s a lot of competing against myself. I prepare to win by knowing that I’ve done what it takes to win.”

Having won five DI college national championships at the University of Oregon and setting the world record in the decathlon, Ashton is focusing his future on even more success.

“I know what my world record is and I think I can break it again. Why am I challenging myself so much? I have no idea. But, I’m willing to do it. I’m just trying to see how good I can be and I use competitions to measure that. I like pushing myself and it’s something that I love doing and that I’m good at. I like trying to see what the limit is. ”

Ashton will be preparing for major international competitions and world championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017, where he will represent the United States. While the future remains unpredictable, he is aiming to achieve the type of success that others can only dream of and may go down as one of the greatest athletes of his era.

To start your journey to track & field success, you can get your spikes, flats, and other essential gear at Eastbay. For more on Ashton Eaton, visit

2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals

2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals

words // Brandon Richard

2013 New Balance Outdoor NationalsIn 2010, New Balance signed on to be the official partner of the NSAF Outdoor Nationals, a prestigious track & field event that showcases up to 3,000 of America’s elite high school athletes. Held annually since 1991, the meet is regarded as the unofficial High School National Championship in track and field.

This year’s Outdoor Nationals will take place at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina June 14 – 16. The event was held in Los Angeles for the first three years (at University of California), in Raleigh for the next decade through 2004 (at North Carolina State University) and has been held at A&T since.

Championship races are for those who have made the qualifying standards for those events. Between male and female high school athletes, there are currently 69 events to compete in. For 2013, Distance Medley now will take the best 12 entries.

For a few athletes who barely miss the NSAF qualifications cut, Outdoor Nationals put together an Emerging Elite program that allows them to compete at the event. Emerging Elite Athletes will compete in their own series of events, which include everything from distance running to high jump to discus. This year, Distance Medley has been added to the Emerging Elite lineup, bringing the event total to 23.

The idea is that Emerging Elite athletes will eventually join the ranks of the elite. In 2007, Kyle Merber won the Emerging Elite Mile as a junior in 4:15.95 (The championship mile was won in 4:03.33). The next year he was New York State 1600m Champion. And, this year, his Sophomore year at Columbia U, he ran 3:58.62 for a mile. Similarly, Megan Goethals was the Emerging Elite mile champion in 2008 in 4:59.26. In 2009, she became the National Champion in cross-country.

There’s also a Freshman series of events for new competitors and underclassmen. Going a step further, a mile event for Junior High School athletes is being introduced this year. Freshman events are limited to ninth graders, while the Junior High School Mile features 7th and 8th graders.

With so much taking place during Nationals weekend, many may find it difficult to keep with athlete performance. Making things easier, New Balance hosts “Tracklete” at Tracklete provides live updates, a searchable athlete database and videos and photos from the events. The same tracking options are available through Twitter updates will be provided by @NBRunning. As a testament to the quality of their interaction, New Balance has won several awards for their social media campaigns during Nationals events.

Why is the New Balance Outdoor Nationals a must-see and must-follow event? Simply put, you’re seeing the best of the best compete on one of the grandest stages in the sport. Over 60% of the 2008 USA Olympic team medalists competed in at least one NSAF event including, Kerron Clement, Angelo Taylor, Shalane Flanagan and Sanya Richards. So, if you have your eyes on Rio 2016, you can get the biggest jump possible by watching the future of track & field in Greensboro later this month.

Enjoy a few visuals from last year’s event below. Be on the lookout for this year’s athletes, many competing in the latest New Balance track shoes, starting next Friday.

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