Altra Golden Spike $90
The Golden Spike, introduced last fall, continues as a top quality cross country spike with the brand’s dual mantra of a zero drop profile and roomy toe. The upper is a ripstop minimesh supported by fused overlays, with a thin, sueded tongue and ankle collar.
The fit is racer-snug in the heel. Up front, however, it broadens into the roomy “foot-shaped” fit Altra’s known for, though here it’s just a bit snugger since the Golden Spike is a racing shoe. The midsole is a dual layer setup, with Altra’s A-Bound compound nearest the foot. The outersole is minimal, and lugs run the length of the lateral side, with toughened foam lugs medially. A 5-spike arrangement, two under the first and second toes and a trio placed under the metatarsals, offers additional grip on natural surfaces.
Sizes: Unisex (Men) 4-13
Weight: Men 6.1 oz. (size 11, w/ 5 spikes)
Fit: snug heel, roomy forefoot