Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Golden Spike’ Cross-Country Running Shoe |

Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Golden Spike’ Cross-Country Running Shoe


A see-through mesh upper, a foam outsole, and five sharp studs under the forefoot define the Golden Spike, a shoe coming to market next month from Altra.

Based in Utah, Altra is known for its long-distance trail shoes made for training runs and ultra events. The Golden Spike is off the spectrum for the brand, with sprint events, track and cross-country running the venue for the new shoe.

I got an early sample for review. Like race cars for your feet, the Golden Spikes do not disappoint in the speed department — they weigh almost nothing and focus all forward motion from the forefoot.

Altra describes the stride as a “powerful toe-off” motion, and in my first test runs the Golden Spike design convinced me this shoe is for the sprint-minded only. Don’t try and do much distance in these shoes, and don’t even think about pavement.

For more on this product, visit Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.

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