Middle Distance Lead 2

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Mid Distance - Nike Zoom Rival D 7

No. 10 - Nike Zoom Rival D 7

Weight: 5.6 ounces
Ideal Distance: 400-5,000m

Powered by Nike Zoom units in the heel and forefoot, the Rival D 7 unisex spike has cushioning in all the right places. The shoe's integrated arch bandage wraps the foot for a secure and stable ride, while the mesh layer allows air to pass through and keep your feet comfortable over mid-to-long distances.


Mid Distance - Brooks ELMN8

No. 9 - Brooks ELMN 8

Weight: 4.9 ounces
Ideal Distance: 400-1,600m

This cutting-edge spike from Brooks Running is new to the track scene, but it has already claimed a coveted spot as one of the best options for middle distance runners. On top, the ELMN 8 features a lightweight, breathable mesh upper for a comfortable fit. Underneath, the shoe boasts a unique spike plate that is designed to leave the competition in the dust.


Mid Distance - Asics FastLap MD

No. 8 - Asics FastLap MD

Weight: 5.6 ounces
Ideal Distance: 400-800m

The Asics FastLap MD is designed specifically for the 400-800 meter events, though it will hold up just fine for races up to the 1,600-meter mark. The spike features an aggressive, streamlined design that closely resembles sprint spikes. But thanks to an EVA compound midsole, and a CMEVA heel wedge for added confort, this thing can go the distance.


Mid Distance - adidas Arriba 4

No. 7 - adidas Arriba 4

Weight: 6.1 ounces
Ideal Distance: 400-5,000m

If your thing is speed (and it should be), the Arriba 4 is the one you want. The lightweight spikes puts out great performance at a reasonable price. It has Sprintweb in the forefoot for a lockdown fit, and a soft collar around the ankle for lasting comfort during distance events.

Mid Distance - Saucony Velocity 5

No. 6 - Saucony Velocity 5

Weight: 6.6 ounces
Ideal Distance: 400-5,000m

The Saucony Velocity 5 is a solid option for runners of all levels. Its EVA midsole and a 6-pin Pebax spike plate make it perfect for 400-5,000 meter track events. An XT-900 carbon rubber outsole provides runners with the durability needed on distance races.

Mid Distance - Nike Zoom Matumbo 2

No. 5 - Nike Zoom Matumbo 2

Weight: 3.6 ounces
Ideal Distance: 3,000-10,000m

With Dynamic Flywire and an incredibly lightweight construction leading the way, the Zoom Matumbo 2 is all about performance. Though it weighs only 3.6 ounces, the Matumbo 2 is durable enough for middle and long distance races. The shoe features an impressive 10-spike configuration for blazing fast speed.


Mid Distance - NB 5000

No. 4 - New Balance 5000

Weight: 3.7 ounces
Ideal Distance: 1,500-10,000m

What would a "Best of" running list be without New Balance in the mix. The NB 5000 features an aerodynamic profile, with a skeletal FantonFit upper for support and a lightweight fit. A REVlite midsole provides runners with responsive cushioning, and a full-length Pebax spike plate offers superior traction on the track.


Mid Distance - adizero Cadence 2

No. 3 - adidas adiZero Cadence 2

Weight: 5.3 ounces
Ideal Distance: 1,500m-10k

The Cadence 2 from adidas was a prime choice amongst distance runners during the 2012 London Olympics. The lightweight spike is versatile enough to be used on the track or cross country, and features an extended Torsion System in the midfoot for stability. The shoe's microfiber synthetic upper provides a glove-like fit, and is lined with Coolever lining for heat and sweat management.


Mid Distance - Saucony Endorphin LD3

No. 2 - Saucony Endorphin LD3

Weight: 3.1 ounces
Ideal Distance: 1,500-10,000m

The previous Endorphin model from Saucony got a lot of slack for being a boring, monochromatic spike that just wasn't fun to lace up on race day, particularly for us runners who like a bit of flash in our style. However it looks like Saucony got it right with the all-new Endorphin LD3, both in style and performance. The eye-popping upper features Flex Film overlays for lightweight support, along with a stiff Pebax plate that is built for intense competition.


Mid Distance - Nike Zoom Victory 2

No. 1 - Nike Zoom Victory 2 

Weight: 3.5 ounces
Ideal Distance: 800-5,000m

The Saucony Endorphin gave the Nike Zoom Victory 2 a run for its money, but at the end of the day we had to give the top-ranked title to the Zoom Victory. The dynamic spike is the complete package in terms of performance, innovation, and reliability. The shoe’s Flywire technology holds the foot firmly in place, while a lightweight Phylon midsole keeps runners calm and comfortable during events ranging from 800-5,000m. The Zoom Victory 2 is a must-have for all serious middle distance contenders.


Gurvinder Singh Gandu is a New York City-based contributing writer and wear-tester for Sneaker Report, and a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports. A California-raised, sports-obsessed, gear junkie, follow him here to keep up with all things performance.

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