New Balance XC 900v4 $90

The XC 900 has been New Balance’s top tier cross country racer. It has been a nice upgrade for the high school or collegiate  harrier - sleeker material than entry level without breaking the bank, and round 4 is a top down revamp.

Brooks Mach 18 Spikeless $90

Brooks’ Mach series of cross country racing shoes have provided excellent cross country performance, whether in spiked or spikeless models. Version number 18 is as good a product as any previous round.

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.

ASICS Cross Freak 2 $85

Round two of the Cross Freak carries on the tradition established in its first round (and many versions of ASICS cross country spikes, spanning many decades).

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 $140

The Zoom Vomero was introduced as a deluxe cushioned, neutral, high-mileage shoe. Round 12 keeps this focus front and center. The upper is much like Round 11: engineered mesh with support from welded internal layers.