Three Olympic cycles have passed since Saucony introduced the Showdown. Version number 4 steps right in with updated improvements in fit and performance. The upper is a multilayered design, from the inside out. A gusseted tongue of soft breathable stretch mesh against the foot, and smooth heel linings to secure the fit.
The hope with the design of any track shoe is Top Flight performance. The Superfly Elite is Nike's newest iteration of a proven performer. The upper is a thin, closed, lightweight mesh, which holds its shape well while keeping the foot centered over the spike plate.
Olympic success has focused attention on New Balance's track and field line. The Vazee Sigma is a brand new, top end sprint that saw action at the Rio Olympic Games. The upper is a booty like construction which features a new version of the Boa closure system, with a textile chord replacing the metallic cable, for quickly securing the foot over the spike plate with the twist of a disc.
The Speed Evo R follows on the heels of the first round of successful spikes from Hoka, with innovation from road racing, the laboratory, and some creative thinking where the two experiences intersect. The upper is closed mesh, with no-sew overlays at the heel, toe, and eyestay, along with the prominent logo, the support of the foot coming largely from the minimal stretch of the fabric.
The Wire is Brooks’ top of the line distance spike, and has set the stage for their Track and Field product by its attention to detail and performance. The upper is synthetic mesh with a conforming fit, thanks to welded overlays and internal structure, which effectively holds the foot over the four spike plate.