Ever wonder what are those little plastic washers that come with your track spikes?
We call them “risers” or “crowns”.
Do they make you run faster? Do they prevent slippage?
In this episode of SpeedEndurance TV, I give 3 theories, where the 3rd theory is the most likely answer.
I should elaborate a bit more on my 2nd theory, and that is the “grip”. I like using risers for the 200m as I felt they provided a better feel for the curve. Often, these risers would break, especially on the outside of the spike.
I eat my spikes, so often I go through a new pair every year. (I have one set for training and one set for racing) Thus I have no problems having spare risers or crowns.
When do you use Risers (or crowns)?
Check out this short video on SpeedEndurance TV, and be sure to comment below if you have any questions.