Wore them for a few strides yesterday. First impressions are good. They felt super responsive and the spike plates add some “stiffness” which I really enjoy. I’m a mid distance runner and I’ll definitely be using them for workouts come indoor season. We’ll have to wait and see how they hold up during an actual workout, but so far I’m very optimistic.
Now to answer a few questions that were sent to me…
-I used the same size spike and flats. In this case I used size 9.5 for both.
-For adhesive, normal super glue seems to get the job done. In the past I’ve created 5 pairs of custom/hybrid spikes, and I’ve never had a problem with normal Loctite Super Glue. Essentially you’re just glueing rubber to rubber, and ordinary super glue creates a pretty strong bond between the two.
-Someone asked if I, “boiled the original spikes and peeled the spike plates off”. I tried that years ago on another project and it doesn’t work. Don’t try it. In this case the best option is to buy a flathead X-ACTO knife and start cutting. The same goes for the rubber on the racing flat.
-How much did it cost me? Uhmm $55 for the Streak 3’s / 0$ for the spikes (given to me by a friend because they tore them during a workout) / $15 for the knife and glue. If you wanted to make your own pair I would estimate it would cost you around $90 (unless you already own the spikes/flats).
-Will I make a pair for you? I would consider it, but realistically you all could make these on your own. I’ll continue to answer any questions via DM, but just do it yourself.
Somehow I lost one of the spike plates and as a result had to destroy a whole second pair of Vic 2’s. That explains why one shoe has the blue plate and the other is white.
The first time I cut out the large section of rubber in the flat I cut WAY too deep into the foam. As a result, the spike plate sat well below the black rubber…which is obviously a problem. To fix this I essentially cut small, thin pieces of rubber and used them as support. I glued the spike plate on top of these “support” pieces and it was good as new!
One more thing to add, and this is meant for anyone trying to do a custom job on their Streak 3’s. Remember that the forefoot of the Streak 3’s ISN’T flat. There is a very minor, but noticeable curve to the rubber on the front of the shoe. If you want to cut the rubber so the spike plate lies flush on the shoe, you have to angle your knife with the curvature of the shoe while you cut. (If this doesn’t make sense then just ignore it)
Sorry for the wall of text. Hopefully that helps!