The New Balance XC5K takes inspiration from its track spike brother, the LD5000. However, the XC5K features a more rugged design for addedprotection and durability on a variety of cross country course surfaces.Underfoot, a thin layer of foam provides just enough cushion to protect you from hard surfaces while remaining super lightweight. Embedded into the midsole, a forefoot plate adds further protection and a springier ride. To provide traction on a variety of surfaces, the XC5K's outsole features multidirectional spikey rubber teeth along with five spike receptacles.Up top, the XC5K's brand new upper has been revamped to provide added durability and comfort. If you're looking to put your team on your back this cross country season, grab a pair of New Balance XC5K v5's.