Nike Running, a powerhouse in the world of run training and racing, is stepping off the roads and onto the trails this season with two new trail shoes. When you think of trail running, Nike might not be the first footwear manufacturer that comes to mind, but you won’t want to miss the new Zoom Terra Kiger, or the Zoom Wildhorse.
Both of these trail monsters have a heel-to-toe drop of 4mm and a cushioned yet responsive platform. The big differences between these two new models? The Terra Kiger has Zoom Air units in both the forefoot and heel, while the Wildhorse only has a heel unit. Plus, the upper of the Terra Kiger has a few more bells and whistles, including Dynamic Flywire and engineered mesh.
Nike Zoom Terra Kiger
We sent out three of our own folks to test drive the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger, and our testers here at the ‘House are unanimously impressed with this shoe. If you want a performance fit and a secure ride on diverse terrain, you owe it to yourself to give this shoe a try.
“The Terra Kiger gives you a sticky rubber outsole with plenty of traction on the trail. The Zoom Air units protect you from the ground but doesn’t disconnect you. I picked my way through terrain with confidence, even though the shoe doesn’t have a rockplate.” – Taro
“Just a really refined shoe. You can tell Nike put a lot of development time into rolling out a great product here. And no signs of chafing after over 50 miles in this upper. I can focus on where I’m going, not on how banged up my feet will be afterward.” – Nicole
“One of the perks of this job is getting plenty of comped shoes to test. So I don’t buy a lot of running shoes. But I’m actually going to buy a second pair of Terra Kigers. They really are so good that I want to have a pair in the bank.” – Matt
Nike Zoom Wildhorse
The Zoom Wildhorse uses a platform similar to the Terra Kiger in many respects. From the outside, it looks the same, but it is solid foam up front instead of integrating a Zoom Air unit.
The dynamic upper moves with you and protects your foot from loose sticks and debris on the trail. There’s more room overall in the upper compared to the Terra Kiger, which is a benefit for runners who like a less aggressive fit. A lugged outsole identical to the one on the Terra Kiger gives you plenty of traction.
“So what’s best for me?” is the big question for many trail aficionados who are debating which of these two Nike models to add to their lineup. In our opinion, the added features of the Terra Kiger are well worth the extra $15 tacked onto the MSRP, but keep in mind that you’ll also be trading up to a closer, more performance-oriented fit. Either way, we think you’ll find a lot to like in these new models, and kudos to Nike for making a solid move into the trail market.