Shoes

Two New Nike Trail Running Shoes You Should Check Out

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While we’re all perhaps running a bit less or at least staying closer to home, it’s a good time to shop around for that next pair of trail shoes, and here we feature two new Nike updates that are well worth considering.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6

$130

Weight: 9.3 oz

Drop: 4 mm

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In the flash color scheme we received, these babies looked almost too sporty and clean to take on our local red-dirt trails to test out. But we did. With an overall foot-hugging and low-profile-forefoot fit and relatively small drop, the Terra Kiger offers great trail feel and agility. A relatively firm midsole and cushioned heel, though, provide adequate stability and protection.

The moderately aggressive outsole lugs in the forefoot and heel areas gripped well on a variety of surfaces, and the forefoot offers plenty of forefoot splay. If you’re looking for a fast-and-light yet stable shoe, the Terra Kiger 6 is worth a look.

Fit: True to size, up to medium-width feet.

Best For: Versatile shoe for most trail conditions and distances up to a marathon.

Nike Wildhorse 6

$130

Weight: 10.2 oz

Drop: 8 mm

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With the Wildhorse 6, the popular Wildhorse sees a significant redesign—updated outsole, upper and heel pocket and collar. Updates of popular shoes can go either way, and, in this case, Nike (mostly) nailed it with the Wildhorse 6.

The most noticeable change is the heel, which offers an integrated elastic gaiter cuff, and deep heel pocket featuring the outsole—with lugs—wrapping up the sides. We found the gaiter actually does work to help keep out debris, and also liked the comfortable padded heel collar. Overall, the fit is comfortable, with a sock-like gusseted tongue.

While you can’t see it, perhaps the biggest update is the new React-foam midsole, from the previously used  Phylon material and Zoom Air pockets. We liked the shoe’s cushioned feel and stability on technical terrain. With full-length, medium-depth lugs, the outsole gripped well on a wide variety of terrain and conditions.

Fit: True to size, up to medium-width feet.

Best For: Great all-around shoe for a variety of conditions and distances.

* Weights for men’s size 9.