Nike’s range of premium road running shoes is well-known, from the Vaporfly to the React Infinity Run. Nike has taken the well-proven technologies from its range of successful road shoes and produced a comprehensive range of Nike trail running shoes, as well as trail clothing that caters for different distances and a variety of terrain.
Nike’s long list of professional athletes includes ultramarathoners who have achieved inspirational performances, while truly testing the quality of Nike’s trail range. Villa Gonzales wore the Pegasus 36 Trail shoes when he won the TDS in 2019. This is a demanding 145km ultra around the Mont Blanc and one of the UTMB races.
While professional athletes test Nike’s trail range to its limits, the new collection offers something for all runners, packed with cool and functional training gear suitable for any Nike fans who fancy taking things off road and exploring nearby tracks and trails.
Providing comfort, protection and speed on rugged terrain, the Nike trail running shoes have what it takes to help you escape the pavement and hit the trails.
Let’s dive into the shoe specs.
Nike Wildhorse 6 | The versatile trail shoe
The Nike Wildhorse 6 is a unique trail running shoe by its design but especially by the changes made from the previous version. Don’t let its unusual look put you off, the model has a lot to offer.
Best for: stable comfort on a variety of trail and hills
Distance: from 5k to Ultra
The first thing is comfort. First time on, the Wildhorse 6 immediately feels secure and comfortable. The collar around the ankle nicely hugs the foot and the toe box is roomy enough. Moreover, the tongue features segmented padding which helps cut down on lace pressure.
The Wildhorse 6 features a React foam, used in many Nike road running models (like the React Infinity Run). This midsole provides a springy and soft sensation underfoot: it offers the perfect amount of cushioning for a trail shoe, not overly soft but not too hard either. After testing the shoes on a few long runs, it’s safe to say that the Nike Wildhorse 6 can cope with long distances and a mix of trails and sections of road.
On the trails, the full rubber outsole does a really good job. The tread sticks and digs well to give traction on muddier terrains. The anti-clog coating across the outsole helps keep dirt out: to my surprise the shoes still look clean after a few runs on wet terrain.
The added structure to this 6th edition of the Wildhorse increases its weight to 298g for the men’s shoe (size UK8) and 255g for the women’s shoe (size UK6).
If you’re looking for a lighter, quicker option, look at the Terra Kiger 6.
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 | The tough terrain tackler
Compared to the Wildhorse, the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is a lighter, more responsive model that feels fast and provides more ground feel. A great option for training and race day.
In our shoe review of the 5th version, GB mountain runner Robbie Simpson described the Terra Kiger as ‘responsive and fast on a mixture of terrains’ with ‘a nice balance of enough cushioning for longer distances but not too heavy or built up when running on technical trails’.
Best for: longer runs and shorter quicker off-road sessions
Distance:from 5k to Marathon
The Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is a versatile trail shoe featuring good cushioning and grip for a mixture of surfaces. I would personally choose the Wildhorse for longer distances (above 20 miles) for its additional protection and stability.
The Terra Kiger also features a React foam but the lower drop (4mm) gives a closer to the ground feel that is great for speed. It also has an Air Unit in the heel that provides extra cushioning.
Responsive and fast on a mixture of terrains
The shoe is built with a segmented rock plate in the forefoot that helps shield feet from rough terrain without sacrificing flexibility or ground-feel. The multi-directional lugs in the forefoot and heel are made from high abrasion rubber for enhanced grip on descents and ascents.
If you want to be connected to the trails, the Terra Kiger is definitely the shoe for you. But if you’d like something a bit less “minimalist”, check out the Pegasus 36 Trail.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail | Road comfort for trails
The Nike Pegasus is an iconic road running shoe that Nike has tuned for trail with this version. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail is a great option for those who like to keep their options open and run on a variety of trails as well as road.
Best for: short and long runs on a mixture of surfaces
The road version is famous for its Zoom cushioning, which has been kept for the trail model.
The Pegasus 36 Trail is a well cushioned trail shoe that allows you to run on the road comfortably. It features two Air Zoom units, one in the heel and one in the forefoot. The drop is similar to the road version (10mm).
The outsole lugs are more aggressive than the road version to optimise traction on both road and trails. This shoe is better suited for paths and hard-packed trails. I would consider the Wildhorse for wet, steeper terrain.
Nike Trail Running Clothing
The Spring/Summer Nike Trail collection includes running jackets, tops, shorts and caps engineered to the exact specifications of trail runners
The tops and shorts feature Dri-FIT technology to keep you cool, dry and comfortable. While the shorts come with multiple pockets providing secure storage for your running essentials.
The classic jacket has been given an update. It’s wind and water resistant, while being lightweight enough to keep you cool and comfortable on the move.