I have to say, this is a review that’s long been overdue, but it’s well worth the wait.
I honestly love these shoes. Either it being going for a nice little trail run, or just going out on the town; these shoes can do it all.
Here’s some info I picked up from the website:
-Designed to fit like a track spike but perform like a trail shoe, the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger Men’s Trail Running Shoe features an anatomically rounded heel and low-profile, super-responsive Nike Zoom cushioning so you can fly easily over the most unforgiving surfaces.
-CLOSER TO NATURE. FARTHER AHEAD OF THE PACK.
Designed to fit like a track spike but perform like a trail shoe, the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger Men’s Trail Running Shoe features an anatomically rounded heel and low-profile, super-responsive Nike Zoom cushioning so you can fly easily over the most unforgiving surfaces.
The shoe’s midsole is designed with a lower offset-the amount the cushioning drops from heel to toe-which promotes a more natural range of motion and optimal stride.
The trail-specific outsole features an aggressive traction pattern with cross-country-inspired lugs for exceptional grip and durability on multiple surfaces. Sticky rubber on the center forefoot enhances traction in wet conditions.
VENTILATION AND SUPPORT
Engineered mesh on the upper delivers lightweight breathability and support where you need it most. Dynamic Fit technology and Flywire technology integrate with the laces to tighten or loosen with the foot’s movements, offering an adaptive fit and added support.
- Nike Zoom units in the forefoot and heel for low-profile, responsive cushioning
- Dual-density cushioning system for added responsiveness
- Mesh inner sleeve wraps your foot for a smooth, comfortable fit
- Tongue-wrap construction for easy on and off
- Weight: 8.6 ounces (men’s size 10)
I’ve been using these shoes for a variety of occasions and they have been great in every single one. My evaluation will only consider trail runs, road runs and street wear. It will not be taken into consideration for mud or long periods of time underwater.
I will base it off the following ratings: Excellent, Great, Good, Bad, Terrible
So here’s what I think:
–Simple Trails: Excellent: Didn’t have to worry about a thing, was able to just cruise and focus on my race.
–Technical Trails: Good/Bad: It was okay on some portions, but I was worried I would role my ankle if I wasn’t careful.
–Single Tracks: Great: Had an easy time climbing up and running down the mountain.
–Gravel/rocks: Excellent: Didn’t have any problem/didn’t even notice I was running on rocks.
–Road: Great: Was awesome running down the road in these bad boys, but I would rather one of the variety of road shoes they offer for roads.
-Was easy to get comfortable with: it really did feel like I was running on a cloud with all that extra support.
-Was able to ascend and descend the mountain with no problem at all.
-Fit extremely well and true to size (for me at least).
-The Hoka Race Lace
-Had no problems running the whole race with them and didn’t even think about changing my shoes at any point during the race.
-Blisters (Now let me reiterate, I did not break these shoes in before this race and it was also my first time ever wearing Hokas, so that was my fault, but I am not going to omit that fact from my review.)
-The Hoka Race Lace (Now I have this in both categories because while convenient, I had to stop a couple times to re-tighten them because they kept getting loose. Again, probably my fault for not practicing with them prior to running the race.)
-Was not a fan of running on technical trails with them (Normally I use a shoe with less drop, so my feet are closer to the ground and it’s easier to maneuver. With this type of shoe, while having the extra cusion/support, I found a bit dangerous running through the technical trails because my feet didn’t have that much contact with the ground and there were times where I could have rolled my ankle if I didn’t rebound quick enough.)
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Piggys:
-Would use these for longer/endurance runs again, just have to make sure what type of terrain you’re running in.
-Get fitted, while awesome, these shoes may not be the right ones for you.