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The Nike Trail running shoes collection has been evolving fast, especially over the last couple of years, with the Pegasus 36 Trail joining the ranks in 2019 and now that same Pegasus line being totally revamped and re-introduced with the name Pegasus Trail 2.

There are now 4 different Nike trail running shoes to choose from (I’m not ready to let the Pegasus 36 Trail go just yet, and neither is Nike, if their website is anything to go by), and this comparison list is designed to help you find the right one for you based on the quick link questions below.

All these Nike Trail running shoes offer Neutral support and weight is based on a size US (M) 10 shoe. Use the quick links below to jump to a Nike Trail running shoe. This list is updated when new Nike Trail shoes are released.


Which Nike Trail running shoes:


Nike Terra Kiger 6

Nike Terra Kiger 6 review 4mm drop trail and kale web wm 1
Weight: 291g / 10.26ozDrop: 4mmPrice: $130

The Nike Terra Kiger 6 is a lightweight trail running shoe for fast trail runs and racing. Nike has updated the outsole in this latest edition, for improved performance on wet terrain and variable trail conditions. The Terra Kiger 6 is the most minimal trail running shoe from the Nike Trail running range, it boasts the lowest drop from heel-to-toe, it’s the only shoe that still uses air zoom units in the heel section of the midsole, and it’s the lightest option.

The mesh upper is flexible, breathable, and supportive with a snug lacing system that gives you a much needed comfortable and supportive fit for rocky and technical trail sections.

FULL REVIEW: Nike Terra Kiger 6 Review

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Nike Wildhorse 6

Nike Wildhorse 6 which nike trail running shoes are best trail and kale web wm 1
Weight: 323g / 11.39ozDrop: 8mmPrice: $130

The Nike Wildhorse 6 is the ‘Nike Trail’ trail running shoe that will suit many trail runners of beginner to intermediate experience, it has a mid-range drop from heel-to-toe, good cushioning underfoot, and it really feels like this particular Nike Trail running shoe has been designed for hitting the trails hard, like a work-horse.

Although not the most breathable of the Nike Trail range, they will keep feet warm wild running in cooler temperatures. Like the other Nike Trail running shoes, the Wildhorse 6 also has a rock plate to help protect your feet from sharp rocks and provides a comfortable feeling mid-range drop of 8mm from heel to toe.

The Wildhorse 6 are a great workhorse shoe that will tackle many different terrains but just be cautious of the more technical trails and the faux gaiter doesn’t support your ankles and give as solid a ‘heel-lock’ as the Terra Kiger 6, for example.

FULL REVIEW: Nike Wildhorse 6 Review

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Nike Pegasus Trail 2

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Review trail and kale web wm 16
Weight: 333g / 11.75ozDrop: 10mmPrice: $130

The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 is a high-performance trail running shoe for those running light, or buffed non-technical trails. The 10mm drop feels high when compared to the 10mm of the Pegasus 36 Trail – and this forces a more forward-leaning stance which is typical of a running shoe for runners who want to run fast.

The Pegasus Trail 2 is well suited to running fast downhill and they also pack a punch while running uphill due to the aggressive tread on the outsole and that super-cushioned React foam in the midsole. There’s no danger of feeling spiky rocks underfoot either because of this same protective midsole.

The faux gaiter on the rear does an okay job of keeping some dirt and debris out of the shoes but it lacks in heel/ankle support on technical trails. It’s construction also allows for a little heel slip unless the shoe laces are tightened more than you may like. I say more than you may like because the tongue is thin and lacks protection from the lace tension on the top of your feet.

FULL REVIEW: Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Review

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Nike Pegasus 36 Trail

Nike Pegasus 36 Trail which nike trail running shoes are best trail and kale web wm 1 1
Weight: 291g / 10.28ozDrop: 10mmPrice: $130

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail is a high-performance trail running shoe that’s so comfortable it runs like a road running shoe. The Pegasus 36 Trail is the best road/trail hybrid, or a door-to-trail running shoe as it performs very well on both surfaces. Contributing to the comfort is the cushioned Air Zoom midsole that provides plenty of protection from sharp rocks and long runs. The Pegasus 36 Trail is also lightweight, breathable, responsive, and grippy.

The Pegasus 36 Trail is my top choice for ultramarathons due to the weight/performance ratio. Pablo Villa Gonzalez won the extremely technical UTMB TDS 2019 (145km with 9100m positive gain) wearing the Pegasus 36 Trail. I ran the UTMB OCC in them in 2019 which saw me running for 10.5 hours, after which my feet still felt great.

I love the stretchy flywire cables in the lacing system – having this extra layer of ‘stretch’ means that your feet will stay comfortable when they expand or contract due to body/environmental temperature fluctuations – great job Nike! This is something the other two shoes don’t have. The others don’t have the curved achilles heel support either. I particularly enjoy this feature as It allows for some over-striding when running fast downhills, without agitating my achilles. This in conjunction with its high-performance that has allowed me to gain PR’s all over the place so far this summer makes the Pegasus 36 Trail still my favorite/best Nike Trail running shoes right now. It has also taken the crown on my Best Trail Running Shoes Ultimate Buyers Guide.

FULL REVIEW: Nike Pegasus 36 Trail Review

Find the Best Price for the Nike Pegasus 36 Trail below – It’s worth snapping up a pair incase Nike decides to discontinue them:

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Alistair! This is such a timely post as I have been eyeing up a Nike trail shoe for some time. I have one question though as I have found zero info on this but what is the width of the toe box in each model? I have struggled with the Pegasus in the past being too narrow so wondered how these stacked up? Thanks!

    • Hi Hayley,

      So glad this post helps! 🙂 The toe box for the ‘Pegasus 36 Trail’ has been widened specifically to help with toe splay on the trails, so it should fit better than the standard road Pegasus shoes.

      Alastair

  2. Would you actually reccoment the Kiger 5 for ultramarathons? Does it compare with the Salomon S/lab ultra?

    • Hey Luke,
      Sorry for the really slow response here! The Terra Kiger 5 has a less cushioned ride out of all the Nike Trail shoes. I recommend the Pegasus 36 Trail for Ultras.
      Alastair

    • Hey Pat,

      This really depends on whether you’re ok with a trail running shoe that may have less ankle support than a traditional hiking boot. Personally if I were to go with any of these Nike Trail shoes for the PCT, I would go for the Nike Pegasus 36 Trail (or the Gore-tex waterproof version) – They’re both reviewed on the site. The comfort that you’ll get with the Peg 36 Trail over that distance will be much more than the other two shoes.

      Also, take a look at our lightweight waterproof hiking boots buyer’s guide (depending on when you’re doing the trail, a waterproof boot/shoe may be a good idea)incase the traditional boot is a better option: https://www.trailandkale.com/gear/best-waterproof-hiking-boots/

  3. Hi Alastair, thanks so much for this handy comparison! I ordered the Pegasus Trails, then a friend said “Oh, you should have gone for the Terra Kigers because you’ll always be twisting your ankles with the high stack on the Pegs’ sole. What do you think?

    • Hey Ross,

      The Pegasus Trails are awesome trail running shoes and you shouldn’t have any issues with rolling your ankles as the heel support is very good. The drop is 10mm but truly feels more like 6mm. As a comparison, the Terra Kiger’s are 4mm.

      -Alastair

  4. Can you please help. Need the best trail shoe for 100km but have only owned Nike and happy with nike. If you say another brand what do I look for?

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Hey, I'm Alastair. I started Trail & Kale as a way to share the mental & physical benefits that trail running and nature had given me. Trail & Kale has since grown to become a thriving blog and community that inspires people to trail run, hike, adventure more, and live a healthy plant-based lifestyle.
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