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.
Nike Trail Running Shoes Compared – Quick Links
Which Nike Trail running shoes:
- are the LIGHTEST?
- have the LOWEST DROP?
- are the LEAST EXPENSIVE?
- are the MOST BREATHABLE?
- have the BEST GRIP IN THE WET?
- are the BEST ROAD/TRAIL HYBRIDS?
- are BEST FOR TRANSITIONING FROM ROAD TO TRAILS?
- are BEST FOR TECHNICAL TRAILS?
- are BEST FOR ULTRARUNNING?
- are BEST FOR BEGINNERS?
- are BEST FOR RACING?
- are BEST OVERALL? (In my opinion)
Nike Terra Kiger 6
|Weight: 291g / 10.26oz||Drop: 4mm||Price: $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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8 new from $159.00
Nike Wildhorse 6
|Weight: 323g / 11.39oz||Drop: 8mm||Price: $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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3 new from $189.41
Nike Pegasus Trail 2
|Weight: 333g / 11.75oz||Drop: 10mm||Price: $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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6 new from $125.03
Nike Pegasus 36 Trail
|Weight: 291g / 10.28oz||Drop: 10mm||Price: $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
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