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Nike Trail Running Shoes Compared in 2019: Which Are Best?

The Nike Trail running collection added another running shoe to its range, the Pegasus 36 Trail. With this new addition, there are now 3 different Nike trail running shoes to choose from, 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 Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5

Nike air zoom terra kiger 5 trail running trail and kale

Weight: 282g / 9.9ozDrop: 4mmPrice: $130

The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 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 previous Terra Kigers were known for their grip on dry trail surfaces, but the Terra Kiger 5 now features a sticky midfoot rubber compound for improved traction on slick roots and rocks. It also happens to be Nike’s lightest trail running shoe and offers great protection. I would use the Terra Kiger’s on wet terrain also, due to their sticky mid-sole grip.

It has also been updated with a full React foam midsole, which delivers a smooth and responsive ride on hard trail surfaces, as well as a forefoot rock plate for protection from sharp rocks. This new midsole with a 4mm drop makes the Terra Kiger 5 a responsive shoe for technical trails too.

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 5 Review

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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail

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Weight: 292.8g / 10.3ozDrop: 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 also my top choice for ultramarathons. 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. 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 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 2019

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Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5

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The Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5 is an excellent trail running shoe that will keep you galloping over rough terrain. It has a breathable, multi-layer fabric upper to regulate the temperature within the shoe and also to allow water to drain through them. Like the other Nike Trail running shoes, the Wildhorse 5 also has a rock plate to help protect your feet from sharp rocks.

At $110, the Nike Wildhorse 5 are the cheapest Nike Trail running shoes which makes them a great entry level shoe for beginners who may want to step away from the roads to explore more trails.

Weight: 300g / 10.6ozDrop: 8mmPrice: $110

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  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.


  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.


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