Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Waterproof
Price
$150
Weight
M: 292g | W: 249g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The mesh upper is combined with the GORE-TEX membrane to provide breathable, waterproof covering for the foot.

  • Many reviewers welcomed the inclusion of the Dynamic Flywire cables that adjusts the fit well.

  • Runners also liked the Compression Molded Phylon Mid-sole material that offers responsive underfoot cushioning.

  • The Rubber Waffle features multi-surface traction because of the gripping lugs and the durable material.

  • Many testers liked how the Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 GTX can easily be cleaned without worrying about breaking the material.

The bad

  • There were runners who thought that the 3rd version of this running shoe was too small for their feet.

  • There were also complaints that the upper was a bit too tight.

  • This shoe has a high price.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 GTX from Nike is a great neutral trail running companion for runners who want to go on off-road adventures. Its comfortable mid-sole, reliable outsole, and sure waterproofing mechanics boost the runner’s confidence on the trails.



World wide, Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 GTX is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Nike, is the 1st most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 914 shoes


Ratings

3.8 / 5 based on 28 ratings

5 star
22%
4 star
51%
3 star
17%
2 star
10%
1 star
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Expert reviews

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80 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 80
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    by Kintec: Footwear + Orthotics
    This is great to give you some waterproof protection whether you are going for a hike, walking the dog, or going for a trail run
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Updates to Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 GTX

Nike took a drastic step in the alterations of the Wildhorse 3 GTX. What is very dramatic in the change are in the shoe design and structure. What was once a 4mm offset is now a solid 8mm with the increase more profoundly felt in the added 6mm in the heel. This gives the shoe added cushioning and protection on the trail while it distinguishes itself from the lightweight and lower drop options in Nike’s vast array of trail shoes.

Past issues about the upper’s durability gets a superb answer in the new double-layer mesh that is guaranteed to hold up very well on rugged trail without suffocating the foot. Adding support and durability is a new substantial overlay covering some parts of the midfoot to the forefoot.

The interior of the shoe gets an upgrade as well as it is very soft and plush that will make sockless running on trails a dream. Putting more structure in the heel counter also eliminates past complaints of a heel that moves from time to time, especially when going downhill.

Traction gets a boost by virtue of larger and more sizeable lugs. The perimeter lugs are also more aggressive for quick turns and change of directions. Altogether, the traction and durability of the shoe are adequately enhanced.

Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 GTX size and fit

Except for a slightly wider toe box and a tad more volume in the forefoot, the fit of the Nike Wildhorse 3 GTX remains the same as the past models. The added space will translate to increased room to accommodate runners with slightly wider feet while those with medium widths will find it naturally luxurious. Available widths offered by Nike are the standard D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Sizing is average with the following options: 7 to 13 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.

Outsole

A Rubber Waffle outsole featuring very sticky rubber in the central area with large and moderately aggressive lugs in the perimeter deliver incredible grip on technical and moderately difficult trail. A rounded heel portion makes landing more natural with better initial ground contact. Sitting between the outsole and the midsole is a rock plate in the forefoot. This serves as an ideal buffer from the harsh trail without truly eliminating sufficient ground feel and flexibility.

Midsole

The midsole accommodates two of Nikes premium cushioning and shock-absorbing technologies in the Phylon and Cushlon foams. These are made of lightweight and resilient material for long-lasting performance. Rounding up the midsole feature is the Nike Air Zoom unit in the heel. This is one of Nike’s most iconic technologies that have been improved through the years. It is superb in absorbing impact forces.

Upper

The Gore-Tex all weather membrane enables runners to enjoy their runs in dry and cool comfort. A mesh upper keeps the foot well-ventilated and adapts well to the runner’s movements. The Dynamic Fit blends the laces and overlays together for a foot hugging fit and security.


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