Who should buy the Nike ACG Air Nasu GTX

The Nike ACG Air Nasu GTX is a lightweight, low cut hiking shoe best recommended for:

  • day hiking on a semi-rugged paths and even terrain
  • urban to backcountry hiking to easy hikes on less travelled roads

Offers solid versatility

Inspired by Japan’s Mount Nasu and its surrounding region, the Nike ACG Air Nasu Gore-Tex is built for blurring the divide between city life and backcountry experiences.

With its GTX-imbued inner walls, hikes in drizzly rain will translate to dry tootsies. Just be sure not to let water from streams or puddles go beyond the shoe’s collar line.

ACG Air Nasu GTX provides shock absorption

The Nike ACG Air Nasu GTX, unlike most hiking shoes, comes with reflective overlays, which make traversals safer after the sun goes down.

Its extra chunky midsole, especially around the heel, doubles down on shock absorption, making daring maneuvers less straining and risky.

Lacks a heel brake

Its rubber lugs, though grippy, might not be deep enough for loose or muddy soil.

As it lacks a heel brake, the ACG Air Nasu GTX might require you to be extra careful while tackling slippery descents.

Feels great on feet

The shoe’s moderate rockers (heel + forefoot) equate to efficient strides, especially over level terrain.

The Nike ACG Air Nasu Gore-Tex, according to a professional vlogger, feels great on feet. It is a highly water-protective shoe for easy hikes, says a gear critic.

Frail eyelets is a major letdown

To a few trail-goers, its forefoot flex point wearing out way too soon is a serious disappointment.

The shoe’s lace loops giving in after only six weeks of use is a major letdown, one tester says. An owner also finds the ACG Air Nasu Gore-Tex not as breathable as advertised.

Needs constant care and attention

Hikers from Nike may be known for being hard-wearing, but they still need proper care and attention to give them a longer life.

The same can be said of the ACG Air Nasu GTX; hence, if you wish to extend its usefulness, get rid it of debris both inside and out after each use. For stubborn stains and dirt, wipe them off using a clean, damp cloth.

Nike ACG Air Nasu GTX offers confidence on the trails

This outdoor Nike model comes with a sticky rubber through the center of the shoe, providing hikers firm and confident footing on a variety of terrains.

The Nike ACG Air Nasu GTX is stylistically inspired by the best designs of late 1990s and early 2000s ACG models.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.9oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Nike

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.