26 users: 4.1 / 5
Top: High
Inspired from: Hiking
Collection: Nike Lifestyle Shoes
Colorways: Black / Grey

Verdict from 9.3 hours of research from the internet

11 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite is an excellent shoe for several outdoor activities.
  • The shoe is very comfortable, according to most reviewers
  • It provides great traction based on some wearers’ evaluation.
  • A significant number of purchasers mentioned that it is very durable. 
  • The Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite wears well on various terrains and weather conditions.
  • It is lightweight.
  • Some long-time fans were happy the shoe is available again on the market.
  • A few buyers said the shoe is quite stylish for an outdoor designed footwear.
  • The shoe is available in various colors.
  • It fits true to size.
  • The Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite is really good value for money, according to some consumers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few number of shoe users disclosed that the waterproof function of the shoe did not work well.

Bottom line

Specially built to endure rigorous activities, the Tallac Lite from Nike could be worn both in the city and in the great outdoors. Sold at $180 per pair, many say the shoe is worth the price as it is both functionally and aesthetically impressive.

Having the ride and feel of an athletic shoe, the Tallac Lite is recommended for people who are looking for a comfortable pair for light outdoor activities or are just into rugged looking yet stylish footwear.

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The Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite is available in men’s sizing from size 8 to 13. It fits true to size. The high-top construction offers additional hold and support for the adventurous.

With its outdoor inspired aesthetic and injected futuristic accents, the Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite is for the adventurous at heart that values both comfort and style. It is best paired with jeans or shorts for the ultimate casual look.

The Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite’s upper is crafted from textile upper with TPU side panel cage. It features a traditional lace-up closure with lace loops on the tongue to keep them in place. It has a gusseted tongue to keep trail debris out. Two pull=tabs are placed on the tongue and heel to aid when putting the shoe on.

The toe bumper adds protection while the combination of Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and Air Sole in the heel make for a very comfortable feel.

In 1981, Nike first released footwear with a silhouette that is inspired by hiking and called it the Air Pegasus. It has been said that some Nike designers were into outdoor activities and it was inevitable for them to design footwear that will cater to that.  It somewhat became a passion project for them.

But it was not until 1989 that Nike would officially announce a proper subsidiary line for this type of footwear. They named the subsidiary line the Nike All Conditions Gear (ACG). Although performance is still a big part of this line, the big difference is in the shoe’s aesthetic, which was more suited to the outdoors rather than sports.

Nike ACG produced footwear that can withstand all types of weather and terrain conditions, hence the name. Some of their well-known shoe models are the Air Mowabb, Air Mada, and Air Escape.

The Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite was first released in 2009 to celebrate Nike ACG’s 20th anniversary. Designed by Peter Fogg, the stylishly rugged sneaker cleat was received well by consumers. It did so well that Nike decided to re-issue the pair in 2016.

  • The Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite is offered in D-Medium width.
  • The gusseted tongue helps keep debris and dirt off.
  • Nike uses a versatile lug pattern that allows the shoe superb traction and comfort on city streets and light trail.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.