Verdict from 16 experts and 83 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Terra Kiger 3’s seamless upper design is valued by most runners as it is less irritating to the foot.
  • Most runners welcomed the inclusion of the Dynamic Flywire system, which improves the fit by adjusting with the lacing system.
  • The EVA sock liner follows the shape of the heel and arch, helping to cradle the foot responsibly.
  • The Zoom Air cushioning system offers low-profile underfoot support by means of pressurized air pockets.
  • A heel crash pad helps to lessen the impact shock when landing the foot on the ground based on the reviews of some runners.
  • Dual density outsole with multi-directional lugs offer durable protection and traction.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that it was a bit heavier than the previous version.
  • Others thought that the Kiger 3 is limited to trail running.
  • A few noted that the upper unit was thicker, thus making it less breathable.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 from Nike is a popular trail shoe that gives exceptional service to runners and hikers who want a protective shoe for their adventures. It offers mild stability and a good amount of shock absorption mechanics.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 features an enhanced upper that provides runners an enhanced fit while giving a more breathable foot environment and additional support.
  • Through a medium enhancement in its midsole unit, the 3rd version of the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger offers more cushioning and a responsive ride.
  • The outsole of the shoe was also enhanced in order to deliver a more reliable traction, giving a serious grip even on wet or muddy surfaces. It allows runners to keep running on various terrains.

The Terra Kiger 3 has a standard running shoe size. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements. It can accommodate runners who have regular foot shape and those with slightly wider foot. This shoe is available in standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Those who experienced a good fit on its predecessor will have the same fit on this latest update.

The shoe uses the Dual Density Outsole that has a reliable traction on both wet and dry surfaces. It works well with the shoe’s oversized lugs that offer an impressive grip even on muddy conditions.

The Terra Kiger 3 comes with an enhanced Phylon full-length midsole for enhanced cushioning. The midsole foam is now approximately 3mm thicker than the previous version, delivering a lightweight yet resilient cushioning.

The midsole also have the brand’s notable Air Zoom that consists of discreet pressurized air pockets. These air pockets naturally flex while running, giving an enhanced responsive cushioning. 

The midsole design of the 3rd version is similar to the Terra Kiger 4.

The Flymesh construction is something new on this version. It enhances the fit of the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 and its lightweight seamless design gives impressive breathability and support. The Dynamic Flywire works hand in hand with the Flymesh upper. It enhanced midfoot fit and gives additional support without adding weight. The EVA sockliner of the shoe adapts the natural curvature of the arch and heel for an increased support and comfort.


How Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 13% trail running shoes
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