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Terrain
Trail

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.

Arch support
Neutral

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.

Use
Daily running

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.

Price
$125
Weight
Men: 9oz
Women: 7.2oz
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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 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.7 / 5 based on 153 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    Definitely a solid, solid shoe that I am definitely gonna put more miles on.

  • 75 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    I've raced a ton in this shoe and it really does the job.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Flexibility also improved, while cushioning from the low-heeled, wide-based, balanced sole remains substantial.

  • 82 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    The upper is very breathable, very comfortable, but still locks the foot down.

  • 80 / 100 by SK Running • Kredy • Level 4 expert

    This light trail running shoe should help you glide through all technical trials with tremendous ease. A size 9 men’s shoe weighs 256g.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Peyton Hoyal • Level 3 expert

    The shoe features a 4mm drop from heel to toe, so runners accustomed to more cushioned, higher-profile shoes will need to ween themselves into running in the Terra Kiger with some prudence. Otherwise, expect some sore calves.

  • 80 / 100 by Competitor Running • Lisa Jhung • Level 3 expert

    The shoe has bounce without adding a thick disconnect from the trail.

  • 80 / 100 by Ibedashin • Doug Ash • Level 1 expert

    The lacing setup is amazing, something Nike has seemed to perfect.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3

  • 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.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.