Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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.
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
Release dateApr 2019
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Warning: The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 might just turn you into a trail runner
If you like to run trails or have even thought about adding more trail runs to your running plan, you need to try the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5. This is a lightweight (9.9oz size 10), ridiculously comfortable shoe that handles all kinds of different surfaces.
The lightweight Nike Flymesh upper joins Nike React foam for a notably smooth and comfortable ride. If you like to run fast on a variety of surfaces, you are going to love the Terra Kiger 5.
Quick background on myself
I am a distance track and cross country coach in Wilmington, Delaware, and I have run 4 half marathons. I am training for the Chicago Marathon and started adding more trail runs to my plan as I am doing more doubles to build up my weekly mileage.
I tried this shoe on in the running store I work at and immediately loved the fit. I ended up buying a pair of these as a reward for finishing up my track season!
If you can't tell already, I love these shoes. OK - back to subject at hand, the incredible Nike Terra Kiger 5.
The sticky rubber outside gives multi-directional traction on any surface you can throw at it. The triangular lug patterns can handle everything from crushed gravel to technical, rocky trails.
The sharp, crisp pattern of the multi-directional lugs creates a grippy and locked in running experience. The High-abrasion rubber heel in a rugged waffle pattern provides multi-surface traction and durability.
Bouncy ride for all surfaces
The Zoom Air unit in the heel provides plenty of cushion while remaining extremely responsive. The perforated mesh and synthetic upper drains water and optimizes breathability.
Sticky rubber pods on the outsole deliver wet-surface traction. There is even a segmented rock plate in the forefoot which helps shield your foot on rough terrain. If you live on the East Coast as I do, you will be very thankful for this.
Surprisingly, the lacing system is one of my favorite parts about this shoe. The unique lacing system creates a locked in, sock-like fit.
The shoe feels like it disappears once fully laced and allows the ankles to bend and rotate naturally. The padded tongue helps relieve pressure on the forefoot while creating a snug racer like fit.
The tongue is thin; it actually reminds me of the NB 1400v7 racer. This is a shoe that is so comfortable I don't even want to take it off when I'm done on the trails.
A couple of notes on sizing: at the running store I work at, Nike generally provides a "love it or hate it" fit. Meaning, the relatively narrow fit through the mid-foot works great for some, while being too narrow for others.
I normally wear a size 11 in my daily trainer (Brooks Ghost 11) and wear this shoe in size 11.5; with that said, I generally wear my trail shoes a half size up so I would say these fit true to size.
The toe-box is certainly adequate, and roomier than other trail shoes I have tried such as the Hoka Speedgoat 2. The toe-box is not as roomy as the Altra LonePeak 3.5 but provides ample room for the toes to splay naturally while moving downhill.
Simply, this is my new favorite shoe! The Nike Terra Kiger 5 is so comfortable, lightweight, and bouncy that I find myself running trails more than I ever have before.
As someone who has run primarily on roads for the past few years, I am finding this transition to be incredibly enjoyable.
These shoes help me feel comfortable on all kinds of technical trails as a relatively new trail runner. To my road runner friends: give this shoe a try.
Listen to the sounds of the trail, and enjoy the crunchy sounds of your new Nike Terra Kiger 5. Next thing you know, you might just be an official trail runner. You won't regret it.
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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5
- The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 features a completely new design and looks. It has been modified from the upper to the outer sole to give runners a more satisfying performance on the roads.
- The shoe has a new seamless upper coverage that aims to deliver a smooth in-shoe feel without compromising breathability and durability.
- Another significant update is the use of the Nike React foam. This midsole technology replaces the full-length Phylon foam used in the previous version. The React foam is designed to deliver a responsive and energized running experience.
- A durable rock plate has also been used in the Nike Terra Kiger 5. It is placed in between the midsole and outsole to provide underfoot protection on rough running surfaces.
- A sticky rubber pod is also placed in the midfoot for added traction. This rubber pod also delivers added durability to the outer sole.
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 size and fit
The 5th version of the Nike Terra Kiger is available in standard sizing. It runs true to size and the upper mesh material gives comfortable fit in the forefoot. It also offers a snug fit in the midfoot and heel area. This shoe is available in medium fit for both men’s and women’s version.
In the outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 is the high-abrasion rubber that is placed in the forefoot to the heel area. This rubber compound offers sturdiness and grip on varied trail running conditions.
The presence of the multi-directional lugs delivers impressive traction on both wet and dry surfaces. The lugs won’t disappoint on uphill and downhill runs.
Aside from the fresher look of the outsole, the shoe also uses a sticky rubber pod which is strategically placed in the midfoot area. This material adds grip, especially on wet surfaces.
The Phylon foam has been replaced by the well-known Nike React foam, which is also utilized in the Epic React Flyknit 2. This midsole material offers a soft and long-lasting cushioning. It aims to give responsiveness and high-energy return throughout the gait. The React foam is also lightweight and efficiently absorbs shock during impact.
Along with the React foam is the notable Nike Zoom Air unit that is strategically placed in the heel section. The Zoom Air is composed of pressurized air pockets that further enhances underfoot cushioning without compromising flexibility and comfort. This material is also used in some popular Nike running shoes like the Nike Pegasus 35.
A new addition to the midsole is the segmented rock plate. It offers added foot protection against sharp rocks and pointed trail debris. The rock plate does not affect flexibility and ground contact.
In the upper of the Nike Terra Kiger 5 is the new perforated mesh material in a seamless construction. This upper material gives the foot a breathable and flexible wrap. It is also designed to survive the harsh nature of the trail.
Along with the mesh are the skin overlays which are designed to deliver a comfortable and durable on-foot experience.
The lacing system of this Nike running shoe is designed to give runners a snugger fit in the midfoot area. It also efficiently secures the foot while running.
The shoe also features the Dynamic Fit system which is meant to provide a comfortable and secure fit in the midfoot.