Who should buy the Nike Juniper Trail

Get the Juniper Trail from Nike if: 

  • you're a neutral runner or a supinator
  • you're looking for a durable trail shoe
  • you need an all-rounder
  • you want a fast shoe

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Who should NOT buy it

You can pass up on the Nike Juniper Trail if you're an overpronator who needs extra support. In such case, you can browse through these stability trail shoes

Nike Juniper Trail midsole

Nike Juniper Trail: A tough off-road shoe 

Designed for rocky and uneven terrains, the Juniper Trail from Nike is constructed with tough traction stored in a durable platform. 

Nike Juniper Trail protective

Its rugged-ready outsole not only bites, it also protects the feet from harsh trail elements. Even more, the shoe's upper is lined with leather and textile detailing to enhance durability and structural integrity.

Traction that bites

Apart from sturdiness, the outsole also features a strategic lug pattern. This allows planted steps on mixed terrain, which droves of trail runners attest to. 

Nike Juniper Trail rubber outsole

Be it on rocky, less refined surfaces, and hill runs, the Nike Juniper Trail ensures sure footing. 

Screams fast

Despite its tough build, the Juniper Trail maintains a featherlight weight. For so much protection, it maintains an amazing 8-ounce weight.

Weight aside, the shoe's cushion is also very lively. It's very responsive, runners say they can "speed up" with no sweat.

Not a letdown in the stability arena

The majority are astounded by the shoe's supportive lockdown. When cornering, the Flywire cables do a great job of keeping the feet in place. 

Nike Juniper Trail flywire

Comfortable from the bottom up 

Although a touch firm, the Nike Juniper Trail's midsole has sufficient give to keep the feet pampered. Even more, the upper is very breathable. 

Nike Juniper Trail breathable

Versatile

If you want one shoe for trail running, hiking, and workouts, the Juniper Trail fits the bill. 

Bang for the buck

Retailing for only $70, this shoe exudes "great value." It's protective, grippy, and it can pace you. 

Too snug it's constricting

Critics find the upper too narrow to be comfortable. According to them, it restricts their movements. 

Nike Juniper Trail toe room

Bothersome outsole

There are those who have reported that the outsole feels "lumpy." Although not uncomfortable, many find it "annoying." 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 8oz
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Nike Flywire
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Fell running, Walking, All-day wear

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