Nike Wildhorse, Nike Terra Kiger, Mizuno Ferus: New Low Drop Trail Shoes

Three new lightweight trail shoes have just hit store shelves from companies that historically have not been big players in the trail market: Nike and Mizuno.

First, I’ve been hearing murmurs that Nike has produced some really solid trail shoes in the Wildhorse and Terra Kiger. I have yet to see either in person, but I thought I’d post some photos and specs here – I’m hoping either Nate or I will be able to get a review up in the not too distant future if we can get ahold of a few pairs.

Nike Wildhorse

The Nike Wildhorse is an 8.4oz, 4mm drop trail shoe with a stack height of 23m in the heel and 19mm in the forefoot. It’s difficult to tell from the photos, but it looks like it may have a roomier fit than typical Nike shoes (most of which I can’t wear since they tend to be narrow). MSRP is $110 and they are available now at Running Warehouse.

Nike WildhorseNike Wildhorse TopNike Wildhorse sole

Nike Terra Kiger

The Nike Terra Kiger is an 8.3oz, 4mm drop trail shoe with a stack height of 23mm heel and 19mm forefoot. These specs are almost identical to the Wildhorse, but MSRP is $125 for the Terra Kiger. Running Warehouse has a blog post comparing the two shoes and reports that the Terra Kiger has an additional “air” unit in the forefoot and an upper with more bells and whistles (I do like the look of the Terra Kiger upper better – reminds me of the Free 3.0v5). I also love how the pattern on the sole of the Terra Kiger looks like a pressure tracing from a heel strike (see below)! The Nike Terra Kiger is now available at Running Warehouse.

Nike Terra KigerNike Terra Kiger TopNike Terra Kiger sole

Finally, Mizuno adds the Ferus trail shoe to its collection of zero drop shoes (Update 8/2013 – my review of the Mizuno Ferus is now posted). The Mizuno Ferus weighs in at 7.9oz and has a stack height of 14mm heel, 14mm forefoot. It looks to be on the same last as the Cursoris, which is a very good thing since the fit of the Cursoris is fantastic. I’m very much looking forward to trying out this shoe! MSRP is $110, and the Mizuno Ferus is now available at Running Warehouse.

Mizuno FerusMizuno Ferus topMizuno Ferus sole

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About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

Comments

  1. Cody R. says:

    seriously? What is up with nike and not putting anatomical toe boxes on their shoes…even with the new flynit…still nothing

    • I might be the only one, but my foot is not curved like a banana. All these anatomical lasts crush my pinky toe and leave my big toe about mid shoe.

      • Cody R. says:

        that’s because those “anatomical lasts” still aren’t allowing the proper pinky toe alignment

        no one’s feet are shaped like bananas i don’t think lol

        though i know exactly what you’re talking about

        they should be shaped like a FAN, not a banana

        someone seems to have failed anatomy class somewhere lol

        • Sam! Yes! I thought I was the only one. I was wondering where all the banana feet people are. Liberate my pinky toe running shoe makers!

  2. Stéphane says:

    My understanding was that the Ferus will ride closer to the Levitas than to the Cursoris. And it certainly looks more nervous than the Cursoris, which is a good thing because I was quite looking forward to trying the Ferus and I’m not sure I will run in the Cursoris again after my latest adventures in them.

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