|Type of support||Universal (neutral)|
|Inclination of the sole||6mm|
|Sole thickness (heel)||30mm|
|Sole thickness (forefoot)||24mm|
|Weight (men’s model)||280g|
|Weight (female model)||258g|
|Impeccable support||Few changes since v7|
|Effective protection||Firm platform may not be suitable for all riders|
|Felt from the ground despite the thickness of the sole|
|Generally safe traction|
The first Terra Kiger were light, fast and dynamic trail shoes for going fast over rather short distances. Recently, Nike decided to add thicker cushioning to it for more comfort and to allow it to go the distance.
The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 evolves on the same ground. It features a 30mm heel sole with a 6mm drop . Nike React foam and Air Zoom cushioning provide firm, responsive cushioning . The race remains dynamic and fluid on the different types of trails.
Traction is effectiveon most surfaces, although very soft mud and wet rocks can be difficult.
Finally, note that the foot support is well adjusted with a good volume to suit wide feet . The testers particularly appreciated the new heel counter which wedges the heel perfectly.
In summary, the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 is almost identical to the previous version with a few small appreciable improvements . This model is for you if you are looking for a protective and performing pair with firm cushioning for your medium-long sessions .
After a major evolution in 2021 with version 7, the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 continues on the same basis with few changes. We find a resolutely protective model to suit ultra runners while keeping a nervous platform, close to the ground.
Is this trail shoe efficient and versatile? Can it suit everyone? This is what we will see in our detailed analysis.
Adhesion and durability
The outsole remains very similar to that of the previous model. There are moderately deep 4 mm multidirectional studs with a moderately aggressive shape. These are made of abrasion resistant rubber for better durability.
According to the testers, the traction is very good but the studs contribute to the firm feeling of the sole. Thus, they are above all made for soft ground. Conversely, they are not very comfortable on hard surfaces such as asphalt or packed snow. It is therefore not necessarily a good option if you are looking for a hybrid shoe capable of alternating between trail and road. This was the case with the first models but not this one!
Overall, the Nike Terra Kiger 8 offers effective grip on the different types of terrain in the mountains and in the forest. Its only potential weak point are slippery rocks but unfortunately this is the Achilles heel of the vast majority of trail running shoes.
Finally, the durability is also very decent with no noticeable signs of wear during rider testing. With a price of 140 euros (and much less later on sale), this makes it a good buy!
As we mentioned in the introduction, the Terra Kiger has grown stronger over time. Basically a rather spartan shoe with a relatively thin sole, Nike has chosen to make it a more protective and comfortable trail shoe (probably to make it more accessible).
Thus, we find 30 mm thick under the heel and 24 mm under the front of the foot. The drop is therefore 6 mm which is limited without being low either.
In terms of cushioning, we find the Nike React foam in the midsole. It offers a relatively firm feeling. This ensures good stability.
In addition, a Zoom Air unit under the forefoot makes the Terra Kiger a little more flexible and makes pushing more comfortable for more agility on trail terrain.
The platform is rather flexible and allows you to keep good contact with the ground (the foot is not completely isolated by the sole).
Finally, note also that the shoe uses the segmented protection plate of the
Terra Kiger 7 to protect the foot from sharp stones on the trails and better absorb shocks in general.
Foot support (upper)
If many trail shoes are effective but with a functional and unattractive look, the American brand continues to take care of the design of its Terra Kiger. This version 8 is particularly successful with a color that is both discreet and trendy (red, blue, khaki, etc.). If it’s not to your liking don’t worry, there’s always a black version for those who want to go unnoticed!
Then, there is a simple and effective mesh with several pieces of reinforcements for good tear resistance. The mesh is more airy than on the previous version (it takes the form of a net at the front) but the shoe uses an inner lining which is less airy. To be seen, especially in summer when it is warmer.
The main change is at the heel: the heel counter uses a rigid part at the base and another softer part near the ankle to combine support and comfort. At this level, trail runners who tested the shoe were pleased with the fit and rearfoot lockout.
Despite the substantial sole thickness, the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 remains a sinewy shoe with a firm setup. This reduces comfort but has the advantage of allowing greater dynamism when running.
The shoe thus offers a good return of energy during the race. It is comfortable at all speeds but is particularly pleasant for going fast on the trails.
Some trail runners note that the shoe is a bit too hard for a forefoot attack but that’s mostly a matter of preference. Also, the vast majority of runners have a heel/midfoot strike, even if they don’t necessarily realize it!
Clearly, the Terra Kiger 8 has a good reactivity and allows you to have fun in complete safety thanks to the precise support and the structure of the platform. Its cushioning closes it for short and medium outings. However, it has what it takes for long distance too, unless you require soft cushioning!
Note also that the trail running shoe is relatively light with a weight of 280 g for men and 258 g for women.
The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 hones its new foundation and delivers a compelling setup for technical trails. Protective and dynamic , it allows you to tackle the vast majority of trails with complete peace of mind.
Only its firm cushioning could discourage runners who prioritize comfort above all else, but it is precisely this aspect that will appeal to fans of the first hour.