Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 Review

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Type of supportUniversal (neutral)
Inclination of the sole4mm
Sole thickness (heel)30mm
Sole thickness (forefoot)26mm
Weight (men’s model)283g
Weight (female model)250g
Great comfortModel heavier than the previous one
Effective cushioning
High Protection
Cushioning both comfortable and natural for good feeling of the ground
Precise foot support


The Terra Kiger 7 has barely been released when the fans of the first hour cry sacrilege: this seventh version, much more damped, would no longer have much to do with the first models. So what is it really?

For starters, the new Terra Kiger is indeed a lot bigger, both in upper and sole (and, sadly, in weight). The latter gains 3 mm more to reach 30 mm. Suffice to say that the days in “Free” mode, at the gates of minimalism, are over. This new configuration, with React foam in support, has the advantage of offering comfortable cushioning in all circumstances. In addition, the segmented skid plate provides an advanced level of protection for added safety. The trailers point out that the TK7 manages to combine pleasant cushioning for long outings and felt from the ground despite the extra thickness. However, they note that the sensations are not particularly dynamic. And that even with the Zoom Air unit now located under the forefoot for a more efficient push off.

Then, the outsole has more rubber and larger lugs for more effective grip. The studless anti-slip diamond of previous models was criticized for its lack of effectiveness and Nike has finally corrected the problem. Another improvement: the rubber under the heel is less rigid, which gives greater flexibility for a more stable grip.

Finally, the upper is more spacious without sacrificing foot support. The mesh/synthetic configuration with the Dynamic Fit system is secure even on difficult descents.

In summary, the Terra Kiger series takes a new direction with this version 7: more cushioned, more protective, more adherent, it is positioned as a very good option for long distances on the most technical terrain.



  • The durable rubber ensures a grip without fault on the most uneven trail surfaces.
  • Multi-directional lugs increase grip for the toughest trail trails. These cleats are rubber with a medium deep and sharp design.
  • The rigid plate under the heel protects your feet from sharp or pointed obstacles on trail courses. This also optimizes the durability of the shoe.


  • The midsole features React , a particularly soft foam that provides comfortable and responsive cushioning.
  • Zoom Air : A small malleable plastic unit located under the forefoot. This is filled with pressurized air to give a bouncy pad.

Upper part (upper)

  • The mesh and synthetic upper provides precise support for the foot while letting it breathe throughout the effort when it’s hot.
  • Dynamic Fit : A midfoot support system that maximizes comfort and security by eliminating the gap between shoe and foot, regardless of foot shape and size.
  • The padded collar and tongue improve the comfort of the shoe by gently holding the foot in place.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7 fit?

This shoe fits correctly although the fit is looser than before.

Is this trail shoe suitable for athletes with a heavy build (85 kg or more)?

Yes, this model should be suitable whatever your weight. To our knowledge, only one scientific study so far has looked at the link between weight, padding thickness and injury risk. According to the results of this study, minimalist shoes may increase the risk of injury for runners weighing more than 71 kilos. The Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7 has a 30mm sole under the heel, which is relatively thick. The KT7 should therefore be suitable for most trailers.

Is it possible to run an ultra-trail with this model?

This Nike trail shoe has a thick sole with a high level of grip and protection. Thus, it is completely compatible with the ultra-trail. We still recommend that you test it on several long outings to confirm it.

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