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Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3, $125
Weights: 8.9 oz. (men’s); 7.2 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm; 24mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)
This shoe is for you if … you want a fast-feeling, low-profile shoe with some pop for mild terrain.
Fit-feel-ride: This low-to-the-ground shoe with a pliable upper feels like a racing flat, but has the cushioning to make it comfortable on smooth terrain (even roads) and the traction to feel surefooted on mildly technical terrain. On more rocky, rooty, steep trails, we longed for more protection overall and better grip underfoot. But this is a light, fast-feeling shoe, and for that we’re grateful. The pliable, breathable mesh upper wraps nicely around the foot via Nike’s Flywire for a sock-like fit. And the midsole’s Zoom Air cushioning units give this shoe some bounce without adding a thick disconnect from the trail.
Plus: The molded sockliner and all-over feel of this shoe mean all-day comfort whether running or not.
Minus: It’s a bit too close to the ground (and not protective enough) for some of our wear-testers.