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Nike Trail shoes trial: Terra Kiger 7 vs Pegasus Trail 2

Nike Trail shoes on test

Trail shoes. Our fastest growing category – and also a huge category full of choice.

All this choice can be very confusing, but don’t panic guys: we are here to help!

We have been putting our Alton Sports ambassadors to work (lots of miles of work), getting all the reports back to offer you real comparisons on similar models.

We hope that sharing their feedback will give you all confidence to treat your feet to something new.

So: Nike trail! This brand has been dominating trail footwear for a while now, offering lots of different options for lots of different runners needs and wants.

Here at Alton Sports we have really enjoyed their approach. They offer a wide variety of colours (very Nike) but also fulfil within their trail options a perfect balance of features our runners have been asking for.

Trail trials

A well cushioned trail shoe that offers stability and comfort while still performing mile after mile? Well, that’s your Nike Pegasus every time.

A faster feeling trail shoe that still offers comfort and protection? That’s your Terra Kiger.

Boom! For trail running, Nike has the answers.

Below we have ambassador feedback and some hard facts to help you make the right decision!

 

Nike Trail comparisons Terra Kiger 7 Pegasus Trail 2
Weight (Men’s UK 9) 309.4g 320g
Offset (mm) *
4.5 (12/16.5) 9.5 (15/24.5)
Rock Plate †
Yes No
Cushioning React Foam
Zoom Air unit in forefoot to add responsiveness
React Foam – full length

Terra Kiger 

The Terra Kiger is a super-feeling trail shoe. I personally love a shoe with lots of cushioning and a high mm stacking so I was a little surprised I liked this model.

I use the Terra Kiger for my ‘Faster feeling’ session on the trails and have run up to 10 miles in them (I’m a 5k runner). I wouldn’t hesitate to take these longer; but I don’t really go much further!

Not only does the Terra Kiger look great on the foot, I also love its comfort. Really lightweight, breathable upper – great at getting any water out of the shoe quickly so you can stay on pace over the trails.

Other features I enjoyed include the lightweight tongue, which stayed still for the full duration of all my runs and works very well with the comfortable lacing system. I sometimes find lightweight shoes come paired with uncomfortable uppers, but this is not the case with the Terra Kiger.

I tested this model on storm/fire tracks and muddy twisty single tracks. I would say this model stood up very well in both locations but excelled on the fire tracks. The rock plate worked well and I was always comfortable under foot. I particularly enjoyed the Zoom air unit in the forefoot; this really increased the responsiveness every stride.

Nike Pegasus v Terra Kiger offset comparisonPegasus Trail 2

The Pegasus Trail 2 is an amazing shoe. It’s a super-well-cushioned model with a large sole unit for optimal comfort and stability wherever the trail takes you – everything I love in a shoe.

The full react foam gave me a cushioned ride mile after mile, this model feels light to me compared to other trail options on the market.

I suffer from heel spurs and sometimes find a sock like upper hard to get on and off however I didn’t get this problem in the Peg trails. The neoprene-feeling sock liner is very stretchy, not restricting at all and works very well with the heel counter. Super comfy all round.

I tested this model on the same terrain as the Terra Kiger. Both have very similar sole unit and lugs, but the Trail Pegasus 2 performed best on fire tracks and stony locations. In deep slippery mud I noticed the lack of deep lugs, but that’s the compromise you need to take with trail options sometimes. I mean it was some serious mud.

I would class this model as the high mileage option over the Terra Kiger; when high cushioning is the priority the Pegasus Trail wins over the Terra Kiger.

In Conclusion

Both models are super comfortable on their uppers and overall rides. Both models are perfectly suited to drier trails and storm paths.

Although this blog started as a comparison, I feel these models actually go really well together! Not helpful I know! Where they differ is in the kinds of run you’ll use then for: Pegasus Trail 2 is ideal for longer slower paced runs, while the Terra Kiger is your best friend for faster tempo and interval sessions.

Well done Nike, yet again 2 super trail options to add to my ever-growing collection!


* Offset: the stack height of the shoe – the drop from the heel to the toe. I describe this as a stiletto drop: the higher the heel, the bigger the drop to the toe. 1-4mm difference isn’t really going to cause any issues to runners but 6mm might have an impact. A lower drop means your calf and Achilles have to work harder, but a lower drop also means your stride can be more forefoot which is better for joints in the long run.

Rock plate: a plate that’s built into a shoes (generally trail shoes) that stops sharp or hard objects hurting the sole of your foot as you run over rugged terrain. Really important for mixed terrain trail runs and south/ north downs way, where you get lots of flint and rocks.

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Why we need different shoes when hitting the trails!

Here at Alton Sports we have seen a huge uptake of trail running over the past year. This fills most of us with complete pride and joy as we share the love for off road running as well, being out in nature and finding head space is of course a great experience as we all adapt to our recent life changes.
National lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced us all to run local more than ever, this is where we are seeing more and more of you taking to the trails for perhaps the first time. The trail running market is just as big as road running now, with loads of options from all your favourite brands! We wanted to share with you all the differences you will experience from a road running shoe to a trail option.
1-Grip – Trail running shoes will have a deeper sole grip than your road shoes, the rubber is
softer so that it can move with the changing terrain we run on. The ground underneath us is
more likely to move than the pavement. Having a softer rubber tread gives us more traction
as we adapt with every stride. With this in mind the grip will wear quicker if worn on roads
for periods of time.
2-Upper – you will find trail shoes have a more durable upper to protect our feet. Small
features such as the laces and the toe bumper will be stronger materials to help stop any
discomfort during navigation through those woods.
3-Rock plates – Most, not all trail shoes have a rock plate in the forefoot, you generally can’t
see these but their purpose is to protect toe joints in the forefoot when running on stony or
flinty ground. If your running in areas that are Stoney or flint covered get in touch with us
and we can point you in the right direction of options.
4-Support – Unlike our road options trail shoes don’t come in categories of support levels
however some trail options are more stable than others. The stability comes from the heel
counter and flexibility in the midfoot.
Support levels in your trail shoe isn’t as important as your road runner, this is due to the
ever changing ground that we are landing on when trail running. When we road run our
bodies movement is nearly the same every time we strike off whereas with off road running
our foot placement is different with each stride.
If you are worried at all about support in certain trail options please do get in touch.
We hope this helps with any questions you might have had about trail running shoe options and why we would need a different pair of shoes when hitting the trails. Please remember to stay safe when adventuring, always take your phone for emergencies and tell someone where you are planning to run.
Any questions please do get in touch either via social media or enquiries@altonsports.co.uk
Thanks all, Happy Trails!