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Gore Tex Running Shoes, Are They worth It?

Ever considered running in gore-tex waterproof shoes?

As you can imagine, there are some real benefits of running in a gore-tex shoe, especially during the winter months.

Here at Alton Sports we have had 3 Gore-Tex running shoes on test and below are our 3 main comparisons from Gore-Tex to non Gore-Tex running shoes.

The gore-tex running models on test:

Brooks gore-tex upperNike Pegasus Trail Gore-Tex – A very well cushioned trail shoe with a smooth soft ride for the runner looking for light grip and stability.
Women’s Nike Pegasus Trail Gore-TexMen’s Nike Pegasus Trail Gore-Tex

Brooks Ghost GTX – A neutral well cushioned road running model. One of Brooks most popular models, the Ghost is now available in a Gore-Tex option.
Women’s Brooks Ghost GTXMen’s Brooks Ghost GTX

Brooks Cascadia GTX – The trusted Cascadia, Brooks well known trail model now in a Gore-Tex option, a slightly more stable options to the Nike Pegasus trail Gore-Tex model.
Women’s Cascadia GTXMen’s Cascadia GTX

Reasons why Gore-Tex is a great option:

  1. Gore-Tex models are great for this time of year, as the weather gets colder and wetter, Gore-Tex will help protect your feet from the elements. Chilblains are no fun and as runners we all know foot health is very important.

  2. Keeping your socks and feet dry will help to prevent any extra movement in your shoes in turn keeping blistering and rubbing at bay.
  3. Gore-Tex shoes keep trail running fun throughout the winter. If you’re someone who hits the trails only when dry then during the wetter months you might find your spending most of your miles on the pavements. Keeping a % of your runs off road a week helps keep impact injuries at bay as well as improving proprioception as we hit the trails all in turn good for overall strength.

Gore-Tex footwear is an extremely helpful item of kit in the wetter months.

We therefore highly recommend Gore-Tex in trail models to protect your foot against damp grass through to muddy icy puddles.

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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.