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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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How running saved me during ‘Lock Down’

How Running saved me during ‘Lock Down’

Below are some ‘real’ runners stories from during lockdown. We wanted to share how our amazing Ambassadors have been using running to help them through these uncertain times, using running as a routine maker or an escape.

Let us be honest this years Covid-19 pandemic is completely bizarre, who would have guessed we would all have to go through these crazy times and huge heart ache! I feel sharing our stories helps keep everything real and reminds us all that runners really are one big family. We hope you enjoy reading these familiar stories from our Alton Sports ambassadors.

Dave the Rave – A keen runner, Dave always has races to focus on. Dave really has shown huge mental strength during this time, peeling back the layers of why he runs, piece by piece rebuilding his own motivation after a nasty injury in January. Well done Dave we are proud of you!

 

The 23rd March is when it all changed, Covid-19 became a real thing and the country went into lockdown, this was done for good reasons, we all needed to stay safe, like everyone else I was immediately told to work from home and not to come into the office, this could mean I will be able to take a “Runch break” this was looking better all the time, then the Prime Minister said we could go outside for exercise

He didn’t have to say that twice. I then took up a regime of using my precious exercise time and went out for a run five days out of seven, I of course observed social distancing and made sure I kept out of everyone’s way.

Between 23rd March and 12th May I have clocked up 234 miles in just running alone, compared to last year when I did 209 Miles.My average distance per day was 5.98 miles, I also discovered #PEwithJoe on You-Tube, after doing his High Impact Training session every day and running I don’t think I have ever been fitter.

To put this into practice I ran a full marathon on 8th May, yes it was still hard to do the distance, but it was not as hard as I remember.

Don’t get me wrong we as a family have suffered just like everyone else, I have just tried to see the positives from these troubled times.

I found some new routes, I was able to run on normally busy roads without fear of being hit by a car, I have learnt a lot about myself and how much exercise means to my mental health as well as keeping my body active.

 

 

Sasha Cowley – One of the RunFitMum founders Sasha is always the light of any party, I mean run. Full of passion and sprinkling love wherever she goes we know it can’t all be that easy, we really appreciate your constant effort Sasha, Thank you. Find out how Sasha keeps sane during lockdown…

 

It’s been a tricky time for runners. Just when suddenly everyone has become a runner, for those of us who have known about its many joys, highs and benefits for years the last couple of months have been tough. Those events, that we have had in the calendar for weeks, months, possibly even years and have been working towards with great focus have been cancelled or postponed and with this level of uncertainty it makes it hard to stay motivated and keep positive.

Yet, despite all of this, I have been surprised that lockdown has actually allowed me to reconsider my running. This period has let me think again about what it is that I love about our sport and what I get from it. It’s not all about medals and PBs and in my case it’s not all about the running club “RunFitMum” I run with my friend Caroline, although that causes me huge happiness and pride. What this period has made me remember is that running is also my therapy, it’s my chance to process what is going on in my life, work through it and find my peace with it. It is also the way that I get myself out into the countryside and nature, which I also find a hugely positive force in my life. Not to mention that if I am going to sit on the sofa drinking too much wine and eating chocolate most nights then I certainly need to run.

So although initially as event after event was cancelled and our club runs also stopped, I struggled to imagine how I was going to keep motivated and keep running, infact, as it always is, running has been my salvation. It has added some normality to my life. It has been the provider of my very small amount of precious “me time” away from the kids and it has given me the endorphins and feel good buzz that we have all needed to keep positive and be the best version of myself I can be.

James Casey – Our ambassador who is always up for a good run, James is a great listener, a real team player. What you been up to James?

My training over the lock down has changed focus with so many of the events I had planned to do now cancelled or postponed to later in the year I just kicked back and explored some of the new trails that have been made in the new country park near my home, just keeping everything nice and relaxed if it was a 5k run or a 10k I did not worry not even about the time it took to complete.

As currently ride London 100 miles is still going ahead, I have been spending a lot of time in my garage on my bike in the virtual world of zwift. This has been good fun with some group rides with some of the stars of the cycling world like Mark Cavendish and sir Bradly Wiggins and watching them doing a live Instagram chat at the same time. The Sunday morning group rides I have been doing with two other ambassadors Phil and Paula who have made this lock down a happier place. 

Just need to save up now to get a treadmill so I can enjoy zwift running for when the colder times come

Overall I am defiantly in a happier place in my training and looking forward to seeing everyone 

Take care and be safe.

 

 

We hope you are all keeping well, we can’t wait to see you all soon either on the run or in our stores.