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The Ginger Runner | Review: Nike Zoom Wildhorse & Zoom Terra Kiger

Review: Nike Zoom Wildhorse & Zoom Terra Kiger

22 Apr Review: Nike Zoom Wildhorse & Zoom Terra Kiger


Nike Zoom Terra Kiger Review

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Despite having issues with Nike kicks in the past, both the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger and Zoom Wildhorse blew my mind w/ awesome. This particular model shares a large number of similarities with the Wildhorse, but I would consider it the “race” version.

Things that I like include it’s light weight (~8oz), it’s flexibility, the burrito-style upper, the upper materials, the grip & outsole and it’s looks. All of these factors combine to make a pretty damn impressive shoe that blossoms when racing fast on buffed-out terrain.

The major issues with this shoe include my concerns with it’s durability (the lugs have worn quite a bit and there are already some seams splitting in the upper around the ankle) & it’s fit (designed to fit tight like a track spike). Other than that, this shoe is a badass delight.

Have you had any experience in the Terra Kiger? Let me know in the comments below.


  • Light (8oz)
  • Comfortable (like WILDHORSE)
  • Upper (multilayer fabric flexible, fly wire & burrito)
  • Zoom Air (heel & forefoot)
  • Grip


  • Upper structure (foot moves more, no heel counter)
  • Wear & tear (outsole, upper)
  • Flat toe box (like a track spike)

PRICE: 4/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 16/20

These shoes were provided by Nike for review. All opinions are my own.



Nike Zoom Wildhorse Review

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Despite having issues with Nike kicks in the past, both the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger and Zoom Wildhorse blew my mind w/ awesome. I found that the Wildhorse became my “work” horse and spent a bulk of my training miles in the past few months in this shoe. It really is surprising to me how much I enjoyed it.

While the shoe is heavier than the Terra Kiger (9+oz vs. 8oz respectively), I found that I didn’t necessarily notice the weight addition, and it felt like a much lighter shoe. Also, the upper has been awesome, the outsole grip surprising, the flexibility a delight, drainage a successs, and the overall running experience a joy.

One of the major issues I have with this shoe is the lack of a rockplate. Some people would disagree and say that the midsole provides enough protection, but after running the Gorge 50k, I found that the midsole just wasn’t enough for the longer runs. By adding a thin, light plate in the mid/forefoot, Nike could not only distinguish this shoe from the Terra Kiger, but make a stand-out performer for the technical trails and races out there. Also, the shoe seems to be wearing a bit prematurely on the outsole and outer most layer of the upper. While I have no doubt the shoe will continue to rock for hundreds of more miles, I wouldn’t expect too much wear after 100 miles of training/racing.

Have you had any experience in the Zoom Wildhorse? Let me know in the comments below.


  • Comfort (like KIGER philon cushlon midsole)
  • Looks
  • Grip
  • Upper (multilayer including structure elements)
  • Drainage
  • Light (9.5+oz)


  • No rock plate
  • Outsole wear
  • Upper durability
  • Sizing
  • Laces length

PRICE: 4/5
LOOKS: 5/5

TOTAL: 17/20

These shoes were provided by Nike for review. All opinions are my own.


The Ginger
  • Brooke Russell
    Posted at 17:34h, 09 May

    Thanks for the great review! I LOVE the Zoom Terra Kiger. I love it so much I want to wear it all the time. I have not tried the wild horse but imagine I would love that too. I run on trails mostly but will be spending some time on pavement coming up. Do you know of a shoe that is like the terra kiger that I could use on the roads? I don’t want to wear down my terra kigers on the road. I’m looking for something that would very closely match the fit and feel and cushion but that is for road running.
    Thanks, appreciate your help and reviews.

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:20h, 05 June

    I picked up a pair of the Nike Wildhorse a few weeks ago when I learned my son would be getting the 2nd addition of the shoe at Steens Training Camp this summer. I completely agree with you re: the rock plate … but I love them on dirt trails. I have never been a Nike superfan, but these are fun shoes

  • Tom
    Posted at 15:02h, 14 September

    I bought this summer and have worn in a number of conditions. The Wildhorse’s cushion feels great for a (relatively) minimalist shoe, however, on more technically demanding trails, a rock plate would be a big plus.

    I would deem this shoe better suited for drier paths (canyon runs), fire roads and wooded trails.

    I have not found the traction to be as good as hoped in in muddier terrain or on moist rock-slabs that are on an incline.

    Nike – rock plate and lug improvements please…

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