Therefore, once I entered this store, I was going to buy something, as I didn't want to come back. I first tried on a pair of Hokas and ran a mile on a treadmill in them. They just didn't work for me, as my foot moved around too much and the next size down was too small. I then tried on the New Balance Fresh Foam 980. The sizing of these were off for my foot, so they weren't going to work either. I was interested in trying on a pair of Altras, as these shoes look like a shoe that would work for me. Except, they didn't have any.
|Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 10 miles in|
Nike Zoom Terra Kiger
4mm heel to toe drop
Nike Zoom Wildhorse
4mm heel to toe drop
First off, I don't get the name. "Terra" means land and "Kiger" is a substrain of the Mustang horse located in southeastern Oregon. Why add "Terra"? Nike didn't stick Terra in front of Wildhorse, why do it for the Kiger? I'm a fan of consistency, either do it for both or not at all. Also, is "Terra" really necessary? Is this to help avoid confusion with the Aqua Kiger, which is a strain of seahorse found off the coast of Oregon?
Getting beyond the name, the Kiger fits me incredibly well. It has a wrap around (burrito) tongue, which provides for a snug, sock-like fit. I much prefer the fit of the Terra Kiger to the Wildhorse. I'm not sure what the specifications are to be considered to have a narrow foot, but I'm a skinny guy and I think I have a narrow foot. If you have a wider foot, the Wildhorse may provide a better fit. You'll also notice, I don't untie my shoes at the end of the run. In the running world, I'm what is known as a "Keep 'em tied" as opposed to an "Untier".
|Wildhorse (top) and Kiger (bottom)|
The Kiger use the Nike Free method, which consists of normal eyelets reinforced with two loops. I think the two loops help to pull the shoe around the foot. Whatever they do, they seem to work. However, if someone has enough energy to unlace their shoes, lace them back up without using the two loops and go for a run, let me know if they actually make any difference.
|Two eyelets of uncertainty and confusion|
The Kiger has only one eyelet. I don't know if two eyelets would actually be better. Quite honestly I don't care. I prefer not having to wonder if I'm not tying my shoes in the most optimum manner every time I go for a run.
The Kiger shoes have "Sticky Rubber", which in a technical sense translates into the rubber sticks to the "Terra" and not to the shoe. This means the soles begin to wear away immediately. After 10 miles, notice the rubber is already wearing off the blue traction pads of the two top sets of three on the left of the Kigers. The shoes are grippy, but for how long? A hundred miles?
|Kiger "Sticky Rubber" soles|
Lastly, the jury is still out on comfort. I haven't run more than 10 miles in the Kigers. I don't know how my feet are going to feel when I go long. Admittedly, I bought these shoes to race half-marathons in, so I didn't by them for comfort - that was why I was trying on the Hokas.That's all for now folks.
Keep it dirty.
At 300 miles, the Kigers had to be brought out back and shot. As you can see from the photograph below, the sole looks like one of my dogs used it as a chew toy. The pencil in the photo is pointing to an area that is especially worn away. If I stepped on a rock in that area, a sharp pain would shoot through me, forcing me to retire the Tigers.
|Tigers 300 miles in|
With my griping about the durability of the soles out of the way, I will say the Tigers are very comfortable. I loved running in them. I felt fast. However, if you plan on running for more than two hours at a time, you might consider a beefier shoe. If you wish to get more than 300 miles out of your shoe, buy a different one.