Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6

9.2
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The Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is a lightweight trail running shoe with moderate and responsive cushioning.

9.2Overall score
Very good lightweight and versatile trail running shoe
The Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is a lightweight trail shoe that offers a good balance between ground feeling and protection. Let's say it right away: this new version brings few fundamental changes after the thorough redesign of the previous model. If you liked the Kiger 5, you will not be disappointed by the K6. It features a dynamic and versatile cushioning that's ideal for tempo-style speed sessions on trails. The shoe offers good shock absorption without isolating the foot from the ground. With a stack height of 24 mm under the heel, cushioning is therefore moderate. However, it should be noted that some runners have found the heel particularly rigid which can be disconcerting given the flexibility of the forefoot. Then, traction is always very good on trails of medium technical difficulty. The moderately deep lugs give a good grip, especially in the mud. The non-slip rubber triangle in the middle of the outsole divides runners: some find it effective while others would prefer lugs as on the rest of the sole. Finally, the main change is in the upper. The support is now more precise without being strict. In addition, the toe box is also more spacious for more comfort. In summary, the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is a very good trail shoe that still offers a great ride for daily training. PROS
Confort
9.5
Traction
9
Protection
9
Durability
9
Value for money
9
Design
9.5
PROS
  • Good comfort
  • Efficient traction
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Good foot protection despite the light profile of the shoe
  • Stylish design
CONS
  • No lugs in the centre of the outsole (there is a non-slip strip instead)
  • Heel a little too rigid according to some runners which differs from the flexibility of the rest of the platform

Specification: Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6

Terrain Trail
Heel to toe drop 4 mm
Heel stack height 24 mm
Forefoot stack height 20 mm
Pronation Neutral
Weight (men) 264 g
Weight (women) 235 g
Features Rock plate
Release year 2020

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Technologies

Outsole

  • For starters, the outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 trail shoe uses Rubber Pods. One is located under the heel and the other under the forefoot. This positioning aims to improve durability by increasing the solidity of the shoe. In addition, the trailer can tackle the most complicated trails with peace of mind thanks to the effective traction of the sole.
  • Then, the outsole of this trail model also features multi-directional lugs. These rubber elements with an aggressive design improve the grip and allow you to tackle the most demanding technical conditions confidently.
  • Finally, the segmented rock plate protects the foot from sharp rocks that can be dangerous on trail terrains. It also improves the durability of the shoe. In addition, this special design is supposed to allow for greater flexibility than with a conventional rock guard.

Midsole

  • The midsole features the React cushioning technology. This is a specially soft foam developed by Nike. It protects against rocks and uneven ground. In addition, this technology aims to maximise the energy return for a fun ride on the trails.
  • On the other hand, there is the Zoom Air technology that takes the shape of a small flexible plastic unit filled with compressed air that acts as a bouncy cushion. The midsole contains two Zoom Air units: one under the forefoot and one under the heel.

Upper

  • The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 uses a technical mesh. It is resistant and offers an effective support of the foot while letting it breathe during the effort.
  • In addition, asymmetrical reinforcement layers improve foot support and give structure to the upper to extend the life of the shoe.
  • We also note the padded tongue that comfortably holds the top of the foot.
  • Finally, the Midfoot Lacing System is a support feature that secures the foot comfortably in the shoe.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 true to size?

This trail shoe follows a classic sizing system. Thus, it must correspond to the announced size. User reviews confirm that it’s true to size so you can choose your usual size for running shoes. However, if this is your first pair of Nike running shoes, a trip to the store can be helpful to make sure you choose the most comfortable size.

Is this trail shoe suitable for heavy runners (85 kg or more)?

Only one study to date has looked at the relationship between weight, sole thickness and risk of injury. According to the conclusions of this study, minimalist footwear can increase the risk of injury for athletes with a weight of more than 71 kilograms. Apart from this, there is no advice for other types of running shoes. The Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 has a 24 mm sole under the heel and should therefore be suitable to you regardless of your weight.

Are these shoes suitable for ultra-trail running?

This Nike trail shoe is versatile enough to be comfortable for different types of distances and trainings. So you can use it for your daily sessions of all types. Regarding the ultra-trail, there is no special indication. If you are able to run comfortably long distances with this shoe over several months, then they should be a good choice. However, note that the cushioning is moderate and that the lugs are of medium depth which may reduce comfort for the ultra-trail depending on your preferences.
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Comparisons

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 vs Nike Wildhorse 6

The Terra Kiger and Wildhorse are the two main trail running shoes in the Nike collection. However, they have different purposes. With its larger frame and deeper lugs, the Wildhorse is geared towards long outings, even ultra-trail. The Terra Kiger 6, on the other hand, shines with its dynamic and light weight. It’s primarily designed for fast rides.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 vs Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail

These two shoes are equivalent in terms of weight even though the Kiger 6 appears lighter on the foot. The Pegasus Trail is also more padded with 30 mm under the heel compared to 24 mm for the K6. This gives a more comfortable but less agile ride. On the other hand, the Terra Kiger’s fit is more precise, which is reassuring during steep descents. Thus, we recommend the P36 Trail for easy outings and optimal comfort and the K6 for more technical sessions.


9.5 OVERALL SCORE Excellent, comfortable and versatile road running shoe
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 outsole lugs

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