In 2014, I was introduced to the Kiger 2. And I ran the snot out of that shoe. For me, it was darn near perfect… ok sure, I only gave it a 7.8 out of ten in my review. But I tell you, this shoe just grew on me. I found myself grabbing it more often then any other shoe when heading out the door.
So, needless to say I was looking forward to the Kiger 3. The only problem, I couldn’t find ANY local dealers which shocked me since the Kiger 2 sold out. So, I took a chance and ordered a pair in ( keeping my fingers crossed that they did not change the sizing).
Enough already! How did I like it? Well let me tell you.
The previous version was comfortable. Like crazy comfortable. It just simply got out of the way. For the Kiger 3 to be a winner in my books, it had to retain this comfort. And thankfully, it does.
Actually, I think the best way to sum up the Kiger 3 is that it is simply more shoe. It is heavier 🙁 but, with the weight also comes some pluses. For instance, there is a rock plate and a more durable sole. The Kiger 2’s sole wore quickly, so fast that I would often avoid any pavement at all. Not good if you have to run to get to the trail head.
So how it the upper? It fits great! Wrapping the foot without any noticeable stitches or pressure points. Although Nike claims that it is exceptionally breathable, I found that it actually might be a touch warmer. If it wears better then the previous version, I will manage the heat.
- Wide toe box
- Great grip
- Tougher sole, the Kiger 2 wore out fast!
- 4mm drop
- Better heel
- Rock plate
- Not as nimble
So, would I recommend the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3, not surprising YES! But, not for most of the reasons I thought I would. I loved the Kiger 2 for it’s nimbleness and great fit. But, admittedly I wouldn’t have worn that shoe all day. Where with the Kiger 3 that is exactly the way I view it. This feels like a good show for an all day run, perhaps a 50 -100 miler.