Bounding across rugged trails calls for special footwear that’s equal parts supple and supportive, so Nike Running has readied its newest batch of off-road silhouettes: the Wildhorse 6 and Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6. Geared specifically towards backcountry running excursions, each of these Nike shoes offers a different fit and feel — the Wildhorse 6 is all about pillow-like cushioning, while the Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is built to keep its wearer’s feet dry and protected no matter the conditions.
Thanks to a 5/8 cut sock upper and thick mesh/sturdy synthetic materials, the Wildhorse 6 doesn’t lose any durability in its pursuit of comfort. This rough-and-tumble build is juxtaposed with a full-length React foam footbed, which itself is contained by a horseshoe-shaped piece of firm rubber in the heel. Even the lacing system is modified, with a lateral fit band increasing lockdown.
Meanwhile, the Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is sleek like a Pegasus in its construction but stout in its stylings. Mesh uppers have been modified to provide protection against obstacles like rocks, mud, roots and branches. A modified forefoot minimizes irritating “hotspots” and increases overall fit with isolated front eyelets. Hidden Zoom Air cushioning rounds things off by offering a responsive feel.
Both styles use a light blue base color that’s accented by crisp mint green plus vivid orange and yellow. Swooshes present a multi-colored pattern reminiscent of the midsoles on Nike Sportswear‘s highly anticipated Space Hippie line, and outsoles feature an aggressive lug pattern to improve traction and reduce the chance of mud clogging its channels.
Both the Wildhorse 6 and Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 will release on the Nike webstore come March 5. Retail prices have yet to be announced.