Nike Terra Kiger 4
The new and improved Nike Terra Kiger 4 has a lot of updates. A Flymesh continues to deliver lightweight support and breathable coverage. The shoe has a new soft, generous toe bumper that replaces the TPU-made add-on of its predecessor.
A thin layer keeps the foot well-protected and offers a softer feel. The fourth Terra Kiger version features a gusseted tongue design instead of the traditional tongue construction. It holds the foot securely in place.
Improved Dynamic Fit technology has an inner-sleeve construction that gives a more sock-like fit. Flywire cables located at the shoe top were reduced but still hold the fast securely and comfortably. The improved upper assembly also includes a lace system that has an upgraded lace loop design.
- Ample foot protection
- Balance of underfoot protection and sensitivity
- Great traction
- Low profile
- Softer midsole
- Wider toe box
- No rock plate
- The outsole is not super sticky on rocks
- Runs a half size small
The strategic design of the waffle-patterned outsole provides added durability and multi-surface traction. Environmentally friendly material is used in the outsole. The clown-puke rubber makes the shoe look appealing.
They are strategically placed for more responsive cushioning. The units offer resilient and lightweight cushioning. The Zoom Air unit consists of pockets of pressurized air. Two Zoom pods are cushioned with Phylon Midsole material. The midsole unit is used in other Nike shoes such as Nike Air Zoom Streak 7 and Nike Air Zoom Winflo 5. This super foam midsole works with the Zoom Air features to give the shoe a springy step.
It gives the shoe excellent ventilation. The upper allows airflow in and out but not dirt particles, making it perfect for a trail shoe. All well-ventilated shoes allow water to enter. Flymesh technology allows water to drain out quickly and dry fast.
Along with the upper mesh super technology, a Flywire lacing system is meant to lock the midfoot securely on tough terrain. A well-designed upper system makes the shoe pleasant to wear on trails.
The right amount of cushioning needed during trail runs is provided. An appropriate cushion-to-weight ratio keeps the shoe from feeling bulky or heavy. The runner does not feel the cushion bending or thinning with pressure or weight.
Comfort is a subjective metric. Everyone’s foot is shaped differently. Standardized shoes naturally feel different to each person. With that information as a precursor, the shoe is among the most comfortable reviewers ran in.
Of the 17 shoes tested, the upper was deemed to be the best fitting. Multiple Dynamic Fit system layers comfortably and perfectly hug the foot. Underfoot the shoe is much stiffer and firmer than most foam cushioning counterparts. The shoes still offer a smooth ride with excellent padding.
The shoes retain a surprising amount of sensitivity. It does not cut the runner off from connection to the trail. Reviewers appreciated the supportive and stiff underfoot feel. It is a contrast to the springy and cushy ride runner feel on shoes having a lot of midsole EVA foam.
While the underfoot is almost perfectly protected, the mesh upper remains vulnerable. New upgrades did not increase protection. A thin rubberized overlay replaces the minimal TPU overlays used in the third version toe bumper.
The mesh upper offers only slight abrasion resistance. There is nothing to protect the top or sides of the front from rocks, roots, and branches if a foot slips off a muddy embankment or wet rock. Other Nike shoes have burlier rubber protection. The shoe features 28mm of stack height beneath the heel. It is slightly better than average in the area of foot protection. The midsole is made of Phylon foam.
It provides cushioning and a combination of a heel air pocket and forefoot ‘rock plate’ that is relatively sensitive and very flexible. It is not a solid rock plate but helps protect the feet from impact. Relatively thick rubberized patches on each side of the upper do an excellent job of protecting the feel and the shoe material.
Whether running through streams or hitting the mountains, this is an excellent all-terrain shoe. The shoe ideally fits the train running shoe mold. It thrives as every day, high-mileage trainer. The shoe is an ultra-running shoe that is also comfortable for hiking.
It is a wonderful shoe durable enough to last for a long time. Its relatively low price presents an extraordinary value. One group of reviewers awarded it the title of Best Bang for the Buck. Reviewers validate the value based on durability during testing and internet claims that back up their findings. It is available on Amazon for $90.
The lug design is a waffle pattern with impressive and interestingly deep squares that cover the entire outsole. Climbing over rocky terrain mountains is made easier. The lug pattern looks as though it was pressed in a waffle iron.
It offers many aggressively incut square lugs. Initially, the rubber feels hard to the touch, which slightly limits scrambling over rocks. Reviewers gave the shoe a seven of ten rating for traction. It was ranked a notch below the shoe; they felt provided the best traction.
Except for wet and dry rocks, it performed as well as the shoes deemed to be the most aggressive while retaining more durability. The design is a bit different than other Nike shoes, but the material used is the same found in other Nike outsoles.
The design increases the stride stability. The Flymesh upper has a snug feel that gives the foot a stable feeling with the help of an excellent lacing system. The Kiger 4 does not correct pronation issues.
While it does provide stability for trail runners, the shoe was not designed as a stability shoe. It only provides enough support for those with neutral pronation. It may not be super stable; it doesn’t disappoint either.
Runners don’t feel excessive forefoot movement or their heel slipping. The ring of rubber from the midsole to the outsole and the ground conforming features give the feet better grip. Each step is firm and made with confidence.
A low 20 mm stack height in the forefoot and a low four-mm heel-to-toe drop ensure the shoe runs closer to the ground. The reviewers rated the shoe as among the best when considering stability. It was given a rating of nine.
The stability within the upper is due to a combination of a gusseted tongue with stretchy elastic and a new inner mesh liner. The secured upper and landing platform feel as stable as other top stability scorers.
* Environmentally friendly
* Flymesh upper provides a snug feel and breathability
* Overall lightweight
* Simple design
* Unique outsole waffle design pattern
* Zoom air units in forefoot and heel
The outsole and midsole have not changed. The features maintain the outsole’s unique waffle design pattern and the excellent cushiony, yet firm midsole feel. The outsole not only has a cool appearance, but it is also environmentally friendly. The outsole construction uses recycled rubber.
The shoes have excellent all-terrain running shoe attributes. It offers breathability, excellent traction, and comfort but is durable enough and supportive enough for rough run use. The Kiger 4 is worthy of the arsenal of any trail runner.