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KEY STATS AND FEATURES:

  • Price: £135
  • Weight: 321g (Men's size 10)
  • Drop: 9.5mm
  • Neutral/stability/trail
  • Key tech: React midsole, Gore-Tex upper

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

First impressions from the shoe without running in them was that the upper felt well put together and light with good flexibility, which was in contrast to the stiffness of the sole – I was intrigued to how they would perform as usually I would have gone for a flexible sole too. 

 

Looks are not everything but I liked the fact that the base colour was dark with some nice contrasts which won’t be ruined on their first outing on the trails. 

 

The weight felt pretty well distributed in the sole and foam so although slightly heavier than I have been used to in the past, it didn’t feel too heavy at all and I was keen to get out running the faster trails locally. 

FIT:

The upper felt really good and fit like a sock. I was also pleasantly surprised by the GTX material and would say it was true to size – I prefer a wider fitting shoe which has ruled some shoes out in the past but these fit just fine.

 

I did have to loosen off the laces across the midfoot just to make it more comfortable, but that’s normal for me and once sorted I had no issues with my foot feeling secure. 

 

The first few steps felt a little alien to me due to the drop and emphasis in the heel of the shoe but once I had run for 10 minutes in them, I no longer noticed this and it was really smooth. 

 

PERFORMANCE:

The first run was on good, well maintained trails and I would say anything from easy to moderate effort in a good rhythm is perfect for this shoe. Running uphill was a pleasant surprise as the sole felt a little stiffer than I am used to in a trail shoe which can be a benefit as long as you stick to untechnical terrain

 

I did feel an emphasis on the heel which at quicker speeds wasn’t as smooth feeling but everyone has a different running style so mine just didn’t fit running fast for too long. 

 

I have done some hill sprints and strides in them though ranging between 10 – 45 seconds and they felt really good

 

I have covered around 70 miles in the shoes now and there is no sign of any early issues with durability with everything holding up pretty much as new, minus plenty of mud and a little wear on the lugs but nothing out the ordinary. 

 

The GTX part of shoe works really well splashing through the odd puddle and the fabric is still light and flexible in the right places. 

CONCLUSION:

I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised by the shoe and feel that this is a big step in the right direction for Nike trail shoes. 

 

On some of the really muddy or slippy sections of trail I did feel some slipping around and wasn’t too confident in the shoe, BUT I personally think that if you stick to using the shoe on terrain that it was intended then you will have lots of fun miles in them. 

 

If you are a road runner transitioning to light trail, a fan of Nike shoes already or just looking for a durable trail shoe that you can run some good volume in, I would be happy to recommend it. 

 

If you are a hardened fell runner, prefer a more flexible minimalist midsole or not comfortable with a higher drop than other options, I may recommend trying something slightly different. Explore our extensive trail running collection here!

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Gary House

Gary is an ultra runner and has 10+ years of experience in coaching runners from beginner level to intermediate. You can follow Gary on his socials - @garyhouse_
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