Stray branches, loose soil and steep slopes are just the price of entry when it comes to trail running. But much like navigating the obstacles of life, when taking on the trail, preparation combined with the right equipment makes all the difference.
As more and more runners add off-road surfaces to their workout plans, they’re conquering nature’s obstacle course with help from Nike’s latest trail running collection. Designed with the most difficult terrain in mind, the collection’s versatile, high-performance styles help runners effectively tackle their off-road adventure.
Apparel Engineered for the Toughest Terrain
Named after the Kiger Mustang horse for its agility and sure-footedness, the Nike Trail Kiger apparel collection offers practical and stylish options for both men and women looking to take on the trail. The collection features design details geared specifically for trail runners, who are often running longer and farther away from convenient urban amenities. This calls for extra pockets to store snacks, a phone, keys and even food wrappers or trash. And since trail surroundings can include a host of unpredictable branches, twigs and leaves, pieces from the collection are built with durability in mind, including polyester ripstop fabric.
Engineered from strong, ultralight ripstop fabric, the lightweight Nike Trail Kiger Jackets for men and women are designed to complement runners’ mobility. The jackets’ stowable hood and packable design allows runners to layer down on the trail when the temperatures warm up. Coated with a DWR (durable, water-repellent) finish, the Nike Trail Kiger Jackets offer wind and water resistance for weather protection. Designed with practicality and performance in mind, the Nike Trail Kiger Jackets includes multiple zip pockets for easy storage of small items on the run, and the women’s jacket offers personalized fit with a drawcord at the waist.
Like the Kiger Jackets, the men’s Nike Trail Kiger Half-Zip was designed with comfort in mind. Created from lightweight Nike Dri-FIT fabric, the layering piece helps keep runners both dry and comfortable. The half-zip’s abrasion-resistant screen print on the shoulders enhances durability and is specially placed to enhance comfort while carrying a backpack. A zippered pocket helps keep items safe and secure on the trek off the beaten path.
When navigating the tough topography of natural terrain, agility is key. The men’s Nike 7” Trail Kiger Shorts are crafted from a combination of ultralight ripstop fabric and stretch woven side panels, allowing runners to move smoothly through nature’s tight quarters without fear of the garment weighing them down or tearing. These durable shorts are also water-repellent, helping ensure a clean, comfortable run regardless of the weather. The shorts feature six pockets to accommodate any necessities on the trail, including a pocket specially designed to separate any food trash from other items.
Nike’s Trail Kiger Tights for men provide an extra layer of aerodynamic warmth and skin protection. Paired with Nike’s Kiger Shorts or worn alone, these durable, supportive tights are crafted from Dri-FIT fabric to help keep runners dry and comfortable on their trek through the unknown. A more compressive, supportive fabric panel runs down the side of the leg and over the knee where support is needed. Featuring a water resistant, zippered pocket to keep small items stored in a dry environment, and ankle zippers for easy on and off, these tights offer support and warmth to any runner looking to take on the trail.
For women seeking the support of tights without full coverage, the women’s Nike Trail Kiger Capris offer the perfect solution. These high-stretch Dri-FIT capri pants hug the body while offering the comfort of a wide elastic waistband waist and the security of an internal drawstring. A drop-in pocket with water resistant barrier keep small items secure and dry on unpredictable trail terrain, and the stylish design comes in multiple colors so runners can either blend in with nature or stand out in a crowd.
Footwear for Confidence on any Trail
Designing shoes for the trail requires attention to traction, comfort and mobility. Elements like a rounded heel and low profile help the runner navigate the trail’s uneven surfaces, while rubber outsole lugs grip the trail for steady traction.
The Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2 combines the popular low-profile, super-responsive engineering of the original Nike Terra Kiger with added strength and abrasion resistance. Heel and forefoot Zoom Air units deliver responsive, quick-off-the-ground cushioning. The aggressive cross-country-inspired lugs –gripping the ground for optimal trail traction – combined with a sticky rubber outsole give runners the traction to help handle whatever comes underfoot. In the upper, Dynamic Nike Flywire wraps the foot for a secure fit, and engineered mesh delivers lightweight breathability and comfort so runners can go for miles, conquering all of nature’s obstacles.
Much like the Nike Trail Kiger collection was named after the agility of a mustang, the Nike Zoom Terra Wildhorse 2 was named after the unbridled freedom, ferocity and swiftness of a stallion. The trail running shoe features Zoom Air cushioning in the heel, providing a responsive ride to help runners quickly navigate the trail’s uneven surfaces, rocks and roots. The shoe’s rounded heel and low-offset midsole optimize a natural stride, while the internal bootie stretches to add both the comfort and support necessary to navigate whatever comes along the path.
Runners can leave the city in their dust with the Nike Trail Running Collection, available now on nike.com.