Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2: Trail Running Shoes

 

A new version of one of our favorite trail shoes is noticeably more rugged than its 2013 precursor. The Kiger keeps its racing-flat-like profile, but gets substantive upgrades, including an upper that’s been reinforced in key spots and a T-Bar heel counter added to address a slightly mushy-feeling heel. The result is a big win – this shoe has excellent traction off the road, but retains all the responsiveness we loved in its debut version. [8.5 oz; 4mm drop; $125; nike.com]