When considering a new running shoe, there are so many similar-looking shoes on the market being made by so many different companies, it is virtually impossible to (1) know where to begin; (2) quickly figure out which one or two products from a given brand might work well for you; and (3) determine what products from other brands might be the most similar and also worth considering.
So in our “Blister Brand Guide” series, we provide an overview of the entire product lineup of a brand; highlight how each product stands out from the rest of that brand’s lineup; and help you figure out quickly and easily which shoe might work best for you.
In our individual product reviews, we go very deep into the details of particular products. With these Brand Guides, the goal is not Depth, but Breadth. Our Brand Guides and full reviews are designed to complement each other — provide a broad overview of entire company lineups, and then also very detailed reviews of individual products.
Nike: Brand Background
Nike is one of the biggest names in road running, but they’re still trying to establish themselves more widely in the trail running world. Nike has dabbled in the trail shoe market in the distant past, but their current line of “Nike Trail” shoes launched in 2014 with the release of the Zoom Wildhorse. Since then, their trail lineup has grown to include several other models for all types of distances and terrains.
While Nike’s trail shoe lineup might seem fairly limited compared to brands like Hoka or Salomon at a first glance, each shoe in Nike’s lineup has a distinct set of features that cater to a specific type of runner. In this brand guide, we’ll outline these features and provide an idea of what each Nike Trail shoe is designed to do best. As Nike continues to release models throughout 2023, we’ll regularly update this guide to reflect new additions to their lineup.
NIKE TRAIL SHOES
(Most Cushioned to Least Cushioned)