Nike Shows Trail Running Shoes at Outdoor Retailer for the First Time

Although many of the brands featured at Outdoor Retailer in Denver have exhibited in past years, there’s a newcomer to the 2018 summer market event: Nike.

It’s tough to say the Swoosh is new at anything giving its rich history, but the label’s trail running division — which launched in 2011 — is making its first appearance at Outdoor Retailer, showing looks for men and women that will debut in the summer of 2019.

Hanging out in a retro mobile home, Nike running footwear designer Matthew Palmer showed FN two styles: the Kiger 5 and the Wild Horse 5.

Nike Kiger 5
Nike Kiger 5
CREDIT: Peter Verry

Kiger 5, Palmer explained, feels like a racing shoe for the trails. It’s a lighter sneaker than other trail runners, features the brand’s latest React foam midsole cushioning, and boasts a heel similar to the popular Zoom Fly road running shoe. It is also built with a minimal tongue with foam pods for comfort, and an outsole with three sections for varied traction — the forefoot and rear are aggressive, and the mid foot is executed with sticky rubber.

The Kiger will retail for $130. 

The Wild Horse 5 is a beefed up shoe, Palmer explained, which is durable and ready to take on anything. The midsole and outsole carry over from the prior iteration, but it is built with a new-look upper. 

The Wild Horse 5 will retail for $110.

Nike Wild Horse 5
Nike Wild Horse 5
CREDIT: Peter Verry
Nike Outdoor Retailer 2018
Nike is hosting appointments at Outdoor Retailer in a retro mobile home.
CREDIT: Peter Verry

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