The RW Takeaway: With its lower drop, lighter weight, and locked-in lacing, the Terra Kiger 5 is ideal for both runs and races on technical trails in mostly dry conditions. As of this writing, Nike makes three horses for the off-road: the Pegasus 36 Trail, the Wildhorse 5, and the Terra Kiger 5. The first is a great road-trail hybrid, the second offers the essentials for budget-minded runners and beginners, and the third takes the best parts of both—deeper lugs and a midsole rock plate remind us of the rugged Wildhorse, but premium foam and a softer, perforated mesh upper offers more Peg-like comfort on foot. It’s a combination perfect for longer runs on soft, dry singletrack and shorter efforts on rocky, technical terrain. “The traction on off-camber turns is as good as, or better than, any trail shoe I have worn,” one tester said. “It’s firmer on hard or frozen trails, but comes alive and feels a bit more cushy in the dirt.” New to the fifth Kiger is React foam—the same material on speedy shoes like the Peg Turbo—which offers a nimble base for the redesigned grippy outsole, now flush with multidirectional rubber lugs. Although it isn’t waterproof, a double-layered mesh upper w...