Outdoor Retailer is North America’s largest tradeshow for the outdoor industry. Split between an annual Summer Market show and an annual Winter Market show it is the conference where exhibitors, retail buyers, and the outdoor media come together to preview upcoming products. Brands previewed a ton of upcoming new products we should generally see in the next 3-9 months. In this article we’ll focus on what caught my eye from a running shoe standpoint.
Note: any specifications cited are pre-production numbers. As brands get closer to mass production and distribution we may occasionally see slight tweaks based on final wear testing and feedback.
Terra Kiger 5
Finally! Depending on exactly which month in Spring 2019 Nike releases the Kiger 5 it will be approximately two years since the Kiger 4 was released. And with the Kiger 5 expect a major overhaul. The upper appears to be similar in both design and material to the previous version but that is where the similarities end. We’ll see Nike’s React foam used in the forefoot along with a completely new outsole.
Just like the women the men will get three colorways at launch in both the Terra Kiger 5 (left row) and Wildhorse 5 (right row).
Expect big changes to the midsole and outsole. We’ll see forefoot React foam along with a new, deeper lug pattern on the outsole. And as you can clearly see the outsole is now segmented. I’ll definitely want to see if this design is an improvement over previous versions.
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Meet Your Shoe & Gear Editor: Ben Zuehlsdorf
I am an avid running gear junkie. When I’m not smelling new shoes I’m usually running or racing around the local trails in Marin County, California or talking shop with the San Francisco Running Company community of friends. I was once a road marathoner but now have transitioned almost exclusively to the trails and racing ultras the last few years.
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