Outdoor Retailer 2018 Summer Market Recap – Nike Highlights

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.

Nike

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.

Weight: TBD but expected to be a touch lighter than v4
 
Stack Height: TBD, 4mm drop expected
 
Available Spring 2019, $130
Presenting the Nike Terra Kiger 5 (bottom row). Note: these are the women’s colorways and a third option should be available at launch in a black / white motif.

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.

Wildhorse 5

With the Wildhorse 5 we’ll see a new upper that should please folks who were a fan of the upper in version 3 but disliked version 4. Nike specifically called out they heard the feedback on version 4 and adjusted the cumbersome wrap we saw over the forefoot. Thanks for listening Nike! No changes to the midsole or outsole are expected. 
 
Weight: TBD but expected to be a touch lighter than v4
 
Stack Height: 28mm/20mm, 8mm drop (no changes)
 
Available Spring 2019, $TBC (I believe I heard Nike say it was going to stay $110 but this needs to be confirmed)

With the Wildhorse 5 we will see a new upper that should please fans of the third version. No changes are expected to the midsole or outsole from which we saw on both version 3 and version 4 which begs the question – why did it take two years to update this shoe?
 

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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.


Disclaimer: All words and thoughts are my own and no compensation was offered nor received.

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