The new and improved upper of the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4 vaults it into the top spot in our rankings and easily endeared it to our testers enough to win our coveted Editors' Choice Award. This shoe is a perfect blend of minimal heel-toe drop, a low profile, an incredibly comfortable and lightweight upper, and the optimal balance of underfoot protection and sensitivity. Since we already considered the last version of this shoe to be our Top Pick for Light and Fast running, we are thrilled that Nike left all of the best elements of this shoe intact, and with this update improved the upper that we didn't even think needed improvement. The result is a shoe that allows one to nimbly dance over the tops of the sharpest and most jagged rocks equally as well as it thrives when opening up the stride on flowy terrain or grinding away at endless uphills. If you want a shoe that will make you feel lighter and faster on your feet, while still offering the stability and protection needed for ultra distances, this is an excellent choice for you. We are happy to recommend it as the best shoe we tested in 2017.
Nike has freshened up their colorways for the Terra Kiger 4 this season. You can see one of the new offerings in the photo above.