Nike Wildhorse 3 Shoe Review

Nike Wildhorse 3 Shoe Review

Nicknamed, ‘The Beaver Tail’.

Right off the bat, I have to say that this is one of my all-time favourite shoes for the road and trail. The Nike Wildhorse 3 has been my trail shoe of choice since it hit shelves back in late fall 2015.

I have put this model through an endless number of trail runs, and some real Western Canada hikes and it continues to amaze me and keep my feet moving forward. From the casual after-work hike up Grouse Mountain, to my first 100-mile trail race down in Zion, Utah, this shoe does it all.

Well, it wouldn’t be my first choice for a road 5-K, but it could work.

So, I will start with the basics. The Nike Wildhorse 3 is a stable shoe, but a bit on the beefier side. The men’s 10.5 weighs in around 11 ounces. Some might say it’s a bit too heavy, but considering what you get out of this shoe in terms of performance and longevity, I personally think the extra weight is just fine.

The 8-mm drop is right in the sweet spot, and the stack is 20 mm to 28 mm high – which I think is adequate. It has a forefoot rock plate and is equipped with a Zoom Air unit in the heel.

One of the main reasons why I love the Nike Wildhorse 3 so much is its durability. I’ve had about three pairs of these, and they just will not wear down. I will get 600+ kilometres out of them with no problem and after that, I still have been keeping them around just as chill out shoes because they are just so comfortable. The upper is great, very supportive with the Flywire technology.

The toe box is spacious but doesn’t have so much room that people with narrow feet like me would get lost in wiggle-room. It fits just right, and yet still provides ample room for foot swelling on those real long days in the mountains, or out on the trails.

The tread, or outsole, is very well designed with decent-sized lugs displaced throughout. However, it’s not a soft rubber, so my only complaint is that on wet rocks, and on cold days, you will lose a bit of traction. With that being said, harder rubber materials provide a much more responsive ride on most terrains.

Before I mentioned that I had nicknamed this shoe The Beaver Tail; in some of our local north shore mountains, the terrain can be real technical with rocks, roots, mud and fallen trees. If you let go of your fear of trail descent a bit and run down the mountain, you can rest assure the shoes will protect your feet like a couple of big ole’ beaver tails slapping down the trail. They keep your feet free of harm from the terrain.

Well, it works most of the time.

I hope you get the enjoyment out of the Nike Wildhorse 3 that I have gotten over the last couple of years.

Jesse Booi
Kintec Race Team

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