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Nike Wildhorse 7 Review Analysis (2022)

Nike Wildhorse 7

Last update: October 2022

The Nike Wildhorse 7 is a comfortable trail running shoe for easy terrains.

The Consensus

8.5Overall score
Stylish trail running shoe with good foot lockdown but that lacks protection and grip
The Nike Wildhorse 7 aims to be the brand’s most cushioned and protective trail running shoe with a thick sole (30 mm heel stack height), a rock plate, and a protective upper with an integrated gaiter. After a major overhaul last year (including React foam), this seventh version stalls and makes few changes.

Let’s cut to the chase: the Wildhorse 7, like its predecessor, disappointed testers overall. The cushioning is soft and comfortable, but this contributes to some instability. Also, despite the rigid segmented rock plate, trail runners complained of feeling the rocks while running. This configuration can be comfortable as long as you stay on trails that are not too rugged.

The upper remains the shoe’s strongest point with its comfortable and precise lockdown. Nevertheless, although sufficiently wide, the toe box is too low, which has caused irritation and even pain for some trail runners. Finally, the grip is decent on dry ground but insufficient on wet surfaces like mud. Also, testers criticized the lack of flexibility of the outsole (that translates into a rubber block), which contributes to making the shoe unstable.

In summary, despite a successful design and an ambitious configuration, the Wildhorse 7 is not convincing. It can be a comfortable option for easy trails, but beyond that, we advise you to opt for another model, like its much more impressive colleague: the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7.
Comfort
8.5
Grip
8
Protection
8
Durability
9
Value for money
8.5
Design
9
PROS
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Upper that offers a precise foot lockdown
  • Sleek design
  • Affordable price for the quality
CONS
  • Little protection against rocks
  • The poor grip on wet surfaces
  • Lack of stability

Technologies

Nike Wildhorse 8 unboxing

Outsole

  • The resilient rubber of the outsole gives secure traction on trails.
  • The multidirectional lugs increase the grip on trail courses to serenely face the most challenging conditions.
  • The segmented rigid rock plate protects the foot from sharp stones on rocky terrains. It also increases the durability of the shoe.
Nike Wildhorse 7 rubber outsole

Midsole

  • React: the plushest foam in Nike’s collection. It allows a soft and lively underfoot feel.
Nike Wildhorse 7 cushioning

Upper

  • The Nike Wildhorse 7’s upper is an engineered mesh that comfortably keeps the foot secure in the shoe while offering ventilation, especially in the summer.
  • The gaiter-like collar enhances in-shoe feel and prevents dust and gravel to enter inside the shoe.
  • Dynamic Fit is a midfoot support system that maximizes security and comfort by eliminating the space between the foot and the upper.
  • The forefoot overlays maximize foot lockdown and the upper’s robustness to increase the lifespan of the shoe.
Nike Wildhorse 7 on feet

Facts

Technical Specs

TerrainTrail
Pronation typeNeutral
Drop8 mm
Heel stack height30 mm
Forefoot stack height22 mm
FeaturesIntegrated gaiter, Rock plate
Weight (men)301 g/10.6 oz
Weight (women)273 g/9.6 oz
Release year2021

Cushioning

Softness (1-5)4 – Soft
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate

Technologies

OutsoleResilient rubber, multidirectional lugs, segmented rigid rock plate
MidsoleReact
UpperEngineered Mesh, gaiter-like collar, Dynamic Fit, forefoot overlays

Use

SpeedModerate
DistanceMid, long
WorkoutDaily runs

Reference: Wildhorse 7’s official page on Nike

Nike Wildhorse 7 review

Comparisons – Nike Wildhorse 7 vs.:

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7

With more cushioning than before, the Terra Kiger 7 is getting closer and closer to the Wildhorse on paper. However, it’s more stable with a better grip, while being more protective. We strongly recommend that you choose it over the Wildhorse. See the side-by-side comparison.

Nike Pegasus Trail 2

Again, there’s a clear winner between these two trail models: the Pegasus Trail 2 has more springy cushioning and better grip. See the side-by-side comparison.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the Nike Wildhorse 7 fit true to size?

This shoe is based on a regular sizing chart and testers confirm that it fits correctly. So you can choose your usual size.

I’m a heavyweight athlete. Is the Nike Wildhorse 7 suitable for me?

Yes, this shoe should normally be suitable even if you’re a heavyweight runner. Indeed, The Nike Wildhorse 7 has a stack height of 30 mm under the heel, which is enough to support most people.

Is this shoe recommended to run an ultramarathon?

This Nike trail running shoe is very suitable for different types of training and distances. However, testers note a lack of protection and grip, which bounds the shoe to easy terrain. Ultramarathon courses can be technical, so we wouldn’t recommend this shoe.

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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