Gear Trail Shoe Review: Wildhorse, by Nike

Trail Shoe Review: Wildhorse, by Nike


Do you know what it feels like to live in a climate where the air hurts your face? I do! Welcome to Alberta! We can get temperature swings of 30 to 40 degrees in the span of 24 hours. You are either picking out all your layers one day, and then shaking out a pair of crops the next.

The only thing I don’t change are my shoes.

Timeless, reliable, tried and true for me are the Nike Wildhorse trail shoes ($102.99). They have trudged with me through many deep mud puddles and smelly bogs, snow drifts and all the fluffy snow Mother Nature can possibly taunt us with.

These shoes have heard me question my sanity while sliding down slick, muddy trails and while running a race during -40 C windchill conditions. They have listened to me cry about how I was sure that I couldn’t take one more step. But those tough little Wildhorse shoes always made sure I took the next step, no matter what.

Lightweight, with a rugged rock plate and lugs that take a healthy bite into the dirt or snow, they have taken me through some questionable conditions, where I have fallen repeatedly, yet always able to get up and keep moving.

Earlier this fall, I went on a day hike up Coliseum Mountain, pictured above, and as we scuttled across a narrow section of loose scree, I was incredibly thankful for a solid pair of shoes that helped me not lose my footing.

Always wild and free, and on my own terms, breathing in that fresh air is exactly where I want to be. I am eternally grateful that I am able to do this and so happy to have found the pair of shoes that can take me there. Highly recommend.