Nike Wildhorse 6 Trail Running Shoe Review

Nike’s React foam based running shoe has now been launched in a 6th version – the Nike Wildhorse 6 is available now.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
The Nike Wildhorse 6 is the 6th version of Nike’s Wildhorse trail running shoe. It’s got React foam – and a lot of it – that means this is Nike’s smoothest, softest, and most cushioned trail shoe.

Need a trail running shoe? This is a tough one, with an all-rubber outsole it also has tenacious grip.

But the real appeal of the Wildhorse shoe is all that glorious React foam – this is Nike’s softest, most cushioned trail shoe.

And we’d like to tell you all about it (and show you too!)

You can get the Nike Wildhorse 6 from Road Runner Sports (We are an affiliate:)

Nike Wildhorse 6 (Aura/Mint Foam/Speed Yellow/Blackened Blue) The Nike Wildhorse 6 uses React foam for a soft and springy ride. It's a tough off trail shoe that you can use when you go off-pavement. This is Aura/Mint Foam/Speed Yellow/Blackened Blue, which is what is shown in most of the photos in this review.

Let’s take a look.

Nike Wildhorse 6 Hands On Review on YouTube

We featured this shoe as part of our Nike Trail Shoe Shootout 2020:

Nike Wildhorse 6 – Sizing, Fit, and Feel

The Wildhorse 6 runs true to size.

Men’s Size 11 fits me perfectly – and that’s the size I wear in most shoes.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
Nike Wildhorse 6 runs true to size – my normal shoe size fits perfectly.

With that out of the way – let’s talk about that React foam.

This is a very cushioned shoe – React foam is soft, but provides crisp rebound with every step.

This gives you energy back with every foot-step.

It’s a very pleasant feeling – and results in a very nice run (or walk!)

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
There is a very healthy amount of React foam in the outsole and midsole of the Wildhorse 6. This makes for an exceptionally soft and comfortable ride.

Nike Wildhorse 6 – Trail Running Shoe Features

The Wildhorse 6 contains a few evolutionary improvements over the previous versions of the shoe.

The all-rubber outsole should offer tenacious grip in sand, mud, or dirt.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
The outsole of the Wildhorse 6 is all-rubber. The lugs are deep and widely spaced to prevent clogging.

The lugs are tall, and widely spaced – to prevent clogging.

The outsole has lugs all over as well – which means this should be a great shoe for mud/sand.

And as you might guess from the multi-colored sole – there are different rubber compounds in use.

The forefoot and heel are a tougher, more abrasion resistant material.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
Here’s another view of the outsole – you can see the depth of the lugs.

Meanwhile, the center is stickier for better traction (but probably less durability.)

This shoe has a gaiter around the collar to help keep dirt, mud, sticks, and other debris out of the shoe.

It is elasticized and fits tightly – even on my skinny ankles.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
Elasticized gaiter on the Wildhorse helps keep mud and debris out of your shoe.

There is a pull tab on the heel to ease putting this shoe on also.

It’s quite large and should be easy to grasp.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
Got pull tab? These shoes do. Can’t miss these – they are huge – and brightly colored.

The Wildhorse 6 also uses Nike’s slick segmented padded tongue.

This is a great way to create a robust tongue that protects against lace bite without being overly bulky.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
Tongue uses segmented padding – it’s a neat way to protect against lace bite – without adding too much bulk.

Those latitude and longitude coordinates? That’s the Wildhorse lake trail in Oregon.

That’s the inspiration for this shoe.

Heel to toe drop is 8mm – and it’s indicated on the outsole – in case you forget.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
Heel to Toe Drop is 8mm.

This is categorized as a neutral shoe.

How is running in the Wildhorse 6?

I can confirm this shoe delivers the authentic React running shoe experience.

Nike has used enough foam such that you get that springy, light feel.

They are great for walking too, although the aggressive lug pattern makes a fair amount of noise on pavement.

Nike Wildhorse 6 - Trail Running Shoe with React foam
Nike Wildhorse 6 delivers on the React foam running experience.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6

Let’s compare the Wildhorse to Nike’s other 6th generation trail running shoe – the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6
The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 is the other 6th gen trail shoe Nike has launched in 2020. What’s the difference? Mostly cushioning and outsole.

You can see the Terra Kiger 6 is a basic trail running shoe – deep lugs, laces, and sporty looks.

What you can’t see is that there is an Air Zoom unit in the heel.

That’s Nike’s pressurized air unit (like an air bag) that uses compressed tensile fibers to provide rebound.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6
The Terra Kiger 6 is an Air Zoom shoe – with a single cushioning unit in the heel. It is noticeably less cushioned and soft as compared to the Wildhorse.

With only a single Air Zoom unit , the main difference between this and the Wildhorse is that there is just a lot less cushion to this shoe.

The Wildhorse gives you the full React foam experience – where as the Terra Kiger 6 is more minimalistic.

You also can’t see the segmented rock plate incorporated in the forefoot of the Terra Kiger 6.

As you may know, running on rocky trails and pathways can be painful – with the wrong shoe.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 Trail Running Shoes
You can’t see it, but there is a segmented rock plate integrated into the forefoot of the Terra Kiger 6. This helps protect your foot from rocks and stones on the trail. There is no rock plate in the Wildhorse.

The segmented rock plate works like armor for the underside of the shoe and protects your toes and forefoot.

Of course, having the rock plate probably displaces the space that could otherwise be used for a 2nd Air Zoom unit – but there have to be design tradeoffs in order to keep weight acceptable.

The other big difference with this shoe is that there is a wet-traction rubber pod in the center of the outsole.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6
The Terra Kiger has a wet-traction rubber pod right in the center of the outsole. This should be helpful for running on large slippery rocks. The Wildhorse, in contrast, has an all-rubber outsole with deep boot lugs all over – which probably means better mud / sand traction.

So, there is a bit less boot-like lug area, but the rubber pod is probably helpful for running on wet, rocky surfaces – where boot lugs may NOT give you the traction you need.

(It’s hard for us to test this aspect of the shoe – as here in Florida there are very few rocks to be found – this state is more like one gigantic sandbar.)

All said, we’d recommend the Terra Kiger 6 for rocky trails and paths – and for those that aren’t looking for a fully cushioned, soft running experience.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6
Terra Kiger 6 is probably a better choice for running on rocky trails and paths.

Both are categorized as neutral shoes.

The Wildhorse has 8 mm of heel to toe drop – as compared to only 4mm in the Terra Kiger 6.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail

Let’s take a look at another Air Zoom shoe – the Nike Air Zoo Pegasus 36 Trail.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Pegasus Trail 36
Let’s compare the Wildhorse 6 to the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail. As the name implies, this is an Air Zoom cushioned shoe – with two units.

This shoe has two Air Zoom units – one in the forefoot, and one in the heel.

There is no rock plate in this shoe, but you get that 2nd Air Zoom unit up front.

Consequently this shoe has a softer feel as compared to the Terra Kiger 6 – with it’s heel-only zoom unit.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Pegasus Trail 36
Thanks to the double Air Zoom units, this shoe is more cushioned than the Terra Kiger 6 – but it’s not match for the soft cushion in the Wildhorse.

But, it’s not as soft and cushioned as the Wildhorse, which makes heavy use of React foam.

The outsole tread pattern is also significantly less aggressive.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Pegasus Trail 36
The less aggressive outsole of the Pegasus 36 Trail features foam supplemented with tough rubber for traction and durability. Being less aggressive, this is probably a better shoe for mixed use on asphalt and off-trail.

We’d recommend the Pegasus 36 Trail for someone looking for a less aggressive trail shoe.

It has the basic features of a trail shoe, but is less radical.

That said, even with double Air Zoom units – it cannot hold a candle to the React based ride in the Wildhorse.

That is a simply a much softer, and more cushioned shoe.

Nike Wildhorse 6 versus Nike Pegasus Trail 36
Mild or wild? That’s how we categorize this match-up. Or do you need ultimate cushioning? Then go for the Wildhorse, but the Pegasus 36 trail is more versatile because of the less radical outsole.

The Pegasus Trail 36 has a classic 10mm offset, as compared to 8mm in the Wildhorse.

Nike Wildhorse 6 – In Summary

The Nike Wildhorse 6 is the sixth version of Nike’s Wildhorse trail running shoe.

It uses a lot of React foam to give a very soft and cushioned feel.

It also uses an aggressive all-rubber outsole and other features (like the elasticized gaiter) to give this shoe off-pavement credentials.

The widely spaced lugs should make this a good shoe for mud, sand, and dirt.

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