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Nike Juniper Trail Review

Very comfy & grip in wintery conditions

Review Scores

Comfort - 82%
Cost - 82%
Sizing - 83%
Support - 90%
Style - 73%

82%

My Score

If you want a low cost trail shoe, these are spot on. A very responsive midsole, with plenty of traction. Be sure to go up half a size if you have wide feet as the toe box always more narrow on trail shoes.

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I’m not a trail runner but last two winters I’ve either run on treadmill or been injured but this year we seem to be getting more snow and I needed something with more grip so I can continue running in all conditions, for my birthday I purchased a pair of Nike trail shoes. Not a top range pair, as I don’t need to break the bank but just something to give me some grip. I’ve managed to do various sessions in these including speed session, hill session and long runs. Below is my detailed review.

Product Description

et out of the road and explore through nature with confidence with the Nike Juniper Trail hiking shoes. Durable, lightweight, and with an aggressive, modern design, these shoes are designed to keep you focused on the trail and improve your speed on even the most challenging and steep terrain.

The key to the Juniper Trail´s high grip and traction is its rugged rubber outsole, whose wedge-shaped studs increase stability over rocky and unstable surfaces. A foam midsole adds cushioning and responsiveness as you instill more speed and rhythm to your workout.

Made of a highly breathable and comfortable mesh, the Juniper Trail’s upper gains support thanks to an internal bootie that increases grip in the midfoot area. A lace closure hugs your foot safely at the instep, while a rubber-stamped cage provides support in the heel.

The Nike Juniper Trail delivers a consistent ride for your off-road runs. It´s built for rocky trails, helping you stay focused on the path ahead. Tough traction mixes with a lightweight design so you can keep moving when tackling challenging terrain.

  • Breathable – Air can flow in and out for exceptional breathability.
  • Thick Material – Protection to vulnerable areas of the feet are covered by thick material.
  • Flywire Cables – Provide you with extra stability.
  • Secure Lacing System – Secures you with a comfortable fit.
  • Padded Tongue – Soft and padded tongue will guarantee comfort.
  • Full Length Platform – A full length midsole platform guarantees soft underfoot comfort.
  • Energy Return – Energy is returned effectively for a responsive run.
  • Heel Protection – Under the heel, there is an extra cushioned section that will provide extra bounce.
  • Rock Plate – Shields from rocks and stones from below.
  • High Abrasion Rubber – Will grip to all surfaces for control.
  • Rubber Pods – Will further anchor the foot in place.
  • Deep Lugs – Anchor your feet to all surfaces

Introduction

The Nike Juniper Trail running shoe is a £70 shoe designed for keeping your ride smooth when the terrain isn’t

The Nike Juniper Trail delivers a consistent ride for your off-road runs. It´s built for rocky trails, helping you stay focused on the path ahead. Tough traction mixes with a lightweight design so you can keep moving when tackling challenging terrain.

This stylish shoe integrates new features to increase proficiency on the trail but is less trail-oriented than the Wildhorse.

Made of a highly breathable and comfortable mesh, the Juniper Trail’s upper gains support thanks to an internal bootie that increases grip in the midfoot area. A lace closure hugs your foot safely at the instep, while a rubber-stamped cage provides support in the heel.

Impressions

My initial impressions of these shoes were delight with its sleak black look and excellent tread. I was hoping these will keep me running in all conditions.

At 250gr to 300gr (side depending) ., they are noticeably heavier than normal shoes that I typically run in – coming in heavier than its Pegasus Trail and about 50gr heavier then the Alphafly. For Nike shoe’s I can get away with size 12’s but recently in their newer shoes I’ve noticed the toe box are a little narrow and had a couple of blister issues so I went up a size and found the forefoot  with plenty of room, to stop any rubbing.

My first couple of runs in these shoes were on flat pavement and in wintery conditions, where these shoes excelled.

The foam midsole provided a comfortable underfoot experience and adequate responsiveness for a heavier shoe. The breathable, soft upper kept my foot cool and prevented abrasions or blisters. I also noticed that I had plenty of traction allowing me to switch off and enjoy the run without worrying about slipping

The key to the Juniper Trail´s high grip and traction is its rugged rubber outsole, whose wedge-shaped studs increase stability over rocky and unstable surfaces

The oversized outsole provides excellent underfoot protection and extends out beyond the toe and heel, giving that “mountain-bike” feel like you can roll over obstacles. The soft, perforated upper provides decent protection from rocks and other trail hazards. The perforation allows the shoe to drain and keep your foot drain if you encounter water.

After 50 miles over varied trail terrain, these shoes have fared decently well with no holes and few abrasions and only minimal wear on the outsoles. Despite the softness of the upper, it has withstood contact with rocks and other hazards surprisingly well.

I anticipate this shoe being durable enough for longer efforts (50+ miles), especially on the types of terrain it excels on.

Despite these shoes being heavier, it was possible to run fairly quickly in them on flat terrain; I also did a hill rep session last week in the snow and managed to hit the paces set by my coach. I have also done progression runs in them. Obviously I don’t get the same response as the Zoom Fly 3 but it’s good to know I can get a session in even in wintery conditions

Conclusion

When I bought these cost came into it as didn’t want to break the bank for a pair of trail shoes that I’d only use in wintery conditions. I don’t run off road by choice very often so I just needed a shoe to give me that extra bit of traction during the winter months.

These shoes are very comfortable and really grip well even in wintery conditions. They’re well constructed and not too heavy, so they should hold up on day hikes, trail runs and other outdoor activities.  These shoes would be practical for a runner seeking extra protection while training on flatter dirt trails or for road runs that have some dirt sections.

I purchased my pair from sportsshoes.com for £59.95 as they had a winter sale on.

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