Article by Sam Winebaum, Editor Road Trail Run
Running Warehouse was kind enough to send me one to test. I have been delighted with its snug absolutely no bounce, strap adjustment free fit even with 3 liters of water on board. It is more "harness" than pack, vest or near shirt as my previous favorite the Salomon Sense Set is (review here), a shirt like vest with 2 front bottles.
With the exception of the water resistant phone and pill pockets and an elastic pocket for the bladder the entire vest is made of 2 types of thin mesh with soft bindings. The lower back mesh is double layer with the layers sliding over each other to reduce friction. Unlike competitors offerings, none of the mesh is what could be called extremely soft or stretchy except for 2 small panels between bottle holders and back but I have had zero chafing or discomfort, likely due to the snug fit. Unlike any other vest I have tried, there is never that annoying twisting of the shoulder straps when putting the vest on. Everything is breathable and there are no materials which will absorb sweat. When using a bladder with cold water or ice there is a pleasing cooling of the back.
The fit is without a doubt snug, truly at one with the body. It is very important to get the right size corresponding to rib cage circumference.
My measurement of 39" sat right at the top of Medium, the size I was sent. Initially, I thought the vest was too small as the 2 chest straps were fully extended and things were tight even with just one bottle in the front.
After a few runs the straps seemed to stretch enough making for a more comfortable fit even fully loaded with 2 liter bladder and 2 bottles. The 2 chest straps are on sliders so you can easily move them up or down. My sense it that the lower strap could be longer. If you are on the edge of sizes and plan on running with this vest fully loaded over winter layers you might consider sizing up. I asked 4 ladies I ran with in Park City to try it on after our 14 mile mountain run and while initially skeptical seeing it they thought the vest would work well for them. They all had women's specific vests. The Trail Kiger is unisex.
- Rescue whistle
- Hydration hose clamp
- Hydration bladder internal hang loop, haven't needed it with 2 liter bladder
- Reflective hits and hi visibility orange trim
Ride and Recommendations
The fit and ride is outstanding. Nike has delivered a top of the line and top... priced high performance hydration vest on their first try. There is no difference in performance fully loaded or empty and nothing to adjust on the go. You just never think about having a pack on. Correct sizing is important given the close to the body fit. I had been looking for a vest between my super light weight Salomon Sense Set and larger Ultraspire Titan 2. Something with the flexibility to carry more water or gear for longer runs in warmer weather which was not a pack. Terra Kiger fits the bill superbly. Some may wonder about the very snug fit but at least in my experience the advantages of dialed in body conforming, chafe free fit, with any load, outweigh any perceptions that the vest may be constraining.
Sam's Score 4.75 out of 5
-0.15 for top of the market price for a hydration pack, and one without bottles or bladder.
-0.10 for lack of easy to reach small front stuff pockets when using bottles.
from Running Warehouse's Trail Kiger page hereSam is the Founder and Editor of Road Trail Run. He got the run and gear bug early, testing some of the earliest Nike shoes in the 70's, in high school, when Nike had their original R&D in his hometown. Early 100 mile weeks and lots of trail running led him to a HS 2:37 marathon, (2:28 PR), 2 junior division victories and 2 top ten all time junior times at Mt Washington, and the 1976 Division 1 NCAA XC championships with his Dartmouth team mates. Fluency in French took him for work to Switzerland where he ran many classic mountain races (30 in one year including ski marathons) and met his wife Dominique, also a marathoner. Raising a family and with entrepreneurial and consulting ventures in materials science, in-store media, early internet social media, and electronic medical records his competitive running took a long hiatus. He got back at it 10 years ago when work took him to the mountains of Park City, UT. His annual goal is to break 1:40 in the half, and if he can...,qualify for Boston. A tech, shoe, and gear geek he is also the wearable tech columnist for Competitor Magazine.
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