There’s definitely something special about Nike’s All Conditions Gear line. It’s not the line that people automatically think of when they’re thinking of Nike, and it’s a great thing for the brand. Nike has so many different product lines that the ACG line seems to get pushed behind other more popular hiking and trail running brands such as Patagonia and The North Face. But the truth is, Nike’s reputation for quality spreads across all of its lines—including the ACG. So if you’re looking for your next pair of hiking or trailing shoes, here are the five best Nike ACG models you could get your hands on.
1991 Nike Air Mowabb
This oddly named model is one of Nike’s best ACGs. It’s best for all kinds of outdoor cross training including running, trekking, or even mountain biking. It’s quite versatile in that way. The classic look of the shoe is also unbeatable. It gives ample ankle and arch support, and it’s also designed to keep debris out of your feet. This is exactly the kind of shoes you’d want to have if you’re going to be on the trail for a few miles or more. There’s also something to be said about the actual look and feel of the shoe. It’s inspired by colors of the rainbow trout, which makes it one of the most original ACGs out there.
1992 Nike Air Revaderchi
This model is one of our favorites only because it’s basically the Huarache. Everything about this shoe was thought out thoroughly by designer Steve McDonald. The rubber sole will give you traction for days, especially if you’re a mountain biker. The toe has an integrated protection component, and the ankle lacing is designed to keep rocks away from the bottom of your feet. You can thank Mr. McDonald for that later. That said, the Revaderchi features everything cool and good about the Huarache including the neoprene fit. You’ll never have to worry whether your shoes are laced too tightly for hiking. The Revaderchi basically does your thinking for you.
1994 Nike Air Mada
If you’re looking for more of the hiking boot type, the Mada has it all. It’s got the good looks and the good feels of a good hiking boot. The Mada also happens to be Nike ACG’s middle price point, so it’s both affordable and great. If it’s good enough to be on Jerry Seinfeld’s feet (he’s been seen wearing them on several occasions), then it should be good enough to go on yours. It’s better than good actually. This shoe will give you plenty of protection and support whether you’re just out mowing your lawn or tackling the most difficult hiking trails. You can also get the Mada in choices of canvas, suede, or any of the other material options that Nike provides.
1996 Nike Air Terra
Tor For the best trail running or hiking experience, the Terra Tor will probably be your best ACG option. It’s got the look of a typical trail running shoe, but being that it’s Nike, of course there’s more. This is probably one of the simplest ACG designs, but it’s also one of the most efficient. The Terra Tor has undergone through a history of creation to get it to where it’s at today. But our favorite part about this particular ACG model is the fact that it’s waterproof. It makes hiking in the rain a completely new and more enjoyable experience.
2003 Nike Zoom Tallac
This ACG might have made it here based on looks alone. It’s reminiscent of a sci-fi world; the shoe is just utterly good to look at. However, the Zoom Tallac is one of the best-performing ACG shoes out there. It’s surprisingly light for its size; it uses GORE-TEX as one of its primary component. The shoe has a TPU exoskeleton, and it utilizes the Zoom Air system in order to keep your feet feeling cool and comfortable, especially when you have to have them on for hours. It immediately became a classic as soon as it came out in 2003, but it’s clear that this shoe is a shoe for the future. There’s nothing else like it out there, and it’s likely that nothing else will be.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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