Nike Air Terra Tupu £60

Posted: 16 June 2000

Weight 347g
Evaluation This is a great trail shoe. Nike describes it as utilitarian, which is true, and about as understated as hype gets. The grip is probably the best you’ll experience outside of a fell shoe, from deep, well-spaced waffle lugs. It’s great in mud, and best of all, the lugs extend right to the heel of the shoe, which makes for a confident heel-strike.
It’s comfortable, too: there’s a light, flexible upper that’s designed to let water in and out and dry fast, and smooth cushioning. There’s no forefoot Air, which you might feel on rocky ground, but was not a problem for our weartesters. The Tupu’s only other limitation is that it’s not a model for overpronators: it has a soft heel counter, no added stability features, and the underside of the forefoot is slightly bevelled on the medial side, which could cause you to toe-off at an angle if you already have a stability problem.
In short The Terra Tupu is a pure off-road trail shoe in the mould of Nike’s old Air Terra Albis, and praise comes no higher than that. It’s quick, comfortable – and most importantly, its grip is exceptional.
Try it if you liked Nike Air Terra Albis (£70, discontinued); Adidas Incision (£70); New Balance 904 (£70)

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Borrowed a pair off the Nike van at The Grim Challenge 2003 . They were fantastic on a very wet, muddy and demanding course. If you are like me and love running cross country in the mud I recommend them. Surprised how light they were as well.PS If you want a differant challenge do the Grim , brilliant fun!!! Cheers Ian
Posted: 06/02/2003 at 16:23

I bought 3 pairs of Nike Terras in 1982 and they were brilliant on the road. I saved them for races and they lasted until late 90's when I had to look for some new racers.

Nike had stopped making them about 20 years previously and nothing else has come up to scratch (pardon the double entendre).

Why do manufacturers have to bring out new shoes every year? It makes a total farce of cutomer loyalty if you have to trawl through all the latest offerings looking for something which might suit you every couple of years.

Now if I was a lot faster I could have all my shoes paid for by someone else... dream on.
Posted: 06/02/2003 at 19:05

Got a pair of tupu' the other week and ran a really muddy slippy xcountry in them on Sunday. All I can say is they were brilliant. Traction, comfort, fit, no problem. Going to give them a proper try out at the Grizzly , will report back after
Posted: 06/02/2003 at 21:25

Agree with Burnt Out ,Terras from the 80,s looked great and performed great.Why not relaunch them i am sure they would still compare favourable with present models.
Posted: 06/02/2003 at 21:56

God save my soul!!! Bee hole you'se the first person I've come across to say that. Lets get together and convince Nike that they threw away a golden opportunity to rule the world.

Alternatively contribute to the Mature runner's thread while we build up support. You must be "quite" mature to have been buying shoes in the 80's. What a brilliant shoe it was. I bought mine for $16 a pair in 1982.
Posted: 06/02/2003 at 22:20

I cann,t remember exactly whati paid for mine but i think it was a little more than you did,Yes i like to think of myself as mature,the wife however says i am past it but what does she know.
It always amazes me why shoe manufacturers cease to sell something that runners are happy with and actually want to buy.Wish i had a warehouse full of them ,could make a packet.
Posted: 06/02/2003 at 23:14

Recently bought two pairs of Tupu from the states and they are fantastic. These are the first true off-road shoe Ive ever owned and I love the lower ride position. Grip is excellent as I discovered out on the Pennines the other day
Posted: 07/02/2003 at 07:21

I hope these tupus live up to these 'rave' reviews. I just ordered a pair today! The description says they are like the old Terra Albis. I reckoned those were great & mourned their passing. I need the new ones for this weekend's 'Terminator 10'. Will report back!!
Posted: 18/02/2003 at 20:02

I've bought myself a pair of Tupu's and i love 'em, so much so that i'm thinking of stocking up with a few more pairs before Nike withdraw them in order to introduce their range.
Posted: 08/03/2003 at 13:19

I'm convinced! I will definitely have a pair of these.
Posted: 08/03/2003 at 15:06

Have recently bought a pair of Tupus, but have not run in them yet as I currently have a calf/hamstring injury. However, I found the comments from others very useful and look forward to wearing the shoes soon. Incidentally, can you run short distances on road (ie to get to the off-road) in them?
Posted: 19/03/2003 at 16:27

Malcolm - yes they are fine on the road. Personally, as a 'falling apart' older runner, I wouldn't run a 10 miler in them if there was more than 2-3 miles of road. In that case I would switch to my Pegasus Storm, or newly purchased Pegasus Trail (also good shoes).

A lighter, younger runner would probably be OK for longer road stretches in the Tupus.
Posted: 19/03/2003 at 17:42

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