Evaluation The Thielsen is from Nike’s ACG rather than its core running range and was designed with the trails around the firm’s Oregon HQ in mind. These trails are not unlike British off-road conditions, which is why this is a pretty agreeable trail shoe. The one-piece, sock-style, reinforced upper is comfortable, and although initial fit is pretty generous, it laces quite a way down to the forefoot, so getting the shoe snug is easy. Grip is slightly better than the new Trail Pegasus's, while not quite up to Terra Tupu standards. Its low-profile midsole is closer to the Tupu’s, though. The ride is nicely cushioned and responsive, although it does feel a little firm in the forefoot, which may be down to the reinforced forefoot web aimed at preventing stone bruising. Both the rear- and forefoot are quite broad, and there’s a small medial post, but as the shoe flexes in the midfoot, stability could be an issue.
In short There are a lot of trail shoes around at the moment, and the Thielsen probably won’t appear in a huge number of specialist stores. But if you’re in the market for an off-roader for wider use than running alone, it is worth seeking out.
Try it on if you liked Nike ACG Teocalli; Nike Air Terra Tupu.