Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Salomon
Inov-8
Vibram
Brooks
Topo Athletic
Scarpa
Hoka
The North Face
Vasque
Altra

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Adidas Terrex Boost

rated 3 of 5 stars The Adidas Terrex Boost trail running shoes are a well-made shoe for a narrow foot. They have a rugged lugged sole made of Continental tire rubber and have a unique midsole consisting of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane balls for improved cushioning. Though I am not a competitive mountain runner, the Adidas Terrex Boost shoes were tested on local mountain trails. During several days of trail jogging and fast hiking the Terrex Boost were put to the test. Slipping the shoes on, the no-tie speed… Full review

Vasque Men's Ultra SST

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Comfort right out of the box. Light, fast and study enough for a long run. I love these shoes. I can wear them for short or long activities and am always comfortable. Good all around performance including traction and stability on off-camber terrain.  Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy trail runner fit for lightweight backpacking. The outsole on this shoe is the best thing since the old Vibram soles on my heavy full-leather boots. They stick to every condition I've encountered on the Appalachian Trail (except for mossy wet rock, but everyone is going to break their neck on that stuff). Lightweight and breathable. If the shoe fits, wear it! After 15 years backpacking in heavy, full leather, boots, I finally decided to give a trail runner a try. I wish I had switched sooner. Full review

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite trail running shoes. Also moonlight as my favorite grass volleyball shoes! Lightweight, great balance between proper foot bottom protection and feel, amazing traction. To top it off, they look good and are built to last. Inov-8 makes the best trail running shoes. Also make great fitness shoes, but this review is on the X-Talon 212. Always a great combination of feel and protection. Basically, enough so that you have a good tactile feel of what you're running on so that you can stay balanced,… Full review

Saucony Women's Peregrine 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The Saucony Peregrine 3 is the best trail shoe I've worn in 15 years! They have plenty of room in the toe box yet stay snug in the heel area. Their tread is tough enough for rocky trails, yet forgiving enough that I can also handle some stretches of pavement during runs. The traction is excellent — even in muddy areas. I wore these on a 10-mile trail run the first time out of the box and they felt great. There is plenty of arch support with comfortable cushion as well. The shoe is not designed… Full review

Saucony Women's Grid Excursion TR 2

rated 1.5 of 5 stars I am a nurse in the hospital doing 12-hour shifts. I was looking for a shoe to sometimes work in and take walks in. The shoe is lacking in the center, also it leans to the sides. Very uncomfortable. Only had 2 months, not satisfied. lLeans to the side, not enough support in the center of shoe. Full review

Salomon Men's XT Wings 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Highly structured stability trail runners with bombproof durability, good grip, and comfort. I'm on my 4th pair of this shoe, which was called the XT Wings. Fit: Salomon tends to run narrow but this fits reasonably true to my medium wide foot. The toebox is pleasingly wide and the heel cup is narrow, which I love. Comfort: Runs firm compared to most road shoes. I run on the road without issues. Close fit, helped by great speed laces. Not comfortable at all without socks. Support: Fantastic — this… Full review

Pearl Izumi Men's EM Trail M2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very comfortable trail runner. Suitable for most off road running, but really shines on gravel road and softer trails. Great for a beginner looking for a cushy ride. Shoe runs a little small so sizing up isn't a bad idea (especially when it keeps your toes from hitting the box on downhills!). Almost a sock-like feel due to upper construction.  Very comfortable trail running shoe right out of the box, pretty much zero break-in time. Did get rocks and other debris in shoe, but it's a tradeoff from… Full review

Inov-8 Men's F-Lite 195

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for fitness workouts, weightlifting, and good for running. Very comfortable pair of shoes, and extremely light (6.9 oz). It feels like you are training barefoot. Great stability for lifting weights. Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$46 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$89 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$78 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295
$115
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 9
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT
$50 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$58 - $118
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hoka Mafate Speed
$126 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$84 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender
$115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$27 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
$49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0
$87 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$60 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$93 - $124
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$88 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3
$90 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX
$112 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
$68 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant
$108 - $135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Spark GTX
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5
$84 - $119
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Xterra XT 1.0
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
$152 - $190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II
$50 - $89
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong
$66
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hoka Challenger ATR
$65 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
$27
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream
$77
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony ProGrid Peregrine 2
$249
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Superior 1.5
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Fuse
$82
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Kazan
$60 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak Polartec Neoshell
$113
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 230
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
$60 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido
$100 - $130
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2
$62 - $125
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Minimus Trail Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$71
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2
$74
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3
$60 - $83
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810v3
$60
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track Hayasa
$55 - $74
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