Trail Running Shoes

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$200 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Salomon Women's XA Pro 3D

rated 3 of 5 stars I bought two pairs of these shoes, one Goretex and one not Goretex for a walking holiday at the end of April. They are perfect for me in size, comfort, and ease of use with a plus point of a really interesting range of colours to choose from. However I believe the Goretex ones have a big design fault! Whilst wearing them in, I have now found that as I am walking and the shoe bends, the front top lace holder rubs on the Goretex shoe and has rubbed a hole in the Goretex outer liner which now means… Full review

Altra Men's King MT

rated 2.5 of 5 stars My most comfortable shoe, with great grip on both loose and hard surfaces, zero drop, and light padding for good trail feel. The tradeoff for all that toe room is a little slop in the forefoot, and the jury is still out on durability. My biggest challenge in finding good running shoes is my mallet toes—the middle, ring toe, and to some extent pointer toe on both feet is bent at the distal joint, so that the top of the toe rubs against my shoes and can develop hard and sometimes painful calluses. Full review

Adidas Men's Response Boost

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Really comfortable, but slippery. Don't risk your life with this shoe. Be careful when jumping or running using this shoes on cliffs or steep ground, you might risk your life by using a slippery trail running shoes like this one. My foot size is 43,5 (Europe). I usually wear 44,5 hiking shoes. But with this one, I use 45-1/3 for this shoe, and yet the toe box is still too narrow for me. I don't even know why I bought this shoe in the first place. I think because I tried it using no socks and it… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat 3.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Really a thoughtfully designed shoe that is perfect for long-distance days or backpacking trips. The sole of the shoe can handle conditions ranging from desert sand to patchy alpine snow. I would strongly recommend this shoe for anyone hiking or backpacking with less than 35 lbs of gear. This shoe is ideal for someone who has a traditional foot shape and wants lightweight footwear, but still wants a shoe with structure and rigidity. Individuals with wide feet should consider other options due to… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Mutant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A versatile shoe, that can be useful to both sky runners and lightweight treckers. Can be a good choice for whoever wants to be agile while hiking or looks for stability during a run in the mountains, providing a good balance between comfortability and grip. The Mutant by La Sportiva are low ankle shoes presenting themselves as a good compromise between stability and lightweight, thus being a good choice for who is looking to be a fast hikers or to have some more protection during runs in the mountains. Full review

New Balance Men's 806

rated 5 of 5 stars I can't tell you how many thousands of miles I have on these shoes. I've been running in them for at least 15 years and they're still holding up strong. I bought these shoes from Dunham Sports in Wonderland Mall, Livonia, Mi. I don't recall the exact year, but the mall officially closed in 2003 and I know there were still a bunch of stores up and running when I got them so I'll guess 1999 to 2001 maybe. I've run countless miles in these shoes every year since then, and while I don't run full marathons,… Full review

Altra Men's Superior 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, comfortable, fast drying trail shoe with limited durability and support. Comfort and Support The Superior 2.0 is a very comfortable, lightweight, zero drop trail running shoe that I used for running, backpacking, and currently as a backup or water shoe. The fit is very comfortable. The wide toe box is standard in Altras and contributes to an out of the box comfort that I haven't found in any other variety of trail shoe.  The zero drop of the 21mm sole feels very natural and gives a… Full review

Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine

rated 4 of 5 stars Hyper specific shoe for fast scrambles and technical running. Overall these are a pretty hyper specific shoe. If you're looking for a lightweight approach shoe that has superior weather resistance that you can run in for sky running, or fast and light scrambles this is the shoe. For everyday use it's not much good, but nor is that what it was designed for. I've used this in summer, hiking, fastpacking, and scrambling a variety of trails and running in light snow. I've taken them on glaciers and… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very comfortable, but uppers durability is suspect. I used these for hiking/backpacking about 100 miles in hot rocky wet and dry conditions and I really enjoyed them. I did notice my foot moving sideways inside the shoes on uneven ground like on the side of a hill but that was not a deal breaker. Unfortunately I wore a big hole in the inside of the heel under 100 miles and returned. Now I have Ultra Raptors instead which seem to have more durable uppers and heel area.  Also try on Ultra Raptors… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$100 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$18 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$78 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0
$90 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$80 - $87
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$65 - $96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$91 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$83 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX
$119 - $165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0
$60 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost
$77 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3
$81 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Icebug Zeal RB9X
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido
$70 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine
$133 - $249
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0
$88 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant
$80 - $135
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track Hayasa
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT
$70 - $139
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
Mammut MTR 201-II Max Low
La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX
Salomon X-Scream Ragnar
Salomon Sense Pro
Salomon X-Mission 3 CS
$78 - $97
Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP
$70 - $145
Inov-8 Arctic Claw 300
Vasque Pendulum II GTX
La Sportiva Electron
Asics GEL-Fujitrabuco 6
Topo Athletic Hydroventure
Scarpa Proton GTX
$84 - $101
Altra Superior 3.0
$55 - $109
The North Face Ultra MT
Vasque Constant Velocity
$60 - $120
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX
$120 - $160
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