Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Salomon
Vibram
Vasque
Inov-8
Montrail
New Balance
Scarpa
Altra
TrekSta
Merrell

Genders

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

Price

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

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Montrail Men's Mountain Masochist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I torture tested this shoe on the JMT for 150 miles over one 12k rock pile after another. Wear on the soles was noticeable, but they gave excellent slick rock traction. Forded three rivers, same story. They dried quickly and I never got one blister. The blister free factor was, by itself, a huge point. Cuts, abrasions, a partial peeling of the toecap and heel rubber, but everything held together until I could effect repairs. This trail is too much for a running shoe, but these held up as well as… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good hybrid shoe. When I'm running my local trails, I have to run about a mile or so to get to a trailhead. That mile can be a pain when I'm wearing some of my heavier trail shoes. So, being a Salomon geek I had to go out and buy the X-Scream, if only because it was advertised as a hybrid shoe. I've now worn them several times on the trail and can say they perform as advertised—meaning they are comfortable on pavement and the tread grips well on the trail. That said, if you are running… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 4 of 5 stars Transitioning from road to trail is a tough thing to do for a shoe. The Salomon X-Scream does an incredible job of providing rugged support for trails yet a smooth ride on pavement. Disclaimer: I own a running store. However, I do not carry Salomon products.  The Salomon X-Scream is a new shoe in Salomon's City-Trail line that boasts itself to be a transition shoe from pavement to off-road. I have been turned off by Salomon's shoes in the past due to their narrow fit and my wide feet, but I thought… Full review

Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove

rated 3 of 5 stars A very expensive water shoe that takes a long time to dry. Covers your bare feet enough to protect from the elements. The ankle material/fit allows for a lot of trail debris to get into the shoes. Breathable material on the sides keeps your feet well ventilated. I would recommend this product to those who have seasoned feet, this is truly a minimalist shoe and allows you to do more than you would with a bare foot. But the fit, minimal sole material and support is not for the weak of foot. I would… Full review

Montrail Men's Bajada

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great fitting trail running shoe that inspires confidence on the trail. No rock plate in sole limiting factor on rocky trails. Fit: This is the best fitting shoe I have ever had on, period. I realise this is different for everybody, but here is how it fit me. I have narrow feet and with the Bajadas the heel is really nice and secure, with a quite roomy toe box that gives me enough space to never feel cramped in the front. I lace down pretty tight in the front, normal in the mid section and a bit… Full review

Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove

rated 4 of 5 stars Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit, does not constrict my foot in any way. Zero drop, pretty good ground feel, also great for slippery surfaces and off road. Due to the material my toes and heel get sweaty in this shoes. Overall a nice running shoe for the months that running sandals are just too cool or when I want more protection for my toes / upper foot. Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit with wide toe box, does not constrict my foot in any way. No break-in… Full review

Brooks Men's PureGrit

rated 4 of 5 stars Great trail running shoe for the minimalist at heart...but not in the mud. This has been my go-to minimal trail running shoe for a while now. I picked them up on sale just as the Pure Grit 2 had been released and overall...I'm happy. The most of my comments can be summed up in my pros and cons list, but I must stress just how lousy the outsole is in muddy situations. The lugs are fairly far apart, leaving lots of surface area for sliding in the wet...including slipping on wet roots. If you are primarily… Full review

Salomon Women's XR Mission

rated 5 of 5 stars These are my favorite sneaker-like shoes I've ever owned. They're super comfortable and great looking, too. First off, I got these in the Celedon/Papaya color and they are perfect. I love the color combination and they look great on my feet. I get compliments on them all the time. Now for function... This is my first pair of Salomons and it certainly won't be my last. These are the most comfortable sneakers I've ever owned. They fit like a glove from the first time I put them on. They're also super… Full review

Salomon Men's XR Shift

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These shoes are very durable and have a two-year warranty. Basically the lace up version of the XR Mission. I bought these on Amazon for under $40 after purchasing a pair of Salomon XR Missions. I loved those so much I had to have a backup especially when I found these on Amazon for half the price. If you've never checked out the quality of build and materials used to make these compared to other shoes you should. This will probably be my go-to brand from now on. These shoes are exactly the same… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
$83
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO Trek
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$81
Vasque Blur
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque
Blur
$58
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
X-Talon 212
$66 - $120
Vibram FiveFingers KSO
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $84
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra
$84 - $145
Montrail Rockridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail
Rockridge
$60
Salomon XA Pro 3D
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D
$91 - $130
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram
FiveFingers Sprint
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $54
New Balance MT10 Minimus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance
MT10 Minimus
$75
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
XR Mission
$23 - $139
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
$81 - $145
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
$71 - $118
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra
Lone Peak 1.5
$86 - $115
Montrail Sabino Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Sabino Trail
$70
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
X-Talon 190
$75 - $124
TrekSta Evolution
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta
Evolution
$75
Vasque Mindbender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Mindbender
$55 - $110
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
$68 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
$36 - $55
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
$83 - $119
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Sense Mantra
$60 - $89
La Sportiva Crosslite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Crosslite
$100
Vasque Transistor FS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Transistor FS
$74 - $79
New Balance MT20 Minimus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT20 Minimus
$70
Salomon Fellraiser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Fellraiser
$65 - $110
New Balance 810
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
810
$63 - $84
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro
$38 - $54
Inov-8 Roclite 295
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 295
$80 - $119
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 315
$90
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell
Barefoot Trail Glove
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$66 - $110
Vasque Velocity
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Vasque
Velocity
$56
Brooks Cascadia
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks
Cascadia
$120
La Sportiva Wildcat
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva
Wildcat
$65 - $154
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram
FiveFingers TrekSport
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$49 - $99
Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 312 GTX
$95 - $135
Scarpa Spark GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa
Spark GTX
$149
Xterra XT 1.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Xterra
XT 1.0
$95
Salomon XR Shift
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XR Shift
$59 - $100
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 245
$66 - $130
Salomon XT Wings WP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon
XT Wings WP
$83
The North Face Betasso
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face
Betasso
$33 - $42
Salomon X-Scream
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon
X-Scream
$66 - $110
Saucony ProGrid Peregrine 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony
ProGrid Peregrine 2
$59
Merrell All Out Fuse
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell
All Out Fuse
$75 - $110
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
$120 - $160
La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Crosslite 2.0
$60 - $84
Altra Superior
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra
Superior
$47 - $95
Inov-8 F-Lite 230
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
F-Lite 230
$50 - $109
Hoka Kailua Trail
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka
Kailua Trail
$104 - $129
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