Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

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

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

Inov-8 Men's Roclite 295

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent performer in almost any trail conditions. So I've had these runners for over a year. They are excellent. They are still performing and have yet to show any real sign of wear and tear — even on the soles. I've given them a fair bashing and they are still holding up. When I first got them I took them out of the box and straight on to the trail. No break-in was required.  I generally run the Waitakere Ranges in these — winter and summer. In winter the tracks in the ranges are rain… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR

rated 4 of 5 stars I got the shoe in December to start incorporating them into training for the HURT 100 in Hawaii. They did great on the frozen trails and winter back roads of Maine. But I was still not sure how this would correspond to the heavily rooted technical running on Oahu. After multiple 20 mile training runs on the HURT course as well as using them for 85 miles during the race I can say they withstood everything I threw at them. Specs: Purpose: Trail Offset: 5mm Heel: 29mm Forefoot: 24mm Weight: 8.6 oz. Full review

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra

rated 5 of 5 stars From Meh! to Wow! I had to attend an unexpected 55k trail race and after research I didn't think that my regular trail shoes (Vibram Spyridon) were suitable. I found a Salomon retailer with a good sale and I chose these Mantras. The reasons to buy them were that they were light enough for a 6 hours long run, and the outsole looked good but not over-specialized to mud or to rock.  Although all the theory was good, when I tried them on, I didn't feel nothing. Completely underwhelmed. I am used to… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 9

rated 4 of 5 stars This may be the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned. Great for training, early morning walks, and light day hiking. My feet are notoriously difficult to fit. I have long toes... wide fore-feet (bunions)... narrow heel... no arches... and size 14. These all combine to make shoe purchasing a chore every time. With the Cascadias, I have found the holy grail of training shoes for my feet. Fit is excellent, with lots of room for my toes and bunions, without having my feet slip around in the shoe. Break-in… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Bushido

rated 4 of 5 stars Nimble, light, but robust trail runner. Narrow last, great protection. Fit: This shoe fits narrow. If you have wide feet you can stop reading now. If you have medium to narrow feet this trail runner will give you more support than you are used to. I have narrow feet and it is the first time that my mid foot and heel feel so locked in. There is a TPU frame and mid rock plate that really cups your mid foot and prevents any torsion from happening there. After 50Km I often have issues with the soles… Full review

Mizuno Men's Wave Kazan

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid shoe for running trails. As for any shoe, fit is key. Although I usually run on the roads, I've been running on some (fairly non-technical) trails enough that I decided to get a trail running shoe. I've been using Mizuno Wave Inspires for my running shoe, and the running shoe store suggested that the Wave Kazans would be 'comparable'. (I think they probably just recommended it because it's Mizuno's only trail-running shoe.) Anyway, the shoes have been working fine through about 200 miles of… Full review

Altra Men's Superior

rated 4 of 5 stars This would be a great mid-distance, less aggressive trail shoe for anyone who's into zero drop. The Altra Superior is a relatively slim zero-drop trail shoe. While they do take a beating (aside from the questionable cords on the upper), it provides a lighter and less-cushioned alternative to Atra's other trail line, the Lone Peak. Those of you who are looking for more toe room and a bit more protection than barefoot shoes should give the Superior serious consideration. For being a shaved down… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable zero drop trail shoe with some cushion. Well, my first Altra trail shoe was the original Lone Peak, so it seemed when the 1.5 came out, I had to have them. I was a little put off by the color and surprised to see that the heel had been made stiff with added support. They fit very snug and very comfortable. They really lock right on to the foot for a solid fit. I'd say they fit well like any other Altra shoe. The shoe has handled a lot of different terrain and has also been beat… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars If you're looking for a zero drop, distance trail shoe, this is it! This shoe has been a great long distance trail shoe for me. First stepping into them, the 26mm of stack height caught me off guard. It's only 3mm taller than the 1.5 and a few more mm taller than the Superior. Very noticeable and I thought I was on stilts. But that cushion really helped on a recent 50K win. The legs and joints didn't feel any noticable aches or pains that I'd normally have over long distances. Traction is also… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon Sense Mantra
$54 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$26 - $62
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8
$72
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295
$80 - $114
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
$83
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$75 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $51
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XR Mission
$35 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
$57 - $114
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$59 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
$100 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender
$50 - $115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move
$47
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$35 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
$59 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Transistor FS
$74
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$65 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
$38 - $54
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks Cascadia
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$75 - $154
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3
$69 - $145
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX
$116 - $160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Spark GTX
$96 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Xterra XT 1.0
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus
$63 - $106
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift
$75 - $100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$62 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
$29 - $37
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream
$50 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 9
$100 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Topo Athletic MT
$70 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Fuse
$55 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
$96 - $160
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Ascend Glove
$72 - $83
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Kazan
$84 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 230
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido
$94 - $125
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Kailua Trail
$61 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Mission CS
$70 - $96
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia EVERlong
$55 - $110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Evolution
$75
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