Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

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

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

Teva Men's X-1 Control 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great shoe for all mountain activity. Holds up to things that it wasn't really designed for: day hiking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing. Too bad they are gone. I hope someone else had a good experience with this outstanding shoe. It's a shame that this is discontinued. I have a pair that I bought for mountain biking. Yep, Crazy. But they work great for cross-country style riding. I have hiked with them on too. One thing I haven't done is run in them. I really can't say how well they would work… Full review

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are my now go-to hiking and backpacking shoes that replaced my boots. It's also nice that they double as trail running shoes as needed. These are perfect for someone who wants to move fast on the trail but still wants the ankle support of a boot. I'd definitely recommend these if you are looking for a light fast and grippy shoe for all kinds of terrain. Just took these shoes on a cross-country backpacking trip, everything from climbing up and down talus, hike on unkept trails, through meadows,… Full review

Topo Athletic Men's MT

rated 4 of 5 stars Light, minimalist trail runner that still provides a bit of support. Enough lug on the soles to provide pretty good off road traction, but not so much as to preclude use on sidewalk or paved surface. Surprisingly durable, I'd recommend these shoes for trail running or hiking with a lighter load, especially in drier climates. I think it is important to preface this review with an acknowledgement that I am really not the target audience for this shoe. A lifelong proponent of sturdy but heavy leather… Full review

Salomon Women's SpeedCross 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If you are in the market for a shoe that can conquer technical trails and rough terrain, this is the shoe for you. I wouldn't recommend this shoe for those who are planning on running on mostly soft gravel, smooth trails. The tread is long lasting and keeps my feet comfortable for mid-range distances (up to 15 miles). Perfect for rocky climbs and downhills. Highly recommended for those adventure seekers who want aggressive tread for aggressive trails. Overview When I first saw the SpeedCross 3 shoes… Full review

Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tread like a buzzsaw and tears up the trails. I finally decided to get a new set of trail shoes since the old ones had been worn bald and were growing holy. I had no idea that Dynafit made running shoes but I am aware of their excellent ski bindings so I decided to give a pair a try.  Fit The first thing I noticed when slipping into the Feline is the way the cut out tongue allows the laces to be tightened without creating pressure where they tie. For some reason this has been a problem for me with… Full review

New Balance 810v3

rated 3 of 5 stars Great tread, smaller than usual fit, started falling apart after four days. The 810 trail runner is a good shoe, except for a couple things. First of all, I felt it ran a little small, maybe a half size or more. The back of the foot seems to fit right, but the toe box seems significantly smaller than my other New Balance shoes. I normally wear two pairs of socks, but couldn't do it with these shoes, the toes were just too tight. Second, and most importantly, the right shoe started to come apart… Full review

Brooks Men's PureGrit 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars These spring 2014 Brooks trail runners are tough, yet relatively lightweight. With great bite on rough terrain, be careful on smoother surfaces, but when they grip, THEY GRIP! After around 120-130 miles, these are good trail runners that become very good when aftermarket insoles are added. Background I’ve gone through several trail runners over the years beginning with my time in high school running cross country. I won these Brooks PureGrit 3 (new for spring 2014) as the June Trailspace Reviewer… Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra Guide

rated 4 of 5 stars This shoe is a good trail running and longer distance day hike shoe with light daypacks. They are recommended, but may have durability issues, as they don't have Vibram soles like some other TNF trail shoes. These Ultra Guides are good for trail running and longer distance day hikes with light day packs. They offer good, aggressive tread for loose gravel, sand, and mud, yet still offer good wet/dry rock stability for a hiking shoe. My first hike in these was 11 miles through five peaks in western… Full review

Lowa Women's S-Curve Mesh

rated 3 of 5 stars Great light comfy shoe for walking or running. Lots of mesh for ventilation, however, it's not as durable. Loved the shoe when I got it last October. It didn't need a lot of break in. I didn't do much running in them, but all the vents kept my feet pretty cool all summer while working at a camp. I was disappointed in how fast holes formed on the sides next to my toes under what I feel was fairly moderate use. I noticed increased ventilation partway through this summer and found the mesh next to… 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
$84 - $119
Vibram FiveFingers KSO
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $62
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 8
$60 - $84
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra
$90 - $96
Salomon XA Pro 3D
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D
$65 - $130
Montrail Rockridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail
Rockridge
$60
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram
FiveFingers Sprint
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $59
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
$29 - $139
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
$59 - $119
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra
Lone Peak 1.5
$75 - $114
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
$36 - $124
TrekSta Evolution
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta
Evolution
$75
Vasque Mindbender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Mindbender
$54 - $110
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
$50 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
$27 - $64
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
$42 - $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
$71 - $110
New Balance 810
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
810
$65 - $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
$60 - $119
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 315
$60 - $79
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell
Barefoot Trail Glove
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $110
Vasque Velocity
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Vasque
Velocity
$56
Inov-8 Terroc 330
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Inov-8
Terroc 330
$90
Brooks Cascadia
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks
Cascadia
$120
La Sportiva Wildcat
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva
Wildcat
$75 - $154
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
$69 - $145
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram
FiveFingers TrekSport
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $99
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Speedcross 3 GTX
$116 - $131
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit
MS Feline Gore-Tex
$170
Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 312 GTX
$104 - $159
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
Altra Olympus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra
Olympus
$115 - $130
Salomon XR Shift
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XR Shift
$50 - $100
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 245
$36 - $130
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
$55 - $110
Topo Athletic MT
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Topo Athletic
MT
$100
Merrell All Out Fuse
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell
All Out Fuse
$55 - $110
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
$80 - $160
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