Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

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

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

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

Mizuno Men's Wave Hitogami 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Light, responsive racing/fast training shoe with good transition. 9mm offset doesn't seem that high. Well designed and crafted with attention to detail and an upper, especially in the black/red color combo, that is a work of art. This is the most beautiful and artistic shoe from Mizuno since the late and lamented Wave Evo series. The upper is an absolute work of art, especially in the black/red color combo.   Same excellent performance as in the first Hitogami, with changes mainly in the upper… Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased these as a bit of an impulse. I wanted something to protect my feet at a slippery boat launch, and as I live in a small town these ended up being the only option in the sport-sandal category. I probably wouldn't have considered these otherwise, as I always thought they were a bit of a gimmick. I was wrong.  The first thing about these is they're a bit hard to get on initially. Trying to get each toe to go into the right part of the shoe was trying (nearly impossible for my wife). After… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A great shoe for fastpacking with lots of toe space. I wore these shoes as thru hiking shoes. They were the most comfortable thing I'd put on my foot during the whole trail, especially after wearing the Merrell barefoot shoes for several hundred miles. I experienced zero blisters or foot issues in these shoes over about 500+ miles which was quickly reaching the life of the shoes. The uppers wear quickly and Altra is incredibly hard to get in contact with to warranty anything. They are NOT water… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars Light and tough, this shoe is made for the trail. The roomy toe-box and wide footbed create a non-confining space without any sacrifices in security. This product is best for runners and long distance hikers who are looking for an ultralight shoe to support them on trails. 4 stars because tread could be improved. Light and tough, this shoe is made for the trail. The roomy toe-box and wide footbed create a non-confining space without any sacrifices in security. You will have no foot claustrophobia… Full review

Altra Men's Torin 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars Versatile shoe that works on the trail or on the city streets. Great fit. Lively colors. I just tried my new shoes in the rain and in the cold. Quick dry time and feet were comfortable in moderate cold. Traction has been excellent on a variety of surfaces including dirt trail and rocks. I have a high arch and the shoe has worked well for me so far. The sole runs even the length of the shoe and is doing a good job of absorbing pounding when I sprint.  Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak Polartec Neoshell

rated 4 of 5 stars Waterproof/breathable upgrade to the Lone Peak 2.0. Nothing new, I've been a big fan of Altra since the begining so my opinion is most likely biased. The new Neoshells are pretty right on. First putting them on I felt they were a little roomier inside and also a lot thicker, more padded upper. They almost felt half size too big. Opposite to the Superior 2.O that fit a half size smaller. Simple fix, put on heavier weight Darn Tough sock, get out there and hit some trail. Later I realized the new… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$30 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
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 Trailroc 245
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$67 - $99
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)
Topo Athletic MT
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$50 - $118
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hoka Mafate Speed
$90 - $125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$90 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$42 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0
$125
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
$68 - $124
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$88 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3
$91 - $145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX
$128 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant
$100 - $135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Spark GTX
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5
$100 - $120
 
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
$49 - $71
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong
$66
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hoka Challenger ATR
$104
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas adiZero XT
$70
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
$84 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak Polartec Neoshell
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra Guide
$75
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
$60 - $150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido
$104 - $130
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2
$62 - $125
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2
$54 - $99
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3
$84
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810v3
$60
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track Hayasa
$55 - $74
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
$100
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 CS
$87 - $145
Icebug Enlight RB9X
$87
La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX
$124 - $155
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