Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

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

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

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I like this shoe a lot. It has great feel on the foot and feels so light compared to other trail runners I have used in the past. Fit/Comfort: Very comfortable tight foot. I have a wider foot and had concerns about buying online. Through several runs I am very impressed with how the shoe fits and feels. It is extremely comfortable. I hate putting on my everyday shoes now. I want to wear my Salomons all the time! Support: Arches feel decent, somewhat lacking for my liking. This isn't a big deal though… Full review

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

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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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
$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 - $62
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8
$60 - $84
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Sense Mantra
$54 - $89
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
$97
Salomon XA Pro 3D
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$71 - $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 - $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
$26 - $139
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
$57 - $114
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$59 - $119
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
$45
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
$76 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$42 - $64
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
$42 - $119
La Sportiva Crosslite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crosslite
$80
Vasque Transistor FS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Transistor FS
$40
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
$66 - $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
$59
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
$124
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
$119 - $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
$76 - $110
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
$160
Merrell Ascend Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Ascend Glove
$60 - $83
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