Trail Running Shoes

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Brand

Inov-8
Vasque
Vibram
Salomon
The North Face
Altra
Scarpa
Saucony
Adidas
New Balance

User

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

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very comfortable, but uppers durability is suspect. I used these for hiking/backpacking about 100 miles in hot rocky wet and dry conditions and I really enjoyed them. I did notice my foot moving sideways inside the shoes on uneven ground like on the side of a hill but that was not a deal breaker. Unfortunately I wore a big hole in the inside of the heel under 100 miles and returned. Now I have Ultra Raptors instead which seem to have more durable uppers and heel area.  Also try on Ultra Raptors… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 5 of 5 stars Great shoe. Use for hiking. Highly recommend. Great shoe. Normally wear a wide and the D width in the Altras fits perfect. The toe box allows the toes and ball of foot ample room. A nice mid range rigidity, comfortable and flexible but still sturdy for long hikes. Used on a 20-mile hike from valley floor of Yosemite up to Cloud's Rest and back down. Mid-foot is secure. Heel does have a bit much padding and slightly loose. Easy remedy by wear to pairs of socks. Overall an extremely comfortable shoe! Full review

La Sportiva Men's Mutant

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Not for me. Uncomfortable fit due to the last and poor asymmetric lace system and burrito tongue. I looked forward to getting a pair of Mutants as I had read so many positive reviews. So when they went on sale at Sierra Trading post I ordered a pair. I ordered a 43.5 because I have two other pair of La Sportivas and that was the size that fit. What a disappointment. The minute I put them on they were not comfortable and clearly didn't fit. So I communicated with some of the reviewers thinking there… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 3

rated 4 of 5 stars The Hoka Challenger ATR 3 is a very comfortable trail shoe that probably has the greatest amount of cushion available in a trail shoe next to possibly hiking in a pair of Crocs. The older I get the more sensitive my feet seem to be and I find that I have a much more enjoyable time if my boots/shoes are lighter and have more cushion. If I intend to go off trail or need to wear crampons I'll always wear a hiking or mountaineering boot, but for all my hiking on regular trails I have switched to wearing… Full review

Asics Gel-Kahana 7

rated 4 of 5 stars I find this shoe to be extremely comfortable with a generous toe box, but they are falling apart after less than 300 miles. Considering the price. I almost love this shoe! I have used the Asics Gel Kahana 7's for trail running and hiking and they have performed splendidly. I have run on very steep dirt trails that would test the traction capabilities of any trail runner and this shoe held strong. They are equally good on the uphills and downhills.   I'm 6 feet, 185 lbs and I run around 8:30 pace… Full review

Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very good trail running shoe, particularly for the price. Managed to put in some good 15-mile long runs with no problem. Good traction, highly durable. Fit: Good, Asics always works well for my wider feet. Heel is a little loose, so I used an ankle lock. Comfort: OK, break-in period needed. Got some hot spots around my upper foot. Traction: Very good Durability: Fantastic, probably have 200-300 miles on these with few signs of wear (of course they are very dusty). Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 2

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is more comfortable than the ATR3s. Excellent cushioning especially for someone like me with Plantar Fasciitis. Enough room for good but not excessive toe splay and the mid foot and heel are snug enough to keep the foot snug and locked in. Initially, I had a weird sense of being to high up, but as I used the shoe more, my feet settled in nicely to the cushioning. I have several trail runners and it seems that I use this shoe more than the others. Good transition shoe too. I have plantar… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 11

rated 5 of 5 stars These shoes serve as my day hikers and trainers. Great stability and traction with solid support. The fit is true to size and they are narrow in the heel, which is perfect for my foot. I run mountain trails to stay in hiking shape and was looking for a trail shoe with support and durability. I am very pleased with the narrow fit which prevents the shoe from slipping on my heels. The shoe is durably built and very stable on the trail which was key in my purchase decision.   The support may be part… Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, tough, comfortable. I have put over 500 miles on these in technical mountain terrain. Would not trade them for the world, except for a new pair. Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
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
$42 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0
$60 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$58 - $87
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$65 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Response Boost
$88 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$66 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11
$60 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$41
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$67
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$88 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3
$80 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX
$119 - $165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
$74 - $75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream
$125
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3
$106 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Icebug Zeal RB9X
$97
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido
$60 - $130
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2
$93
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3
$100 - $124
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush
$64 - $99
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3
$230
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 2.0
$73 - $109
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Under Armour Verge Low Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoe / Trail Shoe
$92 - $139
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track Hayasa
$75
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Mutant
$87 - $135
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
$100
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Terraclaw 250
$78
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 CS
$82
Mammut MTR 201-II Max Low
$107 - $148
La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX
$155
Adidas adizero XT 5 Boost
$92
Salomon X-Scream Ragnar
$60
Montrail Caldorado
$53 - $65
Salomon Sense Pro
$130
Salomon X-Mission 3 CS
$76 - $129
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290
$78
Pearl Izumi EM Trail N1 v2
$80
Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP
$72 - $145
Inov-8 Arctic Claw 300
$150
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