Trail Running Shoes

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Brand

Vasque
Salomon
Inov-8
The North Face
Saucony
Adidas
New Balance
Brooks
Vibram
Nike

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

New Balance Men's 806

rated 5 of 5 stars I can't tell you how many thousands of miles I have on these shoes. I've been running in them for at least 15 years and they're still holding up strong. I bought these shoes from Dunham Sports in Wonderland Mall, Livonia, Mi. I don't recall the exact year, but the mall officially closed in 2003 and I know there were still a bunch of stores up and running when I got them so I'll guess 1999 to 2001 maybe. I've run countless miles in these shoes every year since then, and while I don't run full marathons,… Full review

Altra Men's Superior 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, comfortable, fast drying trail shoe with limited durability and support. Comfort and Support The Superior 2.0 is a very comfortable, lightweight, zero drop trail running shoe that I used for running, backpacking, and currently as a backup or water shoe. The fit is very comfortable. The wide toe box is standard in Altras and contributes to an out of the box comfort that I haven't found in any other variety of trail shoe.  The zero drop of the 21mm sole feels very natural and gives a… Full review

Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine

rated 4 of 5 stars Hyper specific shoe for fast scrambles and technical running. Overall these are a pretty hyper specific shoe. If you're looking for a lightweight approach shoe that has superior weather resistance that you can run in for sky running, or fast and light scrambles this is the shoe. For everyday use it's not much good, but nor is that what it was designed for. I've used this in summer, hiking, fastpacking, and scrambling a variety of trails and running in light snow. I've taken them on glaciers and… Full review

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

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$48 - $87
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$100 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
$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 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$17 - $95
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$90 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Response Boost
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$80 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11
$100 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$41 - $87
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$87 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 Flyroc 310
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
New Balance 806
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Nike Air Teocalli GTX
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XT Wings
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Montrail Leona Divide
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Adidas Tangent ATS
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail Mountain Masochist GTX
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
END Footwear Stumptown 12 oz
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Merrell Chameleon Velocity
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nike Air Thielsen
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 2
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 3
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
New Balance 909
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Columbia Fyter
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 5
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Asics GEL-Trabuco 11 WP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 102
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Chinscraper
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon GCS XCR
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Timberland Drop In
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Switchback 2 Omni-Tech
$90 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 1100
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon GCS Pro
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Comp 2 XCR
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MR790
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas ClimaCool Cardrona
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak
$100 MSRP
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