Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Vibram
Vasque
Inov-8
Brooks
Salomon
Montrail
TrekSta
Merrell
La Sportiva
New Balance

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

Mizuno Men's Wave Kazan

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid shoe for running trails. As for any shoe, fit is key. Although I usually run on the roads, I've been running on some (fairly non-technical) trails enough that I decided to get a trail running shoe. I've been using Mizuno Wave Inspires for my running shoe, and the running shoe store suggested that the Wave Kazans would be 'comparable'. (I think they probably just recommended it because it's Mizuno's only trail-running shoe.) Anyway, the shoes have been working fine through about 200 miles of… Full review

Altra Men's Superior

rated 4 of 5 stars This would be a great mid-distance, less aggressive trail shoe for anyone who's into zero drop. The Altra Superior is a relatively slim zero-drop trail shoe. While they do take a beating (aside from the questionable cords on the upper), it provides a lighter and less-cushioned alternative to Atra's other trail line, the Lone Peak. Those of you who are looking for more toe room and a bit more protection than barefoot shoes should give the Superior serious consideration. For being a shaved down… Full review

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

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$81
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$58
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8
$60 - $72
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Sense Mantra
$60 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail
$63
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Evolution
$71
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender
$54 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move
$76 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$42 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
$83 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crosslite
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Transistor FS
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT20 Minimus
$66
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$71 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
$38 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 295
$115 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 Flyroc 310
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Nike Air Teocalli GTX
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Saucony Grid Excursion TR 2
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XT Wings
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Montrail Leona Divide
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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)
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
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 5
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Asics GEL-Trabuco 11 WP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 102
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Chinscraper
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon GCS XCR
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Timberland Drop In
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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)
Salomon GCS Pro
discontinued
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 Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Zoom Terra Ridge
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