Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Salomon
Inov-8
The North Face
Vasque
Altra
Vibram
Nike
Montrail
Adidas
Brooks

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Vibram Women's FiveFingers KSO

rated 4 of 5 stars I have been wearing my Vibrams for four years. I can hike a mile upriver on a wooded trail then float down through class 1/2 rapids. They form to your feet making it safer to climb on rocks which can be slimey and slippery. You could jog or run in them, but it is painful on the feet when there are rocks, ie gravel roads. I bought this product four years ago and still wear them whenever I go kayaking or for a float down the river at our house, basically any water sport where you don't want your feet… Full review

Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great trail running shoe available mostly in Europe and UK. For its price it is superbly technical, grippy, and comfortable, accessible easily to the grand public.   INTRO I purchased the Kiprace Trail 3 about two months ago for training purposes. I am a quite efficient runner  and like low profile shoes. For instance my forever favorite for years now is the X-Talon 212 from Inov 8, but I like all kind of track and cross country spikes too and training in them is just a fun time for me. I have… Full review

Saucony Men's ProGrid Outlaw

rated 5 of 5 stars Best 4wd, off-road shoe period. Excellent support, excellent grip! I live in beautiful San Luis Obispo,Calif. We have rolling hills, mountain bike trails, walking trails. Some of the trails are dirt, some mixed rock with pebbles. Hills can vary up to 1000' above sea level. If I run along the rugged trails mixed with rock/hard packed gravel/dirt, I'm very confident in the sure-footedness/traction/grip of the soles. The ankle support in the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw is a huge plus! Such a great "off-road"… Full review

Inov-8 Men's Terraclaw 250

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Disappointed. I've been running and hiking in Inov-8 for fifteen years. One of the things I liked best was model availability—buy a pair today and if you want another in six months or two years it is still available. This seems to have gone away in the last few years so when the tread on my last pair was too worn I ordered the Trailclaw 250. The price was about half that of a normal trail running shoe and that should have been a warning, but at the time I chalked it up to Amazon's crazy pricing. Full review

Hoka Women's Mafate Speed

rated 5 of 5 stars Best pair of running shoes I have owned! These shoes keep me steady on my feet when on trails whether running or walking my dog. Quality materials and workmanship. They are the best shoes I have ever purchased! I would strongly recommend them for anyone serious about being comfortable on the trails! Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Tough trail runners, heavy but protective. The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is a very solid, sturdy trail runner with Goretex waterproofing. On the heaviest end of the spectrum for a product sold as a running shoe, the thick sole and solid toe cap will protect your feet from any rocks or roots you might ramble over. Traction is good on all surfaces.   For the hiker that is considering the switch from a hiking shoe or boot, the NF Ultras would be a good shoe to test a transition. Once on they do inspire… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A lightweight running shoe fit for backpacking. The Lone Peak 2.5 came highly recommended to me by a fellow hiker as a lightweight, fast drying, comfortable trail shoe. After doing some additional research, Altra seemed to have some durability issues, but I took a chance.  After about 150 miles over three months, about half running on city trails and streets, and the other half backpacking in the Rockies and Ozarks, the toe cap on both shoes is peeling off.  The tread still looks almost new. I… Full review

L.A. Gear Trek

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are on a TIGHT budget, this shoe will fit and by fit I mean WIDE FIT for those in need as I am. Most comfortable shoe I've worn in years on the trail, around town, mowing the lawn, etc. I am relatively new to hiking and I know people are going to say L.A. Gear for hiking!! I liked these shoes so much after my first 6-day hike that I went back and bought 5 more pairs for the future. Some of you may be able to relate that as soon as you like a certain shoe and you go back to guy another. The… Full review

Under Armour Men's Verge Low Gore-Tex

rated 3 of 5 stars These shoes land solidly in the middle of the pack in the waterproof-breathable trail runner category. I have been using trail runners for almost all of my hiking now for over four years. I find the increased dexterity and reduced fatigue with lighter footwear to be a big endurance and safety benefit on the trail. I have even worn Gore-Tex trail runners to Camp Muir in the snow. I know some prefer the heirloom boot direction, but this is my way and I like it. I also trail run 12-18 miles per week… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$46 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$81 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295
$87 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0
$93 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$41 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$85 - $124
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 (5)
Vasque Blur
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)
Salomon XT Wings
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
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)
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)
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
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Zoom Terra Ridge
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Exotech
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Zoom Steens
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 100
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 4
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