Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

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

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

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

Altra Women's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 5 of 5 stars My go-to trail running and hiking shoe. The Birkenstocks of trail running shoes. Incredible comfort due to the wide toe box, low drop, flexibility and cushioning. I have used in many conditions except for mud. An almost perfect running shoe no matter how far you run. Great for hiking too as I've taken them out several times for five mile hikes and great for trail running no matter how far you run. I have used in many conditions except mud (SoCAL you know) and they perform well in all of these conditions. Full review

New Balance Men's 910v2

rated 5 of 5 stars Been wearing New Balance my whole life for road running and when I switched to trail running the 910v2 didn't disappoint. I've been using New Balance shoes my whole life for either running or walking, particularly because of the wide toe boxes their shoes have. So when I started trail running and hiking, it was a natural choice to go to a New Balance shoe, and they didn't disappoint. My local running store sold them to me at a discounted price of $50 and it has turned out these are a boon. Great… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A lightweight comfortable shoe that can be used for long or short term hiking with a backpack. Feels a lot lighter than it is. The outsoles are amazing particularly on downhills. The shoe could be more stable laterally as I think the last could be wider. When I got these shoes I was looking for something that could be used for more than a trail runner. Regular hiking shoe are too bulky and stiff for my taste. This shoe hit the mark and is versatile for both its use as a trail runner and hiking shoe. Full review

Adidas Men's Response Boost

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is so light and comfortable it is like you aren't wearing a shoe. I like the sock-like upper which holds your feet in securely and gives a very stable feel. The continental outsole has excellent grip and the lugs are long enough so that the shoe is versatile and can be used on various types of trails. What amazed me about this shoe is its fit and that when wearing it, it doesn't feel like you are wearing a shoe. That is due to the sock-like upper. The lacing system locks in your feet and… Full review

Saucony Men's Xodus ISO

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is extremely comfortable and great on rocky (scree) trails because it has one of the stickiest outsoles I have experienced. The toe box is roomy, but the shoe is not sloppy because of the narrow mid foot and heel counter. I have plantar fasciitis and wouldn't know it while wearing this shoe. Nice advancement over the Xodus 6.0, although I miss that shoe as a hiking shoe. The shoe is very comfortable and plush inside. Great cushioning protects feet over rocky surfaces, particularly scree,… Full review

Altra Women's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 4 of 5 stars The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is a trail shoe designed for a woman's foot and I recommend it for anyone looking for a wide, comfortable toe box and a lightweight shoe for hiking or backpacking. I’ve been alternating between boots and the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 trail shoes all winter. The backpacking debate rages on—trail runners versus boots. I’ve tried trail runners before and didn’t find them to be stable enough on uneven surfaces. Many people hiking the John Muir Trail rave about Altras so I decided… Full review

Saucony Men's ProGrid Outlaw

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for gnarly terrain runs, will protect your feet. Lightweight and quick to dry; keeps everything out of your shoe. I have a couple Bear Mountain 50-mile trail runs on these shoes and can't recommend them enough. Great ankle support for the gnarly root and rocks you will run into and plenty of protection underneath the impact area. Lightweight and quick to dry (throw in some quick-dry socks to ensure this) when your run takes you across water hazards. Fit: I typically run in minimalist shoes… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$90 - $99
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
$60 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$70 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Response Boost
$71 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$78 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11
$84 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$48 - $76
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$74 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
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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 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
 
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)
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
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Zoom Terra Ridge
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