Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Salomon
Vibram
Vasque
Inov-8
Brooks
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

Merrell Men's Ascend Glove

rated 4 of 5 stars A minimalist shoe that offers a little more cushioning and protection for the bottom of the foot but less ground feel as compared to the trail glove. A good choice for anyone that wants to try a neutral shoe with more protection than a full-on "barefoot shoe", or for running on rough ground. I have been trail running in Merrell's "barefoot shoes" (right up there with "jumbo shrimp" at the top of the oxymoron list) for about four years now: two pairs of original Trail Gloves, a pair of the Train… Full review

Saucony Men's Kinvara TR

rated 5 of 5 stars Everything you want with barefoot running and none of the stuff you don't. If this shoe was a weapon, it would be a sniper rifle. It's just that sharp. There are no margins here, which makes it an awesome trail shoe in varying surfaces; you want your foot to go over there — it goes there, BAM! It doesn't slip about a little in the shoe, it doesn't give a damn if you wanted a little give. It's a scalpel, it's technical, it's responsive, it's a fast train and your legs are the engines. You want… Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 3 GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is my new favorite trail running/light hiking shoe. It is extremely lightweight, has perfect flex in the sole, and provides plenty of support. The Gore-tex makes them that much better. My only gripe is that the traction does not seem like it will last very long. The shoe fits great. The lacing system makes it easy to adjust to your foot.  I haven't met many people that can't fit into Salomon shoes unless they have very wide or very narrow feet.  The shoes were comfortable right off the shelf. Full review

Altra Men's Olympus

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For zero drop fans, this is a fantastic shoe for long, grinding runs or when you need some recovery cush. I've taken this shoe through mud, rocks, roots and it has held up great. I've also taken it out for extended road runs when the legs felt like they needed some added cushioning. An interesting take on a low drop shoe. At first I wasn't sure if I would like such a "maximalist" shoe. I've been a low profile, low drop fan for years. The Olympus pulls together the natural foot design and zero drop… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

rated 5 of 5 stars Great all around trail shoe, grip is fantastic and the fit and stability are superb! My favorite trail shoes to date! Comfortable and long lasting, with great grip, stability, and cushioning. Full review

Vasque ShapeShifter Ultra

rated 2 of 5 stars The Vasque Shapeshifter is a heavily padded running shoe that attempts to buck the trend of minimalist footwear. It comes up unsuccessful however, mostly due to a sloppy high volume, wide fit coupled with the choice to use the BOA lacing system. The positives were the surprising responsiveness and the traction on a variety of surfaces. They are also reasonably lightweight for a shoe with this much padding. They are best for someone with wide feet looking for a heavily padded cushioned ride. In my… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

rated 5 of 5 stars Great shoes. I use them for hiking not just trail running. Sturdy, lightweight, and dry fast. Great for those who don't need a whole lot of ankle support and like being light on their feet. These shoes fit great and are super comfortable on a decent amount of miles. I like to hike in these rather than standard hiking shoes. They dry fast so I don't worry too much when crossing streams and they feel good because they are much lighter than hiking boots.  Only after about 10 miles did I feel like… Full review

Montrail Men's Mountain Masochist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I torture tested this shoe on the JMT for 150 miles over one 12k rock pile after another. Wear on the soles was noticeable, but they gave excellent slick rock traction. Forded three rivers, same story. They dried quickly and I never got one blister. The blister free factor was, by itself, a huge point. Cuts, abrasions, a partial peeling of the toecap and heel rubber, but everything held together until I could effect repairs. This trail is too much for a running shoe, but these held up as well as… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good hybrid shoe. When I'm running my local trails, I have to run about a mile or so to get to a trailhead. That mile can be a pain when I'm wearing some of my heavier trail shoes. So, being a Salomon geek I had to go out and buy the X-Scream, if only because it was advertised as a hybrid shoe. I've now worn them several times on the trail and can say they perform as advertised—meaning they are comfortable on pavement and the tread grips well on the trail. That said, if you are running… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
$83
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO Trek
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$81
Vasque Blur
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque
Blur
$58
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
X-Talon 212
$84 - $119
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 8
$60 - $84
Montrail Sabino Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Sabino Trail
$70
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
X-Talon 190
$36 - $124
TrekSta Evolution
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta
Evolution
$75
Vasque Mindbender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Mindbender
$54 - $110
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
$70 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
$30 - $64
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
$42 - $119
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Sense Mantra
$54 - $89
La Sportiva Crosslite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Crosslite
$80
Vasque Transistor FS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Transistor FS
$74 - $79
New Balance MT20 Minimus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT20 Minimus
$70
Salomon Fellraiser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Fellraiser
$71 - $87
New Balance 810
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
810
$63 - $84
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro
$38 - $54
Inov-8 Roclite 295
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 295
$90 - $119
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 315
$80 - $90
Inov-8 Flyroc 310
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8
Flyroc 310
Nike Air Teocalli GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Nike
Air Teocalli GTX
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Saucony
Grid Excursion TR 2
discontinued
Salomon XT Wings
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
XT Wings
discontinued
Vasque Amp
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque
Amp
discontinued
Montrail Leona Divide
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Montrail
Leona Divide
discontinued
Adidas Tangent ATS
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Adidas
Tangent ATS
Montrail Mountain Masochist GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail
Mountain Masochist GTX
discontinued
END Footwear Stumptown 12 oz
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
END Footwear
Stumptown 12 oz
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Merrell
Chameleon Velocity
discontinued
Nike Air Thielsen
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nike
Air Thielsen
discontinued
Salomon XT Wings 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon
XT Wings 2
Brooks Cascadia 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 3
discontinued
New Balance 909
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
New Balance
909
discontinued
Columbia Fyter
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Columbia
Fyter
discontinued
Brooks Cascadia 5
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 5
discontinued
Asics GEL-Trabuco 11 WP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Asics
GEL-Trabuco 11 WP
discontinued
The North Face Ultra 102
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Ultra 102
discontinued
The North Face Chinscraper
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Chinscraper
discontinued
Salomon GCS XCR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
GCS XCR
discontinued
Timberland Drop In
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Timberland
Drop In
discontinued
Columbia Switchback 2 Omni-Tech
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Switchback 2 Omni-Tech
$90 MSRP
New Balance 1100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
1100
discontinued
Salomon GCS Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
GCS Pro
discontinued
Salomon XA Comp 2 XCR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Comp 2 XCR
discontinued
New Balance MR790
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MR790
discontinued
Adidas ClimaCool Cardrona
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas
ClimaCool Cardrona
Altra Lone Peak
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra
Lone Peak
Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$100 MSRP
Nike Air Zoom Terra Ridge
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike
Air Zoom Terra Ridge
discontinued
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