Trail Running Shoes

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

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Adidas Terrex Boost

rated 3 of 5 stars The Adidas Terrex Boost trail running shoes are a well-made shoe for a narrow foot. They have a rugged lugged sole made of Continental tire rubber and have a unique midsole consisting of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane balls for improved cushioning. Though I am not a competitive mountain runner, the Adidas Terrex Boost shoes were tested on local mountain trails. During several days of trail jogging and fast hiking the Terrex Boost were put to the test. Slipping the shoes on, the no-tie speed… Full review

Vasque Men's Ultra SST

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Comfort right out of the box. Light, fast and study enough for a long run. I love these shoes. I can wear them for short or long activities and am always comfortable. Good all around performance including traction and stability on off-camber terrain.  Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy trail runner fit for lightweight backpacking. The outsole on this shoe is the best thing since the old Vibram soles on my heavy full-leather boots. They stick to every condition I've encountered on the Appalachian Trail (except for mossy wet rock, but everyone is going to break their neck on that stuff). Lightweight and breathable. If the shoe fits, wear it! After 15 years backpacking in heavy, full leather, boots, I finally decided to give a trail runner a try. I wish I had switched sooner. Full review

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite trail running shoes. Also moonlight as my favorite grass volleyball shoes! Lightweight, great balance between proper foot bottom protection and feel, amazing traction. To top it off, they look good and are built to last. Inov-8 makes the best trail running shoes. Also make great fitness shoes, but this review is on the X-Talon 212. Always a great combination of feel and protection. Basically, enough so that you have a good tactile feel of what you're running on so that you can stay balanced,… Full review

Saucony Women's Peregrine 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The Saucony Peregrine 3 is the best trail shoe I've worn in 15 years! They have plenty of room in the toe box yet stay snug in the heel area. Their tread is tough enough for rocky trails, yet forgiving enough that I can also handle some stretches of pavement during runs. The traction is excellent — even in muddy areas. I wore these on a 10-mile trail run the first time out of the box and they felt great. There is plenty of arch support with comfortable cushion as well. The shoe is not designed… Full review

Saucony Women's Grid Excursion TR 2

rated 1.5 of 5 stars I am a nurse in the hospital doing 12-hour shifts. I was looking for a shoe to sometimes work in and take walks in. The shoe is lacking in the center, also it leans to the sides. Very uncomfortable. Only had 2 months, not satisfied. lLeans to the side, not enough support in the center of shoe. Full review

Salomon Men's XT Wings 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Highly structured stability trail runners with bombproof durability, good grip, and comfort. I'm on my 4th pair of this shoe, which was called the XT Wings. Fit: Salomon tends to run narrow but this fits reasonably true to my medium wide foot. The toebox is pleasingly wide and the heel cup is narrow, which I love. Comfort: Runs firm compared to most road shoes. I run on the road without issues. Close fit, helped by great speed laces. Not comfortable at all without socks. Support: Fantastic — this… Full review

Pearl Izumi Men's EM Trail M2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very comfortable trail runner. Suitable for most off road running, but really shines on gravel road and softer trails. Great for a beginner looking for a cushy ride. Shoe runs a little small so sizing up isn't a bad idea (especially when it keeps your toes from hitting the box on downhills!). Almost a sock-like feel due to upper construction.  Very comfortable trail running shoe right out of the box, pretty much zero break-in time. Did get rocks and other debris in shoe, but it's a tradeoff from… Full review

Inov-8 Men's F-Lite 195

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for fitness workouts, weightlifting, and good for running. Very comfortable pair of shoes, and extremely light (6.9 oz). It feels like you are training barefoot. Great stability for lifting weights. Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Dynafit Pantera
$3 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 9
Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10
$24 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$25 - $50
Altra Intuition 2.0
Saucony Xodus 5.0
$26 - $88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$27 - $49
Saucony Jazz Low Pro
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
The North Face Ultra
$27 - $54
Montrail FluidFeel II
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
Scott T2 Kinabalu 2.0
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
New Balance Fresh Foam 980
$34 - $109
The North Face Ultra TR II
$34 - $110
Dynafit Pantera S
$34 - $139
Columbia Ventastic
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290
$35 - $39
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
The North Face Betasso II
Karhu Flow 3 Trainer Fulcrum
Icebug ANIMA2 BUGrip
Hi-Tec Perpetua
New Balance 101
Scott Trail Rocket 2.0
$40 - $90
Scarpa Ignite
$40 - $124
Saucony Excursion TR7
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
La Sportiva C-Lite
Karhu Flow Trail Fulcrum
Columbia PeakFreak XCRSN
Scott eRide AF Support 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 230
Salomon X-Tour
$45 - $81
The North Face Kilowatt Shoe
$45 - $49
Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN XCEL
$45 - $50
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$46 - $109
Pearl Izumi EM Trail N1
$47 - $62
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
Inov-8 F-Lite 215
Inov-8 F-Lite 240
$49 - $88
Helly Hansen Ahiga
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT
$50 - $99
Scott eRide RockCrawler
$50 - $61
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II
$50 - $89
Asics Gel-FujiRunnagade
Icebug DTS BUGrip
Saucony Jazz Original
$53 MSRP
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