Trail Running Shoes

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The North Face




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

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Brooks Men's PureGrit 3

rated 3 of 5 stars The PureGrit 3s are comfortable overall trail shoes if you have wide feet. They have good grip and breathe well, but the soles tend to separate at the toe and the elastic "Nav-Band" wears out over time. I have been wearing the PureGrit 3 shoes for the past five months. According to my Misfit Shine, they surpassed 750-miles of use some time last night (After contacting Brooks, I was informed that the expected lifespan of these shoes is somewhere between 250 - 300 miles). In this time, I have worn… Full review

Salomon Men's XT Wings 3

rated 4 of 5 stars Do you routinely run through the mud, rock gardens, or over roots? Then this shoe is for you! These are true to fit, have excellent protection and traction. I strongly recommend these shoes for the following reasons. The sole plate is solid so those pointy rocks that you run on won't mess up your feet. The toe guard is perfect for when you stub your toe on a big rock or root. The tread is awesome and provides excellent traction in the mud, sandy soil or the aforementioned rock gardens. It is true… Full review

Salomon Women's XR Mission

rated 5 of 5 stars It is perfect for trail running then hitting the streets. It has an automatic lace system which comes in handy when running so you don't have to worry about tying your shoes. All around fantastic quality trail running shoe. I'm hiking the JMT next summer and right now I am training and these shoes are perfect for training. I wouldn't recommend doing long treks with these because the tread is more for daily trail runs. I run 5 miles a day on trails and these are perfect for that. Full review

Topo Athletic Men's MT

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, flexible, zero drop, with enough protection for the average trail. I've liked the two Topo road shoes I've tried, the RT and ST.  The MT is a good complement for use off road on anything other than rocky technical trails. They fit well in my 9.5, transition well, and look good as well. I like them especially for local cross country races, and wish I had a pair like them back in the ancient days of '70s cross. Full review

Salomon Running Shoe

rated 4 of 5 stars Comfort comfort comfort. All day comfort for feet, knees, back, and neck. I have back and neck injuries and need a lightweight shoe with lots of cushion. I could not believe the comfort this shoe gave me! Even after all day, the usual pain was not there! Very disappointed that the top wore through. But, with the all day comfort this shoe provides, it might be well worth it to patch it up. Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars This trail shoe is all about comfort and fit. A technically sound shoe. After 15 plus years of amateur trail running this shoe is finally "the one." This is the first and only trail shoe I have used where my feet did not hurt after a run. I have been wearing Cascadia for a few years and I just thought everything was supposed to hurt as I "matured".  I am 6' and 210, 59 yrs old. I happened across these in a web search so I decided to give them a spin. I wear 11.5D dress shoe and I sized up to 12.5. Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 5 of 5 stars I have been wearing these for years. I'm on my sixth pair. The TrekSport is great for hiking. These have been great for my feet. Every other shoe I have owned has been uncomfortable. I have weird feet- shaped strange and super wide. I love these because they fit to the shape of my feet. Full review

Hoka Women's Mafate Speed

rated 5 of 5 stars These shoes have weird sizing. I had to go down a full size for the right fit. Other than that, they are great! These are the most comfortable shoes I've ever had with lots of room for orthotics. The huge sole looks strange but is really cushion-y and grippy. They work really well in rough terrain over roots and rocks. Full review

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Planning to hike the AT for two months this fall. Needed a lightweight and breathable shoe that is waterproof. This shoe fits those requirements. Love the comfort while hiking. Purchased these for fall hiking on the AT. They are waterproof and breathable. I'll be on the trail in September and needed a shoe that can help manage the heat my feet will generate. Easy to lace and lightweight. Runs small. I ordered one size larger and they fit perfectly. Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Saucony Peregrine 3
Mammut MTR 141
$25 - $71
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$25 - $95
The North Face Ultra Shoe
Saucony Jazz Low Pro
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
The North Face Ultra
$27 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$30 - $43
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$30 - $110
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
The North Face Betasso II
$36 - $59
Karhu Flow 3 Trainer Fulcrum
Dynafit Pantera
$39 - $82
Hi-Tec Perpetua
Montrail FluidBalance
$40 - $67
Columbia Conspiracy Vapor
$40 - $69
Saucony Excursion TR7
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
Montrail Rogue Fly
$40 - $62
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II
$40 - $89
Dynafit Feline Ghost Evo
$42 - $71
Karhu Flow Trail Fulcrum
Scott eRide AF Support 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$44 - $118
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
The North Face Kilowatt Shoe
$45 - $49
Salomon X-Tour
$45 - $81
Adidas Duramo Cross X Trail Running Shoe
$45 - $124
Columbia Ventastic
$47 - $84
Salomon XR Crossmax 2
$47 - $75
Montrail FluidFeel
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$48 - $49
Scott T2 Kinabalu 2.0
Mizuno Wave Sayonara
$48 - $95
New Balance 100 Trail Runner
Lowa S-Crown Mesh
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Bajada
$49 - $87
Montrail FluidFeel II
$49 - $87
Altra Intuition 2.0
Montrail Badwater
Altra Superior 1.5
$50 - $69
New Balance Leadville 1210
$50 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus
$50 - $99
Inov-8 F-Lite 215
$51 - $95
Inov-8 F-Lite 240
$51 - $95
Columbia PeakFreak XCRSN
Under Armour Grit Off-Road
$51 - $84
Altra Provisioness 1.5
$52 - $69
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