Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

The North Face
Vibram
Montrail
Salomon
Merrell
Asics
TrekSta
Columbia
Mizuno
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

Mizuno Men's Wave Kazan

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid shoe for running trails. As for any shoe, fit is key. Although I usually run on the roads, I've been running on some (fairly non-technical) trails enough that I decided to get a trail running shoe. I've been using Mizuno Wave Inspires for my running shoe, and the running shoe store suggested that the Wave Kazans would be 'comparable'. (I think they probably just recommended it because it's Mizuno's only trail-running shoe.) Anyway, the shoes have been working fine through about 200 miles of… Full review

Altra Men's Superior

rated 4 of 5 stars This would be a great mid-distance, less aggressive trail shoe for anyone who's into zero drop. The Altra Superior is a relatively slim zero-drop trail shoe. While they do take a beating (aside from the questionable cords on the upper), it provides a lighter and less-cushioned alternative to Atra's other trail line, the Lone Peak. Those of you who are looking for more toe room and a bit more protection than barefoot shoes should give the Superior serious consideration. For being a shaved down… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable zero drop trail shoe with some cushion. Well, my first Altra trail shoe was the original Lone Peak, so it seemed when the 1.5 came out, I had to have them. I was a little put off by the color and surprised to see that the heel had been made stiff with added support. They fit very snug and very comfortable. They really lock right on to the foot for a solid fit. I'd say they fit well like any other Altra shoe. The shoe has handled a lot of different terrain and has also been beat… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars If you're looking for a zero drop, distance trail shoe, this is it! This shoe has been a great long distance trail shoe for me. First stepping into them, the 26mm of stack height caught me off guard. It's only 3mm taller than the 1.5 and a few more mm taller than the Superior. Very noticeable and I thought I was on stilts. But that cushion really helped on a recent 50K win. The legs and joints didn't feel any noticable aches or pains that I'd normally have over long distances. Traction is also… Full review

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I like this shoe a lot. It has great feel on the foot and feels so light compared to other trail runners I have used in the past. Fit/Comfort: Very comfortable tight foot. I have a wider foot and had concerns about buying online. Through several runs I am very impressed with how the shoe fits and feels. It is extremely comfortable. I hate putting on my everyday shoes now. I want to wear my Salomons all the time! Support: Arches feel decent, somewhat lacking for my liking. This isn't a big deal though… Full review

Teva Men's X-1 Control 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great shoe for all mountain activity. Holds up to things that it wasn't really designed for: day hiking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing. Too bad they are gone. I hope someone else had a good experience with this outstanding shoe. It's a shame that this is discontinued. I have a pair that I bought for mountain biking. Yep, Crazy. But they work great for cross-country style riding. I have hiked with them on too. One thing I haven't done is run in them. I really can't say how well they would work… Full review

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are my now go-to hiking and backpacking shoes that replaced my boots. It's also nice that they double as trail running shoes as needed. These are perfect for someone who wants to move fast on the trail but still wants the ankle support of a boot. I'd definitely recommend these if you are looking for a light fast and grippy shoe for all kinds of terrain. Just took these shoes on a cross-country backpacking trip, everything from climbing up and down talus, hike on unkept trails, through meadows,… Full review

Topo Athletic Men's MT

rated 4 of 5 stars Light, minimalist trail runner that still provides a bit of support. Enough lug on the soles to provide pretty good off road traction, but not so much as to preclude use on sidewalk or paved surface. Surprisingly durable, I'd recommend these shoes for trail running or hiking with a lighter load, especially in drier climates. I think it is important to preface this review with an acknowledgement that I am really not the target audience for this shoe. A lifelong proponent of sturdy but heavy leather… Full review

Salomon Women's SpeedCross 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If you are in the market for a shoe that can conquer technical trails and rough terrain, this is the shoe for you. I wouldn't recommend this shoe for those who are planning on running on mostly soft gravel, smooth trails. The tread is long lasting and keeps my feet comfortable for mid-range distances (up to 15 miles). Perfect for rocky climbs and downhills. Highly recommended for those adventure seekers who want aggressive tread for aggressive trails. Overview When I first saw the SpeedCross 3 shoes… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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The North Face Ultra 109
$13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$15 - $62
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$25 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
$27 - $42
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Mission CS
$28 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $51
Merrell Trail Glove 2
$30 - $99
Asics GEL-Scram
$33
The North Face Ultra
$33 - $54
TrekSta Edict
$34
Salomon XT Wings K
$35 - $38
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
The North Face Ultra Shoe
$36 - $55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XR Mission
$36 - $139
Montrail FluidFlex
$36 - $57
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
$38 - $54
Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus
$38 - $54
The North Face Betasso II
$39 - $60
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
discontinued
New Balance 100 Trail Runner
$41
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$42 - $64
Columbia Ravenous Lite
$42
Montrail FluidFeel
$44 - $70
Columbia Ravenous Lite Flash
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810
$45 - $58
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail Rockridge
$45
Montrail Rogue Fly
$45 - $89
Columbia Master Fly
$47
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Vasque Velocity
$47
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$48
Karhu Flow Trail Fulcrum
$48 - $59
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
$48 - $66
The North Face Dipsea 78 Racer
$48 - $55
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$49
Keen A86 TR
$49 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move
$50 - $75
New Balance Minimus 80
$50 - $119
Columbia Yama Swift
$50
Montrail FluidFlex II
$50 - $89
Asics GEL-Kahana 6
$50 - $59
New Balance 710v2
$50 - $64
Montrail Mountain Masochist II
$50 - $99
Montrail FluidBalance
$50 - $100
La Sportiva Electron
$50 - $66
New Balance 608
$52
Salomon XA Comp 7 CS WP
$52 - $130
La Sportiva C-Lite 2.0
$53 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Bajada
$53 - $109
Helly Hansen Ahiga
$53
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