Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Inov-8
Mammut
Brooks
Altra
The North Face
Mizuno
Vibram
Scott
Merrell
Columbia

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

Merrell Men's All Out Crush

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight purpose-built trail running shoe. Good grip on wet and dry trails. The Merrell All Out Crush is a purpose built trail runner for anyone with a medium foot width. Weighing just 8 ounces per shoe you hardly feel like you are wearing a shoe at all. The soles feature Merrell's M select grip which has performed well in wet and dry trail conditions. The 5mm lugged soles are close enough together for good traction while being far enough apart that they don't load up with mud. I found… Full review

Inov-8 Roclite 243

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For what it's intended for it is a very high quality trail runner. This shoe is best for short to medium trail runs on loose dirt.  The grip is fantastic. The shoe is very lightweight, the construction is great, ventilation is good.  The only problem for me is that it would not be useful for hikes or any crossover purpose (except perhaps as an approach shoe for taking on climbing routes). The flexibility would mean that you feel small rocks, but my foot has all the freedom to move naturally.  Full review

La Sportiva Women's Ultra Raptor GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These shoes are great for trail running and hiking in rocky areas. They are by far the grippiest shoes I have worn, and they seem to have good support in the soles to absorb impact on your feet too. Very comfortable. This shoe fits perfectly for me. I don't have the pickiest taste, but I prefer breathing room and wider fitting shoes. They have a bulkier/ heavier feel to them, which is good for support, maybe not so good if you are trying to go ultralight. The sole support is thick and provides impact… Full review

Icebug Men's Zeal RB9X

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight trail running shoe that also works well as a hiking shoe. Excellent traction, especially in wet conditions. The Zeal RB9X trail running shoe by Swedish company Icebug continues their tradition of offering shoes with some of the best traction around. While I am not a trail runner I do prefer that style of shoe for both my hiking and backpacking footwear. I was lucky enough to be offered a pair of the Zeal runners in May for extensive testing. The Zeals come in one color, grey with orange… Full review

New Balance Leadville v3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a good very lightweight trail running and light backpacking shoe and I would recommend this shoe to people looking to lighten up their backpacking footwear. I am 58 years old and recently retired and have been trying to get out more with the intentions of doing some longer thru hikes and was looking for wide trail shoes to use in place of my existing hiking boots and New Balance cross trainers have been my go-to shoe (for me and about a million or so other older people...), so I decided… Full review

Skechers Men's GOtrail Ultra 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A very lightweight, super cushioned trail running shoe. Offers excellent stability and traction. Fully drainable through midsole side ports. I have been a big fan of Skechers sneakers for years because they have a fairly wide toe box which works well for my feet. I am one of a growing trend of hikers and backpackers who like to use lightweight trail running shoes when we venture out onto the trail. I had used a pair of Skechers GOrun marathon trainers for my hike of the John Muir trail in 2014 and… Full review

Altra Men's Superior 2.0

rated 2.5 of 5 stars One of the most comfortable shoes I have owned, but not for long. I record my runs with a GPS watch and have put about 135 km on these shoes, mostly on trail. I bough them in my usual size 46, but the fit is a bit loose, especially in the heel (tried on the 45s but they seemed a little short). I was looking for something with a little more padding than the "barefoot" shoes I have been running in for the last 5.5 years, but still with zero drop and some trail feel. These seemed to fit the bill. They… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars Great all-around trail shoes with comfortable fit and good trail feel. Unfortunately, they wear out too quickly. Intro/background: Altra gave these shoes to everyone who participated in Oslo Ecotrail in May 2016. Since May, I have run and hiked approximately 360 kilometers/220 miles in these shoes across a wide variety of terrain, and I feel like I have put them through their paces. Some of the big days in these shoes include a hard training weekend in loose, rocky terrain of Rondane National Park in… Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers KSO

rated 4 of 5 stars I have been wearing my Vibrams for four years. I can hike a mile upriver on a wooded trail then float down through class 1/2 rapids. They form to your feet making it safer to climb on rocks which can be slimey and slippery. You could jog or run in them, but it is painful on the feet when there are rocks, ie gravel roads. I bought this product four years ago and still wear them whenever I go kayaking or for a float down the river at our house, basically any water sport where you don't want your feet… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$17
Mammut MTR 141
$19
Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10
$24 - $89
Mammut MTR 201 Pro Low
$24 - $84
Altra Intuition 2.0
$26
The North Face Ultra
$27
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
$27
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Kazan
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30
Scott T2 Kinabalu 2.0
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus
$31
Merrell All Out Peak
$33 - $130
Columbia Ventastic
$35
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
The North Face Betasso II
$36
Under Armour Grit Off-Road
$38 - $84
Karhu Flow 3 Trainer Fulcrum
$38
Under Armour Micro G Pulse NM
$39 - $99
Adidas Supernova Riot 6
$39
 
Saucony Excursion TR7
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II
$40
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
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Salomon X-Tour
$41
La Sportiva C-Lite
$42
Karhu Flow Trail Fulcrum
$42
Scott T2 Kinabalu HS
$42
Salomon X-Mission 2
$42 - $87
Salomon Wings
$42 - $69
Scott eRide AF Support 2.0
$43
The North Face Kilowatt Shoe
$45 - $49
Under Armour Dash RN
$45
Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN XCEL
$45
New Balance 910
$45
Under Armour Chetco II
$45
Montrail FluidFlex F.K.T.
$46 - $109
 
Adidas Slingshot Trail
$48
Merrell Mix Master Move Glide
$50
Under Armour SpeedForm XC
$50 - $99
Montrail Badwater
$50
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$50
Asics Gel-FujiRunnagade
$50
Montrail FluidBalance
$50 - $100
Icebug DTS BUGrip
$50
Adidas Duramo ATR
$52
Saucony Peregrine 4
$52 - $159
The North Face Storm TR
$53
Helly Hansen Nimble R2
$53
 
Saucony Jazz Original
$53 MSRP
 
Saucony Jazz Low Pro
$53 MSRP
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