Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Mammut
Nike
Salomon
Inov-8
Vibram
Merrell
Asics
The North Face
TrekSta
Montrail

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

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

Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tread like a buzzsaw and tears up the trails. I finally decided to get a new set of trail shoes since the old ones had been worn bald and were growing holy. I had no idea that Dynafit made running shoes but I am aware of their excellent ski bindings so I decided to give a pair a try.  Fit The first thing I noticed when slipping into the Feline is the way the cut out tongue allows the laces to be tightened without creating pressure where they tie. For some reason this has been a problem for me with… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Mammut MTR 141
Mammut MTR 141
$25 - $77
Nike Air Alvord Vll
Nike Air Alvord Vll
$26
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XR Mission
$26 - $139
Inov-8 Flyroc 284
Inov-8 Flyroc 284
$29
Vibram FiveFingers KSO
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $62
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $54
Merrell Trail Glove 2
Merrell Trail Glove 2
$30 - $99
Salomon XR Mission CS
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Mission CS
$31 - $129
Asics GEL-Scram
Asics GEL-Scram
$33
The North Face Betasso
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
$33 - $42
TrekSta Edict
TrekSta Edict
$34
Salomon XT Wings K
Salomon XT Wings K
$35 - $64
Montrail Rogue Fly
Montrail Rogue Fly
$35 - $90
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
Inov-8 F-Lite 230
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 230
$36 - $109
Inov-8 Trailroc 150
Inov-8 Trailroc 150
$36 - $119
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
$36 - $124
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$36 - $125
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$36 - $130
Patagonia Gamut
Patagonia Gamut
$37 - $62
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
$38 - $54
The North Face Ultra
The North Face Ultra
$38 - $54
Saucony Excursion TR7
Saucony Excursion TR7
$39
Vasque Transistor FS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Transistor FS
$40
Teva sphere Speed
Teva sphere Speed
$40
New Balance 993
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
Columbia Switchback
discontinued
Montrail FluidFlex
Montrail FluidFlex
$40 - $57
The North Face Ultra 109
The North Face Ultra 109
$41 - $54
New Balance 100 Trail Runner
New Balance 100 Trail Runner
$41
The North Face Betasso II
The North Face Betasso II
$42 - $60
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$42 - $64
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
$42 - $119
The North Face Ultra Shoe
The North Face Ultra Shoe
$44 - $55
Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus
Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus
$44 - $54
Montrail FluidFeel
Montrail FluidFeel
$44 - $71
The North Face Dipsea 78 Racer
The North Face Dipsea 78 Racer
$44 - $75
Patagonia Evermore
Patagonia Evermore
$44 - $110
TrekSta Evolution
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Evolution
$45
La Sportiva Electron
La Sportiva Electron
$45 - $83
Salomon X-Tour
Salomon X-Tour
$45 - $90
La Sportiva Imogene
La Sportiva Imogene
$48
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
$48 - $81
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$49
Keen A86 TR
Keen A86 TR
$49 - $64
Saucony Kinvara TR 2
Saucony Kinvara TR 2
$50 - $54
Columbia Ravenous Lite
Columbia Ravenous Lite
$50
Salomon XR Shift
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift
$50 - $100
Montrail Fairhaven OutDry
Montrail Fairhaven OutDry
$50 - $88
Asics GEL-Kahana 6
Asics GEL-Kahana 6
$50 - $59
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