Trail Running Shoes

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The North Face
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less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

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

Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great trail running shoe available mostly in Europe and UK. For its price it is superbly technical, grippy, and comfortable, accessible easily to the grand public.   INTRO I purchased the Kiprace Trail 3 about two months ago for training purposes. I am a quite efficient runner  and like low profile shoes. For instance my forever favorite for years now is the X-Talon 212 from Inov 8, but I like all kind of track and cross country spikes too and training in them is just a fun time for me. I have… Full review

Saucony Men's ProGrid Outlaw

rated 5 of 5 stars Best 4wd, off-road shoe period. Excellent support, excellent grip! I live in beautiful San Luis Obispo,Calif. We have rolling hills, mountain bike trails, walking trails. Some of the trails are dirt, some mixed rock with pebbles. Hills can vary up to 1000' above sea level. If I run along the rugged trails mixed with rock/hard packed gravel/dirt, I'm very confident in the sure-footedness/traction/grip of the soles. The ankle support in the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw is a huge plus! Such a great "off-road"… Full review

Inov-8 Men's Terraclaw 250

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Disappointed. I've been running and hiking in Inov-8 for fifteen years. One of the things I liked best was model availability—buy a pair today and if you want another in six months or two years it is still available. This seems to have gone away in the last few years so when the tread on my last pair was too worn I ordered the Trailclaw 250. The price was about half that of a normal trail running shoe and that should have been a warning, but at the time I chalked it up to Amazon's crazy pricing. Full review

Hoka Women's Mafate Speed

rated 5 of 5 stars Best pair of running shoes I have owned! These shoes keep me steady on my feet when on trails whether running or walking my dog. Quality materials and workmanship. They are the best shoes I have ever purchased! I would strongly recommend them for anyone serious about being comfortable on the trails! Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Tough trail runners, heavy but protective. The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is a very solid, sturdy trail runner with Goretex waterproofing. On the heaviest end of the spectrum for a product sold as a running shoe, the thick sole and solid toe cap will protect your feet from any rocks or roots you might ramble over. Traction is good on all surfaces.   For the hiker that is considering the switch from a hiking shoe or boot, the NF Ultras would be a good shoe to test a transition. Once on they do inspire… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A lightweight running shoe fit for backpacking. The Lone Peak 2.5 came highly recommended to me by a fellow hiker as a lightweight, fast drying, comfortable trail shoe. After doing some additional research, Altra seemed to have some durability issues, but I took a chance.  After about 150 miles over three months, about half running on city trails and streets, and the other half backpacking in the Rockies and Ozarks, the toe cap on both shoes is peeling off.  The tread still looks almost new. I… Full review

L.A. Gear Trek

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are on a TIGHT budget, this shoe will fit and by fit I mean WIDE FIT for those in need as I am. Most comfortable shoe I've worn in years on the trail, around town, mowing the lawn, etc. I am relatively new to hiking and I know people are going to say L.A. Gear for hiking!! I liked these shoes so much after my first 6-day hike that I went back and bought 5 more pairs for the future. Some of you may be able to relate that as soon as you like a certain shoe and you go back to guy another. The… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Dynafit Pantera
$3 - $24
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
Mammut MTR 141
Altra Intuition 2.0
The North Face Ultra
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus
Columbia Ventastic
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
The North Face Betasso II
Under Armour Grit Off-Road
$38 - $84
Karhu Flow 3 Trainer Fulcrum
Under Armour Micro G Pulse NM
$39 - $99
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290
$39 - $97
New Balance 101
Scott Trail Rocket 2.0
$40 - $90
Saucony Excursion TR7
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
Salomon X-Tour
$41 - $46
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$41 - $110
La Sportiva C-Lite
Karhu Flow Trail Fulcrum
Scott eRide AF Support 2.0
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
New Balance 1320
The North Face Kilowatt Shoe
$45 - $49
New Balance 910
Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN XCEL
$45 - $50
Under Armour Chetco II
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$46 - $82
Montrail FluidBalance
$47 - $61
Adidas Supernova Riot 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT
Topo Athletic Oterro
Montrail Badwater
Scott eRide RockCrawler
$50 - $77
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
Asics Gel-FujiRunnagade
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II
$50 - $52
Saucony Peregrine 4
$50 - $89
Icebug DTS BUGrip
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
$51 - $169
Montrail FluidFeel II
Helly Hansen Nimble R2
Saucony Jazz Original
$53 MSRP
Saucony Jazz Low Pro
$53 MSRP
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