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

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

Under Armour Men's Verge Low Gore-Tex

rated 3 of 5 stars These shoes land solidly in the middle of the pack in the waterproof-breathable trail runner category. I have been using trail runners for almost all of my hiking now for over four years. I find the increased dexterity and reduced fatigue with lighter footwear to be a big endurance and safety benefit on the trail. I have even worn Gore-Tex trail runners to Camp Muir in the snow. I know some prefer the heirloom boot direction, but this is my way and I like it. I also trail run 12-18 miles per week… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Hoka one one Meta-Rocker totally changed my training and hiking experience by relieving pain and neuropathy in my right foot. Super cushiony underfoot and a wide sole for stability. Excellent breathability. After hearing all the buzz about Hoka one one shoes on hiking forums I was pretty excited when I was offered a pair to test and review. While the Challenger ATR is a trail running shoe I have used it almost exclusively for gym training on the treadmill and hiking in my local Northern California… Full review

Adidas Terrex Boost

rated 3 of 5 stars The Adidas Terrex Boost trail running shoes are a well-made shoe for a narrow foot. They have a rugged lugged sole made of Continental tire rubber and have a unique midsole consisting of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane balls for improved cushioning. Though I am not a competitive mountain runner, the Adidas Terrex Boost shoes were tested on local mountain trails. During several days of trail jogging and fast hiking the Terrex Boost were put to the test. Slipping the shoes on, the no-tie speed… Full review

Vasque Men's Ultra SST

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Comfort right out of the box. Light, fast and study enough for a long run. I love these shoes. I can wear them for short or long activities and am always comfortable. Good all around performance including traction and stability on off-camber terrain.  Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy trail runner fit for lightweight backpacking. The outsole on this shoe is the best thing since the old Vibram soles on my heavy full-leather boots. They stick to every condition I've encountered on the Appalachian Trail (except for mossy wet rock, but everyone is going to break their neck on that stuff). Lightweight and breathable. If the shoe fits, wear it! After 15 years backpacking in heavy, full leather, boots, I finally decided to give a trail runner a try. I wish I had switched sooner. Full review

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite trail running shoes. Also moonlight as my favorite grass volleyball shoes! Lightweight, great balance between proper foot bottom protection and feel, amazing traction. To top it off, they look good and are built to last. Inov-8 makes the best trail running shoes. Also make great fitness shoes, but this review is on the X-Talon 212. Always a great combination of feel and protection. Basically, enough so that you have a good tactile feel of what you're running on so that you can stay balanced,… Full review

Saucony Women's Peregrine 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The Saucony Peregrine 3 is the best trail shoe I've worn in 15 years! They have plenty of room in the toe box yet stay snug in the heel area. Their tread is tough enough for rocky trails, yet forgiving enough that I can also handle some stretches of pavement during runs. The traction is excellent — even in muddy areas. I wore these on a 10-mile trail run the first time out of the box and they felt great. There is plenty of arch support with comfortable cushion as well. The shoe is not designed… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Dynafit Pantera
$3 - $139
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus
$31 - $39
Columbia Conspiracy Vapor
Columbia Ventastic
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
The North Face Betasso II
Karhu Flow 3 Trainer Fulcrum
Under Armour Micro G Pulse NM
$39 - $99
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290
Hi-Tec Perpetua
New Balance 101
Scott Trail Rocket 2.0
$40 - $90
Saucony Excursion TR7
Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN XCEL
$40 - $54
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
La Sportiva C-Lite
Karhu Flow Trail Fulcrum
Helly Hansen Ahiga
Scott eRide AF Support 2.0
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
New Balance 1320
The North Face Kilowatt Shoe
$45 - $49
Under Armour Chetco II
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$46 - $110
Salomon X-Tour
$47 - $81
Montrail FluidBalance
$47 - $61
Adidas Slingshot Trail
Inov-8 F-Lite 240
$49 - $119
Adidas Supernova Riot 6
$49 - $76
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track II
Montrail Badwater
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II
$50 - $89
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
Asics Gel-FujiRunnagade
Icebug DTS BUGrip
Under Armour Grit Off-Road
$51 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
$51 - $135
Montrail FluidFeel II
Adidas Duramo ATR
Helly Hansen Nimble R2
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