Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Mammut
Columbia
Inov-8
Salomon
Vibram
Merrell
The North Face
Nike
New Balance
Mizuno

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

Saucony Men's Kinvara TR

rated 5 of 5 stars Everything you want with barefoot running and none of the stuff you don't. If this shoe was a weapon, it would be a sniper rifle. It's just that sharp. There are no margins here, which makes it an awesome trail shoe in varying surfaces; you want your foot to go over there — it goes there, BAM! It doesn't slip about a little in the shoe, it doesn't give a damn if you wanted a little give. It's a scalpel, it's technical, it's responsive, it's a fast train and your legs are the engines. You want… Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 3 GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is my new favorite trail running/light hiking shoe. It is extremely lightweight, has perfect flex in the sole, and provides plenty of support. The Gore-tex makes them that much better. My only gripe is that the traction does not seem like it will last very long. The shoe fits great. The lacing system makes it easy to adjust to your foot.  I haven't met many people that can't fit into Salomon shoes unless they have very wide or very narrow feet.  The shoes were comfortable right off the shelf. Full review

Altra Men's Olympus

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For zero drop fans, this is a fantastic shoe for long, grinding runs or when you need some recovery cush. I've taken this shoe through mud, rocks, roots and it has held up great. I've also taken it out for extended road runs when the legs felt like they needed some added cushioning. An interesting take on a low drop shoe. At first I wasn't sure if I would like such a "maximalist" shoe. I've been a low profile, low drop fan for years. The Olympus pulls together the natural foot design and zero drop… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

rated 5 of 5 stars Great all around trail shoe, grip is fantastic and the fit and stability are superb! My favorite trail shoes to date! Comfortable and long lasting, with great grip, stability, and cushioning. Full review

Vasque ShapeShifter Ultra

rated 2 of 5 stars The Vasque Shapeshifter is a heavily padded running shoe that attempts to buck the trend of minimalist footwear. It comes up unsuccessful however, mostly due to a sloppy high volume, wide fit coupled with the choice to use the BOA lacing system. The positives were the surprising responsiveness and the traction on a variety of surfaces. They are also reasonably lightweight for a shoe with this much padding. They are best for someone with wide feet looking for a heavily padded cushioned ride. In my… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

rated 5 of 5 stars Great shoes. I use them for hiking not just trail running. Sturdy, lightweight, and dry fast. Great for those who don't need a whole lot of ankle support and like being light on their feet. These shoes fit great and are super comfortable on a decent amount of miles. I like to hike in these rather than standard hiking shoes. They dry fast so I don't worry too much when crossing streams and they feel good because they are much lighter than hiking boots.  Only after about 10 miles did I feel like… Full review

Montrail Men's Mountain Masochist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I torture tested this shoe on the JMT for 150 miles over one 12k rock pile after another. Wear on the soles was noticeable, but they gave excellent slick rock traction. Forded three rivers, same story. They dried quickly and I never got one blister. The blister free factor was, by itself, a huge point. Cuts, abrasions, a partial peeling of the toecap and heel rubber, but everything held together until I could effect repairs. This trail is too much for a running shoe, but these held up as well as… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good hybrid shoe. When I'm running my local trails, I have to run about a mile or so to get to a trailhead. That mile can be a pain when I'm wearing some of my heavier trail shoes. So, being a Salomon geek I had to go out and buy the X-Scream, if only because it was advertised as a hybrid shoe. I've now worn them several times on the trail and can say they perform as advertised—meaning they are comfortable on pavement and the tread grips well on the trail. That said, if you are running… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 4 of 5 stars Transitioning from road to trail is a tough thing to do for a shoe. The Salomon X-Scream does an incredible job of providing rugged support for trails yet a smooth ride on pavement. Disclaimer: I own a running store. However, I do not carry Salomon products.  The Salomon X-Scream is a new shoe in Salomon's City-Trail line that boasts itself to be a transition shoe from pavement to off-road. I have been turned off by Salomon's shoes in the past due to their narrow fit and my wide feet, but I thought… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Mammut MTR 141
Mammut
MTR 141
$25 - $89
Columbia Ravenous Lite Flash
Columbia
Ravenous Lite Flash
$25 - $34
 
Inov-8
Flyroc 284
$29
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
XR Mission
$29 - $139
Vibram FiveFingers KSO
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $72
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 XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
$30 - $64
The North Face Betasso
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face
Betasso
$33 - $42
Nike Air Alvord Vll
Nike
Air Alvord Vll
$34
Salomon XR Mission CS
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XR Mission CS
$35 - $96
New Balance Minimus 80
New Balance
Minimus 80
$35 - $119
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
Columbia
Switchback 2 Low
$59
Mizuno Wave Musha 5
Mizuno
Wave Musha 5
$36
Salomon Trail Runner Aero
Salomon
Trail Runner Aero
$36
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
Montrail Rogue Fly
Montrail
Rogue Fly
$37 - $69
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro
$38 - $54
The North Face Ultra
The North Face
Ultra
$38 - $55
The North Face Ultra Shoe
The North Face
Ultra Shoe
$38 - $55
Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas
Mizuno
Wave Evo Levitas
$38 - $75
Vasque Mindbender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Mindbender
$38 - $110
The North Face Single-Track Hayasa
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Single-Track Hayasa
$38 - $110
Salomon XT Wings K
Salomon
XT Wings K
$39 - $44
Saucony Excursion TR7
Saucony
Excursion TR7
$39
Saucony Kinvara TR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony
Kinvara TR
$40
New Balance 993
New Balance
993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
Columbia
Switchback
discontinued
The North Face Betasso II
The North Face
Betasso II
$42 - $60
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
$42 - $119
Columbia Flightfoot
Columbia
Flightfoot
$44
The North Face Ultra Guide
The North Face
Ultra Guide
$44 - $82
The North Face Dipsea 78 Racer
The North Face
Dipsea 78 Racer
$44 - $75
Patagonia Evermore
Patagonia
Evermore
$44 - $110
Asics GEL-Scram
Asics
GEL-Scram
$45
Montrail FluidFlex
Montrail
FluidFlex
$45 - $90
Dynafit Feline Ghost
Dynafit
Feline Ghost
$45 - $77
Vasque Pendulum
Vasque
Pendulum
$46 - $119
Mizuno Wave Rider 16
Mizuno
Wave Rider 16
$46 - $79
New Balance WT10
New Balance
WT10
$47
Altra Superior
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra
Superior
$47 - $95
Scarpa Tempo
Scarpa
Tempo
$48
La Sportiva Imogene
La Sportiva
Imogene
$48
Teva sphere Speed
Teva
sphere Speed
$48 - $67
The North Face Hyper-Track Guide
The North Face
Hyper-Track Guide
$48 - $70
Inov-8 Terrafly 277
Inov-8
Terrafly 277
$48 - $71
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