Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Saucony
Inov-8
The North Face
Vibram
Scott
Salomon
Vivo Barefoot
Altra
Columbia
Karhu

Genders

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

Pearl Izumi Men's EM Trail M2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very comfortable trail runner. Suitable for most off road running, but really shines on gravel road and softer trails. Great for a beginner looking for a cushy ride. Shoe runs a little small so sizing up isn't a bad idea (especially when it keeps your toes from hitting the box on downhills!). Almost a sock-like feel due to upper construction.  Very comfortable trail running shoe right out of the box, pretty much zero break-in time. Did get rocks and other debris in shoe, but it's a tradeoff from… Full review

Inov-8 Men's F-Lite 195

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for fitness workouts, weightlifting, and good for running. Very comfortable pair of shoes, and extremely light (6.9 oz). It feels like you are training barefoot. Great stability for lifting weights. Full review

Mizuno Men's Wave Hitogami 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Light, responsive racing/fast training shoe with good transition. 9mm offset doesn't seem that high. Well designed and crafted with attention to detail and an upper, especially in the black/red color combo, that is a work of art. This is the most beautiful and artistic shoe from Mizuno since the late and lamented Wave Evo series. The upper is an absolute work of art, especially in the black/red color combo.   Same excellent performance as in the first Hitogami, with changes mainly in the upper… Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased these as a bit of an impulse. I wanted something to protect my feet at a slippery boat launch, and as I live in a small town these ended up being the only option in the sport-sandal category. I probably wouldn't have considered these otherwise, as I always thought they were a bit of a gimmick. I was wrong.  The first thing about these is they're a bit hard to get on initially. Trying to get each toe to go into the right part of the shoe was trying (nearly impossible for my wife). After… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A great shoe for fastpacking with lots of toe space. I wore these shoes as thru hiking shoes. They were the most comfortable thing I'd put on my foot during the whole trail, especially after wearing the Merrell barefoot shoes for several hundred miles. I experienced zero blisters or foot issues in these shoes over about 500+ miles which was quickly reaching the life of the shoes. The uppers wear quickly and Altra is incredibly hard to get in contact with to warranty anything. They are NOT water… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars Light and tough, this shoe is made for the trail. The roomy toe-box and wide footbed create a non-confining space without any sacrifices in security. This product is best for runners and long distance hikers who are looking for an ultralight shoe to support them on trails. 4 stars because tread could be improved. Light and tough, this shoe is made for the trail. The roomy toe-box and wide footbed create a non-confining space without any sacrifices in security. You will have no foot claustrophobia… Full review

Altra Men's Torin 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars Versatile shoe that works on the trail or on the city streets. Great fit. Lively colors. I just tried my new shoes in the rain and in the cold. Quick dry time and feet were comfortable in moderate cold. Traction has been excellent on a variety of surfaces including dirt trail and rocks. I have a high arch and the shoe has worked well for me so far. The sole runs even the length of the shoe and is doing a good job of absorbing pounding when I sprint.  Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak Polartec Neoshell

rated 4 of 5 stars Waterproof/breathable upgrade to the Lone Peak 2.0. Nothing new, I've been a big fan of Altra since the begining so my opinion is most likely biased. The new Neoshells are pretty right on. First putting them on I felt they were a little roomier inside and also a lot thicker, more padded upper. They almost felt half size too big. Opposite to the Superior 2.O that fit a half size smaller. Simple fix, put on heavier weight Darn Tough sock, get out there and hit some trail. Later I realized the new… Full review

Brooks Men's PureGrit 3

rated 3 of 5 stars The PureGrit 3s are comfortable overall trail shoes if you have wide feet. They have good grip and breathe well, but the soles tend to separate at the toe and the elastic "Nav-Band" wears out over time. I have been wearing the PureGrit 3 shoes for the past five months. According to my Misfit Shine, they surpassed 750-miles of use some time last night (After contacting Brooks, I was informed that the expected lifespan of these shoes is somewhere between 250 - 300 miles). In this time, I have worn… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Saucony Peregrine 3
$18 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
$25 - $92
Saucony Xodus 5.0
$26 - $88
 
Saucony Jazz Low Pro
$27
The North Face Ultra
$27
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso
$27
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$30 - $109
Vivo Barefoot Evo Lite
$33
Altra Intuition 2.0
$34
Columbia Switchback 2 Low
$75 MSRP
The North Face Betasso II
$36
Karhu Flow 3 Trainer Fulcrum
$38
Hi-Tec Perpetua
$40
 
Saucony Excursion TR7
$40
Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN XCEL
$40 - $85
New Balance 993
$145 MSRP
Columbia Switchback
$125
Columbia Ventastic
$42
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2
$42 - $49
La Sportiva C-Lite
$42
Karhu Flow Trail Fulcrum
$42
Columbia PeakFreak XCRSN
$42
Scott eRide AF Support 2.0
$43
TrekSta Alter Ego Star
$44 - $109
The North Face Kilowatt Shoe
$45 - $49
Inov-8 Roclite 280
$45 - $99
Mammut MTR 141
$48
New Balance 100 Trail Runner
$49
Helly Hansen Ahiga
$49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II
$49 - $66
Salomon XT Wings K
$50
Columbia Yama II
$50
New Balance 101
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$50 - $118
Asics Gel-FujiRunnagade
$50
Vasque Ultra SST
$51 - $169
Montrail FluidFlex ST
$52 - $66
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 230
$53
New Balance Fresh Foam 980
$53 - $69
 
Saucony Jazz Original
$53 MSRP
 
Asics Gel-Fuji Trabuco 3
$54
Montrail FluidBalance
$54 - $68
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2
$54 - $99
Salomon Sense Mantra 2
$55 - $66
Salomon X-Tour
$55 - $67
 
Mizuno Wave Hayate
$55
Altra Intuition 3.0
$55 - $76
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