Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Saucony
Vasque
Montrail
Merrell
Salomon
Hoka
New Balance
Inov-8
Lowa
Altra

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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Saucony Kinvara TR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony
Kinvara TR
reviewed Sep 6, 2014
$40
Vasque  ShapeShifter Ultra
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Vasque
ShapeShifter Ultra
reviewed Aug 6, 2014
$170 MSRP
Montrail Mountain Masochist
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Montrail
Mountain Masochist
reviewed Jul 14, 2014
$70
Montrail Bajada
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Bajada
reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$54 - $109
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell
Barefoot Pace Glove
reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$100 MSRP
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
XR Mission
reviewed Jun 23, 2014
$29 - $139
Hoka Kailua Trail
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka
Kailua Trail
reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$91 - $97
New Balance 808
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
New Balance
808
reviewed Apr 19, 2014
discontinued
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
reviewed Apr 10, 2014
$70 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
reviewed Mar 9, 2014
$96 - $160
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon
XA Pro II
reviewed Dec 18, 2013
discontinued
Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master 2 Waterproof
reviewed Dec 12, 2013
Inov-8 Terroc 330
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Inov-8
Terroc 330
reviewed Dec 11, 2013
$90
Lowa S-Cruise Mesh
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lowa
S-Cruise Mesh
reviewed Dec 2, 2013
$120 MSRP
Vasque Velocity GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque
Velocity GTX
reviewed Nov 25, 2013
Altra Superior
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra
Superior
reviewed Nov 21, 2013
$47 - $95
Montrail Rockridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail
Rockridge
reviewed Nov 20, 2013
$60
Salomon S-Lab XT 5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon
S-Lab XT 5
reviewed Nov 19, 2013
discontinued
Salomon Fellraiser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Fellraiser
reviewed Nov 6, 2013
$71 - $87
La Sportiva Wildcat
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva
Wildcat
reviewed Sep 28, 2013
$75 - $154
Brooks Cascadia 7
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 7
reviewed Sep 23, 2013
Brooks Beast
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks
Beast
reviewed Sep 11, 2013
$130 MSRP
The North Face Switchback
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Switchback
reviewed Aug 22, 2013
discontinued
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
reviewed Apr 18, 2014
$69 - $145
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$59 - $119
New Balance MT610
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT610
reviewed Jul 20, 2013
$75 MSRP
GoLite Footwear Storm Dragon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
GoLite Footwear
Storm Dragon
reviewed Jul 16, 2013
discontinued
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 315
reviewed Jul 7, 2013
$80 - $90
Scarpa Spark GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa
Spark GTX
reviewed Jun 10, 2013
$149
New Balance MT20 Minimus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT20 Minimus
reviewed Apr 22, 2013
$70
New Balance MT10 Minimus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance
MT10 Minimus
reviewed Apr 17, 2013
$75
New Balance MT1110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT1110
reviewed Apr 16, 2013
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva
Sphere Trail eVent
reviewed Apr 7, 2013
$48 - $89
TrekSta Kobra
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
TrekSta
Kobra
reviewed Feb 13, 2013
The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face
Ultra 105 GTX XCR
reviewed Aug 3, 2013
$110 MSRP
The North Face Ultra 106 GTX XCR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Ultra 106 GTX XCR
reviewed Dec 13, 2012
$110 MSRP
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
reviewed Nov 22, 2012
$42 - $119
Montrail Sabino Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Sabino Trail
reviewed Nov 2, 2012
$70
Inov-8 Mudroc 290
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
Mudroc 290
reviewed Oct 9, 2012
Merrell Embark Glove Gore-Tex
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Embark Glove Gore-Tex
reviewed Oct 3, 2012
$170 MSRP
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 245
reviewed Sep 27, 2012
$36 - $130
Merrell Geomorph Maze Stretch
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Geomorph Maze Stretch
reviewed Sep 13, 2012
$100
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
reviewed Oct 22, 2013
$83
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
X-Talon 212
reviewed Jul 18, 2012
$84 - $119
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram
FiveFingers Bikila
reviewed Jun 27, 2012
$58
Columbia Switchback 2 Omni-Tech
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Switchback 2 Omni-Tech
reviewed May 8, 2012
$90 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Merrell
Chameleon Velocity
reviewed Apr 12, 2012
discontinued
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
X-Talon 190
reviewed Oct 16, 2011
$36 - $124
New Balance 1320
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
New Balance
1320
reviewed Aug 1, 2011
discontinued
Brooks Cascadia 5
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 5
reviewed May 18, 2011
discontinued
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