Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Salomon
Pearl Izumi
Inov-8
Altra
The North Face
Vibram
Hoka
Patagonia
Brooks
La Sportiva

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

Salomon Men's XT Wings 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Highly structured stability trail runners with bombproof durability, good grip, and comfort. I'm on my 4th pair of this shoe, which was called the XT Wings. Fit: Salomon tends to run narrow but this fits reasonably true to my medium wide foot. The toebox is pleasingly wide and the heel cup is narrow, which I love. Comfort: Runs firm compared to most road shoes. I run on the road without issues. Close fit, helped by great speed laces. Not comfortable at all without socks. Support: Fantastic — this… Full review

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

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 3 reviewed May 20, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2 reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$62 - $125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 reviewed Mar 10, 2016
$68 - $124
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Superior 1.5 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
$70
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon Running Shoe reviewed Sep 6, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX reviewed Aug 27, 2015
$90 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport reviewed Feb 8, 2016
$67 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hoka Mafate Speed reviewed Aug 14, 2015
$90 - $125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$78 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong reviewed Aug 6, 2015
$66
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 9 reviewed Aug 4, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Inov-8 Terroc 330 reviewed May 7, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track II reviewed Apr 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 reviewed Apr 11, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon Sense Mantra reviewed Mar 6, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido reviewed Dec 24, 2014
$104 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Kazan reviewed Dec 8, 2014
$84 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Teva X-1 Control 2 reviewed Oct 29, 2014
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user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$91 - $145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex reviewed Oct 13, 2014
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810v3 reviewed Oct 12, 2014
$60
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Lowa S-Curve Mesh reviewed Sep 28, 2014
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brooks Ravenna 3 reviewed Sep 23, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX reviewed Aug 22, 2014
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8 reviewed Aug 7, 2014
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Vasque ShapeShifter Ultra reviewed Aug 6, 2014
$170 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Montrail Mountain Masochist reviewed Jul 14, 2014
$95 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream reviewed Jul 11, 2014
$77
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$110 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks PureGrit reviewed Jun 25, 2014
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift reviewed Jun 16, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Kailua Trail reviewed Jun 12, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
New Balance 808 reviewed Apr 19, 2014
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move reviewed Apr 10, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra reviewed Mar 26, 2014
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Fuse reviewed Mar 20, 2014
$82
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX reviewed Mar 9, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO reviewed Dec 24, 2013
$85
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon XA Pro II reviewed Dec 18, 2013
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof reviewed Dec 12, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lowa S-Cruise Mesh reviewed Dec 2, 2013
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Velocity GTX reviewed Nov 25, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail Rockridge reviewed Nov 20, 2013
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XT 5 reviewed Nov 19, 2013
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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX reviewed Oct 22, 2013
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 7 reviewed Sep 23, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0 reviewed Sep 16, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Beast reviewed Sep 11, 2013
$130 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Switchback reviewed Aug 22, 2013
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