Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Salomon
Dynafit
New Balance
Brooks
The North Face
Saucony
Altra
Vasque
Montrail
Merrell

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

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are my now go-to hiking and backpacking shoes that replaced my boots. It's also nice that they double as trail running shoes as needed. These are perfect for someone who wants to move fast on the trail but still wants the ankle support of a boot. I'd definitely recommend these if you are looking for a light fast and grippy shoe for all kinds of terrain. Just took these shoes on a cross-country backpacking trip, everything from climbing up and down talus, hike on unkept trails, through meadows,… Full review

Topo Athletic Men's MT

rated 4 of 5 stars Light, minimalist trail runner that still provides a bit of support. Enough lug on the soles to provide pretty good off road traction, but not so much as to preclude use on sidewalk or paved surface. Surprisingly durable, I'd recommend these shoes for trail running or hiking with a lighter load, especially in drier climates. I think it is important to preface this review with an acknowledgement that I am really not the target audience for this shoe. A lifelong proponent of sturdy but heavy leather… Full review

Salomon Women's SpeedCross 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If you are in the market for a shoe that can conquer technical trails and rough terrain, this is the shoe for you. I wouldn't recommend this shoe for those who are planning on running on mostly soft gravel, smooth trails. The tread is long lasting and keeps my feet comfortable for mid-range distances (up to 15 miles). Perfect for rocky climbs and downhills. Highly recommended for those adventure seekers who want aggressive tread for aggressive trails. Overview When I first saw the SpeedCross 3 shoes… Full review

Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tread like a buzzsaw and tears up the trails. I finally decided to get a new set of trail shoes since the old ones had been worn bald and were growing holy. I had no idea that Dynafit made running shoes but I am aware of their excellent ski bindings so I decided to give a pair a try.  Fit The first thing I noticed when slipping into the Feline is the way the cut out tongue allows the laces to be tightened without creating pressure where they tie. For some reason this has been a problem for me with… Full review

New Balance 810v3

rated 3 of 5 stars Great tread, smaller than usual fit, started falling apart after four days. The 810 trail runner is a good shoe, except for a couple things. First of all, I felt it ran a little small, maybe a half size or more. The back of the foot seems to fit right, but the toe box seems significantly smaller than my other New Balance shoes. I normally wear two pairs of socks, but couldn't do it with these shoes, the toes were just too tight. Second, and most importantly, the right shoe started to come apart… Full review

Brooks Men's PureGrit 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars These spring 2014 Brooks trail runners are tough, yet relatively lightweight. With great bite on rough terrain, be careful on smoother surfaces, but when they grip, THEY GRIP! After around 120-130 miles, these are good trail runners that become very good when aftermarket insoles are added. Background I’ve gone through several trail runners over the years beginning with my time in high school running cross country. I won these Brooks PureGrit 3 (new for spring 2014) as the June Trailspace Reviewer… Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra Guide

rated 4 of 5 stars This shoe is a good trail running and longer distance day hike shoe with light daypacks. They are recommended, but may have durability issues, as they don't have Vibram soles like some other TNF trail shoes. These Ultra Guides are good for trail running and longer distance day hikes with light day packs. They offer good, aggressive tread for loose gravel, sand, and mud, yet still offer good wet/dry rock stability for a hiking shoe. My first hike in these was 11 miles through five peaks in western… Full review

Lowa Women's S-Curve Mesh

rated 3 of 5 stars Great light comfy shoe for walking or running. Lots of mesh for ventilation, however, it's not as durable. Loved the shoe when I got it last October. It didn't need a lot of break in. I didn't do much running in them, but all the vents kept my feet pretty cool all summer while working at a camp. I was disappointed in how fast holes formed on the sides next to my toes under what I feel was fairly moderate use. I noticed increased ventilation partway through this summer and found the mesh next to… Full review

Brooks Ravenna 3

rated 4 of 5 stars Very durable, comfy, good looking shoe. Have been running in Brooks for about 10 years and won't be switching anytime soon. Always make a good shoe. Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$69 - $145
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit
MS Feline Gore-Tex
reviewed Oct 13, 2014
$170
New Balance 810v3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
New Balance
810v3
reviewed Oct 12, 2014
$68
Brooks PureGrit 3
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks
PureGrit 3
reviewed Oct 10, 2014
$120
The North Face Ultra Guide
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Ultra Guide
reviewed Sep 28, 2014
Brooks Ravenna 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brooks
Ravenna 3
reviewed Sep 23, 2014
Saucony Kinvara TR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony
Kinvara TR
reviewed Sep 6, 2014
Altra Olympus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra
Olympus
reviewed Aug 21, 2014
$115 - $130
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
$53 - $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
$84 - $90
Salomon XT Wings 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon
XT Wings 2
reviewed May 30, 2014
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
$50 - $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
$80 - $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 - $110
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
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra 2
reviewed Sep 12, 2013
$72 - $96
Brooks Beast
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
discontinued
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$59 - $119
New Balance MT610
user rating: 4.5 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
$60 - $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 - $95
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
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
Merrell Geomorph Maze Stretch
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Geomorph Maze Stretch
reviewed Sep 13, 2012
$55
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
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