Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Asics
Adidas
Altra
Merrell
Inov-8
La Sportiva
Icebug
New Balance
Skechers
other

User

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

Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very good trail running shoe, particularly for the price. Managed to put in some good 15-mile long runs with no problem. Good traction, highly durable. Fit: Good, Asics always works well for my wider feet. Heel is a little loose, so I used an ankle lock. Comfort: OK, break-in period needed. Got some hot spots around my upper foot. Traction: Very good Durability: Fantastic, probably have 200-300 miles on these with few signs of wear (of course they are very dusty). Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 2

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is more comfortable than the ATR3s. Excellent cushioning especially for someone like me with Plantar Fasciitis. Enough room for good but not excessive toe splay and the mid foot and heel are snug enough to keep the foot snug and locked in. Initially, I had a weird sense of being to high up, but as I used the shoe more, my feet settled in nicely to the cushioning. I have several trail runners and it seems that I use this shoe more than the others. Good transition shoe too. I have plantar… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 11

rated 5 of 5 stars These shoes serve as my day hikers and trainers. Great stability and traction with solid support. The fit is true to size and they are narrow in the heel, which is perfect for my foot. I run mountain trails to stay in hiking shape and was looking for a trail shoe with support and durability. I am very pleased with the narrow fit which prevents the shoe from slipping on my heels. The shoe is durably built and very stable on the trail which was key in my purchase decision.   The support may be part… Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, tough, comfortable. I have put over 500 miles on these in technical mountain terrain. Would not trade them for the world, except for a new pair. Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 5 of 5 stars My go-to trail running and hiking shoe. The Birkenstocks of trail running shoes. Incredible comfort due to the wide toe box, low drop, flexibility and cushioning. I have used in many conditions except for mud. An almost perfect running shoe no matter how far you run. Great for hiking too as I've taken them out several times for five mile hikes and great for trail running no matter how far you run. I have used in many conditions except mud (SoCAL you know) and they perform well in all of these conditions. Full review

New Balance Men's 910v2

rated 5 of 5 stars Been wearing New Balance my whole life for road running and when I switched to trail running the 910v2 didn't disappoint. I've been using New Balance shoes my whole life for either running or walking, particularly because of the wide toe boxes their shoes have. So when I started trail running and hiking, it was a natural choice to go to a New Balance shoe, and they didn't disappoint. My local running store sold them to me at a discounted price of $50 and it has turned out these are a boon. Great… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A lightweight comfortable shoe that can be used for long or short term hiking with a backpack. Feels a lot lighter than it is. The outsoles are amazing particularly on downhills. The shoe could be more stable laterally as I think the last could be wider. When I got these shoes I was looking for something that could be used for more than a trail runner. Regular hiking shoe are too bulky and stiff for my taste. This shoe hit the mark and is versatile for both its use as a trail runner and hiking shoe. Full review

Adidas Men's Response Boost

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is so light and comfortable it is like you aren't wearing a shoe. I like the sock-like upper which holds your feet in securely and gives a very stable feel. The continental outsole has excellent grip and the lugs are long enough so that the shoe is versatile and can be used on various types of trails. What amazed me about this shoe is its fit and that when wearing it, it doesn't feel like you are wearing a shoe. That is due to the sock-like upper. The lacing system locks in your feet and… Full review

Saucony Men's Xodus ISO

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is extremely comfortable and great on rocky (scree) trails because it has one of the stickiest outsoles I have experienced. The toe box is roomy, but the shoe is not sloppy because of the narrow mid foot and heel counter. I have plantar fasciitis and wouldn't know it while wearing this shoe. Nice advancement over the Xodus 6.0, although I miss that shoe as a hiking shoe. The shoe is very comfortable and plush inside. Great cushioning protects feet over rocky surfaces, particularly scree,… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail reviewed Jul 9, 2017
$52
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Response Boost reviewed Jun 12, 2017
$71 - $76
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 reviewed Jun 13, 2017
$72 - $150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX reviewed Mar 9, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush reviewed Dec 11, 2016
$65 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 243 reviewed Nov 22, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX reviewed Nov 9, 2016
$165
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Icebug Zeal RB9X reviewed Nov 7, 2016
$97 - $149
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3 reviewed Oct 6, 2016
$104 - $124
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3 reviewed Oct 1, 2016
$60
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 2.0 reviewed Sep 29, 2016
$77 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3 reviewed Sep 21, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed reviewed Sep 4, 2016
$85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX reviewed Aug 28, 2016
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.A. Gear Trek reviewed Aug 11, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Boost reviewed Jul 27, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 reviewed Jun 9, 2016
$90 - $101
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 3 reviewed May 20, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 reviewed Mar 10, 2016
$67 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport reviewed Feb 8, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 reviewed Jan 2, 2016
$125
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3 reviewed Nov 13, 2015
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT reviewed Sep 17, 2015
$65
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon Running Shoe reviewed Sep 6, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$190
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong reviewed Aug 6, 2015
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$40
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Inov-8 Terroc 330 reviewed May 7, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 reviewed Apr 11, 2015
$60 - $69
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
$60 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 reviewed Nov 15, 2014
$75
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 of 5 (1)
Merrell Ascend Glove reviewed Sep 20, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX reviewed Aug 22, 2014
$112
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus reviewed Aug 21, 2014
$31
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Vasque ShapeShifter Ultra reviewed Aug 6, 2014
$170 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
$80
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
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$70 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move reviewed Apr 10, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX reviewed Mar 9, 2014
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon XA Pro II reviewed Dec 18, 2013
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof reviewed Dec 12, 2013
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