Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Altra
other
Inov-8
Hoka
The North Face
Adidas
La Sportiva
Saucony
Salomon
Vibram

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Altra Men's Superior 2.0

rated 2.5 of 5 stars One of the most comfortable shoes I have owned, but not for long. I record my runs with a GPS watch and have put about 135 km on these shoes, mostly on trail. I bough them in my usual size 46, but the fit is a bit loose, especially in the heel (tried on the 45s but they seemed a little short). I was looking for something with a little more padding than the "barefoot" shoes I have been running in for the last 5.5 years, but still with zero drop and some trail feel. These seemed to fit the bill. They… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars Great all-around trail shoes with comfortable fit and good trail feel. Unfortunately, they wear out too quickly. Intro/background: Altra gave these shoes to everyone who participated in Oslo Ecotrail in May 2016. Since May, I have run and hiked approximately 360 kilometers/220 miles in these shoes across a wide variety of terrain, and I feel like I have put them through their paces. Some of the big days in these shoes include a hard training weekend in loose, rocky terrain of Rondane National Park in… Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers KSO

rated 4 of 5 stars I have been wearing my Vibrams for four years. I can hike a mile upriver on a wooded trail then float down through class 1/2 rapids. They form to your feet making it safer to climb on rocks which can be slimey and slippery. You could jog or run in them, but it is painful on the feet when there are rocks, ie gravel roads. I bought this product four years ago and still wear them whenever I go kayaking or for a float down the river at our house, basically any water sport where you don't want your feet… Full review

Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great trail running shoe available mostly in Europe and UK. For its price it is superbly technical, grippy, and comfortable, accessible easily to the grand public.   INTRO I purchased the Kiprace Trail 3 about two months ago for training purposes. I am a quite efficient runner  and like low profile shoes. For instance my forever favorite for years now is the X-Talon 212 from Inov 8, but I like all kind of track and cross country spikes too and training in them is just a fun time for me. I have… Full review

Saucony Men's ProGrid Outlaw

rated 5 of 5 stars Best 4wd, off-road shoe period. Excellent support, excellent grip! I live in beautiful San Luis Obispo,Calif. We have rolling hills, mountain bike trails, walking trails. Some of the trails are dirt, some mixed rock with pebbles. Hills can vary up to 1000' above sea level. If I run along the rugged trails mixed with rock/hard packed gravel/dirt, I'm very confident in the sure-footedness/traction/grip of the soles. The ankle support in the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw is a huge plus! Such a great "off-road"… Full review

Inov-8 Men's Terraclaw 250

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Disappointed. I've been running and hiking in Inov-8 for fifteen years. One of the things I liked best was model availability—buy a pair today and if you want another in six months or two years it is still available. This seems to have gone away in the last few years so when the tread on my last pair was too worn I ordered the Trailclaw 250. The price was about half that of a normal trail running shoe and that should have been a warning, but at the time I chalked it up to Amazon's crazy pricing. Full review

Hoka Women's Mafate Speed

rated 5 of 5 stars Best pair of running shoes I have owned! These shoes keep me steady on my feet when on trails whether running or walking my dog. Quality materials and workmanship. They are the best shoes I have ever purchased! I would strongly recommend them for anyone serious about being comfortable on the trails! Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Tough trail runners, heavy but protective. The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is a very solid, sturdy trail runner with Goretex waterproofing. On the heaviest end of the spectrum for a product sold as a running shoe, the thick sole and solid toe cap will protect your feet from any rocks or roots you might ramble over. Traction is good on all surfaces.   For the hiker that is considering the switch from a hiking shoe or boot, the NF Ultras would be a good shoe to test a transition. Once on they do inspire… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A lightweight running shoe fit for backpacking. The Lone Peak 2.5 came highly recommended to me by a fellow hiker as a lightweight, fast drying, comfortable trail shoe. After doing some additional research, Altra seemed to have some durability issues, but I took a chance.  After about 150 miles over three months, about half running on city trails and streets, and the other half backpacking in the Rockies and Ozarks, the toe cap on both shoes is peeling off.  The tread still looks almost new. I… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 2.0 reviewed Sep 29, 2016
$83 - $110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3 reviewed Sep 21, 2016
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Terraclaw 250 reviewed Sep 5, 2016
$89 - $90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed reviewed Sep 4, 2016
$126 - $169
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: 4 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva Wildcat reviewed Jun 24, 2016
$88 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 reviewed Jun 9, 2016
$81 - $119
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Saucony Grid Excursion TR 2 reviewed Jun 8, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 3 reviewed May 20, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport reviewed Feb 8, 2016
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Superior 1.5 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
$70
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
$50
 
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
$152 - $190
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong reviewed Aug 6, 2015
$66
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
$87 - $114
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido reviewed Dec 24, 2014
$104 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 reviewed Nov 15, 2014
$72 - $149
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: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra Guide reviewed Sep 28, 2014
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: 2 of 5 (1)
Vasque ShapeShifter Ultra reviewed Aug 6, 2014
$170 MSRP
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: 4.5 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: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$97 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move reviewed Apr 10, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO reviewed Sep 25, 2016
$85
 
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail Rockridge reviewed Nov 20, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XT 5 reviewed Nov 19, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0 reviewed Sep 16, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 reviewed Sep 12, 2013
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT610 reviewed Jul 20, 2013
$75 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
GoLite Footwear Storm Dragon reviewed Jul 16, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 reviewed Jul 7, 2013
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Wasatch II reviewed Jun 11, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track Hayasa reviewed May 31, 2013
$55 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$54 - $118
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Minimus Trail reviewed Apr 24, 2013
$100 MSRP
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