Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Altra
other
Adidas
Inov-8
Saucony
Salomon
Brooks
Topo Athletic
The North Face
Vibram

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

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

L.A. Gear Trek

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are on a TIGHT budget, this shoe will fit and by fit I mean WIDE FIT for those in need as I am. Most comfortable shoe I've worn in years on the trail, around town, mowing the lawn, etc. I am relatively new to hiking and I know people are going to say L.A. Gear for hiking!! I liked these shoes so much after my first 6-day hike that I went back and bought 5 more pairs for the future. Some of you may be able to relate that as soon as you like a certain shoe and you go back to guy another. The… Full review

Under Armour Men's Verge Low Gore-Tex

rated 3 of 5 stars These shoes land solidly in the middle of the pack in the waterproof-breathable trail runner category. I have been using trail runners for almost all of my hiking now for over four years. I find the increased dexterity and reduced fatigue with lighter footwear to be a big endurance and safety benefit on the trail. I have even worn Gore-Tex trail runners to Camp Muir in the snow. I know some prefer the heirloom boot direction, but this is my way and I like it. I also trail run 12-18 miles per week… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Hoka one one Meta-Rocker totally changed my training and hiking experience by relieving pain and neuropathy in my right foot. Super cushiony underfoot and a wide sole for stability. Excellent breathability. After hearing all the buzz about Hoka one one shoes on hiking forums I was pretty excited when I was offered a pair to test and review. While the Challenger ATR is a trail running shoe I have used it almost exclusively for gym training on the treadmill and hiking in my local Northern California… Full review

Adidas Terrex Boost

rated 3 of 5 stars The Adidas Terrex Boost trail running shoes are a well-made shoe for a narrow foot. They have a rugged lugged sole made of Continental tire rubber and have a unique midsole consisting of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane balls for improved cushioning. Though I am not a competitive mountain runner, the Adidas Terrex Boost shoes were tested on local mountain trails. During several days of trail jogging and fast hiking the Terrex Boost were put to the test. Slipping the shoes on, the no-tie speed… Full review

Vasque Men's Ultra SST

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Comfort right out of the box. Light, fast and study enough for a long run. I love these shoes. I can wear them for short or long activities and am always comfortable. Good all around performance including traction and stability on off-camber terrain.  Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy trail runner fit for lightweight backpacking. The outsole on this shoe is the best thing since the old Vibram soles on my heavy full-leather boots. They stick to every condition I've encountered on the Appalachian Trail (except for mossy wet rock, but everyone is going to break their neck on that stuff). Lightweight and breathable. If the shoe fits, wear it! After 15 years backpacking in heavy, full leather, boots, I finally decided to give a trail runner a try. I wish I had switched sooner. Full review

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite trail running shoes. Also moonlight as my favorite grass volleyball shoes! Lightweight, great balance between proper foot bottom protection and feel, amazing traction. To top it off, they look good and are built to last. Inov-8 makes the best trail running shoes. Also make great fitness shoes, but this review is on the X-Talon 212. Always a great combination of feel and protection. Basically, enough so that you have a good tactile feel of what you're running on so that you can stay balanced,… Full review

Saucony Women's Peregrine 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The Saucony Peregrine 3 is the best trail shoe I've worn in 15 years! They have plenty of room in the toe box yet stay snug in the heel area. Their tread is tough enough for rocky trails, yet forgiving enough that I can also handle some stretches of pavement during runs. The traction is excellent — even in muddy areas. I wore these on a 10-mile trail run the first time out of the box and they felt great. There is plenty of arch support with comfortable cushion as well. The shoe is not designed… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 reviewed Aug 21, 2016
$60 - $119
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
$81 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Peregrine 3 reviewed Jun 9, 2016
 
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 reviewed Mar 10, 2016
$85 - $124
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
$84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT reviewed Sep 17, 2015
$100
 
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
$84 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport reviewed Feb 8, 2016
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hoka Mafate Speed reviewed Aug 14, 2015
$126 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$60 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong reviewed Aug 6, 2015
$66
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$50 - $89
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
$115
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
$125 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Teva X-1 Control 2 reviewed Oct 29, 2014
discontinued
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: 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 (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
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Kailua Trail reviewed Jun 12, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 2 reviewed May 30, 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
$90 - $130
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
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
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XT 5 reviewed Nov 19, 2013
discontinued
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
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