Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Inov-8
Altra
Salomon
Dynafit
New Balance
Brooks
Merrell
Saucony
Vasque
Montrail

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

Inov-8 Men's Terroc 330

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Comfortable, light trail runner. Fits my wide feet without a problem. Fit: I have a wide foot and can wear some 8 1/2 shoes, this being one of them. Lacing is fine. I wear thin merino wool socks with these, my heel doesn't slip. Comfort: Didn't need any breaking in, I first wore them on a 10 mile hike.  Dirt easily gets through them and a tick got through the shoe and my socks once. I would like to get gaiters at some point. Support: My everyday shoe has no support (Soft Star Rambler) so these… Full review

The North Face Men's Single-Track II

rated 5 of 5 stars The North Face Single Track II is very durable, lightweight and very good at trail running, very good design. Tenacious grip for slippery trail. Snake plate for running in comfort even when the trail is rough. Dome cradle for knee support and to absorb the shock. I love the North Face. From the Manufacturer:The North Face launched their line of trekking and trail-running shoes to address the head-to-toe needs of those always striving for the next horizon. They are deeply proud to be the first choice… Full review

Inov-8 Men's Roclite 295

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent performer in almost any trail conditions. So I've had these runners for over a year. They are excellent. They are still performing and have yet to show any real sign of wear and tear — even on the soles. I've given them a fair bashing and they are still holding up. When I first got them I took them out of the box and straight on to the trail. No break-in was required.  I generally run the Waitakere Ranges in these — winter and summer. In winter the tracks in the ranges are rain… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR

rated 4 of 5 stars I got the shoe in December to start incorporating them into training for the HURT 100 in Hawaii. They did great on the frozen trails and winter back roads of Maine. But I was still not sure how this would correspond to the heavily rooted technical running on Oahu. After multiple 20 mile training runs on the HURT course as well as using them for 85 miles during the race I can say they withstood everything I threw at them. Specs: Purpose: Trail Offset: 5mm Heel: 29mm Forefoot: 24mm Weight: 8.6 oz. Full review

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra

rated 5 of 5 stars From Meh! to Wow! I had to attend an unexpected 55k trail race and after research I didn't think that my regular trail shoes (Vibram Spyridon) were suitable. I found a Salomon retailer with a good sale and I chose these Mantras. The reasons to buy them were that they were light enough for a 6 hours long run, and the outsole looked good but not over-specialized to mud or to rock.  Although all the theory was good, when I tried them on, I didn't feel nothing. Completely underwhelmed. I am used to… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 9

rated 4 of 5 stars This may be the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned. Great for training, early morning walks, and light day hiking. My feet are notoriously difficult to fit. I have long toes... wide fore-feet (bunions)... narrow heel... no arches... and size 14. These all combine to make shoe purchasing a chore every time. With the Cascadias, I have found the holy grail of training shoes for my feet. Fit is excellent, with lots of room for my toes and bunions, without having my feet slip around in the shoe. Break-in… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Bushido

rated 4 of 5 stars Nimble, light, but robust trail runner. Narrow last, great protection. Fit: This shoe fits narrow. If you have wide feet you can stop reading now. If you have medium to narrow feet this trail runner will give you more support than you are used to. I have narrow feet and it is the first time that my mid foot and heel feel so locked in. There is a TPU frame and mid rock plate that really cups your mid foot and prevents any torsion from happening there. After 50Km I often have issues with the soles… Full review

Mizuno Men's Wave Kazan

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid shoe for running trails. As for any shoe, fit is key. Although I usually run on the roads, I've been running on some (fairly non-technical) trails enough that I decided to get a trail running shoe. I've been using Mizuno Wave Inspires for my running shoe, and the running shoe store suggested that the Wave Kazans would be 'comparable'. (I think they probably just recommended it because it's Mizuno's only trail-running shoe.) Anyway, the shoes have been working fine through about 200 miles of… Full review

Altra Men's Superior

rated 4 of 5 stars This would be a great mid-distance, less aggressive trail shoe for anyone who's into zero drop. The Altra Superior is a relatively slim zero-drop trail shoe. While they do take a beating (aside from the questionable cords on the upper), it provides a lighter and less-cushioned alternative to Atra's other trail line, the Lone Peak. Those of you who are looking for more toe room and a bit more protection than barefoot shoes should give the Superior serious consideration. For being a shaved down… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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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
$75 - $114
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 reviewed Nov 15, 2014
$84 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$69 - $145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex reviewed Oct 13, 2014
$102
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810v3 reviewed Oct 12, 2014
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks PureGrit 3 reviewed Oct 10, 2014
$120
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
$72 - $83
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Kinvara TR reviewed Sep 6, 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: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$110 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Bajada reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$48 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Kailua Trail reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$85 - $103
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
$47
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra reviewed Mar 26, 2014
$83
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Fuse reviewed Mar 20, 2014
$55 - $110
 
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
$80
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
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nike Lunarfly+ 2 reviewed Oct 30, 2013
$85 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scott eRide Grip reviewed Oct 9, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 7 reviewed Sep 23, 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
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR reviewed Aug 3, 2013
$110 MSRP
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
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 reviewed Jul 7, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$59 - $119
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Minimus Trail reviewed Apr 24, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT20 Minimus reviewed Apr 22, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance MT10 Minimus reviewed Apr 17, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT1110 reviewed Apr 16, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Saucony ProGrid Razor 2.0 reviewed Jan 29, 2013
$135 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 106 GTX XCR reviewed Dec 13, 2012
$110 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255 reviewed Nov 22, 2012
$83 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail reviewed Nov 2, 2012
$29
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Inov-8 Mudroc 290 reviewed Oct 9, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Mission CS reviewed Oct 6, 2012
$46 - $90
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Merrell Embark Glove Gore-Tex reviewed Oct 3, 2012
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 reviewed Sep 27, 2012
$48 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
New Balance 606 reviewed Sep 18, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Geomorph Maze Stretch reviewed Sep 13, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX reviewed Oct 22, 2013
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