Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Mizuno
Salomon
Dynafit
New Balance
Brooks
The North Face
Lowa
Merrell
Saucony
Altra

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

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

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable zero drop trail shoe with some cushion. Well, my first Altra trail shoe was the original Lone Peak, so it seemed when the 1.5 came out, I had to have them. I was a little put off by the color and surprised to see that the heel had been made stiff with added support. They fit very snug and very comfortable. They really lock right on to the foot for a solid fit. I'd say they fit well like any other Altra shoe. The shoe has handled a lot of different terrain and has also been beat… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars If you're looking for a zero drop, distance trail shoe, this is it! This shoe has been a great long distance trail shoe for me. First stepping into them, the 26mm of stack height caught me off guard. It's only 3mm taller than the 1.5 and a few more mm taller than the Superior. Very noticeable and I thought I was on stilts. But that cushion really helped on a recent 50K win. The legs and joints didn't feel any noticable aches or pains that I'd normally have over long distances. Traction is also… Full review

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I like this shoe a lot. It has great feel on the foot and feels so light compared to other trail runners I have used in the past. Fit/Comfort: Very comfortable tight foot. I have a wider foot and had concerns about buying online. Through several runs I am very impressed with how the shoe fits and feels. It is extremely comfortable. I hate putting on my everyday shoes now. I want to wear my Salomons all the time! Support: Arches feel decent, somewhat lacking for my liking. This isn't a big deal though… Full review

Teva Men's X-1 Control 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great shoe for all mountain activity. Holds up to things that it wasn't really designed for: day hiking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing. Too bad they are gone. I hope someone else had a good experience with this outstanding shoe. It's a shame that this is discontinued. I have a pair that I bought for mountain biking. Yep, Crazy. But they work great for cross-country style riding. I have hiked with them on too. One thing I haven't done is run in them. I really can't say how well they would work… Full review

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

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Kazan reviewed Dec 8, 2014
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D reviewed Oct 21, 2014
$90 - $130
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
$170
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810v3 reviewed Oct 12, 2014
$68
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks PureGrit 3 reviewed Oct 10, 2014
$120
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
$80 - $106
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
$71 - $107
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Kinvara TR reviewed Sep 6, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus reviewed Aug 21, 2014
$91 - $129
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Vasque ShapeShifter Ultra reviewed Aug 6, 2014
$170 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Bajada reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$53 - $109
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
$75 - $100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XR Mission reviewed Jun 23, 2014
$36 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Kailua Trail reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$85 - $129
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move reviewed Apr 10, 2014
$50 - $75
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX reviewed Mar 9, 2014
$160
 
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 of 5 (5)
Inov-8 Terroc 330 reviewed Dec 11, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lowa S-Cruise Mesh reviewed Dec 2, 2013
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail Rockridge reviewed Nov 20, 2013
$60
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: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Wildcat reviewed Sep 28, 2013
$73 - $154
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 reviewed Sep 12, 2013
$78 - $96
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 (2)
Scarpa Spark reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$77 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT610 reviewed Jul 20, 2013
$75 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 reviewed Jul 7, 2013
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Spark GTX reviewed Jun 10, 2013
$149
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 CS reviewed Jun 4, 2013
$116 - $145
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Saucony ProGrid Outlaw reviewed Apr 22, 2013
$110 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT20 Minimus reviewed Apr 22, 2013
$66
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance MT10 Minimus reviewed Apr 17, 2013
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT1110 reviewed Apr 16, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony ProGrid Peregrine 2 reviewed Apr 13, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 7 reviewed Sep 23, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
TrekSta Kobra reviewed Feb 13, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR reviewed Aug 3, 2013
$110 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 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail reviewed Nov 2, 2012
$63
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