Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Adidas
Vasque
Inov-8
Saucony
Mizuno
Altra
Brooks
Topo Athletic
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 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

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

Saucony Women's Grid Excursion TR 2

rated 1.5 of 5 stars I am a nurse in the hospital doing 12-hour shifts. I was looking for a shoe to sometimes work in and take walks in. The shoe is lacking in the center, also it leans to the sides. Very uncomfortable. Only had 2 months, not satisfied. lLeans to the side, not enough support in the center of shoe. Full review

Salomon Men's XT Wings 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Highly structured stability trail runners with bombproof durability, good grip, and comfort. I'm on my 4th pair of this shoe, which was called the XT Wings. Fit: Salomon tends to run narrow but this fits reasonably true to my medium wide foot. The toebox is pleasingly wide and the heel cup is narrow, which I love. Comfort: Runs firm compared to most road shoes. I run on the road without issues. Close fit, helped by great speed laces. Not comfortable at all without socks. Support: Fantastic — this… Full review

Pearl Izumi Men's EM Trail M2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very comfortable trail runner. Suitable for most off road running, but really shines on gravel road and softer trails. Great for a beginner looking for a cushy ride. Shoe runs a little small so sizing up isn't a bad idea (especially when it keeps your toes from hitting the box on downhills!). Almost a sock-like feel due to upper construction.  Very comfortable trail running shoe right out of the box, pretty much zero break-in time. Did get rocks and other debris in shoe, but it's a tradeoff from… Full review

Inov-8 Men's F-Lite 195

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for fitness workouts, weightlifting, and good for running. Very comfortable pair of shoes, and extremely light (6.9 oz). It feels like you are training barefoot. Great stability for lifting weights. Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Boost reviewed Jul 27, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST reviewed Jul 7, 2016
$68 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 reviewed Jun 9, 2016
$89 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Peregrine 3 reviewed Jun 9, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 reviewed Mar 10, 2016
$93 - $124
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2 reviewed Feb 24, 2016
$74
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Superior 1.5 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak Polartec Neoshell reviewed Dec 3, 2015
$113
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3 reviewed Nov 13, 2015
$60 - $83
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT reviewed Sep 17, 2015
$50 - $99
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon Running Shoe reviewed Sep 6, 2015
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 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$152 - $190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$108 - $135
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 - $50
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hoka Challenger ATR reviewed Jul 14, 2015
$65 - $129
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 (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)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 reviewed Nov 15, 2014
$60 - $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)
Brooks Ravenna 3 reviewed Sep 23, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Ascend Glove reviewed Sep 20, 2014
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: 3 of 5 (5)
Montrail Mountain Masochist reviewed Jul 14, 2014
$95 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream reviewed Jul 11, 2014
$77
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
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 of 5 (1)
Hoka Kailua Trail reviewed Jun 12, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$65 - $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
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
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XT 5 reviewed Nov 19, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX reviewed Oct 22, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO reviewed Dec 24, 2013
$85
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
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Beast reviewed Sep 11, 2013
$130 MSRP
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