Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Merrell
Montrail
Salomon
Hoka
New Balance
Patagonia
Inov-8
La Sportiva
Brooks
The North Face

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

Montrail Men's Mountain Masochist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I torture tested this shoe on the JMT for 150 miles over one 12k rock pile after another. Wear on the soles was noticeable, but they gave excellent slick rock traction. Forded three rivers, same story. They dried quickly and I never got one blister. The blister free factor was, by itself, a huge point. Cuts, abrasions, a partial peeling of the toecap and heel rubber, but everything held together until I could effect repairs. This trail is too much for a running shoe, but these held up as well as… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good hybrid shoe. When I'm running my local trails, I have to run about a mile or so to get to a trailhead. That mile can be a pain when I'm wearing some of my heavier trail shoes. So, being a Salomon geek I had to go out and buy the X-Scream, if only because it was advertised as a hybrid shoe. I've now worn them several times on the trail and can say they perform as advertised—meaning they are comfortable on pavement and the tread grips well on the trail. That said, if you are running… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 4 of 5 stars Transitioning from road to trail is a tough thing to do for a shoe. The Salomon X-Scream does an incredible job of providing rugged support for trails yet a smooth ride on pavement. Disclaimer: I own a running store. However, I do not carry Salomon products.  The Salomon X-Scream is a new shoe in Salomon's City-Trail line that boasts itself to be a transition shoe from pavement to off-road. I have been turned off by Salomon's shoes in the past due to their narrow fit and my wide feet, but I thought… Full review

Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove

rated 3 of 5 stars A very expensive water shoe that takes a long time to dry. Covers your bare feet enough to protect from the elements. The ankle material/fit allows for a lot of trail debris to get into the shoes. Breathable material on the sides keeps your feet well ventilated. I would recommend this product to those who have seasoned feet, this is truly a minimalist shoe and allows you to do more than you would with a bare foot. But the fit, minimal sole material and support is not for the weak of foot. I would… Full review

Montrail Men's Bajada

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great fitting trail running shoe that inspires confidence on the trail. No rock plate in sole limiting factor on rocky trails. Fit: This is the best fitting shoe I have ever had on, period. I realise this is different for everybody, but here is how it fit me. I have narrow feet and with the Bajadas the heel is really nice and secure, with a quite roomy toe box that gives me enough space to never feel cramped in the front. I lace down pretty tight in the front, normal in the mid section and a bit… Full review

Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove

rated 4 of 5 stars Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit, does not constrict my foot in any way. Zero drop, pretty good ground feel, also great for slippery surfaces and off road. Due to the material my toes and heel get sweaty in this shoes. Overall a nice running shoe for the months that running sandals are just too cool or when I want more protection for my toes / upper foot. Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit with wide toe box, does not constrict my foot in any way. No break-in… Full review

Brooks Men's PureGrit

rated 4 of 5 stars Great trail running shoe for the minimalist at heart...but not in the mud. This has been my go-to minimal trail running shoe for a while now. I picked them up on sale just as the Pure Grit 2 had been released and overall...I'm happy. The most of my comments can be summed up in my pros and cons list, but I must stress just how lousy the outsole is in muddy situations. The lugs are fairly far apart, leaving lots of surface area for sliding in the wet...including slipping on wet roots. If you are primarily… Full review

Salomon Women's XR Mission

rated 5 of 5 stars These are my favorite sneaker-like shoes I've ever owned. They're super comfortable and great looking, too. First off, I got these in the Celedon/Papaya color and they are perfect. I love the color combination and they look great on my feet. I get compliments on them all the time. Now for function... This is my first pair of Salomons and it certainly won't be my last. These are the most comfortable sneakers I've ever owned. They fit like a glove from the first time I put them on. They're also super… Full review

Salomon Men's XR Shift

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These shoes are very durable and have a two-year warranty. Basically the lace up version of the XR Mission. I bought these on Amazon for under $40 after purchasing a pair of Salomon XR Missions. I loved those so much I had to have a backup especially when I found these on Amazon for half the price. If you've never checked out the quality of build and materials used to make these compared to other shoes you should. This will probably be my go-to brand from now on. These shoes are exactly the same… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell
Barefoot Trail Glove
reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$66 - $110
Montrail Bajada
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Bajada
reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$44 - $110
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell
Barefoot Pace Glove
reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$100 MSRP
Salomon XR Shift
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XR Shift
reviewed Jun 16, 2014
$59 - $100
Hoka Kailua Trail
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka
Kailua Trail
reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$104 - $129
New Balance 808
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
New Balance
808
reviewed Apr 19, 2014
discontinued
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
reviewed Apr 18, 2014
$81 - $145
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
reviewed Apr 10, 2014
$68 - $94
Patagonia EVERlong
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia
EVERlong
reviewed Jan 12, 2014
$110
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon
XA Pro II
reviewed Dec 18, 2013
discontinued
Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master 2 Waterproof
reviewed Dec 12, 2013
Inov-8 Terroc 330
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Inov-8
Terroc 330
reviewed Dec 11, 2013
Montrail Rockridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail
Rockridge
reviewed Nov 20, 2013
$60
Salomon S-Lab XT 5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon
S-Lab XT 5
reviewed Nov 19, 2013
discontinued
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
reviewed Oct 22, 2013
$83
La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Crosslite 2.0
reviewed Sep 16, 2013
$60 - $84
Brooks Beast
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks
Beast
reviewed Sep 11, 2013
$130 MSRP
The North Face Switchback
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Switchback
reviewed Aug 22, 2013
discontinued
The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face
Ultra 105 GTX XCR
reviewed Aug 3, 2013
$110 MSRP
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$71 - $119
New Balance MT610
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT610
reviewed Jul 20, 2013
$75 MSRP
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 315
reviewed Jul 7, 2013
$90
Salomon SpeedCross 3 CS
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3 CS
reviewed Jun 4, 2013
$87 - $145
The North Face Single-Track Hayasa
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Single-Track Hayasa
reviewed May 31, 2013
$38 - $110
Saucony ProGrid Outlaw
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Saucony
ProGrid Outlaw
reviewed Apr 22, 2013
$110 MSRP
New Balance MT20 Minimus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT20 Minimus
reviewed Apr 22, 2013
$70
New Balance MT10 Minimus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance
MT10 Minimus
reviewed Apr 17, 2013
$75
New Balance MT1110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT1110
reviewed Apr 16, 2013
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva
Sphere Trail eVent
reviewed Apr 7, 2013
$48 - $139
Brooks Cascadia 7
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 7
reviewed Sep 23, 2013
Saucony ProGrid Razor 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Saucony
ProGrid Razor 2.0
reviewed Jan 29, 2013
$135 MSRP
The North Face Ultra 106 GTX XCR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Ultra 106 GTX XCR
reviewed Dec 13, 2012
$110 MSRP
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
reviewed Nov 22, 2012
$83 - $119
Montrail Sabino Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Sabino Trail
reviewed Nov 2, 2012
$70
Inov-8 Mudroc 290
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
Mudroc 290
reviewed Oct 9, 2012
Merrell Embark Glove Gore-Tex
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Embark Glove Gore-Tex
reviewed Oct 3, 2012
$170 MSRP
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 245
reviewed Sep 27, 2012
$66 - $130
Merrell Geomorph Maze Stretch
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Geomorph Maze Stretch
reviewed Sep 13, 2012
$100
Altra Lone Peak
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra
Lone Peak
reviewed Sep 13, 2012
$100 MSRP
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO Trek
reviewed Jul 27, 2012
$81
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
X-Talon 212
reviewed Jul 18, 2012
$66 - $120
Merrell CT Converge II
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
CT Converge II
reviewed Jul 18, 2012
Garmont 9.81 Escape
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Garmont
9.81 Escape
reviewed May 11, 2012
$110 MSRP
Columbia Lone Rock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Lone Rock
reviewed May 9, 2012
$65 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Merrell
Chameleon Velocity
reviewed Apr 12, 2012
discontinued
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram
FiveFingers Bikila
reviewed Jun 27, 2012
$58
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
X-Talon 190
reviewed Oct 16, 2011
$75 - $124
Montrail Mountain Masochist GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail
Mountain Masochist GTX
reviewed Aug 21, 2011
discontinued
New Balance 1320
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
New Balance
1320
reviewed Aug 1, 2011
discontinued
Brooks Cascadia 5
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 5
reviewed May 18, 2011
discontinued
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