Trail Running Shoes

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Brands

Merrell
Inov-8
La Sportiva
Icebug
New Balance
Skechers
Altra
other
Hoka
The North Face

User

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Merrell Men's All Out Crush

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight purpose-built trail running shoe. Good grip on wet and dry trails. The Merrell All Out Crush is a purpose built trail runner for anyone with a medium foot width. Weighing just 8 ounces per shoe you hardly feel like you are wearing a shoe at all. The soles feature Merrell's M select grip which has performed well in wet and dry trail conditions. The 5mm lugged soles are close enough together for good traction while being far enough apart that they don't load up with mud. I found… Full review

Inov-8 Roclite 243

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For what it's intended for it is a very high quality trail runner. This shoe is best for short to medium trail runs on loose dirt.  The grip is fantastic. The shoe is very lightweight, the construction is great, ventilation is good.  The only problem for me is that it would not be useful for hikes or any crossover purpose (except perhaps as an approach shoe for taking on climbing routes). The flexibility would mean that you feel small rocks, but my foot has all the freedom to move naturally.  Full review

La Sportiva Women's Ultra Raptor GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These shoes are great for trail running and hiking in rocky areas. They are by far the grippiest shoes I have worn, and they seem to have good support in the soles to absorb impact on your feet too. Very comfortable. This shoe fits perfectly for me. I don't have the pickiest taste, but I prefer breathing room and wider fitting shoes. They have a bulkier/ heavier feel to them, which is good for support, maybe not so good if you are trying to go ultralight. The sole support is thick and provides impact… Full review

Icebug Men's Zeal RB9X

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight trail running shoe that also works well as a hiking shoe. Excellent traction, especially in wet conditions. The Zeal RB9X trail running shoe by Swedish company Icebug continues their tradition of offering shoes with some of the best traction around. While I am not a trail runner I do prefer that style of shoe for both my hiking and backpacking footwear. I was lucky enough to be offered a pair of the Zeal runners in May for extensive testing. The Zeals come in one color, grey with orange… Full review

New Balance Leadville v3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a good very lightweight trail running and light backpacking shoe and I would recommend this shoe to people looking to lighten up their backpacking footwear. I am 58 years old and recently retired and have been trying to get out more with the intentions of doing some longer thru hikes and was looking for wide trail shoes to use in place of my existing hiking boots and New Balance cross trainers have been my go-to shoe (for me and about a million or so other older people...), so I decided… Full review

Skechers Men's GOtrail Ultra 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A very lightweight, super cushioned trail running shoe. Offers excellent stability and traction. Fully drainable through midsole side ports. I have been a big fan of Skechers sneakers for years because they have a fairly wide toe box which works well for my feet. I am one of a growing trend of hikers and backpackers who like to use lightweight trail running shoes when we venture out onto the trail. I had used a pair of Skechers GOrun marathon trainers for my hike of the John Muir trail in 2014 and… Full review

Altra Men's Superior 2.0

rated 2.5 of 5 stars One of the most comfortable shoes I have owned, but not for long. I record my runs with a GPS watch and have put about 135 km on these shoes, mostly on trail. I bough them in my usual size 46, but the fit is a bit loose, especially in the heel (tried on the 45s but they seemed a little short). I was looking for something with a little more padding than the "barefoot" shoes I have been running in for the last 5.5 years, but still with zero drop and some trail feel. These seemed to fit the bill. They… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars Great all-around trail shoes with comfortable fit and good trail feel. Unfortunately, they wear out too quickly. Intro/background: Altra gave these shoes to everyone who participated in Oslo Ecotrail in May 2016. Since May, I have run and hiked approximately 360 kilometers/220 miles in these shoes across a wide variety of terrain, and I feel like I have put them through their paces. Some of the big days in these shoes include a hard training weekend in loose, rocky terrain of Rondane National Park in… Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers KSO

rated 4 of 5 stars I have been wearing my Vibrams for four years. I can hike a mile upriver on a wooded trail then float down through class 1/2 rapids. They form to your feet making it safer to climb on rocks which can be slimey and slippery. You could jog or run in them, but it is painful on the feet when there are rocks, ie gravel roads. I bought this product four years ago and still wear them whenever I go kayaking or for a float down the river at our house, basically any water sport where you don't want your feet… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush reviewed Dec 11, 2016
$80 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 243 reviewed Nov 22, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX reviewed Nov 9, 2016
$160 - $165
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Icebug Zeal RB9X reviewed Nov 7, 2016
$128 - $149
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3 reviewed Oct 6, 2016
$60 - $124
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3 reviewed Oct 1, 2016
$96
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 2.0 reviewed Sep 29, 2016
$60 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3 reviewed Sep 21, 2016
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Terraclaw 250 reviewed Sep 5, 2016
$89 - $97
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed reviewed Sep 4, 2016
$126
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX reviewed Aug 28, 2016
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.A. Gear Trek reviewed Aug 11, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Under Armour Verge Low Gore-Tex reviewed Aug 9, 2016
$98 - $139
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Boost reviewed Jul 27, 2016
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: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2 reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$90 - $125
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 1.5 reviewed Feb 3, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 reviewed Jan 2, 2016
$93 - $124
 
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 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$190
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong reviewed Aug 6, 2015
$66
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 9 reviewed Aug 4, 2015
$12
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
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 reviewed Apr 11, 2015
$80
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
$60 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mizuno Wave Kazan reviewed Dec 8, 2014
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 reviewed Nov 15, 2014
$72 - $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)
The North Face Ultra Guide reviewed Sep 28, 2014
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX reviewed Aug 22, 2014
$88 - $127
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: 3.5 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: 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
$45 - $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
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