Running Footwear

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Saucony Men's Koa ST

Pretty great trail shoes for hiking and running in loose conditions. Very comfortable, nice fit, looks great, but not without some drawbacks. Having been transitioning my gear from a more traditional kit to a more lightweight/UL backpacking kit, one of the first things I considered was moving from a traditional light hiking boot to a lighter trail shoe for hiking and backpacking. Luckily I found these on a closeout sale, and was immediately drawn to their sharp good looks (the brilliant colors of… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Altra Women's Superior 4.0

The Superior 4.0 is a supremely comfortable shoe, with many improvements over its predecessors (better fit, materials, flexibility). Yet the 4.0 maintains most of the best characteristics that make this model my favorite hiking shoe. They are responsive to the trail, fit my narrow feet perfectly, and the tread is excellent for gripping loose gravel and even snowy patches. They are lightweight and dry fast. My only disappointment is that they did not last quite as long as my Superior 3.0/3.5s. Description… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

Definitely a scam...just normal uncomfortable socks. Definitely a scam. Bought them on supersockcompany.com They are not Swiss, but Chinese. Supersock has terrible customer care. Don't buy because that have "satisfaction guaranteed". They won't answer and won't give money back. They are not durable or tough...just normal uncomfortable socks. Don't trust supersockcompany. Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Salomon Men's Sense Pro 2

These are a lightweight, low profile trail shoe. I have been using them for backpacking (as a guide, and recreationally) on well-maintained, rocky, gravelly, and moderately muddy tracks in Tasmania and Nepal. They lack the cushion needed for heavier packweights (15+kgs) over long or hard trails, but are comfortable at lighter weights or shorter days. The Salomon Sense Pro 2's are a light and low-profile trail runner that makes a good backpacking shoe for lightweight packs and/or shorter distances. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Altra Men's Superior 4.0

Every day and twice on Sunday. Hands down the most comfortable running shoe I've ever worn. You won't be disappointed. The large toe box is different from most brands, but I'm sold. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Adidas Men's Response Trail 9

The traction is fantastic and stability (particularly on technical descents) is superb. They're a heavy shoe, but don't feel overly heavy on the trail. They size small, I've gone up a full size and they still feel snug. The lacing system and build are excellent. Had these for three months and used them a fair bit trail running on steep muddy trails over winter in Wellington, New Zealand. The traction is fantastic and stability (particularly on technical descents) is superb. In mud and on wet rock… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated

They extend cold weather running. Added protection for the feet. And extremely lightweight and flexible. This is my third winter with my Insulated Trek Ascents. They definitely lengthen my minimalist running season (my first preference is barefoot) into the winter month. I bought a size up as suggested by the website. They fit good barefoot or with an extremely lightweight sock, but the next pair I order will be a size larger than that. Just so it’s clear, my regular Vibram FiveFingers are a size… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Vibram Men's FiveFingers Trek Ascent

Incredible grip. Very lightweight. My choice of footwear is typically none—I prefer barefooting for my warm weather adventures. When a shoe is required (over stimulated feet, the terrain gets too rocky) one of my go-to shoes is the Trek Ascent. They simply protect my feet and allow me to carry on. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 5

The Hoka Challenger ATR 5 is a great trail running shoe that can double as a nice backpacking shoe for people looking for a nice comfortable shoe with plenty of room in the toe box and that's also available in wide sizes. I am home based in Washington state but make regular trips to California to visit family and when I do I always try to squeeze in a backpacking or fishing trip to the east side of the Sierras. In Washington I generally wear a lightweight hiking or mountaineering boot for most of… Full review

user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony Koa ST reviewed Jan 30, 2020
$58 - $81
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 4.0 reviewed Dec 31, 2019
$110
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (9)
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) reviewed Dec 3, 2019
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated reviewed Oct 18, 2019
$74 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent reviewed Oct 18, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5 reviewed Oct 7, 2019
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 reviewed Sep 14, 2019
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Skinners Sock Shoes reviewed Sep 5, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX reviewed Jul 21, 2019
$111 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock reviewed May 20, 2019
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Blister Resist Quarter reviewed Apr 22, 2019
$15 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0 reviewed Dec 13, 2018
$55 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido reviewed Dec 11, 2018
$65 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$105 - $150
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Altra King MT reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$70 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5 reviewed Dec 20, 2018
$72 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha reviewed Aug 5, 2018
$70 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lily Trotters Signature Compression Socks reviewed Jul 23, 2018
$48 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit reviewed Jul 13, 2018
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5 reviewed Jul 5, 2018
$65 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed reviewed Jun 28, 2018
$30 - $64
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat reviewed Jun 18, 2018
$66 - $110
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Salomon Sense Mantra 3 reviewed Jun 14, 2018
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sole Active Medium with Met Pad Footbed reviewed Jun 8, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 reviewed May 30, 2018
$78 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D reviewed Jan 1, 2019
$50 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost reviewed Feb 11, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 reviewed Jan 17, 2018
$70 - $115
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant reviewed Dec 13, 2017
$100 - $135
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0 reviewed Dec 4, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine reviewed Nov 17, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3 reviewed Aug 30, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Kahana 7 reviewed Aug 27, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Sof Sole Airr Orthotic reviewed Jul 17, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail reviewed Jul 9, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 2 reviewed Jun 29, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4 reviewed Mar 6, 2019
$65 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running Sock reviewed Jun 17, 2017
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2 reviewed Jun 12, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO reviewed Jun 12, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange reviewed Apr 18, 2017
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Saucony ProGrid Outlaw reviewed Apr 2, 2017
$110 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX reviewed Mar 9, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sockwell Ski Medium Compression Socks reviewed Jan 3, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush reviewed Dec 11, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sockwell Stabilizer 1/4 Sock reviewed Dec 9, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Icebug Insoles FAT Medium reviewed Nov 29, 2016
$47 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Bondi 4 reviewed Nov 28, 2016
$150 MSRP
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
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