Trail Running Shoes

The best trail running shoes, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 30, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

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Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Altra Men's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for thru hiking, just watch out for shin splints. You may need an insert for support. Great shoes for long distance hiking. Just be sure to get inserts before starting as you may encounter shin splints your second or third week into it. Inserts clear that up right away. Full review

Altra Men's King MT

rated 0.5 of 5 stars No no no no. I don’t know how they hold up to trail running, but they are nothing like the Lone Peaks when compared to hiking. Used for the first time last weekend on a short trip in Yosemite NP. It was only 20 miles and I was carrying less than 15 pounds and I still got blisters and hotspots. Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4

rated 5 of 5 stars There is a reason it is the best selling shoe in the line. A review of Salomon shoes: The Ultra (Ultra 3 GTX) The Speedcross The Odyssey The Ultra has a great arch support last (the "last" is the framework style of the shoe) but is too narrow for me. I used a pair for a section hike. It gets great reviews (consider no ulr) for an example). If it just were not so narrow, I'd be wearing them to hike now. But my feet hurt every night when I wore them on a section hike. They do make the Ultra in a Mid… Full review

Altra Men's Superior 3.5

rated 5 of 5 stars Best hiking shoes I've found yet! I am really loving these shoes! I've probably worn them almost 100 miles now this hot dry southern California summer. I have been training for backpacking trips with 4 to 5 mile hikes in Griffith Park Los Angeles with a 30+ pound pack. Then, I did a 17+ mile, 3700' elevation gain and loss three-day backpacking trip in the high Sierras with about a 37-pound pack. I've used several different kinds of socks, including REI wool hiking socks, and the Injinji toes socks. Full review

La Sportiva Men's Akasha

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A burly trail runner meant for mountain runs or hikes. I'm on my second pair of La Sportiva Akashas and figured it was time for a review. I've owned several pairs of La Sportivas, but these are the only ones to fit well. The others I've owned simply didn't have enough room in the toe box, these do. This is also La Sportiva's burliest trail runner. I don't have overly wide feet, but do need a roomy toe box—not an easy proposition unfortunately. The Akashas fit snuggly in the heel and midfoot, where… Full review

Altra Men's King MT 1.5

rated 2 of 5 stars Long on comfort and short on durability, same as the 1.0. I can't afford shoes that don't hold up for more than a few hundred kilometers. A few months ago I reviewed the MT King 1.0. Much of what I wrote about that shoe applies to v. 1.5 -- they are very comfortable but wear out way too fast to be worth the price. When I sent some of the photos from that review to Altra, they sent me a new pair of the 1.5s for $10, the cost of shipping. I took the opportunity to go down a size for a closer fit,… Full review

La Sportiva Women's Helios 2.0

rated 3 of 5 stars The shoe is terrific, but not for my feet. I really wanted to love this shoe because it's lightweight, very flexible, and still very gnarly on the sole—perfect for my style of toe-striking on particularly technical trails. But alas, the 39.5s were the right length and too narrow and the 40s were the right width but too long for my size 8 feet. Still, I would recommend them for trail runners who like lightweight and low-drop shoes, need a little more support than minimalist or no-drop shoes can… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 5 of 5 stars Comfortable out of the box, good fit, lightweight. Good shoe. To date, the best hiking footwear I have found. I was looking for a lightweight trail shoe for three-season hiking. They were comfortable on day 1, worn locally as a precaution but didn't seem to need it. They are breathable but not waterproof and offer good traction on rocky, rooty trails, damp or dry. They performed well on multi day backpacking trips of 10+ miles per day over rough terrain. No damage to feet or shoes. Full review

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra 3

rated 3 of 5 stars Be sure you order a full size larger than you wear. These are made in France so the sizing is a little different. Shoe sizing is a little different, so make sure to get a size larger than normal. Lacing is simple and holds well. Not much break in needed. Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$48
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$91 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$67 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0
$66 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX
$120 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5
$60 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$41
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Superior 3.5
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315
$110 - $135
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$60 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX
$165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0
$70 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha
$77 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3
$109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido
$64 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine
$250
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3
$29
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant
$80 - $135
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3
$99 - $229
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2
$119
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0
$105 - $125
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5
$140
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Altra King MT
$91 - $139
La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX
$155
Salomon X-Mission 3 CS
$78 - $97
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290
$93
Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP
$109 - $145
Altra Provision 2.5
$39
Asics GEL-Fujitrabuco 6
$130
Topo Athletic Hydroventure
$91 - $130
Scarpa Proton GTX
$94 - $101
Altra Superior 3.0
$110
Vasque Constant Velocity
$60 - $119
Salomon Speedtrak
$70 - $114
Merrell All Out Crush Light
$90
Arc'teryx Norvan VT
$111 - $170
Saucony Razor Ice+
$99
Salomon Sense Ride GTX Invisible Fit
$120 - $160
Altra Timp IQ
$200 - $229
Adidas Terrex Swift R
$49 - $114
Scarpa Neutron G
$158 - $173
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