Trail Running Shoes

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The best trail running shoes, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 30, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Trail Running Shoe 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 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
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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260

An aggressive, deep-lugged tread and snug fit make the Mudclaw G-260 a prime choice for muddy trails and other soft surfaces. Comfortable enough for all-day runs. The graphene-enhanced soles also grip well on wet and dry rock and hard-packed dirt, but the lugs can chip. Best held in reserve for running over mud, bogs, sand, and other soft surfaces. “Mud, mud, glorious mud Nothing quite like it for soothing the blood…” The Mudclaw G 260 is Inov-8’s top shoe for running on muddy trails or… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Topo Athletic Women's Hydroventure 2

A nice breathable waterproof trail running shoe. I have wide feet. Even shoes that are supposed to have a large toe box result in stubbed toes and blisters between toes. I decided to try Topo Athletic shoes and they do not disappoint. My toes can spread out easily. I got the Hydroventure model as I wanted something waterproof. I couldn't find them in a store anywhere and had to order them online but tried a different pair of Topo Athletic shoes at REI before ordering them. I was glad I did as the… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Men's Roclite G 345 GTX

The Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX is a very high quality mid-ankle boot that offers superb traction, while still being very lightweight. Inov-8 classifies this product as a hiking and running boot that provides comfort and traction over trail protection. Graphene rubber technology takes this footwear to a new level, making it ideal for unstable and slippery terrain during moderate mileage days. Inov-8 released the Roclite G 345 GTX to meet the needs of the "fast & light" hiker or trail runner looking… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$65 - $90
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$72 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5
$72 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 4.0
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0
$105 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido
$77 - $97
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX
$88 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5
$78 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X-Mission 3
$40 - $115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Topo Athletic Hydroventure 2
$98 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Supernova
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315
$50 - $135
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$49 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$66 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
$107
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0
$92 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha
$75 - $104
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX Hiking Boot / Trail Running Shoe
$87 - $174
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony Koa ST
$81
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0
$80 - $130
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant
$87 - $135
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5
$65 - $140
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Altra King MT
$70 - $140
La Sportiva Bushido II
$78 - $130
La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX
$139 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 Flyroc 310
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Adidas Tangent ATS
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance MT10 Minimus
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Challenger ATR
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Saucony ProGrid Outlaw
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Velocity GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Adidas Wanaka Trail GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 3
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