Trail Running Shoes

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Brand

Vasque
Salomon
Vibram
The North Face
Altra
Scarpa
Inov-8
La Sportiva
Adidas
Hoka

User

Men's
Women's
Kids'
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Price

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

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

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

Inov-8 Men's X-Talon 212

rated 4 of 5 stars The toughest darn shoe I have ever owned, with a tread that bites well on both mud and rock, but the narrow, low toe is not optimal for me. These are by far the toughest shoes I have ever owned. I have now logged over 1,000 running km on them (via GPS/Strava) and probably forgot to record a few more. The tread on the toes and backs of the heels is worn smooth and there's not much left under the ball of the foot, but the uppers have no holes or cracks and even the toe caps have held up well. (Due… Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Awesome! Did a 25-mile 2-day hike with a 36lb. pack. These shoes were fantastic. When my feet did get wet but not soaked they would dry quickly. To dry out my shoes overnight I took out the soles and put crumpled paper inside. My feet felt great, the traction was very good, and the wet traction I would give an 8 out of 10. I will be taking these on my Haute trail trek. I did have to retighten the shoes twice through out the day. My normal summer shoe size is 10.5, I had to go with 11 because the… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 3.5

rated 5 of 5 stars The Altra Lone Peak 3.5 is a lightweight, zero drop, well cushioned and protective trail running shoe that features an extra wide toe box and two types of gaiter attachments. For trail running, backpacking, and hiking it can’t be beat for most situations. Fit and Comfort This is my third set of Lone Peaks, having used the 2.5, 3.0, and now the 3.5, and these are the most comfortable shoes I have worn for moving in the outdoors.  The 3.5 has a slightly firmer upper than the previous two varieties,… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$86
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
$65
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: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0
$90 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX
$120 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5
$72 - $96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$91 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser
$41
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
$45 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX
$119 - $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
$56 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost
$110 - $119
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
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine
$154 - $249
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3
$39
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
$29
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0
$105 - $125
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT
$70 - $139
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
$100
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5
$140
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 CS
$83
La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX
$155
Salomon Sense Pro
$130
Salomon X-Mission 3 CS
$91 - $97
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290
$80
Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP
$145
Vasque Pendulum II GTX
$75
Asics GEL-Fujitrabuco 6
$130
Topo Athletic Hydroventure
$91 - $130
Scarpa Proton GTX
$101 - $109
Altra Superior 3.0
$110
The North Face Ultra MT
$78
Vasque Constant Velocity
$60 - $119
Salomon Speedtrak
$67 - $114
Merrell All Out Crush Light
$90
Arc'teryx Norvan VT
$119 - $170
Altra Timp IQ
$200 - $229
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