Trail Running Shoes

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Brand

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

User

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

Price

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

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

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

Salomon Women's XA Pro 3D

rated 3 of 5 stars I bought two pairs of these shoes, one Goretex and one not Goretex for a walking holiday at the end of April. They are perfect for me in size, comfort, and ease of use with a plus point of a really interesting range of colours to choose from. However I believe the Goretex ones have a big design fault! Whilst wearing them in, I have now found that as I am walking and the shoe bends, the front top lace holder rubs on the Goretex shoe and has rubbed a hole in the Goretex outer liner which now means… Full review

Altra Men's King MT

rated 2.5 of 5 stars My most comfortable shoe, with great grip on both loose and hard surfaces, zero drop, and light padding for good trail feel. The tradeoff for all that toe room is a little slop in the forefoot, and the jury is still out on durability. My biggest challenge in finding good running shoes is my mallet toes—the middle, ring toe, and to some extent pointer toe on both feet is bent at the distal joint, so that the top of the toe rubs against my shoes and can develop hard and sometimes painful calluses. Full review

Adidas Men's Response Boost

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Really comfortable, but slippery. Don't risk your life with this shoe. Be careful when jumping or running using this shoes on cliffs or steep ground, you might risk your life by using a slippery trail running shoes like this one. My foot size is 43,5 (Europe). I usually wear 44,5 hiking shoes. But with this one, I use 45-1/3 for this shoe, and yet the toe box is still too narrow for me. I don't even know why I bought this shoe in the first place. I think because I tried it using no socks and it… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat 3.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Really a thoughtfully designed shoe that is perfect for long-distance days or backpacking trips. The sole of the shoe can handle conditions ranging from desert sand to patchy alpine snow. I would strongly recommend this shoe for anyone hiking or backpacking with less than 35 lbs of gear. This shoe is ideal for someone who has a traditional foot shape and wants lightweight footwear, but still wants a shoe with structure and rigidity. Individuals with wide feet should consider other options due to… Full review

Top-Rated Trail Running Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
$130
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 (5)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$70 - $114
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0
$79 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$84 - $96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX
$104 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5
$120
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)
Inov-8 Roclite 315
$135
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3
$78
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX
$119 - $165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
$97
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0
$60 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3
$83 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Icebug Zeal RB9X
$82
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido
$49 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine
$145 - $249
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0
$74 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2
$93
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3
$70
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush
$60
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant
$80 - $135
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brooks PureGrit 3
$230
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Under Armour Verge Low Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoe / Trail Shoe
$92
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Salomon Sense Mantra 3
$73 - $77
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT
$92 - $139
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Teva Sphere Trail eVent
$100
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Terraclaw 250
$71
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 CS
$78
Inov-8 Arctic Claw 300 Thermo
$97
Mammut MTR 201-II Max Low
$111
La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX
$155
Salomon X-Scream Ragnar
$60
Salomon Sense Pro
$130
Salomon X-Mission 3 CS
$91 - $97
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290
$75
Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP
$145
Vasque Pendulum II GTX
$82
La Sportiva Electron
$70
Asics GEL-Fujitrabuco 6
$130
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