Trail Running Shoes

Need help getting started? Read our Buyers' Guide to Trail Running Shoes and Trail Running 101.

The best trail running shoes, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on July 21, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

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

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Terraultra G 260

The Terraultra G-260 is a «colorful» shoe for running on hardpacked trails, with Inov-8’s reliably tough uppers and a grippy, but not necessarily longer-wearing, graphene-enhanced outsole. Snug and comfortable fit even on my unconventional feet. My last pair of Inov-8s, X-Talon 212s, did not want to die. After over 1000 km, the deep lugs were worn down bald on the heels and thin elsewhere, but the uppers were pretty well unperturbed. I did have a fit problem with them, though, so that I had… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Salomon Women's X-Mission 3

The second pair I've bought. These are my all time favorites! I like the fit of these shoes. I tend to have a slightly wider than normal toe space and average heel. I like that the toe box on these shoes are roomy. The quick pull laces are great for fast adjusting. No issues on the break-in period. Not a blister or hotspot. I wear them hiking and have zero problems. They are not waterproof, so I do not wear them hiking in the rain, but I wear them running errands in the rain and they are fine (I… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Salomon Women's Speedcross 4

Great trail running shoe if you're not in the rain. I bought these shoes because they are waterproof. These shoes fit my foot a little slim. The tongue is chunky and slides a lot, and they are a little too low. I was not able to wear them in the rain for long because they just filled up with water. Glad I didn't step in any puddles.  They are a nice color, and the grip is amazing. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

Salomon’s XA Pro 3D is a heavy duty trail running shoe that has been around, with various updates, for years. It is very heavy and firm for a running shoe, and I use it as a low light hiker. It’s available with a waterproof/breathable membrane, but I like the no-membrane version for it’s very good breathability. Very good traction, support, foot protection, and durability, plus an interesting lacing system, make this a winner. The non-waterproof version’s availability in wide sizing was… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Altra Women's Superior 3.5

The Altra Superior 3.5 (and 3.0) are the best pair of shoes for thru-hiking that I have tried. With over 2,700 miles covered in them (four different pairs), I can confidently say that they meet my needs in being lightweight, durable, comfortable, responsive, and fast-drying. Description & Specs: The Superior 3.5 is the most recent version of Altra's low profile trail running shoe. It has been slightly updated from the 3.0 version, with the goal of improving upper durability, comfort, and more… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
La Sportiva Men's Helios 2.0

Love 'em, but wish they had a rockplate. Awesome for groomed and soft but not too muddy trails. These are my go-to shoes for shorter (up to 30-ish km) runs on terrain that's likely not to have many sharp pointy rocks or involve too much road running. I'm on to my third pair of Helios having clocked up over 1500km in my last ver1s before I retired them.Fit I have picky feet—if the shoe fits I'll wear it and I loved the fit and comfort of these shoes straight out of the box. I like a lower drop… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
La Sportiva Men's Bushido

Plain and simple, I love my Bushidos! Great combination of a lightweight, durable, and protective shoe that performs magically on some very technical terrain. I'd absolutely recommend this shoe, if it fits your foot well! For my foot, the fit is near perfect. I have a narrower foot and these are a bit snug, but I acutally like that (in the midfoot anyway). With a little use they loosened slightly and the fit got even better. If you're worried about the tight fit and you have a narrow foot, buy them… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Men's X-Talon 212

Perfect fit, soft enough too feel the ground, stable for even technical terrain and light for long runs. I use them for both short and long runs, but only terrain and trail. I use them in spring/autumn, and never slip! Remember to clean them regularly. I use only water. Inov-8 delivers excellence! Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
$82
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp
$105
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
$100 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5
$72 - $81
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido
$70 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX
$102 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5
$60 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X-Mission 3
$56 - $115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Supernova
$105
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$60 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315
$75 - $135
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat
$83 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX
$99 - $165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST
$65 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
$75 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha
$43 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$97 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream
$58
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX Hiking Boot / Trail Running Shoe
$175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0
$70 - $130
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush
$63
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant
$101 - $135
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5
$83 - $140
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Altra King MT
$84 - $139
Hoka Speedgoat
$140
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 (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 (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
1 2  3  4  5 Next »