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 June 26, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Inov-8 Terraultra G 260

rated 3.5 of 5 stars 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

Salomon Women's X-Mission 3

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Salomon Women's Speedcross 4

rated 2.5 of 5 stars 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

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Altra Women's Superior 3.5

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

La Sportiva Men's Helios 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

La Sportiva Men's Bushido

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Inov-8 Men's X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
$75
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
$90 - $129
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 - $86
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
$105 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido
$65 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$65
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
$52 - $115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Supernova
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195
$85 - $96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315
$60 - $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
$75 - $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
$99 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha
$59 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost
$71
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream
$58
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
$76 - $139
Mammut MTR 201-II Max Low
$82
La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX
$80 - $155
Salomon Sense Pro
$68
Salomon X-Mission 3 CS
$78
Altra Olympus 3.5
$150
Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP
$145
Scarpa Atom
$60 - $83
Asics GEL-Fujitrabuco 6
$85 - $130
Topo Athletic Hydroventure
$52 - $90
Scarpa Proton GTX
$60 - $101
Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus
$78 - $120
Altra Superior 3.0
$110
Salomon S/Lab Ultra
$180
Inov-8 X-Claw 275
$71
Inov-8 Roclite G 275
$135
Inov-8 Arctictalon 275
$140
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