Trail Running Shoes

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Brand

Vasque
The North Face
Saucony
Salomon
Altra
Inov-8
Vibram
New Balance
Nike
Montrail

User

Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
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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

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: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
$78 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO
$97
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: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
discontinued
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 (4)
Inov-8 Flyroc 310
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
New Balance 806
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Nike Air Teocalli GTX
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XT Wings
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Montrail Leona Divide
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Adidas Tangent ATS
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail Mountain Masochist GTX
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
END Footwear Stumptown 12 oz
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Merrell Chameleon Velocity
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nike Air Thielsen
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 2
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 3
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
New Balance 909
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Columbia Fyter
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 5
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Asics GEL-Trabuco 11 WP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 102
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Chinscraper
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon GCS XCR
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Timberland Drop In
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Switchback 2 Omni-Tech
$90 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 1100
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon GCS Pro
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Comp 2 XCR
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MR790
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas ClimaCool Cardrona
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Zoom Terra Ridge
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