Trail Running Shoes

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Saucony Men's Koa ST

Pretty great trail shoes for hiking and running in loose conditions. Very comfortable, nice fit, looks great, but not without some drawbacks. Having been transitioning my gear from a more traditional kit to a more lightweight/UL backpacking kit, one of the first things I considered was moving from a traditional light hiking boot to a lighter trail shoe for hiking and backpacking. Luckily I found these on a closeout sale, and was immediately drawn to their sharp good looks (the brilliant colors of… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Altra Women's Superior 4.0

The Superior 4.0 is a supremely comfortable shoe, with many improvements over its predecessors (better fit, materials, flexibility). Yet the 4.0 maintains most of the best characteristics that make this model my favorite hiking shoe. They are responsive to the trail, fit my narrow feet perfectly, and the tread is excellent for gripping loose gravel and even snowy patches. They are lightweight and dry fast. My only disappointment is that they did not last quite as long as my Superior 3.0/3.5s. Description… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Salomon Men's Sense Pro 2

These are a lightweight, low profile trail shoe. I have been using them for backpacking (as a guide, and recreationally) on well-maintained, rocky, gravelly, and moderately muddy tracks in Tasmania and Nepal. They lack the cushion needed for heavier packweights (15+kgs) over long or hard trails, but are comfortable at lighter weights or shorter days. The Salomon Sense Pro 2's are a light and low-profile trail runner that makes a good backpacking shoe for lightweight packs and/or shorter distances. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Altra Men's Superior 4.0

Every day and twice on Sunday. Hands down the most comfortable running shoe I've ever worn. You won't be disappointed. The large toe box is different from most brands, but I'm sold. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Adidas Men's Response Trail 9

The traction is fantastic and stability (particularly on technical descents) is superb. They're a heavy shoe, but don't feel overly heavy on the trail. They size small, I've gone up a full size and they still feel snug. The lacing system and build are excellent. Had these for three months and used them a fair bit trail running on steep muddy trails over winter in Wellington, New Zealand. The traction is fantastic and stability (particularly on technical descents) is superb. In mud and on wet rock… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 5

The Hoka Challenger ATR 5 is a great trail running shoe that can double as a nice backpacking shoe for people looking for a nice comfortable shoe with plenty of room in the toe box and that's also available in wide sizes. I am home based in Washington state but make regular trips to California to visit family and when I do I always try to squeeze in a backpacking or fishing trip to the east side of the Sierras. In Washington I generally wear a lightweight hiking or mountaineering boot for most of… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260

An aggressive, deep-lugged tread and snug fit make the Mudclaw G-260 a prime choice for muddy trails and other soft surfaces. Comfortable enough for all-day runs. The graphene-enhanced soles also grip well on wet and dry rock and hard-packed dirt, but the lugs can chip. Best held in reserve for running over mud, bogs, sand, and other soft surfaces. “Mud, mud, glorious mud Nothing quite like it for soothing the blood…” The Mudclaw G 260 is Inov-8’s top shoe for running on muddy trails or… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Topo Athletic Women's Hydroventure 2

A nice breathable waterproof trail running shoe. I have wide feet. Even shoes that are supposed to have a large toe box result in stubbed toes and blisters between toes. I decided to try Topo Athletic shoes and they do not disappoint. My toes can spread out easily. I got the Hydroventure model as I wanted something waterproof. I couldn't find them in a store anywhere and had to order them online but tried a different pair of Topo Athletic shoes at REI before ordering them. I was glad I did as the… Full review

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

user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony Koa ST reviewed Jan 30, 2020
$58 - $81
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Sense Pro 2 reviewed Nov 27, 2019
$82
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 4.0 reviewed Dec 31, 2019
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5 reviewed Oct 7, 2019
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 reviewed Sep 14, 2019
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX reviewed Jul 21, 2019
$87 - $175
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Terraultra G 260 reviewed Jun 26, 2019
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X-Mission 3 reviewed Mar 6, 2019
$50 - $115
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4 reviewed Mar 6, 2019
$65 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5 reviewed Dec 20, 2018
$72 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0 reviewed Dec 13, 2018
$55 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido reviewed Dec 11, 2018
$65 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$105 - $150
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Altra King MT reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$70 - $140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha reviewed Aug 5, 2018
$70 - $109
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5 reviewed Jul 5, 2018
$65 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat reviewed Jun 18, 2018
$66 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX reviewed Jun 5, 2018
$80 - $160
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost reviewed Feb 11, 2018
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant reviewed Dec 13, 2017
$67 - $135
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0 reviewed Dec 4, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine reviewed Nov 17, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3 reviewed Aug 30, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Kahana 7 reviewed Aug 27, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail reviewed Jul 9, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 2 reviewed Jun 29, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11 reviewed Jun 20, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO reviewed Jun 12, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Saucony ProGrid Outlaw reviewed Apr 2, 2017
$110 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX reviewed Mar 9, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush reviewed Dec 11, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Bondi 4 reviewed Nov 28, 2016
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 243 reviewed Nov 22, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Icebug Zeal RB9X reviewed Nov 7, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3 reviewed Oct 6, 2016
$125 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3 reviewed Sep 21, 2016
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Terraclaw 250 reviewed Sep 5, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX reviewed Aug 28, 2016
$80 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 reviewed Aug 21, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.A. Gear Trek reviewed Aug 11, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Under Armour Verge Low Gore-Tex reviewed Aug 9, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Challenger ATR reviewed Aug 9, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Boost reviewed Jul 27, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST reviewed Jul 7, 2016
$65
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Saucony Grid Excursion TR 2 reviewed Jun 8, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2 reviewed Mar 16, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport reviewed Feb 8, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 1.5 reviewed Feb 3, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Superior 1.5 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak NeoShell reviewed Dec 3, 2015
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