8 Best Trail Running Shoes

Trail running is fast becoming one of the most popular adventure sports. To get the most out of your trail runs, trail running shoes are fundamental when it comes to covering all types of terrain along with preventing a rolled ankle. Here are 8 of the best trail running shoes for 2015 which are perfect for all terrain.


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nike zoom terra kiger 2 running shoe

Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2

The Nike ZOOM TERRA Kiger 2 is the bloggers choice. This trail shoe conquers the trails with its rugged traction, a lower profile and a lightweight and breathable upper. The Terras offer an anatomical heel is rounded to roll with the ground, and the lowered 4mm midsole offset creates a more natural position of the foot. The result is a natural, efficient stride with enhanced stability and a barefoot-like feel. The hard-hitting cross-country-inspired lugs on the outsole grip the ground for exceptional traction in all conditions.

On the centre forefoot, sticky rubber provides optimal wet-surface traction. Single-layer engineered mesh on the toe box delivers lightweight breathability and comfort The updated midsole features a slightly firmer compression moulded foam for a greater response on and off the trails. Nike Air Zoom units in the heel and forefoot add even more responsive cushioning and a low-profile feel.

Benefits: Dynamic Fit technology integrates Flywire cables with the laces for an adaptive, supportive fit, Recycled no-sew overlays for targeted support and stitch-free comfort, Perforated foam on the tongue and collar moulds to the foot and increases airflow

Check it out ($210)

nike zoom terra kiger 2 running shoe red

Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2

The Top Athletic RunVenture trail shoe is a minimalist shoe which has a moderate amount of cushioning. Although it’s not a barefoot running shoe, it still allows for unrestrained natural foot movement. This trail shoe offers a blend of proprioception and cushioning and allows you to feel the trail more so than most other trail running shoes without sacrificing underfoot protection There is a modest sidewall and toe box protection.

Benefits: Natural foot movement, thanks to a minimal design.

saucony peregrine 5 running shoe

Saucony Peregrine 5

The Saucony Peregrine 5 trail runners sets the vibe on all types of terrain while also providing just enough protection for rocky surfaces, tree roots and unstable terrain. This speed driven trail shoe returns with minimal changes and the same framework that includes an amply cushioned midsole and an aggressively hauled outsole.

Benefits: Agile and energetic with just enough protection.

Check it out ($110)

new balance mt101 running shoe

New Balance MT101

After 4 years in the dark, New Balance is reintroducing this model. The revitalised version is a super agile, lightweight and low-to-the-ground trail beast like its predecessor, only with new protective features. A stretch-mesh upper, more durable wrapped sidewalls, padded collar and protective toe bumper shield the feet while ripping through rugged terrain. A forefoot rock plate and sticky rubber outsole over the front half of the shoe—combined with a modest amount of cushioning—give this shoe the tools to run well on smooth, soft trails, rocky routes and everything in between.

Benefits: Modern minimalism suited to fast trails and technical routes.

Check it out ($90)

brooks cascadia 10 running shoe

Brooks Cascadia 10

This is a well-cushioned and very protective shoe which features a new seamless mesh upper featuring a free-floating mid-foot webbing and a TPU-reinforced saddle that offers a more locked-down fit than previous versions. The shoe contains four pivot points—a feature that allows this shoe to be much more agile on technical terrain. A forefoot rock shield relieves underfoot blisters and allows this shoe to attack all types of terrain without hesitation.

Benefits: Ample cushioning and protection suited to the gnarly terrain.

Check it out ($120)

salomon s lab x series running shoe

Salomon S-Lab X-Series

The Salomon S-Lab X-Series is a hybrid shoe built for fast running on smooth, non-technical terrain (dirt paths, gravel roads, pavement), this lightweight, low-volume speed demon feels as if you are racing on the flat. With just enough cushioning and protection, it can handle terrain ranging from roads to moderate trails. This shoe has amazing agility and responsive, semi-firm cushioning. The one-pull lacing system is a huge benefit because of its ease of use and its ability to strap down the entire foot with little effort.

Benefits: A fast, race-oriented shoe for road-to-trail applications.

Check it out ($160)

icebug zeal rb9x running shoe

Icebug Zeal RB9X

Thinking about hitting the snowy mountain trails this Winter? This Swedish brand is mostly known for its carbide-spiked shoes built for grip when running over snow and ice. The Icebug Zeal RB9X model is more like an all-season radial tire secured to your foot, enhanced with 14 rubber studs that help fine-tune traction on rocky trails, wet, muddy terrain and even some snowy surfaces. The genius of this shoe is a sculpted midsole unit that wraps under and cradles around the heel and arch—wear-testers almost unanimously remarked on its stability. The upper is made from a seemingly impermeable nylon material that keeps moisture out, but it isn’t as breathable as other trail running shoes.

Benefits: Great traction, especially over wet and muddy surfaces.

Check it out ($170)

hoka one one challenger atr running shoe

Hoka One One Challenger ATR

The Challenger ATR is light, agile and stable for such a well-cushioned trail shoe, especially compared to other Hoka Models. The Challenger ATR is a maximally cushioned shoe is able to handle all types of terrain. This shoe is perfect for smooth-riding, high-mileage training and can also be used as a long-distance racer.

Benefits: a lightweight, maximally cushioned, high-mileage trainer for smooth to moderate trails.

Check it out ($137.95)

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