Whether you run to have fun, stay in shape, or compete in local races, you’ll want to find the right trail running shoe for your running demands. Some trail running shoes are a hybrid between road and trail shoes, offering a lighter weight construction with the support and traction you’d expect from a trail running shoe. There are also more serious trail running shoes with deep lugs and plenty of toe protection. If you plan to use your trail running shoes during inclement weather it helps to search for shoes with Gore-Tex or waterproof material. However, waterproof shoes generally get warmer than their non-waterproof counterparts. If you need more suggestions take a look at the top best fall running shoes for men and the top trail running shoes for men.
1. Altra Men’s Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Running Shoe
The Lone Peak 2.5 is new and improved with a firmer midsole and a redesigned upper that’s more durable than ever before. The shoe also boasts an improved lacing system and enhanced durability. The 10.6 ounce shoe has moderate cushioning and is useful for hiking as well as trail running and trail racing. A contour footbed cradles feet for a more comfortable ride and better support. This shoe comes with a quick-dry mesh upper to keep feet dry and comfortable. Other features include superior rock protection, a sticky rubber outsole for traction on slippery and uneven surfaces, and a gaiter attachment.
Price: $95.16 – $120.00
- Durable upper material
- Moderate cushioning
- Rock protection
- Runs a bit small
- Not entirely waterproof
- Some consumers wish the toe traction was better
2. Brooks PureGrit 4 Trail Running Shoe
If you’re looking for a trail running shoe that offers aggressive traction and stability without the added bulk, the PureGrit 4 is an excellent choice. This shoe is lightweight and flexible, ensuring a natural and unrestricted connection with the ground. The shoe comes with aggressive hex lugs on the outsole for ultimate grip. A ballistic rock shield keeps toes and feet protected from rocks and other hazards on the trail. The toe guard also keeps feet protected on steeper terrain. Other features include a rounded heel for optimal alignment and minimal stress on joints and added midfoot security. This neutral shoe is ideal for those with medium to high arches and weighs in at 10.1 ounces.
Price: $129.45 – $131.95
- Lightweight and flexible
- Aggressive lugs for superior grip
- Rounded heel for optimal alignment
- Not water resistant or waterproof
- Runs small and narrow
- Can be slippery on surfaces such as rocks
3. Saucony Men’s Xodus 6.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
The men’s Xodus 6.0 GTX has everything you need in a serious trail running shoe that’s designed to conquer even the most challenging terrain. The shoe has plenty of midfoot support to keep your feet comfortable and fresh as you pound out the miles on your favorite off-road terrain. A Gore-Tex construction keeps feet dry and comfortable even during inclement weather conditions. Another highlight is the Vibram outsole, which features an aggressive lug design for enhanced grip and traction. A sturdy outsole plate in the forefoot keeps toes and feet protected against sharp objects. This neutral trail shoe weighs in at 12.4 ounces and caters to runners with a normal arch.
Price: $129.95 – $139.95
- Gore-Tex construction
- Vibram outsole
- Aggressive lug design
- Can get warm
- Runs small
- Toe box is a bit narrow
4. Nike Mens Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Running Shoes
This Nike trail running shoe is a serious contender for a neutral running shoe that provides equal parts support, traction, and comfort. The Kiger 3 boasts a rubber waffle outsole for superior traction and stability on just about any surface. It also has a breathable fly mesh upper for lightweight breathability. A glove-like fit system helps to cradle the midfoot and arch. Your feet will also remain blister-free thanks to seamless zones. This shoe features a 4mm drop for a more stable and natural feel. Another highlight is the compression-molded material in the heel and forefoot that provides superior cushioning and responsiveness. Oversize lugs grip any type of terrain while effortlessly shedding mud. This shoe weighs 8.5 ounces.
Price: $119.98 – $198.98
- Rubber waffle outsole
- Seamless zones
- Oversize lugs
- Can be tough to keep laces tight
- Not waterproof
- Runs a bit small
5. Merrell Men’s All Out Terra Ice Waterproof Trail Running Shoe
Conquer icy surface with ease thanks to built-in tungsten carbide spikes with a carbon toe for superior grip on slippery surfaces. A synthetic leather lacing system keeps feet snug and secure on all types of terrain. These shoes feature a protective padding to promote comfort and support as you pound out the miles on your favorite trails. You’ll stay safe even in low lighting thanks to reflective details on the shoe. A removable footbed helps air out the shoes as needed and ensures that you can slip in your favorite orthotics with ease. A Vibram sole provides enhanced traction on all types of terrain.
Price: $179.95 – $180.00
- Built-in spikes
- Protective padding
- Reflective details
- A bit heavy
- Can get very warm
- Some runners wish there was more arch support