Check out the Top 10 Trail Running Shoes from the Outdoor Retailer Show this past summer 2013.
Altra Olympus review by Brian: Altra states, “If you have foot pain, you need more cushioning; If you have knee pain, you need less cushioning.” Well I have been having serious plantar fascia issues lately and could hardly run 5 miles without limping the rest of the day. So I bought a pair of the Altra Olympus just to give them a try. Well, not only did my feet not hurt, but I was able to run faster than usual because my legs were able to focus on just running instead of trying to reduce shock so much. I ran 10 miles the first day and 17 the next day- with no pain. The cushioning feels great, especially downhill. (by the way, I am not a heel striker. There is tons of cushioning in the front of the shoe where the ball hits. I think it tapers forward from the ball to reduce tripping)
ASICS Fuji Racer 3 review by DM
I wanted something I could use “off road” at the local nature center paths. I have tried a wide variety of shoes over the past year running the gamut from traditional cushioned to full minimal vibram’s and Merrell’s. The Kinvara 2’s have become my favorites and the shoe I compared all others to now. The ASICS Fuji Racer compare as well as anythign else I have tried. They have a very simialr feel to the Kinvara’s. They are quite as lightweight and have a little greater heel drop differential, but they feel very similar on the foot.
Dynafit Pantera info: Designed for Ultra Trail races, the Dynafit Pantera Trail Running Shoes provide the necessary cushioning and motion guidance to enable top-level athletes to tackle endurance races. The full-length EVA Duo Motion unit providing controlled and balanced footing, especially during descents. The Vibram® Mapping Compound sole is constructed from three different and distinct rubber compounds that adapt to all terrain types, from muddy to rocky and even on paved roads when transitioning from home to mountains, ideal for running even on wet terrain. The Form Fitted upper combined with the Sensitive Fit+ system hugs the midfoot to provide maximum security while leaving room for the toes. The Ballistic Bumper protects the more vulnerable parts of the wearer’s foot on similar surfaces.
Hoka One One Conquest review by MP
I have been running 20-30kms a week since I was in my twenties. I have always been pedantic about ensuring I was wearing the best shoes available. I have been a devout Brooks fan for many years. About 12 months ago I began to experience knee pain which affected my running. I came across Hoka One One whilst researching running shoes that may alleviate knee pain. I liked the reviews that I read and purchased a pair of Conquests. These are unquestionably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. My knee pain is gone and I can back up the next day after a hard run with fresh legs, when before I’d need to wait 2 or 3 days to hit the road again.
La Sportiva Bushido review by LEM
The La Sportiva Bushido run a little too narrow. They will not keep me running for more than an hour, I need to train for a 50 miler. A disadvantage of buying shoes online. The Montrail Masochist i got last year are great. I wanted something lighter with a lower drop, these looked like it. Thank you.
Merrell AllOut Rush and Fuse review by JK
It is difficult to describe what kind of shoe the Merrell Allout Rush really is. I wanted a shoe which is light, enough room to spread your toes, fast and low to the ground and also some protection by a little bit more cushion. This shoe has something from every part I wanted but the cushion is a little bit to much on the trails. It is not a fast shoe but useful on the longer runs. It would be better to lower the drop to 4 mm to stimulate the lower ground feeling. The protection is better than the Mix master were you feel after a while the stones through the midsole. I like the roomy fit in the forefoot, the shoe fits better in the mid part than other Merrell models. I’m looking forward to the Bare access 3 for trail so you can better mix up your running.
Montrail FluidFeel II review by Alan
The Montrail Fluidfeel shoes are great I have been running on gravel roads some pavement, and a pretty soupy trail for about two months. I love them, have been an asics guy forever but the last two pairs I bought fell apart within the first month. A friend suggested montriail and I couldn’t be happier. I am a fairly bad pronator these completely correct the right foot and the left still slightly pronates but not to bad. I would call this the light SUV of running shoes, like a toyota forerunner or jeep cherokee.
Video – New Balance 110v2 trail running shoe
Check out the New Balance Men’s MT610 Trail Running Shoe @ Amazon.com
Patagonia EVERlong review by T.C.
I have used the Patagonia Everlong for the last 4 months and have over 400 miles in them. They perform better than expected on the trails, track and road. They excel when the roads are wet and feel super stable. The treads haven’t worn out like many of my other shoes have. Love these shoes.
And very security trail shoes. This product is indicated for thin runner! This is my impression about!!
The Salomon S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra SG Trail Running Shoe is great.
Saucony Peregrine 4 review by CJones
I wear a size 12 in the Saucony Peregrine 4, so kinda hard to find shoes to begin with, especially trail runners. I bought these same shoes from REI and they fit as expected, true to size, and comfortable. I like shoes that have support for the ball, arch and heel of my foot an these have it. so if your looking for a good pair of shoes these are the way to go.
Video – SCARPA Tempo Trail Runner
The SCARPA TRU trail runner is an ultra-light race shoe with a super-light chassis that delivers a solid level of support and trail protection. The uppers are constructed with a non-stretchy, featherweight monofilament mesh with synthetic leather that’s welded into key structural areas for maximum performance. Along with excellent support, this design also breathes exceptionally well. The minimalist midsole/sole package with 14/8mm drop, and high-tensile fabric forefoot strike plate, the 8.5-ounce TRU is a performance machine for times when weight is at a premium.
This is my third North Face shoe for trail running, and haven’t been disappointed one bit.
The hardest part of owning and running with the North Face trail shoes is having to retire them when they are worn out.
Vasque Ultra SST (née Shapeshifter Ultra)
Worried about the transition into minimalist shoes? Then Vibram FiveFingers new transition shoe, The Vybrid, is the shoe for you. The Vybrid incorporates a lightweight and padded sole, with Vibram technology rubber that ensures maximum flexibilty in all directions. The zero heal to toe drop and separate toe construction promotes a healthy foot strike while still allowing individual use of each of the toes, ensuring the foot functions as it was designed to. The Vybrid is the perfect shoe to bridge the gap between built up footwear and minimalist Vibram FiveFingers running.
Question: Would you recommend any of these shoes for the Leadville 100? Yes; any of these shoes would do as long as they fit your feet well and you have great socks.