7 Best Trail Running Shoes, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022
We’ve tested more than 100 pairs of trail running shoes to help you find the best of the best.
Some trail shoes are created for the harshest off-road challenges like rocks, mud, snow, and branches. They keep you protected and surefooted. Others are made for the more urban-ready conditions and are comfortable enough to switch from roads to trails.
Whichever your purpose is, we have listed our top recommendations in several categories.
And if you want to dive into the nitty-gritties of selecting the best pair for your needs, skip right to our guide on trail shoes below the shoe descriptions.
How we test trail running shoes
To save your time, we spend hours scrutinizing every single shoe release. As an independent shoe testing lab, we purchase all trail shoes with our own money to stay unbiased.
- We cut shoes into pieces
- Take them on long runs
- Measure over 30 different parameters far beyond weight and stack
Instead of “durable” or “comfortable” you get concrete data that puts each trail shoe up against hundreds of others.
To make it as comprehensive as it can be, we have also gone over 200,000 of real user and expert reviews for 500+ trail running shoes. All opinions are reflected in the CoreScore, a number from 1 to 100 which is assigned to each model.
The best trail shoes make it here.