6 Best Waterproof Trail Running Shoes, 60+ Shoes Tested in 2023

Jens Jakob Andersen
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6 Best Waterproof Trail Running Shoes, 60+ Shoes Tested in 2023

It’s known to many - the trails aren’t the friendliest. Apart from jagged rocks and roots, there are also some stream crossings and other wet conditions you have to endure. 

And when faced with these, your trusty go-tos are waterproof trail running shoes. They keep your feet dry and protected. So much so, they can even be your pair of winter running shoes.

How we test trail running shoes

It’s easy to get lost, given the number of waterproof trail running shoes from athlete-trusted brands like Adidas and Saucony. But fret not, we have tested and selected the best of the best through our own RunRepeat shoe testing lab. 

Before we come up with our list, we make sure to buy each pair with our own money. We then examine each shoe from top to bottom using the following steps: 

  • Run in each waterproof running shoe model for at least 30 to 50 miles
  • Cut them open to see what’s inside
  • Measure each aspect of the shoe via parameters like weight, cushion, flexibility, etc. 

To give you a clear, data-driven background on these running shoes, we also generate their CoreScore. It’s a rating from 0-100 that’s based on thousands of expert and user comments. 

 

Best waterproof trail running shoes overall

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 731 users
84 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Fantastic waterproofing
  • Grips on everything dry and wet
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Also for hiking
  • Responsive
  • Stable on rocky terrain
  • Supports moderately flat feet
  • Straight-out-the-box comfort
  • Lighter than other GTX shoes
  • Locked-in heel
  • Worth every penny

Cons

  • Lacks durability
  • Not for summer runs

Verdict

Whether raining or snowing, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX is a waterproof trail shoe that will keep your daily runs not only dry but also comfortable. On top of this, it's full of pop and support; it won't tire your feet out. And if you want a road-to-trail hybrid, the Pegasus Trail 3 GTX from Nike can do the job.
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX full review

Best neutral trail waterproof running shoes

Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX
Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX

CoreScore

85
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 633 users
93 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Superb protection
  • All-day comfort
  • Smooth, pleasant ride
  • Waterproof, yet breathable
  • Roomy toe-box
  • Secure fit
  • Grippy even on wet rocks
  • Extremely stable
  • Sturdy and durable
  • No breaking-in needed
  • Doubles as a hiker

Cons

  • Could be lighter
  • Too firm underfoot for some
  • Not particularly responsive

Verdict

Many runners know the Cascadia. It was one of the most popular trail running shoes back in the day, and with the 16th version, it has received a solid update. It’s nearly an all-new shoe and one that excels at protecting and keeping the feet stable on a variety of terrains, whether you are out for an ultramarathon or a short hike. This GTX version is also effective against bad weather, and overall a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts.
Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX full review

Best Adidas trail waterproof running shoes

Adidas Terrex Agravic XT GTX
Adidas Terrex Agravic XT GTX

CoreScore

84
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 528 users
86 / 100 from 1 expert

Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Stylish
  • Versatile
  • Precise fit
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Stiff
  • Expensive

Verdict

The Adidas Terrex Agravic XT GTX gained positive comments from various trail runners who were impressed with its comfortable fit and reliable features. Many users also enjoyed the waterproofing benefits delivered by the shoe. Although some had criticized the price, the Terrex Agravic XT GTX was a shoe that most buyers considered to be worth the purchase.
Adidas Terrex Agravic XT GTX full review

Best stability trail waterproof running shoes

Salomon XA Pro 3D
Salomon XA Pro 3D

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 52,843 users
92 / 100 from 12 experts

Pros

  • All-weather design
  • Extremely grippy
  • Protective
  • Supportive
  • Easy lockdown

Cons

  • Lacks protection
  • Expensive

Verdict

The Salomon XA Pro 3D is a trail running shoe that’s built with some of the most impressive technologies. The features of the upper were really made dependable, and the midsole offers a very comfortable system to keep the foot protected and supported. Although it is an expensive shoe, its quality, value, performance, and design are worth the price.
Salomon XA Pro 3D full review

Best value waterproof trail running shoes

Hoka Challenger 6 ATR GTX
Hoka Challenger 6 ATR GTX

CoreScore

79
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 2,291 users
N/A

Pros

  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Waterproof
  • Versatile responsivemess
  • Delivers warmth
  • Grippy outsole
  • Roomy toebox
  • No heel slip
  • Relieves pain

Cons

  • Not for rocky surfaces
  • Not for narrow feet

Verdict

The Hoka Challenger 6 ATR GTX is a sweet spot for someone who needs a warm, cozy, waterproof shoe for chilly and rainy winter runs. As a hybrid trainer, it is best suited for a mix of pavement, moderate dirt, snow, and slush with some icy spots. Apart from long-distance runs, it is also a great companion for hikes and casual walks.
Hoka Challenger 6 ATR GTX full review
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.