108 best trail competition running shoes

Based on reviews from 543 experts and 22,910 users. Learn how our rankings work or see our guide to trail competition running shoes. Updated Jul 2020.

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      1. Any color
        Altra Superior 4.0 - Gray / Red
        Altra Superior 4.0 - Blue / Gray
        Altra Superior 4.0 - Neon/Blue
        $110 $80 Save 27%
      2. Any color
        Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex - Grey
        Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex - Monument
        Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex - Black
        Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex - Lichen
        Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex - Lime Punch
        $110 $77 Save 30%
      3. Any color
        Merrell Trail Glove 5 - Black
        Merrell Trail Glove 5 - Red
        Merrell Trail Glove 5 - Blue
        Merrell Trail Glove 5 - High Rise
        Merrell Trail Glove 5 - Green
        $100 $50 Save 50%
      4. $140 $82 Save 41%
      5. $120 $60 Save 50%
      6. $135 $54 Save 60%
      7. $90 $63 Save 30%

      15 best trail competition running shoes

      1. Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex
      2. Altra Superior 4.0
      3. Inov-8 X-Talon 230
      4. Merrell Trail Glove 4
      5. Altra King MT 2
      6. New Balance Minimus Trail 10
      7. Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5
      8. Merrell Vapor Glove 4 3D
      9. New Balance Summit Unknown
      10. Merrell Trail Glove 5
      11. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5
      12. Adidas Rockadia Trail 3
      13. Merrell Bare Access XTR
      14. Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail 2.0
      15. Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG
      Author
      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.

      jens@runrepeat.com