512 best trail long distance running shoes

Based on reviews from 2,325 experts and 176,252 users. Learn how our rankings work. Updated May 2020.

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  • Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

    Terrain
  • Distance
  • Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

    Arch support
  • CoreScore
  • Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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  • Foot condition
  • The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

    Heel to toe drop
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  • Low stock

    Footwear with few offers from online retailers and sold out in most sizes.

    Discontinued

    Shoes that have been taken out of production but are still sold by most online shops.

    New

    Shoes that just came out and have not received sufficient feedback from the buyers.

    Lightweight

    Shoes designed for competition, weigh less than 250g. They are fast but they offer less cushioning and support.

    Low drop

    Low drop shoes usually have a heel-to-toe drop of 1mm - 4mm. They feel very flat to most runners and ideal for midfoot strikers.

    Zero Drop

    Running shoes with 0mm heel-to-toe drop. Did not have to mean zero cushioning. They feel extremely flat, ideal for forefoot or midfoot strikers.

    Waterproof

    Shoes with superior waterproofing elements, ideal for long-distance and muddy paths.

    Water repellent

    Running shoes with some degree of water protection, usually they dry quickly.

    Maximalist

    These are bulky-looking shoes with large amount of cushioning and are widely used in long-distance running. Overpronators can also benefit from a maximalist running shoe because they also offer enhanced support or stability.

    Minimalist

    Extremely lightweight shoes with minimal to no arch support. The minimal cushioning offers flexibility and greater ground contact.

    Triathlon

    Lightweight shoes with lots of flexibility and comfort. Most Triathlon shoe also have drainage system to keep the shoe from retaining water.

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  • Number of reviews
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  • Technology
  • Waterproofing
  • Discount
  • Material
  • Season
  • Good to know

    Daily running shoes weigh not less than 250g. These are cushioned shoes designed for daily training. Go-to shoes with great comfort. -Shoes for competition usually weigh between 115g and 220g. Lighter shoes are faster, making them ideal for races, quick-paced runs, and interval training.

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  1. Salomon Sense Ride 3 - Black/Ebony
    Any color
    Salomon Sense Ride 3 - Black/Ebony
    Salomon Sense Ride 3 - Stormy Weather/Pearl
    Salomon Sense Ride 3 - Balsam Green / Vanilla Ice / Sulphur
    Salomon Sense Ride 3 - Lyon Blue/Smoke Blue
    $120 $84 Save 30%
  2. Salomon Speedcross 5 - Flint Stone/Black/India Ink
    Any color
    Salomon Speedcross 5 - Flint Stone/Black/India Ink
    Salomon Speedcross 5 - Blue
    Salomon Speedcross 5 - Blue
    Salomon Speedcross 5 - Grey
    Salomon Speedcross 5 - Green
    $130 $85 Save 35%
  3. Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 - Orange
    Any color
    Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 - Orange
    Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 - Ebony Black
    Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 - Red
    Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 - Blue
    Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 - Stormy Weather Tangerine Tango
    $140 $112 Save 20%
  4. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail - Cargo Khaki/Team Gold-black-ocean Cube
  5. Asics Gel Venture 7 - Electric Blue/Sheet Rock
  6. Hoka One One Torrent - Black
  7. Salomon Speedcross 4 - Black
  8. Adidas Response Trail - Black/Orange/Blue
  9. Altra Olympus 3.5 - Blue / Yellow
    $150 $113 Save 25%
  10. Saucony Mad River TR - Citron Black
  11. Salomon XA Pro 3D - Black
  12. Brooks Cascadia 14 - Black / Grey / Burnt Ochre
  13. Asics Gel Kahana 8 - Black Classic Red Phantom
  14. Saucony Peregrine ISO - Black
  15. Adidas Terrex Agravic Boa - core black
  16. Salomon Supercross - Indigo Bunting / Black / White
  17. Altra Timp 1.5 - Red Gray
    $130 $75 Save 42%
  18. Asics Gel Venture 6 - Grey
  19. On Cloudventure - Orange
    $160 $150 Save 6%
  20. Brooks Cascadia 13 - Black
    $130 $63 Save 52%
  21. Brooks Caldera 3 - Black Grey Nightlife
  22. Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR - Stormy Weahter Moonlit Ocean
  23. Salomon XA Elevate - Black / Balsam Green / Black
  24. La Sportiva Bushido II - Carbon Tangerine
  25. New Balance Nitrel v3 - Black Magnet
  26. Asics Gel Scram 5 - Metropolis White
  27. Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX - Red
  28. Merrell Momentous - Black/White
    $120 $84 Save 30%
  29. Salomon Ultra Pro - Stormy Weather/Cherr
    $150 $105 Save 30%
  30. La Sportiva Akasha - Black/Tangerine

15 best trail long distance running shoes

  1. Salomon Sense Ride 3
  2. Altra Timp 1.5
  3. Salomon Speedcross 5
  4. Hoka One One Speedgoat 3
  5. Hoka One One Torrent
  6. Altra Olympus 3.5
  7. Salomon Supercross
  8. Adidas Response Trail
  9. Saucony Peregrine ISO
  10. Saucony Mad River TR
  11. Salomon XA Pro 3D
  12. Salomon Speedcross 4
  13. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail
  14. Asics Gel Kahana 8
  15. Asics Gel Venture 7
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.

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