7 Best Snow Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Snow Running Shoes in 2022

While other people stop and go home because the weather decides to snow, you continue to brave the elements and keep putting one foot in front of the other to reach your goals. For dedicated runners like you, the grind never stops.

That said, it is wise to exercise caution when running outside during the winter months. Having the proper snow running shoes that provide support and protection from the cold and slick surfaces is very important.

To help narrow down your best options, we’ve handpicked 30+ models of snow running shoes available in the market. To make our top recommendations, we’ve tested and analyzed each of them on the road, on the trails, and inside our shoe testing lab.

How we test running shoes

Every model on this list has been tested and evaluated by our team of wear-testers and editors here at RunRepeat. Aside from our own research, we’ve also gathered more information from other experts in the running shoe industry, as well as feedback and reviews from regular users.

To make the final cut, our entire approach includes:

  • Purchasing all the shoes we test with our own money to ensure a 100% honest review.
  • Performing a battery of mechanical tests inside our lab, which includes cutting the shoes into pieces and analyzing over 30 parameters, from midsole softness, durability, outsole traction, and many others.
  • Going for short and long runs in cold temperatures and snowy conditions, averaging 30-40 miles on each model. We record every bit of valuable information we get from our rigorous wear tests.
  • Gathering more additional data from other shoe experts and regular users who have tried the shoes.

To conclude our process, we calculate the CoreScore of each model (a rating of 0-100) based on the aggregated data above. This gives us an idea of how each model stacks up against the other 30+ snow running shoes in the database.

Best snow running shoes overall

Altra Lone Peak 6
Altra Lone Peak 6
£81
£86
£98
£105

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 832 users
93 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Excellent all-round grip
  • Highly durable
  • Great ground feel
  • Feels like it makes you run better
  • Great pull tab
  • Gaiter compatible
  • Brilliant lacing
  • Roomy toe box
  • Fully gusseted tongue

Cons

  • Stain magnet
  • Not enough cushioning for some

Verdict

Whether you’re a dedicated zero-drop runner, just dipping your toe into it for the first time, or like to spice up your rotation with something new, the Altra Lone Peak 6 is a solid workhorse of a trail running shoe. The Altra Lone Peak 6 is a genuinely excellent all-rounder.
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Best road snow running shoes

Adidas Ultraboost Winter.RDY
Adidas Ultraboost Winter.RDY
£91
£105

Corescore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,293 users
89 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Comfortortable fit
  • Reliable grip
  • Easy lacing system
  • Versatile
  • Premium quality

Cons

  • Difficult to put on
  • Not for wide-footed wearers
  • Causes blisters
  • Not enough water resistance

Verdict

The Ultraboost Winter.RDY features a water-repellent upper to keep you going in light rain and snow. A "winterized" version of the popular Ultraboost, this shoe features the responsive Adidas Boost midsole and a durable rubber outsole that gives traction on rough and wet grounds. Its upper offers warmth during cold weather while keeping your feet dry on puddles and heavy rain.
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Best trail snow running shoes

Saucony Peregrine 12
Saucony Peregrine 12
£100
£109
£131
£131

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 467 users
91 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Grip is great in good conditions
  • Great cushioning
  • Excellent lockdown
  • Lightweight
  • Chart-topping laces
  • Vibrant looks

Cons

  • Need to keep the same insoles for proper cushioning
  • Some discomfort from overlays

Verdict

The minimal drop trail shoe is a versatile all-rounder for someone who wants that go-anywhere, do-anything shoe. With nice features like a solid outsole and rock plate, the Peregrine 12 is a comfortable, reliable option for tempo work as well as long runs on the trails.
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Best Nike snow running shoes

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX
£95
£109
£115
£126

Corescore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 126 users
83 / 100 from 5 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.
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Best Asics snow running shoes

Asics Trabuco Max
Asics Trabuco Max
£51
£88
£88
£92

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 650 users
86 / 100 from 12 experts

Pros

  • Excellent traction
  • Responsive
  • Durable
  • Protective
  • Roomy toe box
  • Breathable
  • Quick-drying
  • No break-in required
  • Versatile
  • Accommodating fit

Cons

  • Tongue is too long
  • Mud clumps on the outsole
  • Poor lacing
  • Not very flexible

Verdict

The Trabuco Max puts Asics' trail shoe line back in the game. From mediocre trail shoes, the Trabuco Max finally offers trail-specific features for runners to reach long distances with confidence. Yes, it's a redeeming shoe for Asics, but when compared to other max-cushioned trail shoes, the Trabuco remains a so-so model. In short, it's not a technical beast. If you're looking for a shoe that tackles technical terrains better, take a look at the Speedgoat 4.
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Best value snow running shoes

Salomon Alphacross Blast GTX
Salomon Alphacross Blast GTX
£84
£101

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 2,704 users
94 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Solid grip
  • Enjoyable ride
  • Balanced rigidity and softness
  • Keeps the feet well-supported
  • Not clunky
  • Excellent comfort
  • Absorbs impact
  • Keeps the feet cozy
  • Winter-ready

Cons

  • Not for technical trails
  • Constricting fit
  • Poor durability

Verdict

The Alphacross Blast GTX from Salomon is the more affordable version of the Supercross Blast GTX. It may not be as good as the Supercross on technical terrain, but in muddy, soft, or snow-filled grounds, it shows sheer prowess. The Salomon Alphacross Blast GTX is perfect for daily training on the trails. Whether you're running short to long distances, it won't disappoint.
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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.