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.
The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX is a trail shoe that REALLY impressed us. It kept our feet dry all throughout the wet conditions we ran! It's made for training runs so don't expect anything fast. Instead, expect a superbly bouncy and comfortable shoe that will mute out all the rocks and roots underfoot. Even better, in areas of grip and durability, this shoe will wow you!
The Nova 2 GTX from Merrell is a trail runner that serves a versatile purpose. Whether you're going for your daily trail runs or hikes, this shoe can do it for you. For a waterproof shoe, the Merrell Nova 2 GTX is a good choice. But as a trail shoe, in general, it's simply lagging behind its competitors, especially given its poor life span.
The Peregrine 11 GTX from Saucony may not be the best choice for light trails, but it sure is a certified star in semi-technical and technical terrain. It's a waterproof shoe that can go fast or slow in short to long distances. With its impermeability, it's also an excellent winter-ready shoe. The Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX doesn't have a lot of fuss, making it a great trail shoe for beginners.
Featuring Salomon's Quicklace system, the Wildcross GTX offers a personalized and secure fit. Aside from the waterproof coverage of the GTX membrane, this running shoe features multi-directional lugs that deliver a reliable grip on varied surfaces. The Salomon Wildcross GTX is a good option for those who are looking for a solid trail running shoe that is versatile enough to tackle technical, muddy, and soft surfaces.
The Asics GT 2000 9 GTX is a daily running shoe that's perfect for runners who take on the streets even under wet conditions. It's also a stability shoe. So, if you suffer from flat feet or overpronation, it will keep your strides pain-free and supported. With its stable ride, it can swallow long miles on the pavement and on light trails.
Various experts have expressed that the shoe is very breathable.
A couple of customers state that it offers a secure fit.
It offers ample protection, remarked numerous buyers.
According to multiple reviewers, the shoe needs quite some time to break in.
Some racers note that the trainer is a tad bulky.
The running platform lacks flexibility, reported a few wearers.
Incorporating Gore-Tex technology into the upper, the Gel FujiTrabuco 8 GTX is perfect for conquering all types of terrains. The construction of this running shoe boasts of unmatched protection from dirt and debris, ensuring lasting wear. Loaded with Asics' premier technologies, trail runners can expect ultimate traction, speed, and durability from the Gel FujiTrabuco 8 GTX.
The overall reaction of people towards the Speedgoat 4 GTX has been welcoming. People are generally positive about what this shoe has to offer. The waterproof yet breathable upper has been lauded, as is the outsole unit’s traction capacity. However, a stiff and cramped experience has also been felt. Fans of neutral running shoes that are meant for the off-road paths are the ones likely to have fun with this Hoka One One product.
The Hoka One One Stinson Mid GTX is engineered for users who want to excel in tackling challenging terrain. With the utilization of different technologies and materials, wearers can enjoy a high-quality, lightweight, and attractive trail partner. This mid-cut boot aims to deliver an outstanding amount of traction that helps to improve the user's performance. It is an efficient outdoor tool for various hiking activities.
This Under Armour running shoe has made a lot of users happy and satisfied. The features and materials used in the making of the shoe promotes a comfortable ride. The Under Armour Charged Bandit Trail GTX is sure to offer runners with a durable, lightweight, and durable shoe that aims to take their running experience to the next level. With ease and confidence, runners will start and finish the activities in a timely manner.
The Corescore is a score from 0-100 that summarizes opinions from users and
experts. Below shows the distribution of scores for all running shoes.
This shoe has a 10% penalty on its user ratings because it has fewer than 50 ratings. It
also has a 10% penalty on its expert reviews because it has fewer than 5 reviews. This is
to avoid that shoes with few ratings unjustly receives high scores.
Equipped with the brand's Futurelight membrane, the shoe delivers what it owes to give - an airy, waterproof coverage. It has the needed protective elements for the harshest environments and offers a comfortable underfoot feel. Built for technical trails, the Ultra Swift Futurelight is meant for runners who want a quick and waterproof shoe for rainy-day runs.
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