Best Trail Running Shoes for the UK in 2020 (November Update)


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Best Trail Running Shoes for the UK in 2020 (November Update)
Budget
Saucony Men's VERSAFOAM Excursion TR13 GTX Road Running Shoe, Black/Orange, 11 UK
Value-for-Money
Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Gold Fusion Black Iris 44
The Best
Hoka One One - Challenger ATR 5 Men's Running Shoes Red Size: 9.5 UK
Title
Saucony Men's VERSAFOAM Excursion TR13 GTX Road Running Shoe, Black/Orange, 11 UK
Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Gold Fusion Black Iris 44
Hoka One One - Challenger ATR 5 Men's Running Shoes Red Size: 9.5 UK
Rating
Weight per shoe
300g
306g
265g
Sole
Rubber
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
Synthetic
Cushioning
Versafoam cushioning
Maximal cushioning
EVA foam underfoot cushions
Price
£87.72
£106.61
£123.65
Budget
Saucony Men's VERSAFOAM Excursion TR13 GTX Road Running Shoe, Black/Orange, 11 UK
Title
Saucony Men's VERSAFOAM Excursion TR13 GTX Road Running Shoe, Black/Orange, 11 UK
Rating
Weight per shoe
300g
Sole
Rubber
Cushioning
Versafoam cushioning
Price
£87.72
Value-for-Money
Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Gold Fusion Black Iris 44
Title
Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Gold Fusion Black Iris 44
Rating
Weight per shoe
306g
Sole
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
Cushioning
Maximal cushioning
Price
£106.61
The Best
Hoka One One - Challenger ATR 5 Men's Running Shoes Red Size: 9.5 UK
Title
Hoka One One - Challenger ATR 5 Men's Running Shoes Red Size: 9.5 UK
Rating
Weight per shoe
265g
Sole
Synthetic
Cushioning
EVA foam underfoot cushions
Price
£123.65

Trail running combines running and hiking on unpaved surfaces whilst getting back to the heart of nature. It works the legs and upper body and is far more scenic than the gym treadmill.

Although you’d think it’s reserved for only the most athletic among us, trail running is actually much easier on your body, particularly your knees, than running on pavements because of the differences in terrain.

Unlike road running, the constantly varied terrain means no repetitive loading of the same tendons and muscles.

Concrete and asphalt are also unforgiving and return large amounts of energy back into the joints.

Running on more accommodating, natural surfaces is massively beneficial and wearing high-quality trail running footwear will set you up for success.

Top 3 Best-Sellers

SaleBestseller No. 1
Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoes, Black (Black/Black/Black Metallic), 10 UK
5,239 Reviews
Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoes, Black (Black/Black/Black Metallic), 10 UK
  • Men's trail running shoe for long distance off-road runs in...
  • Perfect fit, Easy to slip on and off foot thanks to...
  • Extremely light running shoe with removable OrthoLite insole...
  • No slipping on wet, slippery or muddy mountain or forest...
  • Content: 1 Pair of Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe,...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoes, Black (Black/Black/Black Metallic), 10 1/2 UK
685 Reviews
Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoes, Black (Black/Black/Black Metallic), 10 1/2 UK
  • Agressive Grip: Obvious and penetrating traction on soft...
  • Precise Foothold: Close-to-foot and comfortable feel
  • Lightweight Protection: Just enough to provide protection...
  • Outsole: Wet Traction Contagrip
  • Misole: Molded EVA /Lightweight Muscle/Injected EVA
SaleBestseller No. 3
SALOMON Men's Speedcross 4 Gtx Trail Running Shoes Waterproof, Blue Sky Diver Indigo Bunting Black, 7.5 UK
883 Reviews
SALOMON Men's Speedcross 4 Gtx Trail Running Shoes Waterproof, Blue Sky Diver Indigo Bunting Black, 7.5 UK
  • Aggressive grip: The fourth generation of our legendary...
  • Precise foothold: Up the tempo in a shoe that delivers...
  • Weatherproof comfort: Techno fabric meets technical terrain...
  • Quicklace: Minimalistic and strong lace for one-pull...

Although standard trainers might do the trick for your first couple of trial runs, trail running shoes offer more traction and stability on off-road runs.

They are safe to wear when running on a road or pavement too, though not designed with this in mind as the soles can be worn down quickly.

If you’re heading to technical terrain, then you’ll need to invest in dedicated trail shoes that bite into dirt and cushion your feet against rocks.

Below we have pulled together some of the best trail runners on the market, covering everything from lightweight shoes for smooth trails, to stable-riding and durable designs for tackling mountainous routes.

All shoes are men’s with links to women’s options also included in the description, and many of them also come in Gore-Tex waterproof versions.

HOKA Speedgoat 4

Best for: Maximum underfoot cushioning

Key Features

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  • Weight per shoe:306g
  • Lug depth: 5mm
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Manmade
  • Sole: Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Heel Height: 4 millimetres
  • Heel Type: Flat

While the minimalist trend was in full frenzy, HOKA decided to double up on their midsole thickness.

This trademark maximal cushioning and varying lug sizes means that their shoes are light and surefooted, and make runners feel like they’re gliding over the ground.

The Speedgoats provide cushy shock absorption for long and ultra-distance trail running.

This model is an upgrade on the Speedgoat 3, with a roomier box toe for added stability and coming in different widths, meaning you can get the shoe in a wide if you need more space.

HOKA has employed a bucket seat design, that lets the foot sit lower in the midsole than usual, once again improving stability.

The Vibram MegaGrip rubber outsoles are studded with five-millimetre lugs, built on a 4.5-millimetre offset so you’re on an even platform as you tackle the trails.

Vibram is a sticky, high-grip rubber compound that holds on to both wet and dry rock.

The selling point is, of course, the comfort and smooth ride.

A whopping amount of supportive EVA foam underfoot provides protection against all types of terrain and absorbs the repetitive strain of long-distance trail running.

The engineered mesh upper has 3D print overlays in the highest wearing areas to boost durability, but doesn’t do much to protect the actual sides of the feet.

The Speedgoat continues to maintain its reputation as a solid off roader that will protect your joints.

For ultra-distance runners, or anyone looking to reduce repetitive strain on tired or achy joints, this should be your first port of call.

Note that the women’s version is slightly different in design and fit.

Pros
  • Standout comfort and maximum cushioning
  • Impressive traction
  • Good foot protection
  • Widened toe box
Cons
  • Thick midsole minimises trail feel in technical sections
  • Less stable than traditional runners

Inov8 ParkClaw 275

Best for: Mixed terrain running

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe:275g
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Lug depth: 4mm
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper
  • Powerflow+ Midsole
  • Sole compound: Tri-C

With its origins in British fell running, Inov-8 specialises in light, agile and low profile trail runners that can take on steep terrain and soggy conditions.

Ideal for situations in which the user requires a bit more shock absorption, the shoes excel on mixed terrains – roads, parks, paths, trails and anything else you can throw at them.

This also makes them perfect for anyone wanting to make the transition from road running to trail running.

The Parkclaw 275 is a road-trail hybrid up for pretty much anything. They have excellent stability, are lightweight and comfortable.

With a firm ride, solid outsole and four-millimetre lugs, the increased grip is ideal for well-packed trails and the sidewalks that lead there.

The cushioning and bounce come from the Inov8 Powerflow+ midsole, giving back some of the energy you put in and delivering 10% better shock absorption than standard midsoles.

The close-fitting heel locks the shoe in position, whilst synthetic materials work in tandem with the laces to provide a solid midfoot lockdown to avoid any unwanted slipping.

The upper mesh fabric is breathable and the widened box toes allows for swelling on long runs or in hot conditions.

The women’s Parkclaw 275 fills all of the same requirements and is equally popular with athletes.

Overall, the compromise of the road-to-trail features are great as long as you use them in the right conditions.

Those wanting to run in wet and muddy routes will need to choose a trail shoe with a more aggressive sole.

Pros
  • Versatile – from road to trail
  • Close-to-ground feel
  • 25% better energy return than standard midsoles
  • Light
Cons
  • Average grip in wet conditions

ASICS Gel-Fujitrabuco 8 G-tx

Best for: Overpronated feet

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 350g
  • Midsole with lightweight FLYTEFOAM technology
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Canvas
  • Gore-Tex upper
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Heel Type: Flat
  • DUOMAX Support System in the midsole for more stability
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushining System technology

ASICS are known for high-level comfort and technical footwear, and the Gel-Fujitrabuco 8s don’t dissapoint.

There is direct ground contact in the midsole area to give a smooth transition with every step.

For many people, the draw to these shoes is the in-built support system that holds the arches upright and prevents overpronation.

A deeply lugged outsole pattern provides better traction on loose or slippery terrain, come rain, wind or shine.

Enhanced with a waterproof Gore-Tex upper and breathable fabrics, the shoes are designed to keep feet dry, whilst also repelling dirt and debris.

Less shoe cleaning? Yes please. Obviously extended periods spent out in the rain, or if the shoe is submerged under water, will lead to wet feet regardless.

And its comfort levels certainly aren’t to be scoffed at.

The Dynamic Duomax application in the midsole increases stability, Rearfoot GEL technology absorbs shock for underfoot cushioning to protect your joints from harsh impact.

Flytefoam creates a stronger springback and absorbs shock when running over hard surfaces and a rock-stop plate protects the soles of your feet from sharp objects.

The upper is finished with durable overlays to protect feet from rocks and roots as well as extending the life of the shoes.

There’s also a women’s version of the ASICS Gel-Fujitrabuco 8.

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Perfect for overpronated feet and still good for neutral runners
  • Waterproof and breathable upper
  • Dual-density midsole system positioned to enhance support and stability
Cons
  • Pricey

SALOMON S/Lab Ultra Competition Running Shoes – Unisex

Best for: High-performing, competition-level shoe

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 285g
  • Air Mesh Upper
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Synthetic
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Sensifit System
  • Endofit internal sleeve for foot support
  • Skin guard lining

The Salomon S/Lab Ultra 2 is one of the most expensive trail runners on our list. But don’t be put off, the high price is reflected in high-end performance.

As far as trail footwear goes, there’s no doubt that these are in the upper ranks.

Suited as much to longer ultras as everyday athletic wear, there is no compromise on performance and comfort.

Salomon have managed to find the sweet spot of cushioning, grip, trail feel and weight.

The S/Lab series features their most advanced technologies yet.

This includes their Endofit internal sleeve hugs and supports the foot, holding it in place and improving feedback.

One of the most prominent features of the S/Labs is the mid-foot support and added cushioning. Dual-density EVA foam provides underfoot protection but is also firm and supportive.

Skin Guard Lining adds comfort and protection and the Sensifit closure system cradles the foot for a precise and secure fit

Although the lugs don’t look like much, the grip is impressive in all sorts of conditions – dry and wet dirt, mud, snow, ice, and wet and dry rock.

Not only this, but the trainer seems to grip tight in these same conditions on trails of up to about 40% grade.

Along with a sticky outsole, the lug design plays a part in this, with diamond shapes that are oriented in way such that they provide a certain amount of directional stability

Pros
  • Protective midsole and upper
  • Endofit sleeve provides
  • Incredible traction
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Narrow fit and toe box

La Sportiva Akasha

Best for: Downhill grip and exceptional traction

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 330g
  • Uppers: Breathable Air Mesh + PU leather at rear
  • Dynamic ProTechTion around toe
  • Lining: Mesh non slip.
  • Midsole: Injected EVA and Cushion Platform.
  • Footbed: Ortholite Mountain Running.
  • Sole: FriXion XT dual density with Trail Rocker system.
  • Drop: 6 mm

Akasha is La Sportiva’s mountain endurance shoe with great shock absorption, designed for long distance trails, ultra-marathons, ultra-trails and extensive training sessions.

The thick FriXion XT sole is by far one of the best on our list, offering aggressive grip for exceptional traction – even on the downhills.

La Sportiva’s unique Trail Rocker system in the midsole promotes a smooth heel-to-toe rolling motion and natural support.

The slipper sock construction is not only more comfortable and easier to take on and off, but also avoids compression points.

Dynamic ProTechTion is the built-in technology that provides front active reinforcements and structure which follows the foot movement in a dynamic way without constriction.

The Cushion Platform footbed offers extra shock absorption and the Impact Brake System technology helps traction by enhancing grip downhill and absorbs impact.

La Sportiva carries out all of their testing in the Italian mountains, so you know this shoe will be more than capable of doing its job.

The women’s Akasha model boasts all of the same selling points.

Pros
  • Dynamic ProTechTion at the toe
  • High volume ideal for endurance athletes
  • Smooth performance
  • STB Technology for support and underfoot flex
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Sock inner reduces foot entry
  • Would be better if it had the elasticated lacing found in La Sportiva Helios

Brooks Men’s Cascadia 14

Best for: Stability and support

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 303g
  • Outer Material: Fabric
  • Inner Material: Manmade
  • Sole: Gum Rubber
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Shoe Width: Regular
  • Heal to Toe Drop: 8 mm
  • Stack Height (heel & forefoot):  26mm – 18 mm
  • Support: Neutral

One of their best-selling trail shoes of all-time, Brooks’ Cascadia 14 is a comfortable, super-stable shoe.

The 14 has built on the success of previous models to be lighter, more flexible and with superior traction. Marketed by Brooks as “an SUV for your feet”, it really is an impressive shoe.

The four-point Pivot Post technology works as a stabiliser suspension system. It boosts stability, helping to keep the foot level from landing through to push-off.

This added control and protection is priceless on rough terrain. The pivot points (two on each side of the shoe) also provide a small amount of pronation control if you’re moving across firmer ground.

The new TrailTrack Rubber outsole, with multi-directional lugs, is much more durable and grippier on slippery terrain than previous editions of the Cascadia.

The lugs are big enough and distributed across the entire sole for maximum traction. Tested on various surfaces including rock, sand, mud, roots, hardpack, and snow, these trail shoes came off pretty well.

An integrated saddle system locks down the midfoot area without restricting movement and the toebox is the roomiest since the Cascadia 9s – making them ideal for medium-volume feet.

The aerodynamic design has shed some weight and cranked up the flexibility. The upper is breathable and quick drying, making it a go-to shoe for multi-surface and multi-environment running.

Capable of running all types of trails from smooth dirt paths to rugged, rocky routes, the Cascadia 14 (and women’s version) is a versatile footwear option.

Pros
  • Breathable and fast-drying
  • Cushioning and supportive
  • Outstanding stability
Cons
  • Some users report durability issues

HOKA Challenger ATR 5

Best for: Combination of grip and cushioning

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 265g
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Textile
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Shoe Width: Medium
  • Cushioning: Maximum/moderate
  • Drop: 5mm

Mixing road and trail shoe characteristics, the ATR 5s offer a good all-in-one solution.

As mentioned above, HOKA are renowned for their midsole thickness and maximal cushioning.

But rising beyond a soft underfoot padding, the Challenger ATR 5 has a streamlined build and rockered base for a bit of extra spring.

The meta rocker rolls runners through the stride and the midsole is thick enough to stop sharp rocks poking through.

The Hoka Challenger ATR 5 brings forwards all the best attributes of previous versions but is finally bolstered with a modern sticky rubber outsole complete with large, grippy lugs.

The middle of the outsole is standard blown rubber for reduced weight and increased efficiency, whilst the four-millimetre lugs under the ball of the foot and heel are great for offroading.

The only downside is that they are minimally spaced out and only moderately aggressive, meaning the shoe comes up short in muddy/sloppy conditions.

In terms of fit, the ATR 5s appeal to a lot of runners thanks to their snug shape and spacious toe box.

EVA foam underfoot cushions against repetitive impact, making them perfect for older runners, those who typically run ultras and anyone recovering from overuse injuries.

The heel cap support provides traction and support on any terrain and structured reinforcement on the toes boosts durability.

The dual-layer mesh upper balances support, durability and breathability.

The women’s Challenger ATR 5 is equally popular and available in standard or narrow fit.

Pros
  • Good all rounder
  • Outstanding underfoot protection
  • Sticky/grippy traction
Cons
  • Tread/lugs fall short in sloppy conditions
  • Slightly heavier than previous versions

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 Running Shoe

Best for: Lightweight runner

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 260g
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Synthetic
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Cushioning: Moderate
  • Drop: 4mm

Finally, Nike has tailored their proven road-running technology for trail use. And they’ve made a good job of it.

The Terra Kiger 6 is a quality, cushioned option for trail running and this recent model features a revamped mesh upper and improved fit in the forefoot.

Its low-to-ground and lightweight design does away with stiff, unresponsive rides.

Combining cushioning, flexibility and on-trail performance, the Terra Kigers are equally adept at short- and long-distance runs.

The shoe is stable and sensitive, suited well to bouncing along dry trails.

Its light build doesn’t make it inadequate in terms of comfort and support over distance though. For anyone that covers a fair few miles on a regular basis, these shoes are fun and fast.

Its lower profile adds stability and truly shines when you start to up the cadence.

The highly responsive React foam in the midsole stops energy loss, the outsole grips well in hardpack dirt and rock, and protection comes in the form of a segmented rock plate and sturdy toe cap.

That said, they are a bit light on underfoot protection, so  don’t try taking on fields of talus or coarse scree trails. On which note, traction is not the best on slick surfaces, making it a three-season shoe.

The Terra Kigers also come in a white/pale coloured design, but if you’re taking to the trails after a bit of rain, we think black trainers are going to be a wiser choice.

Take a look at the women’s Nike Terra Kiger 6 here.

Pros
  • Good traction on dry trails
  • Flexible, lightweight and comfortable
  • Low to the ground
  • Stable
Cons
  • Average/poor protection underfoot
  • Weak grip in wet conditions/mud

Saucony Versafoam Excursion Tr13 GTX

Best for: Waterproof trail runner

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 300g
  • Versafoam cushioning
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Heel height: 25mm
  • Neutral arch support
  • Neutral pronation

If you want to keep your tootsies dry, then these Saucony Versafoam Excursion Tr13 GTX have you covered.

Whilst many trail running shoes come in a Gore-Tex version, these typically carry an eye-watering price tag.

Cheaper than the others, the Saucony Excursion has a Gore-Tex upper to keep your feet dry in rain and waterlogged ground.

For anyone that runs regularly in the UK, staying dry whilst exercising is a constant battle. Luckily, rain beads off the Excursion TR13s to keep you comfortable.

The fact that these can be worn through slush means that they can be worn right through winter, something that can’t be said of most trail runners in this price range.

These shoes can be relied on to keep your feet warm and dry. That said, they certainly have their limits on ice or slippery surfaces, requiring the runner to slow down.

The mesh is breathable so that if any water does sneak in around the ankle, airflow helps to dry the insides out.

One complaint is that the Gore-Tex lining does not last the life of the shoe.

The shoes will go a year of constant wear whereas the waterproofing starts to diminish around the three-month mark.

The trail-specific mesh has designed with supportive overlays that lock the foot into place and protects from trail debris and the outsole features a triangular-lugged design to grip most terrains.

A sizeable stack of versafoam cushioning feels responsive to provide more comfort than ever before, improved with Grid cushioning.

The women’s Versafoam trainer comes in a slightly different design but with all the same features.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Can be worn in rain and snow/slush
Cons
  • Wateproofing diminishes long before shoe wears out
  • Tight around toe box

Salomon Speedcross 5

Best for: Wet, boggy trails

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Features:

  • Weight per shoe: 320g
  • Cushioning: Moderate
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Closure: Lace-Up
  • Heel Height: 1 centimetres
  • Heel Type: Flat
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Lug depth: 6mm
 

The Speedcross 5 packs in all of Salomon’s well-known features to create a brilliant trail runner.

From its solid yet relatively light chassis, to its single-pull lacing system, precise foothold, plentiful protection and supportive fit – there’s very little missing.

What truly sets it apart is its massive 6-millimetre arrow-shaped lugs. If you like to head off-trail then the Speedcross 5s are for you. In fact, the steeper and rougher the terrain, the better.

The toothy lugs that jut out from the shoe’s outsole ensure a strong hold on boggy, wet trails. As far as traction goes, this shoe is best in class and superior to any other in our lineup.

As such, it is a go-to shoe for those who race in hardcore events like Tough Mudder and alike. If you regularly pound the pavement however, you’ll wear the lugs down pretty quickly.

An almost-perfect shoe, the Speedcross 5 sadly doesn’t offer great stability on technical or sketchy trail sections. The tall stack height feels a little tippy and prone to rolling over, particularly on rock.

That aside, the Contagrip TA rubber compound is wonderfully sticky and offers unrivaled grip on both wet and dry rock.

Its upper is not waterproof, yet efficiently protective against the elements. As a result, it will carry you through dirt, gravel, mud and even snow with ease.

The Speedcross 5s are comfortable straight out of the box with no break in time and the latest iteration has a high heel pad to cradle the Achilles area.

Note that the narrow fit is performance-oriented and won’t suit wide feet or those who like footwear with a bit more room.

If you’ve got a bit of wiggle room in your budget, there is also a Gore-Tex version available.

 The women’s Salomon Speedcross 4 shoes are one of their bestselling models of all time, and this particular model is also Gore-Tex.

Pros
  • Exceptional traction on all terrain
  • Comfortable straight out of the box
  • Robust
Cons
  • Not as stable as others
  • Doesn’t breathe or drain water super well
  • Pricey

What to Look for in a Trail Running Shoe

Anyone can be a trail runner if they have the right shoes.

Always invest in a decent set of footwear, like those listed above, as your shoes need a level of durability to withstand the elements they’ll be put against.

Before diving in to your first purchase, first consider what type of shoe your feet need (stiff or pliable, neutral or stable, wide or narrow, high or low drop) and what type of terrain you’ll be running on (technical or smooth, flat or steep, loose or firm footing).

It is also worth considering the following key attributes, which will be crucial to both your performance and enjoyment.

Traction/Grip

The outsole is the most important feature that sets trail running shoes apart from road shoes.

There are two components to the traction a shoe can provide. First is the stickiness of the sole and the second is the presence, size and pattern of its lugs.

Shoes that have sticky, approach shoe-like rubber perform well on rock, whereas those with a softer and more pliable feel do better in mud.

Look for a high rubber content to ensure a substantial, durable layer between your feet and the trail.

If you’re primarily running on smooth trails, don’t worry about big lugs as they’ll only weigh you down.

The fact that they touch the ground first will change the way the shoe performs if you’re consistently running on hard-packed paths.

Increased lug/tread depth means the shoes bite into loose ground and widely spaced, tall lugs will outperform tightly spaced, short lugs.

As a general rule, rigid shoes with deep lugs are best on technical trails with poor footing whilst hybrid shoes with lugs between two and four millimetres are perfect for soft single-track and local wooded trails.

Weight

As with normal trainers, you need to find a balance between weight and features. Lighter shoes are faster, feel less cumbersome and won’t tire you out on longer runs.

But the lightest shoes will offer the least protection and drop some of the cushioning from the midsole.

Cushioning and comfort

Trail running shoes vary massively in terms of their cushioning (also known as the stack height).

Lightweight and minimalist designs only have a small amount of EVA foam in the midsole, which offers a nimble, barefoot feeling, whereas brands like Hoka One are much chunkier (though less stable), for a smooth ride where you’ll hardly feel the terrain underneath you.

Stability

Moving quickly over uneven ground covered in rocks and roots seems like a dangerous task, but trail running shoes are designed to offer a stable ride that is resistant to ankle rolls.

Trail runners are built with a solid platform, which is wide and rigid, with a beefed up chassis, and a shank or partial plastic exoskeleton around the heel cup for added structure and rollover protection.

Easy trail options are more flexible and comfortable, whereas racing and mountain-oriented shoes will be stiffer, more structured and harder wearing.

Other features

Some other things you might want to look out for are waterproofing (usually in the form of Gore-Tex uppers), smart-lacing systems (as shoelaces come undone more easily on trails because of the twisting, turning and contact with roots/bushes), breathable mesh, toe protection and rock plates.

All of these are handy extras but will likely push up the price.

Last update on 2020-11-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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