Best Trail Running Shoes: November 2021
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Best Trail Running Shoes: November 2021

Going off-road this season? 

You might be needing trail running shoes.

It’s always best to come into one of our stores to get a proper shoe fitting so we can make sure you end up with a suitable shoe for your foot strike and foot shape. No amount of internet research compares to the experience of going into a specialist and trying on a variety of different options and jogging up and down outside in them. Here is a small selection of popular trail shoes from the Run and Become range this season.

Trail shoes are built to cope with grass, hard-packed parkland, canal sides, forests and woodland trails. They can handle a little road running, but they have less cushioning than road shoes. The outsole has a deeper grip, and the upper is more durable as well. Some have more cushioning and less grip, and vice versa.

For seriously rugged terrain, have a look out the Fell Running Shoe Guide.

Cushioned Trail Shoes / Stable Trail Shoes / Low-Profile Trail Shoes / Waterproof Trail Shoes / Wide Fitting Trail Shoes

Hoka Trail Running Shoes

Best Cushioned Trail Running Shoes

If you’re running on the road to get to the trail or if your trail includes a lot of hard surfaces you could try any of these options which combine grip and cushioning...

Hoka Speedgoat / Hoka Challenger

Hoka Speedgoat

With Hoka’s trademark maximal cushioning, the Speedgoat provides cushy shock absorption for long and ultra-distance trail running. Hoka’s “bucket seat” design means your foot sits lower in the midsole than you’d expect which makes it more stable than it looks. A hard-wearing Vibram Megagrip outsole with 5mm lugs helps keep your footing secure when the terrain is treacherous. Built on a 4.5mm offset so you’re on an even platform as you tackle the trails.

Men's Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
Atlantis/Blue £125.00

Also available in other colours.

Men's Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
Grey/Orange £125.00

Also available in other colours.

Women's Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
Navy/Pink £125.00

Also available in other colours.

Women's Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
Navy/Yellow £125.00

Also available in other colours.

Hoka Challenger

Mega-cushioned like all Hoka shoes the Challenger is a door to trail running shoe with 4mm lugs for on and offroading. Hoka’s early stage meta rocker rolls you through the stride and the midsole is thick enough that you don’t feel sharp rocks poking through.

Men's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6
Orange/Blue £115.00

Men's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6
Green/Orange £115.00

Women's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6
Navy/Coral £115.00

Women's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6
Blue/Aqua £115.00

Stable Trail Running Shoes

Most Stable Trail Running Shoes

Shoes offering an element of support as well as grip and cushioning include...

Brooks Cascadia / Asics Trabuco / La Sportiva Akasha

Brooks Cascadia

Dubbed by Brooks an “SUV for your feet”, the Cascadia packs plenty of grip and its four pivot points – one on each side of the heel and forefoot, where the wheels would be if your foot was a car – serve to balance the foot on uneven terrain and provide an amount of pronation control if you’re running on firmer ground for any length of time. Extra 2mm of improved DNA LOFT 2 foam added to the midsole, offering the feet more cushioning for increased comfort. “Water in, water out” upper, which drains easily after getting wet, makes this a favourite for multi-surface running. New Ballistic Rock Stop plate protects the foot from sharp rocks.

Men's Brooks Cascadia 16
Blue/Lime £120.00

Men's Brooks Cascadia 15
Black/Lime £102.00 £120.00

Women's Brooks Cascadia 16
Basil/Coral £120.00

Women's Brooks Cascadia 15
Black/Rose £102.00 £120.00

Asics Trabuco

A support system on the inside holds the arches upright and prevents overpronation. A deeply lugged sticky rubber outsole grips the ground when it's wet or dry. Flytefoam and Gel absorb shock when you're running over hard surfaces and a rock-stop plate protects the soles of your feet from sharp stones.

Men's Asics Gel Trabuco 9
Blue/Yellow £120.00

Men's Asics Gel Trabuco 9
Black/Blue £120.00

Women's Asics Gel Trabuco 9
Grey/Aqua £120.00

La Sportiva Akasha

The design of this premium cushion trail running shoe comes from La Sportiva, based in the Italian mountains, where they do all their testing. Trail Rocker technology in the midsole promotes a smooth heel -to-toe rolling motion. The dual mix FriXion XT sole offers durable, aggressive grip for exceptional traction. The Impact Brake System technology helps traction by enhancing grip downhill and absorbs impact. No need for a rock plate in the Akasha as its midsole is very thick, alongside the grippy, durable outer sole offering lots of protection.

Men's La Sportiva Akasha
Blue £125.00

Men's La Sportiva Akasha
Black/Yellow £125.00

Women's La Sportiva Akasha
Blue/Red £125.00

Women's La Sportiva Akasha
Blue/Aqua £125.00

Low Profile Trail Running Shoes

Best Low-Profile Trail Running Shoes

These offer better proprioception, i.e. you can feel what’s going on beneath your feet, allowing you to be nimble over uneven ground with less risk of turning your ankle...

Inov-8 TerraUltra G270 / Saucony Peregrine / Scarpa Spin Ultra & Spin Infinity / Altra Lone Peak

TerraUltra G270

This is Inov-8’s trail running shoe with the toughest Graphene rubber outsole, the TerraUltra G270. Graphene material is 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% harder wearing than any previous outsole material, so you get excellent traction with enhanced durability. Inov8’s G Series shoes have lasted over 1000 miles in testing. TerraUltra G270 is built on a zero-drop heel offset to encourage your natural body movement. Meta-Flex Grooves in the midsole deliver flexibility by constantly allowing your foot to adapt to the uneven terrain. Lug depth is 4mm.

Men's Inov-8 TerraUltra G270
Black/Red £145.00

Men's Inov-8 TerraUltra G270
Green/Black £145.00

Saucony Peregrine

The Peregine is a minimal, multi surface trail running shoe or what Saucony call a “run anywhere” shoe. A 4mm drop midsole with super bouncy PWRRUN cushioning gives you an energised feeling and a 5mm lugged sticky outsole gives you the security to run nimbly over your chosen terrain. A trail-specific upper protects the foot from off-road hazards.

Men's Saucony Peregrine 11
Grey/Orange £115.00

Men's Saucony Peregrine 11
Blue/Orange £115.00

Men's Saucony Peregrine 11
Grey/Black £115.00

Women's Saucony Peregrine 11
Grey/Turquoise £115.00

Women's Saucony Peregrine 11
Future Pink £115.00

Women's Saucony Peregrine 11
Grey/Blue £115.00

Scarpa Spin Ultra & Spin Infinity

The Spin Ultra is the perfect choice for moderate- to ultra-distance runs. It offers adaptive cushioning that provides comfort and absorbs impact from hard surfaces. Ample upper protection and stability for all types of terrain, thanks to its built-in foot stabiliser control technology. Reliable MultiTraction Vibram megagrip outsole and Sock-Fit Lw will deliver springy, responsive, and smooth running. Awarded Trail Runner Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year.

Scarpa Spin Infinity is like the Spin Ultra but with limitless cushioning. If you need a shoe you can trust on long- and ultra-distance trail running and racing, this is your winning combination: extra cushioning, outstanding grip, protection and stability to help you reach your goals.

Men's Scarpa Spin Ultra
Black/Green £130.00

Women's Scarpa Spin Ultra
Orange/White £130.00

Men's Scarpa Spin Infinity
Blue/Black £130.00

Altra Lone Peak

Like all Altra shoes, the Lone Peak has a spacious, rounded, 'footshaped' toebox to encourage toe splay, and a zero-drop platform to keep you on a level footing. A sticky rubber outsole with a TrailClaw lug pattern gives grip in boggy, wet conditions. Lugs are positioned directly beneath the metatarsals so they dig into the earth as if they were an extension of your feet. A rock plate protects the foot from sharp stones.

Men's Altra Lone Peak 5
Grey/Red £125.00

Women's Altra Lone Peak 5
Plum £125.00

Waterproof Trail Running Shoes

Best Waterproof Trail Running Shoes

Most trail running shoes are not waterproof because if you step in a puddle that goes over the top of your waterproof shoes, the water will get in and won’t be able to get out so you’ll end up with waterlogged feet. Instead they are designed with easily draining materials so if the water gets in, it can get out just as easily. However if waterproofing is important to you, you can try these...

Brooks Cascadia GTX / Asics Fuji Trabuco GTX / Saucony Excursion GTX / Scarpa Spin Ultra GTX

Brooks Cascadia GTX

All the cushioning, sticky gripiness and stabilizing qualities of the regular Cascadia (see above) but with a breathable and flexible GoreFlex upper that keeps out the wet without the crinkly crunchiness normally associated with Goretex running shoes. A rubber mud guard, applied with a 3D printer, skirts the lower part of the upper to protect your foot from debris and a rock plate prevents sharp rocks from bruising the soles of your feet. Perfect for all weather running.

Men's Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX
Black/Red £130.00

Women's Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX
Black/Coral £130.00

Asics Fuji Trabuco GTX

This is the fully waterproof version of the supportive Asics Gel Fuji Trabuco (please see above) keeping the same features: FlyteFoam Lyte midsole with el cushioning, Duomax anti-pronation support, aggressive sticky multidirectional grip and the rock plate to protect your feet against sharp stones and rocks. The Gore-Tex fully waterproof mesh upper keeps your feet dry in wet conditions.

Men's Asics GEL Trabuco 9 GTX
Black/Black £135.00

Saucony Excursion GTX

Cheaper than the others, the Saucony Excursion has Grid cushioning, a trail specific outsole and a Goretex upper to keep your feet dry in rain and waterlogged ground.

Men's Saucony Excursion TR15 GTX
Black/Grey £95.00

Women's Saucony Excursion TR15 GTX
Black/Grey £95.00

Scarpa Spin Ultra GTX

All the benefits of the Spin Ultra in a Gore-Tex version, so you can hit the trails in challenging weather. Strike the perfect balance between comfort and breathability, while keeping your feet warm and dry in wet conditions. Receive fully waterproof protection from this exceptional 6mm-drop shoe.

Men's Scarpa Spin Ultra GTX
Black/Orange £145.00

Women's Scarpa Spin Ultra GTX
Black/Rose £145.00

Wide-Fitting Trail Running Shoes

Best Wide-Fitting Trail Running Shoes

It's always been hard to find a good trail running shoe that fits a wide foot. Up until now it's been a question of trying the widest of the standard width options. But finally there's a decent trail shoe on the market that's made for the wider footed amongst us...

Salomon Speedcross / Hoka Challenger / Hoka Speedgoat / Brooks Cascadia

Salomon Speedcross Wide

Speedcross is a reliable, technical trail shoe with plenty of off-road features. The chevron-shaped lugs (6mm deep) bite into soggy trails to give you excellent traction, and wet grip rubber reduces the chances that you'll slip on wet rock or road. The strong Quicklacing system and the tough uppers are designed to stand up to even the most rugged terrain.

Men's Salomon Speedcross 5 Wide
Black £120.00

Hoka Challenger

Made for running on mixed terrain. Good grip for the soft stuff yet the outsole is not too rigid so you can use it on harder, flatter ground (like pavements) as well. Plenty of shock absorption.

Men's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6 Wide
Navy/Red £115.00

Women's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6 Wide
Black/Coral £115.00

Hoka Speedgoat

In comparison with the Challenger, Hoka Speedgoat has a more durable Vibram Megagrip outsole. Not only does it have deeper lugs, but it also offers the 'stepped' lugs feature, which will help you to shake away the mud from your shoes and keep your feet light.

Women's Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Wide
Navy/Yellow £125.00

Brooks Cascadia

Cascadia 14 2E is Brooks’ first incarnation of a wide-fitting trail running shoe, offering protection and comfort for wide feet on rocky, muddy or uneven terrain. The built-in rock plate gives extra protection against sharp rocks and stones. The heel drop is 8mm for better connection to the ground. Featuring a velcro gaiter attachment so you’ve the option to use gaiters when running on sandy terrain (gaiters are not included).

Men's Brooks Cascadia 16 2E
Black/Lime £120.00

Women's Brooks Cascadia 16 D
Black/Blue £120.00

With the right trail running shoes you’re equipped for anything the weather might throw at us this season. Enjoy getting off the pavements and discovering the countryside.

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