Best Trail Running Shoes 2017

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Best Trail Running Shoes 2017

Trail running is becoming a more and more popular way of exercising. Out in the wild, running on wild off-roads, getting a wonderful exercise in often wonderful nature surroundings. While the Trail Running concept is growing bigger and bigger, shoe companies is now releasing more trail running shoes than ever! Some are made for longer distances, and others are made for not so long distances, but all of them are made for wild terrain. Here at RunnersTechReview, we have made The Best Trail Running Shoes Review 2017, so keep on reading and figure out which running shoe fits you best!

Lets begin by outlining the various types of trail running shoes on the market and the types of terrain that they’re ideally used for.

All-Around Surface Trail Running Shoes

These shoes are your all-rounders: capable of handling smooth, rocky, wet, and dry terrain – this category is always a great place to start.

That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re pairing things down for you. Within this category there are various outliers such as maximal and minimalist shoes, as well as varying heel drops (more on this later).

1. ASICS Men’s GEL Venture 5 Trail Running Shoe

 We Like 👍

  •  This rugged shoe is one of the best ASICS stability running shoes designed for performance on a variety of surfaces.
  •  The removable sock liner allows those with foot issues to insertmedical orthotics into the shoe.
  •  The rubber sole is designed from a high abrasion rubber, designed to be durable and to take a beating.
  •  It is comfortable for those who want to run through rough terrain to work out and provides adequate protection to the foot of the toe box and in the remainder of the shoe against the danger of protruding objects on trails that might not be seen by the runner right away.

 

 We don’t like 👎

  •  If you are looking for the best ASICS running shoes, these shoes have aggressive lugs on their outsole which do perform well on a variety of surfaces.
  •  They do tend to slip on flat, wet rocks and this can be dangerous when it is not expected.
  •  Good sturdy running shoe, BUT not very flexible

     

     

2. ASICS Men’s GEL Venture 5 Trail Running Shoe

 We Like 👍

  • The New Balance 510 v3 was a very comfortable shoe
  • Beautiful designs, super trendy and 2017 style
  • The 510 v3 was a versatile shoe; some users used it as a trail running and daily go-to shoe.
  • Affordable and a breathable shoe

 

 We don’t like 👎

  • A few number of runners mentioned that the shoe was heavy and looked bulky on their feet.
  • Some runners were disappointed with the sizing of the 510 v3. It was a half size smaller than their standard sizing.

 

3. Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Trail Runner

 We Like 👍

  • A good number of trail runners and hikers find the Speedcross 4 to be very comfortable.
  • The traction is a monster on mud, snow, and even in wet conditions, according to a majority of the reviews.
  • It has decent ground feedback, based on the observations of several users.
  • The price is considered by many as well worth the performance and durability.
  • There are various color options to choose from.
  • The Quicklace system makes cinching easy and very convenient.

 We don’t like 👎

  • The high stack height and prominent lugs may cause some issues on uneven and rugged terrains.
  • A handful remarked that it does not dry as quickly as they would want it to.
  • Breathability is a bit hampered by the anti-debris mesh, according to a few.
  • Some runners also mentioned that it is a bit smaller than before.

4. Saucony Men’s Excursion TR9 Trail Running Shoe

 

We Like 👍

  • The mesh and synthetic upper maintain breathable coverage that’s comfortable at the same time.
  • The soft fabric lining and padded interior secure the foot and make it easier for the foot to stay in place, according to some testers.
  • The Molded IMEVA makes up the bulk of the mid-sole cushioning system, which is responsible for the lightweight underfoot support and shock absorption.
  • A significant number of runners noticed the reliable impact protection in the heel area.
  • The outsole unit of the Excursion TR 9 was able to provide durable protection and traction over the trails based on some comments.
  • The Saucony Excursion TR 9 is affordable.

 We don’t like 👎

  • The men’s version of the Excursion TR 9 is moderately heavy.
  • Some runners noted that it was stiffer than the previous version.
  • Others criticized the low-quality stitching, which easily got loose.
  • A few felt that it was a bit narrow in the forefoot area.

5. Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 4

 We Like 👍

  • Light, low profile, great traction, comfortable fit, great balance of sensitivity and underfoot protection

 We don’t like 👎

  • No rock plate, a bit firm underfoot, minimal upper foot protection

 

6. Pearl Izumi Men’s EM Trail N 2 V3

We Like 👍

  • They are very durable, because of that they will last you for very long time
  • Breathable, they will keep your feet dry and cool
  • Firm outsole, it will protect you from sharp object that could be found on trails
  • Reflective surface on the upper of the shoe
  • They provide you with great stability

 We don’t like 👎

  • Too firm for some users
  • Not comfortable enough for some users

 

7. The North Face M Ultra Endurance

We Like 👍

  • Decent cushioning and ride lend to good long distance trail comfort.
  • Excellent all around traction from Vibram outsole.
  • Durable well made upper.

 We don’t like 👎

  • Poor drainage from possibly over-built upper.
  • Heavy and clunky feel inhibits faster paced trail running.
  • Sloppy mid-foot fit leads to foot sliding forward on downhills.

 

8. Altra Running Men’s Olympus 1.5 Trail Running Shoe

 We Like 👍

  • The Olympus 2.0 is lighter than the previous version.
  • Most runners noted that the traction, comfort and stability of this shoe were greatly improved.
  • It features a gaiter trap, which effectively shields the foot from debris.
  • Some runners were impressed by the shoe’s lugged Vibram outsole, which offered extreme durability and efficient traction.
  • The Altra Olympus 2.0 features the Natural Ride System for a more natural foot motion.

 We don’t like 👎

  • The 2nd version of the Olympus comes at an expensive price.
  • Some runners experienced heel slippage due to the lack of additional heel support mechanisms.
  • Others noticed that the upper unit broke off from the unit easily after a few months’ use..

 

 

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