Top 15 trail running shoes selected by Runner's World

Results after running over 100 miles in a month

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Top 15 trail running shoes selected by Runner's World | Results after running over 100 miles in a month

Runner's World, a globally recognized running specialty magazine, has selected the top 15 trail running shoes. Runner's World boasts one of the most comprehensive shoe testing processes in the industry. They collaborate with over 280 runners of various age groups for actual wear tests on packed roads, unpaved trails, and rocky terrains to gather real-world insights. After running over 100 miles (160 km) in a month for testing, the feedback covers aspects such as fit, comfort, performance, and cushioning. Additionally, objective measurements are taken at the Runner's World Shoe Research Lab for cushioning, flexibility, midsole thickness, and weight.
 

Pegasus Trail 4 GTX

- Weight: 277g (M), 223g (W)
- Drop: 9.5mm (M), 8.5mm (W)
- Type: Road and Trail

Pros

- Bouncy React midsole provides high energy return.
- Blocks trail debris.
- Smooth transition from trail to road.

Cons

- 3.5mm lugs are not suitable for deep mud.
- Vulnerable protection on rocks and boulders.
 

*Best Suited for Steep Inclines.*

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 4

- Weight: 294g (M), 238g (W)
- Drop: 4mm
- Type: Trail

Pros

- Soft midsole for extended wear.
- 5mm Vibram lugs.
- Roomy fit.

Cons

- Price increase from Mafate 3
 

*Best Suited for Wide Feet.*

Altra Lone Peak 7

- Weight: 297g (M), 235g (W)
- Drop: 0mm
- Type: Trail

Pros

- Wide and comfortable toe box.
- Rock plate for protection.
- Longer lugs than Lone Peak 6.

Cons

- Heavier than Lone Peak 6.

 

*Best Suited for Wet Terrain.*

Hoka Speedgoat 5

- Weight: 274g (M), 240g (W)
- Drop: 4mm
- Type: Trail

Pros

- 5mm Vibram MegaGrip rubber lugs.
- Lighter than Speedgoat 4.

Cons

- Long and narrow toe box.

 

*Best Suited for Varied Terrains.*

La Sportiva Bushido II

- Weight: 274g (M), 249g (W)
- Drop: 6mm
- Type: Trail

Pros

- Rubber toe cap and rock plate for protection.
- Sturdy and stable feel.

Cons

- Somewhat limited breathability.
- 3.5mm lug length is considered moderate.
 

For more detailed information, you can visit the official Runner's World website.

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