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Top 11 Trail Running Shoes

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Updated June 18, 2014

For runners who need a sturdy off-road trainer with added traction, these shoes offer great traction, with stability and durability. Buy these shoes if you run off-road or in inclement weather and need extra traction, more durable uppers and a thicker soled shoe

Also See: Top Women's Trail Running Shoes

1. Brooks Trail Running Shoes

Brooks Cascadia Trail Running Shoes
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This shoe has strong support balanced with cushioning - the HydroFlow cushioning system 'absorbs shock, stabilizes the foot, and returns energy.' This one also stabilizes the foot and minimizes excessive pronation. It's also water resistant as a trail shoe must be.

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2. Montrail Trail Running Shoes

Montrail Trail Runners are light, stable trail shoes. There are models that provide motion control for pronators and models that are made for warm weather and high miles.

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3. The North Face Trail Running Shoes

The North Face Ultra trail running shoes
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The North Face makes a variety of competitively priced trail runners with the build and features of an aggressive ultra-runner from gore-tex uppers to safetyLeech Guard™.

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4. New Balance Trail Running Shoes

New Balance makes a variety of trail runners in every price category and style. For men and women.

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5. Vasque Trail Running Shoes

Vasque has a reputation for making great hiking boots. Now they have designed a stable full of trail running shoes for rock scramblers and trail runners who like to move fast on their feet. Stable and full of traction, Vasque runners are a great value.

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6. Lafuma Trail Running Shoes

Lafuma trail shoes
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Lafuma Speed trail shoes are designed for the serious trail runner. The Twin Lace System lets you get a custom fit on both the the upper and lower of the shoe, which is great for those with wide/narrow feet. The Vibram sole provides great traction on slick or rocky terrain and the mesh upper is breathable & quick drying for day-after-day use.
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7. Nike Air Trail Running Shoes

Trail running shoes for the all season, all condition runner who demands occasional or daily off-road innovation for tail or road running to the trailhead.

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8. Asics Trail Running Shoes

Asics offers several trail runners including the Gel-Eagle Trail, a top of the line trail runner designed to keep a runner's feet in a neutral position on even the most uneven terrain. Water resistant synthetic and mesh upper for lightweight and protective support cooling mesh lining to wick away moisture.

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9. Adidas Trail Running Shoes

Great trail running for those needing traction and a good, snug fit. The Supernova is designed for primary off-road use but can be used for road running.

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10. Merrell Trail Running Shoes

Merrell is know for great hiking shoes and now they have a great variety of trail runners as well. From the ultra stable Mesa to the sleek and nimble Flash, you are bound to find the perfect trail runner in the Merrell arsenal.

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11. Teva Trail Running Shoes

New to the trail running market, Teva has a few to choose from. Build on a running specific last (footbed) designed to provide the best fit for cushioning and stability in all trail conditions they provide all-terrain traction and abrasion resistance over miles of uneven trails.

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