Review: This Alpine pro trail running shoe has too much good stuff. The Alpine pro has extreme grip, thanks to the Vibram sole, invisible laces, an 8mm drop and a rocker midsole that propels you forward.
My favorite feature?
The carbon shield in the midsole is your knight in shining armor, protecting you from jagged rocks and sticks from penetrating the sole.
Carbon shield in the midsole protects feet from sharp objects.
Rubber heel and toe bumper take a beating so your feet don’t have to.
Stretch mesh covers the laces keeping then secure and outta your way!
Kinda pricy, but totally worth it IMO.
This will become your daily trail training shoe, and is my choice for best women’s trail running shoes of 2019.
Review: These high cushioned support and stability shoes are a good choice for Overpronators.
These trail runners are for running on soft trail conditions, not jagged rocks, branches, and other sharp underbrush.
The lugs are 6mm, in a chevron shape, and far enough apart that they easily release mud and dirt while being able to really dig into soft terrain so you won’t slip.
They have a super strong quick lace that you can tuck away so it stays out of the way.
These shoes have a fine mesh cover which ventilates your feet without letting dirt, dust, and debris inside. Nice!
Ideal for muddy and soft terrain, loose gravel and dirt.
Quick Laces 4 times as strong as standard laces.
Run narrow – but wide sizes are available.
Best women’s trail running shoes for Overpronators and soft trail terrain.
Review: This neutral trail running shoe is well cushioned with aggressive traction. Ideal for rocky and technical conditions, you will love the support, stability and comfort you get from these Sportiva wildcat running shoes.
Sportiva has managed to make these shoes breathable without allowing your foot to get wet or letting debris in. Impressive!
Not only is the traction above par, but these shoes have a break system built into the outsole so you can stop fast if you need to.
Lots of cushioning.
Stable, neutral running shoe.
FriXion AT sole for grip.
Impact Brake System built into sole.
Best trail running shoes for ladies who like extra cushion.
Review: The Newton BOCO trail running shoe has an upper that is durable yet breathable, which is a sigh of relief for your feet. Rain, snow and hail will not penetrate, but sweat and heat and exit keeping your feet dry and comfortable.
These women’s trail running shoes weight in at a scant 8.7 oz and have a low 3mm drop to keep things natural.
The multidirectional lugs give you traction on uneven trail surfaces, and the rubber bumper protects your toes from impact with rocks and other trail obstacles, debris.
Durable weatherproof upper.
Low heel to toe drop, close to the ground feel.
Action-reaction lugs return energy to every stride.
Light and responsive, excellent women’s trail running shoes.
Review: The Nike Terra Kiger 4 is designed with trail running at its core.
The flymesh upper is light and breathable, the lugs on the sole are large and made from sticky rubber to give you footing on the trail, and there is a rubber cap that covers the toe that protects your toes from rocks and other trail hazards.
Light breathable upper.
Zoom air midsole puts some bounce in your step.
Waffle lugs and sticky rubber give traction in wet conditions.
Runs a bit small.
Sturdy women’s trail running shoes, great for wet conditions.
These Zoom Air Kiger’s are perfect for the trail, but Nike also makes some great all-around running shoes.
Review: These shoes from one of the original trail running shoe brands, Columbia, allow you to feel the ground beneath your feet, without cutting your foot on a rock, of course.
They through the magic of advanced “outdry” technology, they manage to be both waterproof and breathable, have a comfortable, well-cushioned midsole and aggressive traction that helps you in wet or dry conditions.
“Outdry” technology keeps you dry.
Comfortable and well cushioned.
Sticky rubber, 4mm lugs-great traction in all conditions.
No quick laces.
The stay dry women’s trail running shoe.
Speaking of being all wet, don’t neglect hydration on the trail pick up a hydration pack and never lug around an awkward water bottle again.
Review: The energy returning powerflow midsole and graphene rubber grip soles will have you digging these women’s trail running shoes. The tread digs into any terrain giving you unbeatable grip in mud, rocky gravel or even hard packed trails.
The shoe is flexible and well cushioned, for ladies who want a little support from their trail runners.
Graphene grip helps you get traction on wet or rocky terrain.
Powerflow Energy returning cushioned midsole.
4 mm drop, natural stride.
Good traction, ample flexibility and plenty of cushion. One of the best trail running shoes for women out there.
Best Trail Running Shoes for Women – a Quick Buyers Guide
Grip, Material, strength, and flexibility are the 4 keys to the best trail running shoes for women.
Get a Grip!
When you are looking for a pair of trail running shoes, the grip is one of the most important factors.
I like my trail running shoes to have the grip and agility of a mountain billy goat. I need to keep my footing on slimy wet rocks, scrambling over boulders, and loose sand and gravel should never be a problem.
The Salomon Women’s Speedcross 4 Trail Sneaker work well for soft sand, gravel or other loose material trails. They have 6 mm lugs and the lugs are spaced far enough apart that the trail crud falls off instead of getting stuck between the lugs.
Be a Material Girl!
Sometimes being materialistic is just what a girl needs. When it comes to the best trail running shoes, look for material that is breathable, yet keeps dust, sand, and another crud outta your shoes.
Also would not hurt to get a pair of shoes that dry super fast and are designed for skipping thru streams and puddle jumping.
I found the Columbia Women’s Alpine FTG that do just that. They are designed to dry fast thanks to the outdry technology, and they also prevent microbes and germs from growing due to anti-microbial technology.
Stay Strong, Be Tough
A trail running shoe MUST be strong and tough.
A must-have feature I cannot live without is a shield or plate built into the midsole that protects my tootsies from rocks and other sharp objects from stopping me in my tracks.
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Katie is a busy wife and mother of four. She is a freelance writer and frequent contributor on Garage Gym Power. She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout.
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