Much of the cushioning innovation to be found in road shoes is also on full display in new trail offerings, whether for ultra-distances or everyday use. And hybrid, road-to-trail styles remain a growing trend for runners whose workouts take place on a variety of surfaces. There’s something for everyone in 2024’s trail shoe lineup.
Altra Timp 5
Designed for trail runners looking for a cushioned, comfortable, and grippy ride, the Timp 5 has a Vibram Megagrip outsole and an updated Altra EGO MAX midsole. MSRP $155.
Brooks Caldera 7
This shoe is for trail runners who want ultimate comfort and stability for long distances. It has super-soft DNA LOFT v3 cushioning and an upper that offers a secure, adaptable fit. MSRP $150.
Topo Athletic Pursuit 2
This zero-drop trail style from Topo has generously spaced lugs and a Vibram Megagrip outsole, as well a tightly woven recycled mesh upper and a ZipFoam midsole for a soft ride. MSRP $145.
Lowa Fortus GTX
Part of Lowa’s All-Terrain Running (ATR) line, Fortus GTX is built for distance trail running, ultra-marathons and speed hiking when ankle support and waterproof protection are needed. MSRP $190.
A highly cushioned mountain running shoe offering responsive agility, the Genesis has a durable, weaved Matryx upper and All-terrain Contagrip for secure traction. MSRP $150.
Saucony Ride TR2
Best for crossover surfaces, this road to trail shoe has upgraded PWRRUN+ cushion for soft landings and a new PWRTRAC outsole for grip and traction on all surfaces. MSRP $140.
Craft Xplor Hybrid
This versatile shoe feels like a road shoe on the pavement and a trail shoe on the dirt with a bouncy, responsive Px foam midsole and Vittoria outsole to tackle any terrain. MSRP $165.
VJ Shoes Ace
A winter running shoe from the performance brand from Finland, the Ace is engineered for comfort and performance in icy conditions, with a waterproof upper and star-studs for traction. $180.
Hoka Speedgoat 6
Offering a grippy and responsive ride, Speedgoat 6 boasts cushion, comfort and aggressive traction and features an all-new lighter weight, resilient CMEVA midsole foam. MSRP $155.
Built with the four-year old Italian brand’s Natural Adaptive Running System (NARS) design, the Maikoh from Ulysses Running is an offroad style with a high-rebound midsole and a full-length Claw-Grip Nitrile rubber base outsole. MSRP $185.
Xelero Genesis Trail
This Fall ’24 style is built for those needing more stability under foot. It also features Aquamax Waterproof construction. Available in men’s and ladies, medium and wide sizes. MSRP 199.99.