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Trail Runners



Gear Guide 2013: Mid Duty Boots

Tough, ankle-protecting boots that can carry a load.

Gear Guide 2013: Light Duty Boots

Low profile shoes that can take a beating.

Gear Guide 2013: Trail Runners

Go light and fast with these trail running models.

Gear Guide 2013: Boots & Trail Runners

Find the perfect kicks for going fast and far.

Gear Review: Oboz Arete Trail Shoes

High-performance trail shoes that look good on the street.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Footwear

Climb, hike, or run with snow-ready shoes.

Gear Review: Keen Bryce WP Hiking Boots

Low-cut hiking boots with plenty of support.

Gear Review: Scott eRide Icerunner Trail Running Shoe

Winter trail runners that stick

Gear Review: adidas Terrex Softshell Mid Hiking Boots

Ultralight, cold-weather speed hikers

Gear Review: Patagonia Fore Runner Trail Runners

A perfect balance between traditional and barefoot running shoes.

Gear Review: Vibram Five Fingers Spyridon LS Trail Runners

A barefoot runner made for trails.

Gear Review: Hoka One One Mafate Edition Trail Runners

Trail runners that are ultracushioned...and unique to look at.

Gear Review: Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPI Trail Runner

A trail runner that's light but stable

Gear Review: Keen Ambler Mesh Lightweight Hiking Boots

A perfect lightweight hiker for people with a wide forefoot

Gear Guide 2012: Trail Runners

Hit the trail running with these lightweight, all-terrain shoes.

Gear Guide 2012: Boots & Trail Runners

Go fast or go far–it all starts with your footwear.

Gear Guide 2012: Oboz Mystic Low B-Dry Hiking Boot

The shoe has less width in the heel and ball and more curve in the arch compared to men’s hikers.

Editors' Choice 2012: Salomon Synapse Mid Hiking Boots

Fast and light and luxe: Get running-shoe comfort and hiking-boot stability.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Footwear

From snowshoeing boots to winter trail runners and electric boots - we found the best cold-weather footwear for every activity.

Gear Review: Salomon Spikecross 3 CS Winter Trail Runner

Trail runners with spikes embedded in the sole.

Five All-Purpose Light Hikers

Get light yet supportive shoes that stand up to the worst boot-chewing terrain–and satisfied our crew of Grand Canyon rangers and guides.

Father's Day Gift Guide

What do dads really want? Hint: not more ties or car wash gift certificates. We polled our male staffers to find out what they hope to get (or give) this June 19th.

Gear Review: Vasque Jule Trail Shoe

A low-cut hiker for all your daily adventures.

Gear Guide 2011: Light Duty Boots/Trail Runners

If light and fast is your hiking/trail running motto, these are your kicks.

Gear Guide 2011: Boots

From fit to grip, this year's shoes do everything better.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: TrekSta Evolution Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Incredible traction, light weight, and zero break-in

Gear Review: Teva Forge Pro Trail Runners

Comfortable low-cut trail runners that offer support and performance.

Gear Review: Scarpa Pursuit GTX Shoe

These trail runners have exceptional shock absorption and a Gore-Tex liner to keep feet dry

Time-Tested Gear: Boots

BACKPACKER testers have endured numerous blisters over the years finding the best boots on the shelves.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Boots

Warm up with 7 picks for every winter pursuit.

Gear Review: Icebug Attla BUGrip Trail Runners

These runners have such good traction, you'll love running in the snow.

Gear Review: La Sportiva Crossover GTX Trail Runners

Have the best protection in any weather with these all-season runners.

Gear Review: Lowa Baikal GTX Hiking Boot

This all-purpose boot provides great support and warmth.

Gear Review: Point6 Ski Light Sun Sock

Ski socks that protect shins from boot bang.

Gear Review: tekoMERINO Evolution Midweight Sock

Multi-season socks with tons of cush.

Gear Review: Wigwam Weather Shield Sock

Bargain socks that are warm and resilient.

Gear Review: Lorpen Trekking/Expedition Polartec & Primaloft Sock

Perfect fit and great performance

Trail Running: Faster, Stronger, Farther

Get in your best hiking shape with trail running. It strengthens the right muscles, builds cardio fitness, and can be done all year–better yet, it hardly costs a dime.

Gear Review: Brooks Cascadia 5 Trail Runners

Good trail feel, and protection, in these trail runners.

Gear Guide 2010: Boots & Footwear

Whether you need a trail runner or a burly mountaineering boot, here's the best of the year.

Gear Review: Stuffits Shoe Savers

Squash stinky feet.

Gear Review: 5.10 Stealth Paint

Revitalize the soles of your hiking boots and climbing shoes.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardware Seta Strapless Running Gaiters

Minimalist gaiters to keep out dirt and debris

Gear Review: La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe

A sweet trail runner with maximum traction and cushion

Gear Review: Kahtoola KTS Aluminum Crampons

Crampons that won't weigh you down

Gear Review: Salomon XT Wings GTX Trail Runner

A souped-up trail runner.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Boots

Whether you're mountaineering, snowshoeing, hiking, or trail running we've tested the winter boot/shoe models you'll want.

Gear Review: Saucony ProGrid Razor Trail Shoe

Built for nasty winter conditions, this midweight winter running shoe keeps your feet warm and well supported.

Gear Review: Ahnu Firetrail Winter Trail Shoe

Genuinely breathable winter running shoe, great for long slushy runs.

Gear Review: Montrail Mountain Masochist Trail Shoe

This light, breathable and water resistant trail runner is great for technical terrain and many miles.

Gear Review: The North Face Adversary Trail Runner

Traveling trail runners will be all over this The North Face shoe.

Gear Review: Columbia Firelane Mid Boot

This midcut hiker is great for wet conditions.

Gear Review: Scarpa Axis Boot

This fast and light boot weighs in at 1 lb. 11 oz.

Gear Review: Oboz Sawtooth Boot

If you're hiking rugged terrain, this $100 boot is for you.

Gear Review: La Sportiva Exum Pro Boot

This boot earned our best all-around mark, and fits a wide range of foot shapes as well.

Gear School 2009

Tent leak like a sieve? Boots stink like a compost pile? Don't worry. Class is now in session. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, this in your one-stop, do-it-all user's guide.

Gear Guide 2009: Lafuma X Light Mid OT Boot Review

The Outdry treatment and ultralight weight mean this hiking shoe will go wherever you do.

Gear Guide 2009: Vasque Velocity VST GTX Boot Review

For lightweight versatility, lace up this low-cut and supportive shoe.

Gear Guide 2009: Montrail Hardrock 09 Boot Review

Run and hike through any terrain thanks to the sticky outsole of this shoe.

Gear Guide 2009: Kayland Dragonfly eVent Boot Review

These trail runners are the perfect mix of waterproof and breathable.

Gear Guide 2009: Asics Gel-Trabuco Boot 11 WR Review

If you want the perfect pair of trail runners, look no further than the Gel-Trabuco's.

3 Ways To Save: Ultralight Dayhiking

Save weight, your feet, and money with these three pieces of ultralight gear

Vibram Expands Group of Trail Running Partners

Vibram continues to expand on its successful mission of reaching a younger, broader audience with work for innovators in the trail running field.

Smash Your Fitness Barriers With Heart-Rate Training

Become a better hiker. Build speed, endurance, and strength all through heart-rate training.

Trail Runner Review: Merrell Pursuit Shield

This low-cut's shallow tread grips well through it all

Boot Review: Lafuma Active Raid GTX XCR

Enough support and comfort to carry a big load for 56 miles in four days--that is, if you're up to it

Trail Runner Review: Salomon GCS Pro

Be cool in fastpacking's finest footwear

Trail Runner Review: Montrail D7

Just ask our Northwest editor how these boots hold up and he'll tell you a little bit about the 13-mile, 6,000-foot-elevation trail he covered. Easy as instant-pudding pie.

Trail Runner Review: Salomon GCS Pro

This shoe fits the fastpacker interested in traveling long distances on hot days.

Boot Review: Vasque Velocity

Pillows underfoot might be softer, but they won't last like these cushy shoes.

Boot Review: Merrell Torque

Not a speed demon? These traditionalists are great for light hiking.

Boot Review: Tecnica Tricon

Ventilation and traction are a nice combo, but stability doesn't match the best.

Boot Review: Dunham Trail Mix

Even big guys with wide feet will feel agile with these supportive shoes.

Salomon XA Pro 2

One of the lightest shoes in the test scores big with trail runners.

Boot Review: Montrail Masai

Let others wilt in the heat; your feet are air-cooled by these ventilated runners.

Boot Review: 6 Fast-Track Shoes

Ready, set, go. You'll literally run down the trail with these featherweight kicks.

Boot Review: Montrail Java GTX

These shoes can handle any terrain.

Boot Review: Teva Haze

Hike on the trail then run on the road with these versatile shoes.

Boot Review: Five Ten Via Ferrata

Snow-covered trails are no match for this shoe

Boot Review: Merrell Torque

If a short trip is your plan, grab these boots and go.

Boot Review: Salomon Expert Low

Not the best for long days and heavy loads, but great for fastpacking.

Boot Review: La Sportiva Monarch Crest

Become geckolike the minute you slide into these shoes.

Boot Review: Dunham Waffle Stomper Nimble

Boots ideal for summer fast-packing

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