Helly Hansen Pace Trail

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

Brand: Helly Hansen Gear Reviews

Model: Pace Trail


These low-cuts blend Lexus comfort, Viper sleekness, and Jeep performance. The broad, stable outsole has an aggressive tread pattern, which made me feel like I could walk over anything—so I did, from mud-slick roots to steep talus fields on Mt. Hood.

The cushy EVA midsole, combined with a polyurethane/EVA heel counter, gave me enough support, comfort, and impact resistance to carry up to 40 pounds all day over varied terrain. (Hikers with weak ankles will likely want a higher, more supportive boot.) A plastic exoskeleton and rubber toe bumper protect against rocks and stubbed toes.

Best For

Strong-ankled backpackers who want a light shoe for hiking and scrambling in rocky areas, where protection from impact is essential

Tester Data

> Dan Larsen

> Duration Aug. to Sept.

> Locales/conditions OR, WA; mud, rock, and rainforest

> “The forefoot is squarish and roomy, which fit my wide forefeet and long toes well, even when big miles in the Cascades caused swelling.”

Lightweight and versatile trail running shoe that provide supreme comfort through Helly Hansen’s InfinityFit upper technology. Premium EVA and C-Zone heel cushioning provides great comfort for the long hours on rough terrain, while HellyWear protects the feel from trail debris.

Synthetic and mesh
medial roll-cage support
HellyWear protection
Infinity Fit

rumple zone