About Mens Trail Runners

Trail runners are a great choice for those who are looking for a good, reliable men’s hiking boot alternative.

Especially if you’re hiking on a less challenging trail, trail runners provide enough traction along with ankle and foot security that you’ll find enough comfort to make your hike an enjoyable experience.

They work great for jogging outdoors, day hikes and even longer backpacking trips.

Nowadays there is a wide selection and variety of men’s trail runner hiking shoes that it can feel overwhelming to find the right one for you.

Be sure to check out our ratings and reviews of the best Men’s trail runners below.

It’s always good to also compare trail runners to hiking boots.

Scroll down for our additional buying guide including tips on how to find the best Men’s Trail runnings.

Best Mens Trail Runners 2020

    Shoe Style Trail Runners
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Adidas Men’s Vigor Bounce M Trail Runner great a great, grippy trail runner from Adidas. They are super lightweight at just under 10 ounces and give you amazing cushion and grip on the bottom that will help keep you on the trail longer with less fatigue.

    Pros
    • Lightweight under 10 ounces
    • Lots of padding in the midsole
    • Good comfy feel around your feet
    • Great grip and traction in the outsole
    Cons
    • Tight toe box
    • "Luggy" sole not great for city running

    Read our full review of the Adidas Men’s Vigor Bounce M Trail Runner


    Shoe Style Trail Runners
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Trail Runner gives you amazing grip and performance while cruising through nature’s obstacles. Right out of the box you’ll get a nice fit with little breaking in necessary. The lugs on the bottom are very deep, almost comparable to cleats.

    Pros
    • Tough, deep grip
    • Cool styles
    • Lightweight and rugged
    Cons
    • Not good for city running.

    Read our full review of the Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Trail Runner


  1. Merrell Men’s Glove 4 Trail Runner
  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.3 / 5)
    Shoe Style Trail Runners
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Merrell Men’s Glove 4 Trail Runner is a great minimalist shoe that works great for conquering the trail. The Glove 4’s are very lightweight and fit your feet like a glove and give amazing support to those extreme trail runners. The Vibram soles give you amazing grip with lightweight multidirectional lugs for the technical trail.

    Pros
    • Lightweight minimalist style, ,
    • Plenty of ventilation and comfort in the uppers very durable
    • Vibram soles
    Cons
    • Tighter than normal
    • Too grippy for road running

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Glove 4 Trail Runner


    Shoe Style Trail Runners
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price No products found.

    The New Balance Men’s MT10V1 Minimus Trail Running Shoe is a great minimum running shoe that will provide performance by helping you become a better runner. The design of the Minimus shoes is meant to help you use your foot’s natural running tendency to take pressure off your heel and get you running on your toes.

    Pros
    • "Barefoot" feel
    • Snug fit
    • Lightweight, excellent traction
    • Built for the trail
    Cons
    • Not good for city running
    • Little cushioning
    No products found.

    Read our full review of the New Balance Men’s MT10V1 Minimus Trail Running Shoe


  3. Vibram Men’s V Trail Runner
  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.1 / 5)
    Shoe Style Trail Runners
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Vibram Men’s V Trail Runner is a robust, state of the art, trail runner that will give your feet freedom while you tear through all that mother nature can throw your way. Vibram trail runners are in a class of their own with their patented designed form-fitting shoes

    Pros
    • Very comfortable
    • Lightweight and durable
    • Great traction
    • Fit for performance
    Cons
    • Can only wear outdoors
    • They're not meant for everyone

    Read our full review of the Vibram Men’s V Trail Runner


Mens Trail Runners Buying Guide

Everything you need to know before purchasing Mens Trail Runners

Types of Trail Runners

Lightweight trail running shoes are made for men and women and come in three different types:  Light trail, rugged trail, and off the trail.

Light Trail shoes are made for better kept, smoother, wider trails.  Perfect for a run through your nearby park.

Rugged Trail shoes will give you the most variety out of the 3.  You can find these as comfy, lightweight shoes that are built tougher than Lightweight shoes but offer some more versatility than the off trail’s.  Many of these runners come with a toe guard in the front along with a midsole shank and deep multi-directional lugs.

Off Trail shoes are the most robust of the 3 types of trail runners and are built to handle the most demanding trails.  They give your feet more protection than the rugged trail shoes by implementing heavier materials in the midsole and uppers to help you handle the rigors of the more wild trails.

Hiking Boot Advantages

  1. Stability – Boots are built to offer support on many different points.  Ankle support in the high cut and even lower cut boots, midsole support especially with an added shank, and heel support.  Most boots also come with a deep cut, multi-directional lugs on the bottom sole for increased traction.
  2. Durability– You should be able to get at least 1000 miles out of a pair of boots.  There are people who are still wearing the same boots today that they wore in the 90’s!  Of course, they don’t make them like they used to, but we do encourage readers to spend more on boots for better quality as this will save money from constantly having to replace poor quality boots.
  3. Protection– A good, strong boot should feel like a tank for your foot and keep you safe from rocks, roots and be waterproof.

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