Top Men's Trail Runners Reviewed
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.
Top Men's Trail Runners Rankings
Last update on 2019-03-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Men's Trail Runners Buying Guide 2019
How to Pick
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Protection– A good, strong boot should feel like a tank for your foot and keep you safe from rocks, roots and be waterproof.