Top Women's Trail Runners Reviewed

Trail running is quickly becoming one of the most common recreational activities for active women.

Luckily there is a wide variety of selection to choose from to find your best trail running shoe.  This can also create a lot of confusion.

Trail runners can be used in for many different occasions.  Trail running, hiking, even as women’s hiking boot replacement.

Plenty of trail runners provide enough traction and ankle support that you can easily replace your old, dusty boots with a fresh pair of trail running shoes.

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

We’ve also included an ordered list of our favorite Women’s Trail Runners just below.

Learn more in our Top 25 Hiking Boots Round-Up.

Top Women's Trail Runners Rankings

  1. Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Aero Water Shoe

  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)

    Shoe StyleTrail Runners
    WaterproofNo
    SexWomen
    Current Pricefrom $64.95

    The Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Aero Sport Hiking Water Shoe is a durable hiking shoe perfect for hiking and playing in the outdoors. The Merrell’s offer a Vibram built sole with .5mm lugs to give you a ton of traction and grip when hiking through most terrain.

    Read our full review of the Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Aero Water Shoe


  3. New Balance Women’s WT10v1 Minimus Trail Running Shoe

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)

    Shoe StyleTrail Runners
    WaterproofNo
    SexWomen
    Current PriceNo products found.

    The New Balance Women’s WT10v1 Minimus Trail Running Shoe will serve you on and off the trail. They outsoles are built w. a Vibram sole with flex grooves traction so you know you’ll get maximum comfort and grip on the trail along with the ability to fearlessly explore the rockier terrain off trail as well.

    No products found.

    Read our full review of the New Balance Women’s WT10v1 Minimus Trail Running Shoe


  5. Salomon Women’s Speedcross 4 W Trail Runner

  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)

    Best For Runners

    Shoe StyleTrail Runners
    WaterproofNo
    SexWomen
    Current Pricefrom $84.99

    Salomon Women’s Speedcross 4 W Trail Runner is an incredibly comfortable trail running shoe that will help you tear through the outdoors like you’re running on a treadmill. Salmon’s are at the top of the game when it comes to shoes built for the outdoors specifically.

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


  7. Altra Women’s Lone Peak 3 Trail Runner

  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.1 / 5)

    Shoe StyleTrail Runners
    WaterproofYes
    SexWomen
    Current Pricefrom $89.95

    The Altra Women’s Lone Peak 3 Trail Runner is great for those looking for a trail runner with a lot of toe room. The toe box on these shoes is incredibly generous and will help you find space in the front of the shoe where other shoes leave your toes stuffed like sardines.

    Read our full review of the Altra Women’s Lone Peak 3 Trail Runner


  9. KEEN Women’s Oakridge Waterproof Shoe

  10. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)

    Shoe StyleTrail Runners
    WaterproofYes
    SexWomen
    Current Pricefrom $76.00

    The KEEN Women’s Oakridge Waterproof Shoe is durable, tough trail runner that will keep you light on your feet while still able to handle tough terrain. The uppers are made from waterproof, lightweight leather and mesh for protection and breathability.

    Read our full review of the KEEN Women’s Oakridge Waterproof Shoe


  11. Adidas Performance Women’s Rockadia W Trail Runner

  12. Editors Rating:
    (3.6 / 5)

    Shoe StyleTrail Runners
    WaterproofNo
    SexWomen
    Current Pricefrom $39.99

    The Adidas Performance Women’s Rockadia W Trail Runner will offer you really good support for a lightweight running shoe on or off the trail. The uppers include a durable mesh and synthetic textile materials for ventilation and toughness.

    Read our full review of the Adidas Performance Women’s Rockadia W Trail Runner


  13. Merrell Women’s Glove 4 Trail Runner

  14. Editors Rating:
    (3.4 / 5)

    Shoe StyleTrail Runners
    WaterproofNo
    SexWomen
    Current Pricefrom $68.51

    The Merrell Women’s Glove 4 Trail Runner is a “barefoot” all-purpose athletic shoe that will give your feet comfortable in a variety of different activities. Whether its the gym or a jog in nature these trail runners provide lightweight support and enough traction to help you conquer your fitness goals.

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


Last update on 2019-03-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Women's Trail Runners Buying Guide 2019

How to Pick

Trail Runner Advantages

  1. Weight – This is a no-brainer.  While most hiking boots weigh 3-4 pounds, most trail runners weigh around a pound.  Not only does this help your feet but keeps up the pace with less overall soreness.
  2. Breathability– Trail runners are light, and usually built with mesh and Gore-Tex for water protection.
  3. Flexibility – Along with a high torsional rigidity, most trail runners are built to get beat up.  Along with a strong grippy sole and tough uppers, these shoes should easily contour to your feet’s needs and be easy to break in.  Also keep in mind, despite not being touted as waterproof, if your trail runner gets wet it doesn’t take much to dry and won’t weigh you down if they do get soggy.  Even better, there are a number of trail runners that are sold as waterproof.

Trail Runner Disadvantages

  1. Little Ankle Or Foot Protection – In a trail runner you sacrifice the full foot and ankle protection you get from a boot.  Most ankle and foot injuries on the trail happen in shoes.  Unless sold as waterproof you’ll probably deal with water and rocks inside your shoe at some point as well.
  2. Cheaper Materials – Many trail runners are made cheaply in foreign countries and can fall apart by just looking at them the wrong way.  They can have all the features in the world, but if the seams can’t hold and the laces quickly whither away then they’re no good.

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Nick P

Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.

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