Best Womens Trail Runners in 2020

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Quick List: Top Womens Trail Runners

About Womens Trail Runners

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.

Best Womens Trail Runners - Updated January 2020

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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