Best Overall Women's Trail Runner
La Sportiva Bushido
This year we are happy to announce that the La Sportiva Bushido
is our new Editor's Choice winner. This shoe is versatile, doing well on technical and groomed surfaces. The low profile design coupled with a trail biting tread gives any runner confidence while running up or down steeps. The EVA forefoot rock guard and extra hard toe cap protects from any kind of trail hazard, while the low stack height of just 13 mm/19 mm (forefoot/heel) keeps you low to the ground and intimate with the trail. Not only did we love all these features, but we also loved the cute color options. If you're in the market for a high quality and versatile trail runner - this Editors' Choice is our favorite.
Best Bang for your Buck
Saucony Peregrine 6 - Women's
The Saucony Peregrine 6 - Women's
is a low profile shoe (4 mm heel-toe drop) with exemplary versatility for a decent price of just $120. Its design balances great foot protection and sensitivity that can easily cross over from roads to trails. The outsole is incredibly bitey - providing great performance on both technical terrain and dirt roads. As one of the most breathable shoes tested, it's perfectly suited for hot days. The superior foot protection comes in the form of a rock plate and extra cushion in the midsole that protects from extended impacts on the trails. The Saucony Peregrine 6's logo "Run Anywhere" is true to the shoe
you really can go anywhere, and it performs well. All of this in combination with the $120 price tag makes this our Best Buy award winner.
Top Pick Award for Sloppy Surfaces
Salomon Speedcross 4 - Women's
If you're looking the best in traction out there, the Salomon Speedcross 4 - Women's
is your best bet! This is our go to trail shoe for super technical and soft surfaces. We brought it through all the nastiest stuff we could think of; snow, rocks, kitty litter, mud and more! The deep 8 mm multi-directional lugs are composed of a sticky rubber that grips to almost anything, giving any runner the confidence to charge up and down switchbacks. Because of its extraordinary performance in the 'nasty', we have given it our Top Pick for Sloppy Surfaces.
Top Pick Award for Wide Feet
Altra Lone Peak 3 - Women's
The Altra Lone Peak 3 - Women's
is a low profile trail running shoe with zero drop and a HUGE toe box. Designed to let your toes to splay out and move, this is the widest toe box tested. If you're blister prone or have trouble finding shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your feet, this is a great choice! It fits comfortably from heel to toe with a thick upper, while the trail claw stone guard and moderate cushioning protects your feet from rocky trails and painful surfaces. The additional cushioning implemented in this year's version makes it more comfortable for longer days on trail. That said, the zero drop technology takes a little getting used to and is best suited for forefoot and midfoot strikers. Take it on any trail for any distance! You will feel comfortable and your toes will thank you.
Top Pick for Comfort
HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat
If you're in the market for ride that makes it feel like you're running on clouds, the HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat
is our top pick! Featuring 31 mm of cushion in the heel, this shoe offers the most comfortable ride of any shoe tested! The vibram sole features podular rubber 4 mm lugs that do a great job gripping the trail and cornering switchbacks. In addition to comfort, the oversized midsole keeps your foot protected from most trail hazards. For the size of the shoe, it is surprisingly lightweight and incredibly breathable. If you're in the market for maximalist shoe with only a 5 mm drop, this Top Pick for Comfort is it!
Top Pick for Flexibility
The Salming Elements
is a low profile trail shoe that features the most flexible midsole tested. Lacking a few protective features, this shoe is sensitive and stable. It also features a mega burly outsole complete with 8 mm lugs. These long lugs do a great job at grabbing extra soft surfaces like mud and snow. The outer mesh is incredibly breathable while the lightweight design makes it feel like you've got nothing on your foot at all. The toe box is a little bit wide, but fits a narrow foot best. If you're in the market for a shoe that boasts sensitivity, stability, and an aggressive outsole, this Top Pick for Flexibility is a great choice!