Besides the body, running shoes are the most important piece of equipment for marathoners. In Utah, the abundance of public land makes trail running incredibly popular. Many runners are looking for lightweight, durable soled shoes. Finding trail running shoes is sometimes trial and error, so we have done our best to find the highest rated for 2018. Consider the following options, but also make sure to have your gait tested by a professional to pinpoint your needs.
Salomon S-Lab Sense 6
This lightweight shoe is perfect for trail running. Some trail running shoes on the market become too heavy after necessary traction is added. The Salomon design is different. The shoe has a special wet traction grip which works in wet and dry conditions to prevent falls, but is lightweight enough to not be noticeable. The soles provide optimum comfort, making it comfortable to run on the most difficult terrain. The Salomon is on the more expensive side of trail running shoes, but is said to be worth the investment.
Saucony Peregrine 7
The Saucony Peregrine is featured in many lists rating the top shoes of 2018. Like its predecessors, the 7 has excellent traction, grip, and works perfectly for trails in the Utah area. The shoe is said to be roomier in the forefoot and have a tougher heel cuff. The shoe is lightweight and provides good traction and breathability for wet or dry conditions.
Inov-8 Roclite 295
The soles of the Inov-8 Roclite 295 are amazing for all conditions, even on grassy fields and ice. The sticky grid design of the traction allows runners to grip the running surface, but still provides a flexible sole. Reviewers have said the sole is durable and doesn’t wear down as easily as other shoes. For those running on rocks or especially difficult terrain, the 295 is a great option.
Altra Superior 3.5
The new Superior 3.5 is being reported as more comfortable than its predecessor, the 3.0. The zero-drop platform and wide fit has received rave reviews. If you plan to run trails without too many rocks, this is a good option. The traction provided is thinner than the other options, but results in less awkward feeling when running on trails.
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v2
One of the best features of the new Hierro is the improved toe cap shield. The well-cushioned sole provides much needed support for those running trails. The forefront of the shoe is wide, allowing for foot splaying, but remains supportive. Another unique feature is the padded tongue, provided a snug fit around the ankle. To add to the shoes likeability, various ombre color options are available.
There are many options available for lightweight trail running shoes. Clunky, heavy trail shoes are no longer necessary. Shoe manufacturers have answered consumer cries for better products, delivering fabulous products. Find a shoe to fit your gait, arch needs, and durability requirements. Do your homework before making a purchase to ensure you’re buying the best shoe for your needs.