Vibram trail running soles give runners optimal stability, grip and comfort. As a bit of a Luddite, he doesn't wear a watch or log his miles and time spent running, but has run in and tested over 130 different pairs of Best Trail Running Shoes over the past six years, so feels he has a pretty informed idea about what works and what doesn't out on the trail.
This is literally a shoe that we had a hard time taking off, preferring it for any sort of outdoor activity, from hiking to walking or running errands, not to mention evening runs on the well packed and groomed dirt trails at Smith Rock State Park near our home.
However, with the continual evolution of new material choices, shoe companies can do a lot more with less, and are doing so by using lighter weight mesh uppers strengthened with TPU overlays rather than plastic support, and EVA foam in place of hard rock plates in the midsole.
After a string of disappointing updates, Brooks has righted the ship with the latest Cascadia 14. Their leading trail shoe is now lighter by a notable 2 ounces per pair, more comfortable with a streamlined and revamped upper, and extra grippy thanks to a new tread and rubber outsole.
Whatever your preference or personal ideology, we think everyone can be a trail runner, especially with the help of a good pair of shoes The two main things to consider before purchasing trail running shoes are what type your feet need (think stiff or pliable, neutral or stable, wide or narrow, high or low heel-to-toe drop ) and what type of shoes the terrain you run demands.
Weight used to be one of those things you would only consider when buying a tent or stove for backpacking, but didn't think mattered enough to consider for precious outdoor items like clothing, backpacks, climbing ropes, sleeping pads, or running shoes.
That said, this shoe doesn't claim to be made for those situations (check out the Nike Terra Kiger 5 instead if technical terrain is your jam), and is fantastically comfortable when running on the type of mellower trails that most of us typically frequent.