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Best Trail Shoes of 2018

Posted on 10/12/2018

Can you believe it is that time of the year again where we look back at the top performers for the year? Shoes are ranked according to the number of sales in the calendar year as well as how quickly the stock sold in the first few weeks of the model landing in store.

1. Altra Lone Peak 4.0

What runners liked: 

Runners enjoyed the updated outsole which is far more aggressive than the 3.5 version. The longer lugs and slightly lower stack height give the version 4 a more racy feel.

What RUN staff said:

If the apocolypse comes the only things left in this world will be cockroaches and the Lone Peak 4. This shoe is wild and free, you can try tame it but it is probably best to just put them on and enjoy the ride.

2. Saucony Peregrine 8

What runners liked: 

The Peregrine needs no introduction, the increased flexibility of the midsole has added a more lively feel to the shoe on technical trails.

What RUN staff said:

The world would be a sad, sad place if Saucony never brought us the Peregrine. Few shoes can compare to its legendary status. When it comes to sheer confidence-boosting grip there are very few contenders that can match it. The addition of Saucony’s EveRun technology in the midsole has added a lot of comfort to the Peregrine model, because of this they were able to remove the rock plate which has increased the flexibility of the shoe. The Peregrines are purpose built for speed.

3. Altra Superior 3.5

What runners liked: 

The lightweight feel of the Superior 3.5 makes it a fantastic racing shoe, while still providing protection underfoot with the interchangeable stone guard footbed.

 

4. Asics Trabuco 6

What runners liked: 

Although it isn’t the lightest trail shoe on the market, runners really enjoyed the durability of the shoe.

 

5. New Balance 910 v4

What runners liked: 

The increased stack height and the addition of the rock plate in the 4th version was a big plus for runners making the switch from version 3.

 

6. Saucony Xodus ISO

What runners liked: 

The word used most to describe these shoes have been “bulletproof”. The ‘Run Anywhere’ tagline is not wasted on the Xodus as it gives confidence on even the most technical of trails.

What RUN staff said:

The Xodus is one of the more robust shoes I’ve tried and has lasted me quite a while. For a trail shoe, this outsole has lasted longer than expected even through the rough terrain I’ve put it through.

 

7. Brooks Cascadia

What runners liked:

The breathable upper was a huge hit on the latest Cascadia version. Runners also enjoyed the outsole not being too aggressive, which makes it a good tar-to-trail option.

What RUN staff said:

The Cascadia is tried and tested, an incredibly versatile trainer that works for a wide array of people on various surfaces, from super technical to more runnable, from short distances to ultra-marathons. Lightweight with substantially improved grip and a more rugged upper. Works well for novice and experienced runners alike.

 

8. Hoka Speedgoat 2

What runners liked:

The Vibram Megagrip was a clear standout feature amongst runners in the Speedgoat 2, giving confidence with the max cushioning.

 

9. New Balance Summit KOM / QOM

What runners liked:

Runners enjoyed the plush feel of the shoe with the good amount of cushioning in the midsole and a rock plate underfoot.

 

10. Salomon Sense Ride 20

What runners liked:

The Vibe midsole has added a nice dynamic to their trail range, runners looking for a more plush feel really enjoyed the softer midsole.

What RUN staff said:

If you are looking for one shoe that does it all on the trail, then the Salomon Sense Ride is a strong option. Light enough to be a racer, and cushioned enough to be a daily trainer. Revolutionary Vibe technology actually reduces vibration during landing, which is a substantial contributing factor to injury, and is suitable for technical and runnable trail alike.

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