The Top 5 Trail Running Shoes For Women Reviewed

women's trail running shoesTrail running shoes aren’t like your everyday running shoes. They are made differently to withstand the rough and rugged terrain of the great outdoors. These shoes provide the trail runner with greater stability and better foot protection.

While many of these shoes are referred to as trail running shoes, the reality is very few of them actually are. If you are on the hunt for these shoes for women, keep running as we quickly review the best trail running shoes on the market in 2019.

Best Trail Running Shoes For Women

1. ASICS Women’s GT-2000 3

ASICS Women's GT-2000 3 review

Overpronators will be excited by this shoe. It is by far one of the most comfortable and supportive shoes on the market. With the Asics Women’s GT-2000 3 you can crank out the miles and go the distance without any hesitation.

Thanks to the bouncy FluidRide midsole these shoes are a bit lighter than previous versions. The Heel Clutching System has also been redesigned, giving the shoe a more secure fit. With a more secure fit comes less foot fatigue and less bulk. When you combine GEL cushioning technology with a Dynamic Duomax Support System you have a stable shoe that’s perfect for overpronating runners.

ASICS Women's GT-2000 3 Running Shoe
697 Reviews
ASICS Women's GT-2000 3 Running Shoe
  • Lightweight running shoe with breathable mesh upper featuring synthetic overlays
  • Heel Clutching System
  • ComforDry sockliner
  • I.G.S (Impact Guidance System)
  • FluidRide midsole

2. Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2

Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2 review

When it comes to running on trails there is no better shoe than the Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2. It’s lightweight, provides optimal protection under the foot; the shoe is wide and stable, and also super comfortable. No matter what you throw at this shoe, it will rise to the occasion. It can literally take a beating and keep on ticking. They are durable and sure to help you run your absolute best.

Pearl Izumi Women's W EM Trail M 2 Trail Running Shoe, Black/Meadow Mauve, 5 B US
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Pearl Izumi Women's W EM Trail M 2 Trail Running Shoe, Black/Meadow Mauve, 5 B US
  • Running shoe in seamless upper featuring contrast stripes, logo patch on tongue, and lace-up vamp
  • Dynamic offset-shaped E:MOTION midsole is biomechanically tuned for mid-foot pronation running gait
  • Bi-lateral mid-foot posts to keep feet on top of midsole platforms in technical terrain
  • 1:1 Energy Foam in forefoot for cushioning and efficiency
  • Protective rock plate

3. Saucony Women’s Peregrine 5

Saucony Women's Peregrine 5 review

This low profile show exemplifies versatility. It combines balance, sensitivity and great foot protection which means it can easily cross over from trail to road, and repeat. Due to its lightweight design you barely even know the shoe is there. You will feel fast and free with every step you take.

If you want to run on a more complicated terrain, go right ahead. This shoe will keep your feet protected and nice and cool. The rock plate that sits in the midsole of the shoe will provide you with all the protection you need. With the Saucony Women’s Peregrine 5 you will be able to run anywhere!

Saucony Women's Peregrine 5 Trail Running Shoe,Grey/Mint/Purple,8.5 M US
144 Reviews
Saucony Women's Peregrine 5 Trail Running Shoe,Grey/Mint/Purple,8.5 M US
  • Trail running shoe featuring rock protection plate in midfoot and forefoot and durable rubberized toe tip
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Gaiter compatible

4. ALTRA Superior 3.5

ALTRA Superior 3.5 review

Say goodbye to bunions with the ALTRA Superior 2.0 running shoe. Unlike traditional running shoes, the ALTRA Superior 2.0 doesn’t have a pointy toe box. As a result you don’t have to worry about your foot being squeezed out of its natural position which ultimately leads to bunions and hammertoes.

Because the toe box allows your toes to relax and spread out, you will have better stability and better performance.

Another great feature is the zero drop platform. If you have been running for any amount of time you’d know elevated heels, at times, lead to poor performance. Every ALTRA running shoe is designed using a zero drop platform, which means your foot, back and entire body will be properly aligned which leading to a low impact landing with every stride.

ALTRA Women's Superior 3.5 Sneaker, Gray/Purple, 9 Regular US
225 Reviews
ALTRA Women's Superior 3.5 Sneaker, Gray/Purple, 9 Regular US
  • Ideal Uses: Trail Running, Off-Road Racing, Hiking, Backpacking
  • Designed to Improve: Natural Foot Positioning, Walking Form, Toe Splay, Comfort Platform: Fully-Cushioned Zero Drop platform and FootShape toe box
  • Midsole: EVA / A-Bound Blend with InnerFlex
  • Upper: Quick-Dry Air Mesh
  • Other Features: GaiterTrap Technology; Fully Reinforced Upper for Optimum Strength

5. Salomon Women’s Speedcross 3

Salomon Women's Speedcross 3 review

This ultra light running shoe comes ready right out the box. Made using water resistant nylon material, this shoe is flexible, light, and dries relatively quickly. The Sensifit design hugs the foot perfectly, ensuring a precise fit with minimal slippage.

This is probably one of the only shoes that can easily handle any type of terrain. From slippery, to wet, to rocky, this shoe can handle it all.

Salomon Women's Speedcross 3-W, Light Onix/Topaz Blue/Dark Cloud, 8 M US
1,770 Reviews
Salomon Women's Speedcross 3-W, Light Onix/Topaz Blue/Dark Cloud, 8 M US
  • Upper: Anti-Debris Mesh
  • Mud Guard
  • Sensifit
  • Quicklace Feather Construction
  • Lace Pocket

What To Look For In Trail Running Shoes

When it comes to finding the best trail running shoes there are 6 key factors you should look at; namely protection, traction, stability, comfort, sensitivity and weight. Keep in mind no two runners are alike. For example, some runners require more support than others.

The same goes for shoe width and how much room is needed in the toe box. It’s also recommended that you opt for shoes that are lightweight and breathable. Depending on the time of year, you might also want to look into waterproof shoes. This way the waterlogged feeling will go away within the first quarter mile.

If you have a big race coming up be sure to train in the same type of shoe you will be running in. This way you will be familiar with the feel of the shoe before you take it out on the trail.

If you have any more questions about how to choose trail running shoes, this video should help:

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