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Best Trail Running Shoes For Women – Top 5 in 2019 (So Far)

This is our selection of the best women’s trail running shoes that will get you through pretty much any situation while running on the trails. All 5 of these all-mountain/all-round ‘neutral support’ trail shoes are the top choices for 2019, so far!

RELATED: Best Men’s Trail Running Shoes of 2019

We update this page regularly, so make sure you check back when you’re ready to buy your next pair of trail running shoes. We also track prices across popular online running stores, so you don’t have to.

Related reading: Trail & Adventure Gear Guides / Running Shoe Reviews / Women Specific Content.

1. Salomon S-Lab Ultra 2

salomon s lab ultra 2 best womens trail running shoes

Designed specifically for trail racing, the unisex Salomon S-Lab Ultra 2 features a reduced weight and improved durability while maintaining comfort over long distances. Salomon’s SensiFit upper construction cradles the foot while the internal sleeve hugs the foot for a secure, comfortable fit.

The midsole on the Ultra 2 delivers great energy return for miles while the grippy outsole offers super reliable traction on wet, dry, hard, and loose surfaces. A true all-rounder for running fast through the mountains and on the trails.

Drop: 8mm / Weight: 10oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

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2. Nike Terra Kiger 5

Nike Terra Kiger 5 best womens trail running shoes

The women’s Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 is a lightweight trail running shoe for fast trail runs. Nike has updated the outsole in this latest edition, for improved performance on wet terrain and variable trail conditions. The previous Terra Kigers were known for their grip on dry trail surfaces, but the new Terra Kiger 5 now features a sticky midfoot rubber compound for improved traction on slick roots and rocks.

The shoe has also been updated with a full React foam midsole, which delivers a smooth and responsive ride on hard trail surfaces, as well as a forefoot rock plate for protection from sharp rocks. This new midsole makes the Terra Kiger 5 a great ‘door to trail’ approach shoe too.

The mesh upper is flexible, breathable, and supportive with a snug lacing system that gives you a much needed comfortable and supportive fit for rocky and technical trail sections. Nike has also added a special Zoom Air unit in the heel that provides added cushioning for long runs.

Drop: 4mm / Weight: 9.75oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

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3. La Sportiva Bushido 2

la sportiva bushido 2 best womens trail running shoes

The women’s La Sportiva Bushido 2 is for those looking for a high performing trail running shoe with the combination of responsiveness, stability, comfort, excellent protection and impressive traction. I recently gave this shoe the Trail & Kale Editor’s Choice Award, a well-deserved victory for La Sportiva.

The Bushido 2 provides enhanced cushioning while offering a stable, lightweight, sticky and aggressive outsole. The performance and protection on technical terrain, is impressive, to say the least! La Sportiva also added their proprietary LaSpEVA to the midsole in this latest version of the Bushido to create a more responsive and springier ride, keeping you running comfortably over long distances.

Drop: 6mm / Weight: 10.5oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

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4. Altra Lone Peak 4

Altra Lone Peak 4 best womens trail running shoes

Best Price for the Women’s Altra Lone Peak 4.0

The women’s Altra Lone Peak 4.0 Trail Running Shoe is designed to tackle tough trails, scrambles, and descents with tenacity and finesse. The combo of an aggressive sole and tough upper make the Lone Peak one of the hardest working trail shoes out there.

It has a tacky MaxTrac outsole and TrailClaw lugs, which give excellent traction on mud or buffed trails. Altra’s proven Foot Shape platform with a wide toe box, and Zero Drop construction allows your feet to move naturally as you run, which is why so many love the brand. Altra has also shaped the women’s Lone Peak with their Fit4Her last, which is adapted to accommodate the minimal, but significant shape differences in men’s and women’s feet.

Drop: 0mm / Weight: 8.5oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

5. Hoka One One Speedgoat 3

hoka one one speedgoat 3 best womens trail running shoes

The women’s HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3 trail running shoes offer super cushioning support and performance for you longest and toughest trail runs. There’s plush underfoot comfort and support for high-mileage days due to its oversized EVA midsole. This gives you lots of cushioning and a feel that’s not too bulky, ensuring maneuverability on tricky terrain. The Vibram outsole helps you claw into soft trails and keep your grip on roots and rocks, while the open engineered mesh upper provides good breathability on hot days.

A wider platform also works towards a more stable base, and the MetaRocker design (curve in the shoe from front to back) helps you transition easily and smoothly from heel strike to toe-off.

Drop: 4mm / Weight: 9.1oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

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