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1. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail (Editor’s Choice)

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The women’s Nike Pegasus 36 Trail is a high-performance women’s trail running shoe that’s so comfortable it feels like a road running shoe. The Pegasus 36 Trail could actually be labeled as a road/trail hybrid, or a door-to-trail running shoe because quite honestly it performs very well on both surfaces. It’s very comfortable if you have to run partly on pavement to get to or from a trail, or if you’re running on surfaces such as gravel paths combined with more technical trails – it’s such a good all-rounder.

Contributing to the comfort is the Nike Air Zoom cushioned midsole that provides plenty of protection from sharp rocks too. The toe-box is not the most solid of all trail shoes, but does a good job for most trails – I kicked a rock in these shoes on a run earlier this week while wearing them, and my toe wasn’t even bruised. The women’s Pegasus 36 Trail is also lightweight, breathable, responsive, and grippy.

At an RRP of $130 Nike’s women’s Pegasus 36 Trail is reasonably priced. If you were to ask me which all-round trail running shoes I would recommend, my current opinion is these, these are what I am currently running in for most trail and door-to-trail runs, and that’s why they rank number 1 on this list. They are also number 1 on our best men’s trail running shoes list, for the same reason – Alastair loves them, too.

There are two other trail running shoes in the Nike Trail collection, both of which Alastair has compared to the Pegasus 36 Trail in this post here: Nike Trail Running Shoes Compared: Which Are Best?

Drop: 9.6mm / Weight: 8.2oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

Best Price for the Women’s Nike Pegasus 36 Trail


2. Salomon S-Lab Ultra 2

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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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3. Nike Terra Kiger 6

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The women’s Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 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 Terra Kiger 6 features a sticky midfoot rubber compound for improved traction on slick roots and rocks, and as such it is designed for wet and rocky conditions.

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 6 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: 8.5oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

Best Price for the Women’s Nike Terra Kiger 6

At the time of writing, Nike are also currently still selling the Terra Kiger 5, as this is also a great shoe which may be on sale (given the 6 has been released) you may be able to get these for a great price via one of the stores below:


4. La Sportiva Bushido 2

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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. When this shoe was released, Alastair gave it the Trail & Kale Editor’s Choice Award, after having a great time wearing his pair out on the trails – 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.

Best Price for the Women’s La Sportiva Bushido 2



5. Hoka One One Speedgoat 4

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The women’s HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4 trail running shoes are designed for running on technical terrain. The women’s Speedgoat 4 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: 9oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

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