Chirp Wheel Review: How Well Does It Relieve Back Pain?

In this Chirp Wheel review, we cover the key features, pros, cons and our thoughts on using this back pain relief wheel to relieve tension in our aching backs.

Fi Dog Collar Review 2020: Is It The Best GPS Smart Dog Collar?

I've worn the Fi Dog Collar every day for the last few months. Read my thorough review of this innovative GPS collar and activity tracker.

5 Best Headlamps for Trail Running & Ultrarunning in 2020 (So Far)

This concise list of the 5 best headlamps for trail running will help you decide which one to buy, based on your individual requirements.

The Best Trail Running Shoes in 2020 (So far): The Ultimate Buyers Guide!

Our ever-evolving list of the best trail running shoes for every scenario; whether you run ultramarathons, race 10k's or plan to do a Spartan/Tough Mudder..

5 Best Waterproof Running Jackets for Trail Running & Ultrarunning in 2020

This concise list of the 5 best waterproof running jackets will help you decide which jacket to buy for your Winter trail running adventures.

Best GPS Watches for Ultrarunning & Trail Running in 2020

Ultrarunners have a very specific set of requirements when it comes to buying a GPS running watch. Our shortlist of top GPS running watches will help you decide which one is best for you.

Chirp Wheel Review: How Well Does It Relieve Back Pain?

In this Chirp Wheel review, we cover the key features, pros, cons and our thoughts on using this back pain relief wheel to relieve tension in our aching backs.

Fi Dog Collar Review 2020: Is It The Best GPS Smart Dog Collar?

I've worn the Fi Dog Collar every day for the last few months. Read my thorough review of this innovative GPS collar and activity tracker.

5 Best Waterproof Trail Running Shoes in 2020 (so far…)

It’s no secret that running motivation can be low during the months of Fall and Winter, and this is mostly due to the colder/wetter weather and shorter days. I’m here to tell you that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing (thank you Sir Ranulph Fiennes for the quote). This gear guide features 6 of the best waterproof trail running shoes (PLUS scroll to the bottom for a bonus shoe for conquering the worst of the worst snowy conditions) available that will leave you with no excuses not to run this Winter.

RELATED POSTS: The Best Trail Running Shoes of 2020 (so far…) / Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Trail Running

My Ranking criteria -> Great waterproof trail running shoes must:

  • be comfortable. Waterproof shoes are generally a little stiffer than non-waterproof shoes but that doesn’t mean they can’t be comfortable too.
  • be fully waterproof (not just resistant or repellant).
  • have some breathability but also keep your feet warm.
  • be lightweight. Especially important for ultrarunning and fastpacking where you’re going to be running for long periods of time. Heavy shoes will tire your legs quicker.
  • have excellent grip for wet, slippy and muddy terrain.
  • be durable. Waterproof running shoes are more expensive then standard trail running shoes so you will want them to last a long time, especially if you intend to be out on the trails a lot, no matter the weather.

With these features in mind, I’m here to help you find waterproof trail running shoes that you’re sure to be very happy with, but also are the best choice for you personally. The shoes on this buyer’s guide are all waterproof, durable, lightweight, comfortable, and offer excellent grip and ankle support, they’re also very good trail running shoes for Spartan/Tough Mudder obstacle course racing.

This list of the ‘best waterproof trail running shoes’ is continually updated, so make sure you check back before buying your next winter trail running shoes.

1. Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX – (Best all-rounder)

salomon speedcross 5 GTX waterproof trail running shoes

The Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX is the latest waterproof edition to an extremely popular shoe amongst runners who love to get dirty on the trails – and in our opinion the best waterproof trail running shoes. It’s a lightweight trail shoe and offers a very aggressive grip on technical, soft trails. Your feet will stay dry as you run through puddles and snowfields, while the shoe’s internal temperature is well-regulated thanks to the breathable construction of the upper. This shoe offers lots of ankle and heel support too, which makes it a popular choice for hikers who don’t want the bulk of a traditional hiking boot. And finally, there’s Salomon’s brilliant Quicklace adjustment system that I love as it’s so fast and easy to do up and won’t ever come loose.

  • Weight: 12.9 oz (365g)
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Cushion (0=responsive, 5=plush): 3/5
  • Support: Neutral

Find the best price for the Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX


2. On Cloudventure Waterproof

On Cloudventure Waterproof best on running shoes

The highly durable On Cloudventure Waterproof offer excellent cushioning while trail running fast downhill and even on road sections because of On’s midsole cushioning and CloudTech outsole. They also perform really well when climbing, this is due in part to a reduction in the forefoot CloudTech pod-compression, meaning more power on the forefoot than before. The waterproof upper keeps your feet dry and warm during those wet and cold winter runs.

It’s a trail running shoe that has a great all-round capability and much like the On Cloudventure (non-waterproof version), it is lightweight, supportive, and offers good protection from gnarly trails and bad weather; two things you can’t control while in the mountains. You won’t be able to blame the weather for not running if you own these trail running shoes.

  • Weight: 12.17 oz (345g)
  • Drop: 6mm
  • Cushion (0=responsive, 5=plush): 3/5
  • Support: Neutral

RELATED LINKS: On Cloudventure Waterproof ReviewOn Running Shoes Ranked: Which Are Best For You?


3. La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX

La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX best waterproof trail running shoes trail and kale

The La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX is a flexible, lightweight training and racing trail shoe that can help you unleash your speed in gnarly, cold conditions

They provide a balance of durability, cushion, stability and traction while keeping your feet warm and dry in variable conditions throughout the fall/winter months. There are thermoplastic polyurethane toe caps that will protect your toes from trail debris like rocks and roots, while the knit wrap around tongue improves comfort and fit.

The outsoles on the Kaptiva GTX have 3.5–4.5mm lugs that enhance traction in slippy conditions, and there are also EVA rock guards to shield your forefoot and heel from rocks and roots.

Plexus Co. (dba Chirp)
Plexus Co. (dba Chirp)
Plexus Co. (dba Chirp)
Plexus Co. (dba Chirp)
  • Weight: 9.1 oz (258g)
  • Drop: 6mm
  • Cushion (0=responsive, 5=plush): 3/5
  • Support: Neutral

Find the best price for the La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX


4. Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Waterproof

hoka one one speedgoat 4 waterproof trail and kale

The Speedgoat 4 Waterproof trail running shoe is designed to take on all types of technical trail. The Speedgoat 4 is extra durable and stable in this waterproof version. These fit a little narower than some other brands so take that into account when purchasing. There is heel and midfoot support in the upper which also controls lateral roll nicely.

These trail shoes offer wearability in all kinds of conditions from rainy trails to snowy roads. Hoka One One’s EVA foam midsole absorbs impact and provides a stable footing while the durable Vibram® Megagrip hi-traction outsole with its deep 5mm lugs give excellent grip on varied terrain.

  • Weight: 12.2 oz
  • Drop: 4mm
  • Cushion (0=responsive, 5=plush): 3/5
  • Support: Neutral

Find the best price for the Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Waterproof


5. Dynafit Speed MTN GTX

Dynafit Speed MTN GTX best waterproof trail shoes trail and kale web

The Dynafit Speed MTN trail running shoe is a tough, lightweight and at the same time a very comfortable shoe for alpine terrain. The sole is impressive in its balanced blend of grip and traction, which offers great footing and hold on both rock and soft surfaces like mud and forest trail. Like the Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX and the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX, both mentioned above, this shoe also uses a quick lacing system that’s uncomplicated and saves much time. The GORE-TEX® membrane that is the upper, ensures feet stay dry even in passing showers and on muddy terrain.

  • Weight: 13.8 oz (390g)
  • Cushion (0=responsive, 5=plush): 3/5
  • Support: Neutral

Find the best price for the Dynafit Speed MTN GTX


BONUS: Salomon Snowspike CSWP – (TOP IN SNOW & ICE)

Salomon Snowspike ClimaSalomon Waterproof best waterproof trail shoes trail and kale 2 web

With the Salomon Snowspike CSWP (ClimaSalomon Waterproof) you can confidently venture out into the harshest winter conditions. It has total waterproof protection and a high top to keep snow and moisture out of the shoes. There are 12 tungsten spikes built into the sole for confident grip on soft or compact snow and ice. The inner shoe uses Salomon’s Quicklace system to fasten the upper of the main shoe and the outer gaiter is closed with a waterproof zip feature. The Salomon Snowspike is the ultimate winter trail running shoes for those who run in snow and ice.

  • Weight: 14.1 oz (400g)
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Cushion (0=responsive, 5=plush): 4/5
  • Fit: Neutral

Find the best price for the Salomon Snowspike Trail Running Shoes


2 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting tips. Are you sure about the weight of On Cloudventure Water Proof? I think it was heavier when I tried it. Will it work on roads as well?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Alastair
Alastairhttps://www.trailandkale.com
Hey, I'm Alastair. I started Trail & Kale to share the mental & physical benefits that trail running and nature had given me. This site now inspires hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to trail run, hike, adventure more, and live a healthy plant-based lifestyle. It's also a place to learn how to chase your dreams, untether from convention and live more self-sustainably.

Don't Miss Out!

Subscribe to our Newsletter to get more trail running & outdoor adventure advice, gear reviews, and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.

- Advertisement -

TRENDING NOW

Chirp Wheel Review: How Well Does It Relieve Back Pain?

In this Chirp Wheel review, we cover the key features, pros, cons and our thoughts on using this back pain relief wheel to relieve tension in our aching backs.

Fi Dog Collar Review 2020: Is It The Best GPS Smart Dog Collar?

I've worn the Fi Dog Collar every day for the last few months. Read my thorough review of this innovative GPS collar and activity tracker.

5 Best Headlamps for Trail Running & Ultrarunning in 2020 (So Far)

This concise list of the 5 best headlamps for trail running will help you decide which one to buy, based on your individual requirements.

The Best Trail Running Shoes in 2020 (So far): The Ultimate Buyers Guide!

Our ever-evolving list of the best trail running shoes for every scenario; whether you run ultramarathons, race 10k's or plan to do a Spartan/Tough Mudder..

5 Best Waterproof Running Jackets for Trail Running & Ultrarunning in 2020

This concise list of the 5 best waterproof running jackets will help you decide which jacket to buy for your Winter trail running adventures.

Best On Running Shoes Ranked With Reviews 2020: Ultimate Buyers Guide

The ULTIMATE 'Best of' list for On running shoes (Trail & Road), ranked & reviewed. Find out which On running shoes are best for YOU in 2019!

latest Gear Reviews/Guides

Black Friday Trail Running, Adventure, Active Lifestyle Deals 2020

This is our Black Friday curated gift list featuring our favorite trail running and adventure gear of 2020 - Here are the amazing once-a-year deals we chose!

The Best Trail Running Shoes in 2020 (So far): The Ultimate Buyers Guide!

Our ever-evolving list of the best trail running shoes for every scenario; whether you run ultramarathons, race 10k's or plan to do a Spartan/Tough Mudder..

5 Best Running Tights in 2020: For Cold Winter Trail Runs

This shortlist of the top 5 winter running tights for trail runners and ultrarunners will help you decide which tights are ultimately best for you.

3 Mindful Reasons We Choose To Wear prAna Clothing

This prAna clothing review covers why we love the prAna brand, and a brief review of the prAna women's clothing and men's clothing we have been living in lately.

Best GPS Watches for Ultrarunning & Trail Running in 2020

Ultrarunners have a very specific set of requirements when it comes to buying a GPS running watch. Our shortlist of top GPS running watches will help you decide which one is best for you.

2XU Compression Tights Review: Running Tights Designed For Quicker Recovery

Review of 2XU's MCS compression tights for runners. These running tights feature technology designed to reduce fatigue, injury risk and recovery time.