We love trail running and our trail shoe selection proves it. It is such a great way to get off road, away from civilization, and become a better, stronger runner.
The uneven surfaces will help improve balance and strength while balancing the development of leg, knee, ankle, and foot muscles and tissues.
When first starting to trail run, choose easier, less demanding trails until you become accustomed to the new aspects of trail running.
Trail shoes are made for the trails and only the trails...mostly. True, you can run short distances on roads to get to trailheads, but longer distances may cause problems for many runners, namely sore shins.
Trail shoes are different from road shoes in many ways. They are more durable and therefore often heavier than road shoes because of the extra-beefy uppers.
Trail shoes can also be stiffer for extra stability for running on uneven and unstable surfaces.
Trail shoes are often lower profile than road shoes to add more stability.
Because trails are softer and more forgiving than the roads, trail shoes usually don't offer the cushioning or feel as soft as road shoes.
All said, trail shoes are for the trails and road shoes can do double duty as long as the trail is not too technical.
Lone Peak, Olympus, and Superior
Cascadia, Adrenaline ASR, and Pure Grit
Stinson ATR, Mafate, Challenger ATR, and Speedgoat
Roc Lite 295
Wildcat, Bushido, and Mutant
Mountain Masochist and Bajada
N2 and M2
Fellraiser and S-Lab Sense
Peregrine and Nomad TR
Wasatch Running Staff at the start of the 2008 Mid-Mountain Marathon