10 Best Running Shoes For Rocky Trails

Updated on: September 2021

Best Running Shoes For Rocky Trails in 2021


Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 Trail Running, Black/Black/Black Metallic, 9.5

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 Trail Running, Black/Black/Black Metallic, 9.5
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Salomon Men's XA Elevate Trail Running Shoes, Poseidon/Lime Green/Black, 10

Salomon Men's XA Elevate Trail Running Shoes, Poseidon/Lime Green/Black, 10
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Agility: Elevate's Sensifit supports the foot without constricting it, while the Advanced Chassis combined with Energy Cell+ provides agile stability.
  • Protection: Profeel film protects the soles of your feet on rough, rocky terrain. And a lightweight toe cap and mudguard protect the base of the foot from dings and scrapes.
  • Grip: A premium wet traction Contagrip sole ensures grip on all trail conditions, and a scrambling zone around the forefoot has more surface contact, for grip on rocky terrain.

ALTRA Women's Lone Peak 3.5 Running Shoe, Black, 5.5 B US

ALTRA Women's Lone Peak 3.5 Running Shoe, Black, 5.5 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • DESIGNED TO IMPROVE: Natural Foot Positioning, Toe Splay, Comfort
  • PLATFORM: Fully cushioned Zero Drop platform with FootShape toe box. CUSHIONING: Moderate. STACK HEIGHT: 25mm. LAST: SD6-M.
  • MIDSOLE: Dual Layer EVA with A-Bound. OUTSOLE: MaxTrac Rubber with TrailClaw. INSOLE: 5mm Contour Footbed. UPPER: Quick-Dry Air Mesh.
  • OTHER FEATURES: Sandwiched StoneGuard Rock Protection next to the foot, Natural Ride System, 4-Point GaiterTrap Technology.
  • IDEAL USES: Trail Running, Hiking, Fastpacking, Trail Racing. WEIGHT: 8.7oz./247g.

Inov-8 Women's Trailtalon 235 (W) Trail Running Shoe, Teal, 11 B US

Inov-8 Women's Trailtalon 235 (W) Trail Running Shoe, Teal, 11 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • For running fast on trails, hard-packed trails and over rocky terrain.
  • Superior trail traction: Multi-directional 4mm deep studs, each with a wide contact area, provide aggressive grip, excellent stability and the quick release of any debris.
  • Superior trail traction II: Using three sticky rubber compounds on the outsole increases grip and durability. The hardest, most durable rubber is on the heel, with a medium rubber up the center for increased traction.
  • Cushioned ride: Power flow midsole delivers 10% better shock absorption and 15% better energy return than standard midsoles.
  • Improved fit: The new lightweight, breathable upper material helps deliver a better fit and more flexibility than the previous model.

New Balance Women's Minimus V1 Trail Running Shoe, Black/Thunder, 10 W US

New Balance Women's Minimus V1 Trail Running Shoe, Black/Thunder, 10 W US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Acteva midsole. Heel pull loop
  • Antimicrobial treatment to reduce odor
  • 4 mm drop, Vibram outsole
  • With an upper made of flexible mesh materials and a Vibram outsole with flex grooves.
  • This women's trail running shoe offers the traction and durability you need to run on rocky trails. Lace-up closure

VJ XTRM OCR Shoes - Trail Running Shoes Women and Mens with a Full Length Rock Plate - Made for Rocky and Technical Mountain Trails and Obstacle Course Races - Mens 7.5 | Womens 9 Red

VJ XTRM OCR Shoes - Trail Running Shoes Women and Mens with a Full Length Rock Plate - Made for Rocky and Technical Mountain Trails and Obstacle Course Races - Mens 7.5 | Womens 9 Red
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Designed for Obstacle Course and Trail Running - Made for rocky and technical terrain of OCR, Trail, Sky, and Mountain Running. Co-designed by Jon Albon, World Champion Sky Runner and OCR athlete.
  • XTRM is built with cushioning units in the front and heel for maximum comfort while the full length rock plate protects your feet from sharp rocks and sticks. A medium last guarantees a secure ride with a toe box that not too narrow and not too wide. New FitLock secures your foot into the shoe for precise control.
  • Outsole made of Butyl rubber - for VJ's legendary grip. A strengthened rubber toe-cap protects your toes. Upper is made from a custom blend of Kevlar and polyester designed to be tough and durable.
  • Specs: 4mm drop - 8.8 oz (US M 8.5) - 6mm cleats on the outsole.
  • #TheBestGriponthePlanet

VJ MAXx Shoes - Trail Running Shoes Women and Mens - Made for Rocky and Technical Mountain Trails and Obstacle Course Races - Men's 9/Women's 10.5

VJ MAXx Shoes - Trail Running Shoes Women and Mens - Made for Rocky and Technical Mountain Trails and Obstacle Course Races - Men's 9/Women's 10.5
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • MADE FOR GOING LONG: The New VJ MAXx VJ MAXx is a well cushioned, light-weight trail shoe especially designed for the longer distances
  • THE BEST GRIP ON THE PLANET: Outsole is VJ's famous 100% Butyl-rubber
  • A LITTLE BREATHING ROOM: The upper is made of breathable sandwich mesh and reinforced with strong Kevlar fibers and built on a larger than medium last with just a little more space in the toe box
  • PROTECTION: Strengthened rubber toe-cap and full length Rock Plate in the sole protects you from sharp rocks and sticks
  • THE SPECS: 6mm drop - 8.8 oz (US M 8.5) - 4mm cleats in the outsole

VJ Irock Shoes - Trail Running Shoes Women and Mens - Made for Rocky and Technical Mountain Trails and Obstacle Course Races - Sandwich Mesh and Kevlar Fibers

VJ Irock Shoes - Trail Running Shoes Women and Mens - Made for Rocky and Technical Mountain Trails and Obstacle Course Races - Sandwich Mesh and Kevlar Fibers
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • BUILT FOR IT - Designed for Obstacle Course and Trail Running - Made for rocky and technical terrain of OCR, Trail, Sky, and Mountain Running. Co-designed by Jon Albon, World Champion Sky Runner and OCR athlete.
  • LOCKED IN - new FitLock and anti-slip laces so you can go the extra mile without worry that your laces have loosened or come undone
  • BEST GRIP ON THE PLANET - Outsole made of Butyl rubber - for VJ's legendary grip. A strengthened rubber toe-cap protects your toes. Upper is made from a custom blend of Kevlar and polyester designed to be tough and durable.
  • THE SPECS - 6mm drop - 8.8 oz (US M 8.5) - 7mm cleats on the outsole.
  • MAXIMUM COMFORT - Cushioning units in the front and heel, for optimal sizing and comfort, we recommend going up a 1/2 size

adidas outdoor Men's Terrex Swift R2 GTX Black/Black/Black 11.5 D US

adidas outdoor Men's Terrex Swift R2 GTX Black/Black/Black 11.5 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Fear no forecast
  • Go all out in all weather

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Women’s Mountain Trail Running Shoe, Fjord/Malibu Blue, 39

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Women’s Mountain Trail Running Shoe, Fjord/Malibu Blue, 39
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • ALL AROUND TRAIL SHOE combines comfort, traction, fit and protection to make this a great shoe on fire roads, steep climbs, long hikes, backcountry races, trail runs and across rugged rocky terrain
  • HIGHLY BREATHABLE AirMesh fabrics keep your feet cool on hot days, control moisture and prevent blisters in the heat of summer during long distance trail runs while keeping the shoe ultralight
  • MEDIUM FIT makes for enhanced comfort and a sure footed stable trail shoe; 8mm heel-to-toe drop in this neutral runner provides a smooth foot strike
  • VIBRAM SOLES WITH HIGH GRIP TREAD provides high traction and stability without sore feet or blisters and high durability with a limited break in period; tough reinforced toe protects against sharp rocks
  • ANKLE SUPPORT from reinforced heel cup provides stability backcountry trail runners and ultralight backpackers need for high mileage days on rugged and rocky trails.

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If you found this article useful you may want to read: How to Make a Great Artist's Resume and How to Build the Best Business Card (for Artists) or Creating and Maintaining a Blog that Attracts Followers.

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