Are you a woman in search of adventure by trail? A trail running shoe is built to take you safely onto backcountry trails. On these adventures, there are a variety of surfaces you may encounter. And here are the four best trail running shoes for women. Check out, below.
La Sportiva Bushido
The La Sportiva Bushido is a trail beast that combines a low profile fit with great sensitivity and traction. This year, it won our Editors’ Choice Award. In a close race with the Pearl Izumi Trail N2 v3- Women’s, we liked the Bushido a more for its burly traction and higher level of stability. Throughout this last year we truly took this shoe through “the stuff.” Trails that had a little bit of everything – mud, sand, and rocks. We trudged through rivers and into the desert. We summited mountains and ran out roads. In the end our testers truly loved it for its streamlined fit, lightweight, and versatility.
The race was tight with the Pearl Izumi Trail N2. It almost won because many of our testers preferred its comfortable and cushioned midsole and heel. However, this traditional trail runner lost out in the end for its lack of traction. The lugs on the La Sportiva are grippy, deep, and multi-directional – making it perfect for steep switchbacks and decents. The Pearl Izumi shoe doesn’t compare, slipping out on steeps and while walking over slippery surfaces.
Another close contender for the Editors’ Choice award was our new Best Buy award winner – the Saucony Peregrine 6 – Women’s. Last year this shoe won our Editors’ Choice award. However with a higher stack height, we found stability wasn’t as good and its weight increased by a smidgen. As a result, the Bushido prevailed and won our Editors’ Choice award.
Saucony Peregrine 6
The Saucony Peregrine 6 – Women’s is a low profile shoe (4 mm heel-toe drop) with exemplary versatility for a decent price of just $120. Its design balances great foot protection and sensitivity that can easily cross over from roads to trails. The outsole is incredibly bitey – providing great performance on both technical terrain and dirt roads. As one of the most breathable shoes tested, it’s perfectly suited for hot days. The superior foot protection comes in the form of a rock plate and extra cushion in the midsole that protects from extended impacts on the trails. The Saucony Peregrine 6’s logo “Run Anywhere” is true to the shoe…you really can go anywhere, and it performs well.
Salomon Speedcross 4 – Women’s
If you’re looking the best in traction out there, the Salomon Speedcross 4 – Women’s is your best bet! This is our go to trail shoe for super technical and soft surfaces. We brought it through all the nastiest stuff we could think of; snow, rocks, kitty litter, mud and more! The deep 8 mm multi-directional lugs are composed of a sticky rubber that grips to almost anything, giving any runner the confidence to charge up and down switchbacks.
Altra Lone Peak 3 – Women’s
The Altra Lone Peak 3 – Women’s is a low profile trail running shoe with zero drop and a HUGE toe box. Designed to let your toes to splay out and move, this is the widest toe box tested. If you’re blister prone or have trouble finding shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your feet, this is a great choice! It fits comfortably from heel to toe with a thick upper, while the trail claw stone guard and moderate cushioning protects your feet from rocky trails and painful surfaces. The additional cushioning implemented in this year’s version makes it more comfortable for longer days on trail. That said, the zero drop technology takes a little getting used to and is best suited for forefoot and midfoot strikers. Take it on any trail for any distance! You will feel comfortable and your toes will thank you.