Top Sneakers that work great for hiking and trail running
- by Chazz Demaria
- June 29, 2021
As hiking grows more popular among travelers, there is no shock that the sneakers have also advanced in both comfort and technology. Many hiking shoe models now have maximum breathability and also stop well below the ankle. The one thing that trail running sneakers and day hikers have in common is lots of cushion for those many hours you are planning on spending on your feet.
1. La Sportiva Bushido II
While heavy hiking shoes may offer the best protection against sharp rocks along the trail, they can be very tiring to carry around all day. Some of the best hiking shoes for cushion, breathability and support are often trail running sneakers. A pair of La Sportiva runners will weigh in at slightly over one pound.
Additionally, these trail runners offer lots of cushion and a sturdy fit along the length of the foot without crowding in the toe box. While a loose shoe can lead to dangerous twists, a tight toe box can pound and bruise toenails on the downhill.
2. Adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Swift R2 GTX
If you need a trail shoe that will also function as a sneaker and keep your feet dry on a rainy hike, the Adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Swift R2 GTX is a terrific option. These are a bit heavier than a traditional trail runner, but they are waterproofed from the outside in and will make it easier to stay warm on an early morning hike. The extreme grip offered by the bright orange soles of these hiking shoes will keep you in contact with the trail. Women will likely find these shoes highly supportive as well, but be aware that if you have an extremely narrow foot, these may be hard to fit.
3. Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe
If you are looking for a trail runner that will support the middle of your foot without putting too much pressure on your toes, the Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe is an excellent choice. Do be aware that these hikers can be a bit heavier than many running shoes. However, if you are out in all weathers or traveling on rough terrain, the Altras will suit you.
These shoes offer a StoneGuard Rock plate for cushion and superior traction. No matter how careful you are, you are going to hit loose gravel and sharp edges on your trail run. If your favorite trail is loaded with beautiful sights as well as rough ground, this well-cushioned shoe can help.
4. Astral TR1 Mesh
If you love a barefoot run but have given it up for time on the trails, the Astral TR1 Mesh hikers may be a terrific option for you. In addition to offering a natural feeling as you run, these shoes are built to drain.
Even the best hiking shoes can develop an odor over time. Because the Astral TR1 Mesh is built for water crossings, you can enjoy the odor protection included in the insoles of these shoes. The sole is designed to flex and clear water, giving you a terrific grip on wet grass and when crossing streams. These shoes will dry out quickly no matter the intensity of your workout.
Treat yourself to a good pair of trail running shoes for everything from your daily walk to a long hike. If you are interested in thru-hiking, look for shoes that will not stink up your tent. Finally, if you have gotten accustomed to a high collar hiker, test your new shoes on a beginner trail to make sure your ankles will adjust.
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