7 Best Trail Stability Running Shoe for 2018

7 Best Trail Stability Running Shoe for 2018

With trail running poised to be one of 2018’s top fitness trends, it’s no surprise that shoe manufacturers have rushed to outfit those running off-road. But trail stability shoes remain a rare breed. Below are the best trail stability shoes for the over pronator (arches rolling inward), ranked in descending order.

Number 7

La Sportiva Bushido

La Sportiva Bushido

Still a relative unknown in the US, the Italian shoemaker La Sportiva has been making mountaineering footwear since 1928. Today, the brand focuses on producing some of the best heavy-duty trail running shoes on the market. The Bushido is one of their best. At first glance, the shoe looks heavy, but at only 11 oz for men’s size 9, they’re deceptively light. Thanks to an aggressive outsole that get great grip, the shoe excels on the most technical terrain. The biggest problem with the shoe? It’s stiff, making those longer runs feel even longer.

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Number 6

Asics GT-2000 5 Trail

Asics GT-2000 5 Trail

Aiscs’ GT-2000 Trail hardly represents the trail shoe reimagined. Instead, Asics simply took its popular road shoe, the GT-2000, kept its Dynamic DuoMax support system and FluidRide midsole, and added a trail specific outsole. Not that there’s anything wrong with trail-ifying the GT-2000, we named the 2000 one of our favorite stability shoes for 2016. If you’re looking for a basic trail running shoe, this is an excellent and safe option; if you’re looking to climb mountains or run down some highly technical trails, steer clear of the GT-2000 Trail.

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Number 5

Salomon S-Lab XT

Salomon S-Lab XT

The unisex Salmon S-Lab XT is among the most technical shoes on the list. Made by the French company with origins in skiing, the S-Lab XT has a cushioned and supportive midsole, paired with a relatively breathable (if sometimes overly snug) upper. Because of the extra support on the heel and pronation control on the midsole, you can tell this shoe was designed with heel strikers in mind. For the serious pronator and the serious heel striker, the S-Lab XT is an excellent choice, even if it’s the heaviest shoe on the list at 11.6 oz.

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Number 4

Hoka One OneArahi 2

Hoka One OneArahi 2

Hoka One One doesn’t classify the Arahi as a trail shoe. But that doesn’t stop us. Because the brand hails from the trails and because the shoe’s soft midsole construction seems tailor-made for rocky surfaces, we feel it’s a wonderful trail shoe for stability trail runners. Like other Hoka shoes, the Arahi 2 has a plush, springy midsole, but, unlike the rest of their line, the Constant has a little bit of pronation control. The outsole is grippy and the secure heel platform allows for sharp turns on rugged terrain. Like other Hoka models, the Arahi 2 is a tad expensive. However, thanks to the ability to wear these shoes from a short tail run to an ultra-marathon, you’ll get plenty of miles for your dollar.

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Number 3

Brooks Adrenaline ASR 14

Brooks Adrenaline ASR 14

At ShoeKicker, we love the Adrenaline GTS—we even named it our top stability shoe for men and women. The ASR is just the Adrenaline GTS for trails. And Just like the GTS, the ASR is an objectively wonderful stability shoes. If it were just fit, feel, and cushion, this would be our favorite trail shoe on the list. Unfortunately, the ASR—even though it’s intended for off road running—lacks many of the bells and whistles of the best trail shoes. The shoe’s outsole traction lacks grip and it’s missing the protective rock plate found on several other shoes on the list. It’s a great shoe that should be reserved for non-technical trails.

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Number 2

Pearl Izumi Trail M2

Pearl Izumi Trail M2

Plenty of cushion and the perfect amount of stability for the moderate pronator, the M2 makes for a great, everyday trail shoe. At 10.8 oz, the shoe is light and has a forward flowing heel-to-toe transition, making downhills (and almost every step) feel easy. For the serious mountain runner, the shoe has a rock-plate in the front foot, helping prevent against any errant stride into a boulder, and a wide toe box to prevent against any swelling for the longer runs. If you want a stability shoe with plenty of cushion for an ultra or beyond, this is a wonderful choice.

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Number 1

New Balance Leadville v3

New Balance Leadville v3

Aptly named after the popular (and grueling) 100 mile Colorado trail race, New Balance’s Leadville is one of the most durable shoes on this list—and one of the most comfortable. The shoe’s N2 cushioning and Rev Lite technology provide a lightweight, responsive midsole, while a rock plate that sits in front of the toes helps prevent against any unexpected boulder hit. Only 10.8 oz for the men’s size 9, it feels lighter than it looks. Add in a great, dual-layer synthetic mesh that makes the upper highly breathable, and you have a great shoe that can survive 100 miles of Leadville pounding. And if it can survive (and thrive) in Leadville, it can do well on any trail and on any terrain.

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