Best New Trail Shoes for Fall-Winter 2019

Thanks to Drymax for sponsoring our reporting on fall/winter 2019 trail shoes!

Twice a year, sometime after the respective trade-show season is over, I share info on many of the new trail-shoe models debuting the following season. Now is one such time, even if it’s a bit later than usual. What follows is a collection of shoes that have just launched or will soon launch in the middle of 2019.

For more on new trail shoes, check our articles on new trail shoes for spring-summer 2019spring-summer 2020, and fall-winter 2020. To find even more options for trail running shoes, check out our Best Trail Running Shoes article and our full collection of trail running shoe reviews.

[Editor’s Note: If you’re affiliated with a brand (i.e., an employee, ambassador, etc.) that produces shoes, please share that relationship in each of your comments on this article. Thanks!]

If you’re interested in a particular brand or model, you can use the following list to jump ahead. (The more in-depth previews are bolded in the list.)

Saucony Mad River TR ($110 – Out Now)

What the Saucony Mad River TR lacks in flashiness it more than makes up for in features in a solid, all-around package. The 10.7-ounce (303 g), 4mm-drop shoe has a breathable mesh upper with robust toe protection. There are two complete sets of eyelets for personalized fit, simple gaiter attachments, outsole prompts for inserting hex screws for winter traction, and a lace keeper.

The Saucony Mad River TR.

Brooks Cascadia 14 ($130 – Out Now)

In my mind, the tried-and-true Brooks Cascadia 14 takes a big step forward in loosing 1.2 ounces to drop down to 10.7 ounces (303 g) without giving up anything in turn. In fact, Brooks upgraded the outsole to its proprietary TrailTack material while widening the medial forefoot a bit. Along the way, they simplified the outsole design and added a Cordura mudguard for increased durability. The Cascadia 14 has an 8mm drop.

The Brooks Cascadia 14.

Also new from Brooks:

  • Brooks PureGrit 8 ($120 – Out Now) –  The 4mm-drop underfoot tooling is unchanged, but Brooks simplified the upper of this 9.3-ounce (264 g) shoe.

The Brooks PureGrit 8.

Skechers Go Run Speed Trail Hyper ($125 – Fall 2019)

The Skechers Go Run Speed Trail Hyper is an 8.0-ounce (227 g), 4mm-drop trail shoe with a super-airy and drainable monomesh upper with a burrito tongue. The midsole features Hyper Burst in the rear and Ultra Flight in the forefoot. The outsole’s perforated so the midsole functions as some of the lugs.

The Skechers Go Run Speed Trail Hyper.

SCOTT Kinabalu RC 2.0 (150€ – Out Now)

The SCOTT Kinabalu RC 2.0 is a 9.0-ounce (255 g), 3mm-drop trail shoe meant for fast running on less technical trails up to around the marathon. Given this focus, it will oddly not be available in the US market, but it will be in most of the rest of the world.

The SCOTT Kinabalu RC 2.0.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail ($130 – Out Now)

With the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail, the brand now expands to three trail-shoe offerings and this isn’t just a Pegasus 36 with deeper lugs. The Pegasus 36 Trail does use the same last (foot shape) and midsole foam as its roadie cousin, but it’s slightly wider underfoot in the heel and forefoot for more stability as well as going from a single airbag to two. The 10mm drop shoe has an engineered mesh upper with bigger holes than the road version to let out water while adding some TPU overlays in the toe and heel for durability. The airbags double as rockplates with 4mm lugs underfoot. The Pegasus 36 Trail weighs 10.3 ounces (292 g) for a men’s 10 (as opposed to the more oft-used weight of a US men’s 9).

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail.

Salomon XA Alpine Pro ($160 – August 2019)

The Salomon XA Alpine Pro is designed with rugged, mountainous terrain in mind. The 10.6-ounce, 6mm-drop shoe uses Salomon’s Carbon Edging Chassis, a smoother climbing toe, and a reinforced upper.

The Salomon XA Alpine Pro.

Also new from Salomon:

The Salomon S/Lab Ultra 2.

The Salomon Sonic RA Nocturne.

The Salomon Supercross.

Topo MTN Racer ($140 – Out Now)

The Topo MTN Racer is similar in many ways to the company’s Ultra Venture model, but in a more race-focused package. For starters, it’s got a firmer midsole and changes to Vibram MegaGrip while retaining the same midsole and outsole patterns. Topo’s also removed the tongue padding and added a second upper-most eyelet for additional lacing-lockdown options. The shoe weighs in at 9.3 ounces (264 g) and has a 5mm drop.

The Topo MTN Racer.

Also new from Topo:

  • Topo MT-3 ($110 – Out Now) – Topo added 2mm to the stack height by moving to the original Terraventure midsole/outsole combination. This 9.9-ounce (281 g), 5mm-drop trail shoe does not have a rockplate.
  • Topo Phantom ($130 – Out Now) – An 8.6-ounce (244 g), plush road shoe with a 30mm/25mm stack height. The first Topo shoe with their new Zipfoam midsole compound.

The Topo MT-3.

The Topo Phantom.

Altra King MT 2 ($130 – August 2019)

The Altra King MT 2 keeps its identifying features intact with the velcro lockdown strap, rugged design, and 6mm lugs. However, the shoe gets a big upgrade to the LiteBase version of Vibram MegaGrip that shaves 25% off the weight of the outsole. The King MT 2 will weigh in at 8.7 ounces (246 g) for a US men’s 9.

The Altra King MT 2.

Also new from Altra:

  • Altra Torin 4/Torin 4 Plush ($120/$140 – Out Now) – Altra’s bifurcated the Torin line with the Torin 4 being an ounce lighter (9.1 ounces/257 g versus 10.1 ounces/286 g) and 2mm lower to the ground.
  • Altra Escalante 2 ($130 – Coming Soon) – A decoupled midsole/outsole makes this road shoe more flexible underfoot, while a redesigned upper simultaneously makes the shoe more breathable and more secure in its 8.8-ounce (249 g) package.

The Altra Torin 4.

The Altra Escalante 2.

Hoka One One Evo Mafate 2 ($170 – Out Now)

The Hoka One One Evo Mafate 2 merely tweaks its predecessor, but it results in a much better shoe. The shoe sticks with the same underfoot tooling and last, but the upper features lycra in the center of the upper and a redesigned toe box for a more generous fit. The trail shoe weighs in at 10.3 ounces (291 g) and has a 4mm drop.

The Hoka One One Evo Mafate 2.

Also new from Hoka One One:

  • Hoka One One Arkali ($200 – Out Now) – Combination running shoe, climbing shoe, and hiking boot. It’s a protective mid-height shoe with adjustable heel and ankle straps along with Vibram MegaGrip. It’s a hefty 17.9 ounces (508 g) with a 6mm drop.
  • Hoka One One Clifton 6 ($130 – Out Now) –  With version 6, the Clifton goes on a diet, losing half an ounce to weigh in at 9.0 ounces (255 g). The 5mm drop road shoe uses a slightly softer midsole and adds a bit to the toe rand.
  • Hoka One One Rincon ($115 – Out Now) – A 7.7-ounce (218 g), 5mm-drop road shoe with an earlier-stage rocker meant for faster running. It’s also a tad on the softer side.

The Hoka One One Arkali.

The Hoka One One Clifton 6.

The Hoka One One Rincon.

Inov-8 Trailroc 280 ($150 – October 2019)

The Inov-8 Trailroc 280 replaces the existing Trailroc 270 and 285. The 280-gram (9.9oz) shoe with an 8mm drop now includes the brand’s G-Grip graphene-infused outsole material.

The Inov-8 Trailroc 280.

Also new from Inov-8:

  • Inov-8 Oroc 280 v3 ($140 – Out Now) – The third version of this carbide-spiked shoe has a revised upper with increased toe protection.

The Inov-8 Oroc 280 v3.

La Sportiva Blizzard GTX ($200 – September 2019)

The La Sportiva Blizzard GTX is a dedicated winter trail running shoe with deep lugs, carbide tips, an integrated gaiter, and a Gore-Tex membrane. By the numbers, it weighs in at 13.3 ounces (377 g), has a 6mm drop, and sports 7mm lugs. For more, read our full review of the La Sportiva Blizzard GTX.

The La Sportiva Blizzard GTX.

Also new from La Sportiva:

  • La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX ($160 – September 2019) – A 9.5-ounce (270 g) waterproof version of the Kaptiva with Gore-Tex Invisible fit.
  • La Sportiva TX Top GTX ($200 – September 2019) – A 17.6-ounce (500 g) technical winter hiker with Vibram MegaGrip and gaiter with pillowed ankle protection.

The La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX.

The La Sportiva TX Top GTX.

Merrell Bare Access XTR ($100 – Out Now)

The Merrell Bare Access XTR is an 8-ounce (240 g), 0mm-drop trail shoe with a moderate midsole with Merrell’s Barefoot construction.

The Merrell Bare Access XTR.

Arc’teryx Norvan VT 2 ($170 – August 2019)

The Arc’teryx Norvan VT 2 improves upon the previous version’s upper by removing the inner sock-like liner for more breathability and a lighter mesh with a thin TPU coat where durability calls for it. The shoe moves from two Vibram compounds (MegaGrip and Idrogrip) in the outsole to only MegaGrip in this revision. There are also additional eyelets for a more precise fit and a 0.7 mm TPU layer mid-forefoot for underfoot protection.

The Arc’teryx Norvan VT 2.

adidas Outdoor Agravic Flow ($130 – Fall 2019)

The adidas Outdoor Agravic Flow is a 10.9-ounce (310g) road/trail hybrid with a full-length Boost midsole and a low-lugged Continental Rubber outsole.

The adidas Outdoor Agravic Flow.

Dynafit Speed MTN ($140 – Out Now)

The Dynafit Speed MTN is designed to fit in the space between a trail running shoe and a hiking shoe. As such, it’s a robust 11.6 ounces (330 g).

The Dynafit Speed MTN.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX ($180 – Out Now)

The Salewa Speed Beat GTX features a robust upper with Gore-Tex membrane in a 12.3-ounce (350 g) shoe intended for winter running.

The Salewa Speed Beat GTX.

Notes on Fall/Winter 2019 Updates from Other Brands

New Balance is releasing the Fresh Foam Hierro v5 later this year, but we’ve not yet received any detailed information about the shoe.

Columbia Montrail, RaidlightSCARPA, The North Face, and Under Armour have confirmed they have no new trail shoes for Fall/Winter 2019.

Call for Comments

[Editor’s Note: If you’re affiliated (i.e., an employee, ambassador, etc.) with a brand that produces shoes, please share that relation in each of your comments on this article. Thanks!]

  • Which new trails shoes for mid-2019 have you most excited?
  • Have any technical questions? Ask away!
  • Know of other trail shoes due out early next year? Tell us about them in a comment.
Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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