Best New Trail Shoes for Spring-Summer 2020

Whether you’re a shoe geek or just someone looking for a new pair of shoes as we kick off 2020, here are nearly 40 new trail shoes that will become available as we start this year.

Unless otherwise noted, all weights are given for U.S. men’s size 9, the most common sample size for running shoe brands, and equivalent to a U.K. men’s 8 and a Euro 42.

For more on new trail shoes, check our articles on new trail shoes for spring-summer 2019, fall-winter 2019, and fall-winter 2020.

[Editor’s Note: If you’re affiliated with a brand (i.e., an employee, ambassador, etc.) that produces shoes, please share that relation 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. (Featured previews are bolded in the list.)

Merrell MTL Long Sky ($130 – February 2020)

The Merrell MTL Long Sky comes out of collaboration with Merrell athlete Anna Frost. It’s an aggressively lugged (5mm, Vibram MegaGrip) shoe that weighs in at 9.9 ounces (280g) with an 8mm drop. It’s got a breathable mesh upper, plenty of cushioning underfoot such that it doesn’t need a rockplate, and a medial post. Read our full review of Merrell MTL Long Sky.

Merrell MTL Long Fire

The Merrell MTL Long Fire.

Also new from Merrell:

  • Merrell MTL Skyfire ($100 – February 2020) – An 8.5oz (242g), 6mm-drop shoe with less cushioning and stack height than the Long Sky. It does have a rockplate and uses Merrell’s Quantum Grip outsole.
Merrell MTL Skyfire

The Merrell MTL Skyfire.

La Sportiva Jackal ($140 – March 2020)

With the La Sportiva Jackal, the company takes aim toward ultrarunners with cushioning and the company’s widest-ever fit. A combination of EVA midsole with polyurethane inserts together aim to provide that cushioning while Frixion AT 2.0 rubber and 3mm lugs provide outsole grip. The Jackal is a 7mm-drop shoe that weighs 10.5 ounces (300g). Read our full review of the La Sportiva Jackal.

La Sportiva Jackal

The La Sportiva Jackal.

Also new from La Sportiva:

  • La Sportiva VK Boa ($130 – March 1, 2020) – The Boa version of the VK offers a better fit while shaving a few grams (6.3oz/180g).
  • La Sportiva Helios III ($125 – March 1, 2020) –The MorphoDynamic line continues! The third version of the Helios comes in at 7.7oz (220g) and a 4mm drop with a lighter, more breathable upper.
  • La Sportiva Lycan II ($140 – March 1, 2020) – The Lycan II goes from minimal lugging to 6mm lugs, which adds nearly 2oz to the shoe. It now weighs 11.1oz (315g).
La Sportiva VK Boa

The La Sportiva VK Boa.

La Sportiva Helios III

The La Sportiva Helios III.

La Sportiva Lycan II

The La Sportiva Lycan II.

Altra Timp 2 ($140 – Available Now)

The first full revision of the Timp sees the Altra Timp 2 trim up to 9.9 ounces (281g) from 10.5 ounces in the Timp 1.5. Much of that weight loss was achieved by removing rubber from between the lugs while completely overhauling the underfoot package with a new outsole pattern and switching to Altra’s Quantic midsole material. The upper and lacing system have been tweaked for better fit. Read our full review of the Altra Timp 2.

Altra Timp 2

The Altra Timp 2.

Also new from Altra:

  • Altra Lone Peak 4.5 ($120 – Available Now) – The Lone Peak 4.5 weighs in at 10.5oz (298g) with the pair of independent midfoot eyelets removed and the toe overlays pared slightly. Underfoot tweaks include a longer-lasting midsole (they added polyurethane) and slightly stickier MaxTrac rubber.
Altra Lone Peak 4.5

The Altra Lone Peak 4.5.

Brooks Divide ($100 – February 1, 2020)

The Brooks Divide is an entirely new 10.3-ounce (292g), 8mm-drop road-to-trail offering. Intended as an introductory shoe for new trail runners, it includes a rockplate and the company’s TrailTack sticky rubber outsole underneath an engineered knit upper with TPU overlays to give the upper a road-shoe-like feel. Read our full review of the Brooks Divide.

Brooks Divide

The Brooks Divide.

Also new from Brooks:

  • Brooks Caldera 4 ($140 – February 1, 2020) – The 10.0oz (283g), 4mm-drop revision adds 3mm of cushion for a plusher ride, a new engineered mesh upper, and a revised, more decoupled midsole over a redesigned outsole pattern. Read our full review of the Brooks Caldera 4.
Brooks Caldera 4

The Brooks Caldera 4.

Tecnica Origin LT and XT ($170 – April 2020)

The Tecnica Origin LT and XT relaunch the brand into trail running with individually tailored and fitted products. Technically, the Origin line has seen some limited availability over the past year, but April will see it launch more widely. Just how widely is yet to be seen, as the fitting process involves a step-in molded insole and an air-sleeve-compressed molded upper. The two versions of the Origin–the LT and XT–target different body weights in recognition that a shoe that works for a 100-pound runner won’t work as well for a 200-pound runner and vice versa. To that end, the Origin XT is slightly more substantial model in the line with 3mm more midsole and another 5 grams of weight with some additional overlays.

Both models feature a women’s-specific and men’s-specific last. The  LT is made for women under 120 pounds (55kg) and men under 165 (75kg), while the XT is made for women over 120 and men over 165 pounds. The Origin LT will weigh in at 10.8 ounces (305g) and the XT at 10.9 ounces (310g) while both feature a 9mm drop and run atop a Vibram MegaGrip outsole.

Tecnica Origin LT

The Tecnica Origin LT.

Tecnica Origin XT

The Tecnica Origin XT.

Icebug OutRun RB9X ($130 – April 1, 2020)

The Icebug OutRun RB9X is built with stability and support for longer distance efforts and sustainability in mind. The shoe features a generously sized toebax and a significant mudguard around the entire shoe. The RB9X compound lugs are designed for gravel roads and easier trails. On the sustainability front, the upper and its lining are made from 100% recycled materials, at a “greener factory” with solar panels, and 100% overcompensation for carbon emissions (i.e., 200% in total). The 7mm-drop shoe weighs in at 10.8 ounces (305g).

Icebug OutRun RB9X

The Icebug OutRun RB9X.

Also new from Icebug:

  • Icebug Capra RB9X ($150 – April 1, 2020) – A 10.0 oz (285g), 7mm drop trail shoe with a forefoot rockplate and Icebug’s RB9X outsole that was developed with Swedish athlete Tove Alexandersson.
Icebug Capra RB9X

The Icebug Capra RB9X.

The North Face Ultra Traction ($130/$155 with Futurelight – January 25, 2020)

The North Face relaunches its Ultra run line with The North Face Ultra Traction and friends. The Ultra Traction is billed as a protective shoe built for technical trails with its most visible feature being an extensive TPU mud guard around the entire shoe. The 8mm-drop shoe has 3.5 to 4mm lugs made from TNF’s EXTS material. With a 6mm drop, the standard Ultra Traction model weighs 11.3 ounces (320g) with the Futurelight (TNF’s proprietary waterproofing system) version coming in at 12.0 ounces (339g).

The North Face Ultra Traction

The North Face Ultra Traction.

Also new from The North Face:

  • The North Face Ultra Endurance XF ($140 – January 25, 2020) – An 11.3oz (320g), 6mm-drop shoe built for even more technical trails than the Ultra Traction with a cushier midsole, more TPU overlays on the upper, and lower-profile 3mm lugs. This shoe will also be available in a Futurelight version outside of the U.S.
  • The North Face Ultra Swift ($120 – January 25, 2020) – The lightest of the relaunched Ultra line at 10.6oz (301g) again with a 6mm drop.
The North Face Ultra Endurance XF

The North Face Ultra Endurance XF.

The North Face Ultra Swift

The North Face Ultra Swift.

Salomon Cross /Pro ($160 – February 2020)

The Salomon Cross /Pro brings the sock-like upper from Salomon’s custom-shoe ME:sh program to the Speedcross line. Sensifit Wings will help keep your foot planted on the Speedcross platform. The Cross /Pro will weigh 10.2 ounces (289g) and have an 8mm drop. Read our full review of the Salomon Cross /Pro.

Salomon Cross Pro

The Salomon Cross /Pro.

Also new from Salomon:

  • Salomon Sense 4 /Pro ($140 – February 2020) – A 9.0-ounce, 4mm-drop trail shoe with Salomon’s OptiVibe vibration reduction insert and a hydrophobic upper. Read our full review of the Salomon Sense 4 /Pro.
  • Salomon Sense Ride 3 ($120 – February 2020) – Swaps in Optivibe cushioning in place of its Vibe predecessor. It now weighs 9.9oz (280g). Read our full review of the Salomon Sense Ride 3.
  • Salomon XA Pro 3D v8 ($130 – February 2020) – The eighth iteration of a classic moves to a new version of its 3D Chassis and moves to welded overlays that make for a lighter and softer upper. It’s lost 20g to weigh 12.0oz (340g) and retained its 11mm drop.
Salomon Sense 4 /Pro

The Salomon Sense 4 /Pro.

Salomon Sense Ride 3

The Salomon Sense Ride 3.

Salomon XA Pro 3D v8

The Salomon XA Pro 3D v8.

Saucony Peregrine 10 ($120/$120 ST/$150 GTX – Available Now)

The Saucony Peregrine 10 reverses course after one iteration by removing Saucony’s Iso Fit construction. This 10.7-ounce (303g) version lowers the lugs from 6mm to 5mm, keeps the rockplate and 4mm drop, and switches to a full-length PWRRUN midsole underfoot. The Peregrine 10 ST is tailored to soft terrain with wider-spaced, 6.5mm lugs, which brings the shoe’s weight up to 11.3 ounces (320g). The Peregrine 10 GTX uses GORE-TEX Invisible Fit construction on the standard version’s platform and weighs 11.2 ounces (318g).

Saucony Peregrine 10

The Saucony Peregrine 10.

Also new from Saucony:

  • Saucony Xodus 10 ($150 – February 1, 2020) – Saucony greatly lightened the Xodus to 11.7oz (332g) while adding PWRRUN+ cushioning, a rockplate, drainage holes, and outsole targets for adding screws for traction.
  • Saucony Guide 13 TR ($120 – Available Now) – An 11.3oz (320g), 8mm-drop, trail-lugged version of the Guide.
Saucony Xodus 10

The Saucony Xodus 10.

Saucony Guide 13 TR

The Saucony Guide 13 TR.

Arc’teryx Norvan LD 2 ($160 – Available Now)

The Arc’teryx Norval LD 2 improves on its predecessor by dropping 50 grams (now, 9.2oz/260g) and having a more durable upper. Most of the weight savings come from the switch to the Litebase platform for the shoe’s Vibram MegaGrip outsole, which shaves 35 grams by itself, while the midsole on this 9mm drop shoe has also been lightened. Finally, the revised tongue should trap less heat and improve comfort.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

The Arc’teryx Norvan LD 2.

Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 ($145/$160 GTX – Available Now)

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 features updates all around the shoe. Perhaps the biggest change is underfoot where the outsole retains Vibram MegaGrip, but with deeper, terraced lugs that should add a smidge more traction in the heel and toe. Hoka’s also slightly lightened up the midsole. The upper is updated with a new tongue that’s thinner, comes up slightly higher, and features a gusset on its lower half. A slightly wider forefoot provides a more accommodating fit. For an even more accommodating fit, the Speedgoat 4 will be the first Speedgoat to come in a wide option. The standard Speedgoat 4 weighs in at 10.8 ounces (306g) while the GTX version is 12.2 ounces (348g). Read our full review of the Hoka One One Speedgoat 4.

Hoka One One Speedgoat 4

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4.

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro Boa ($160 – Available Now)

The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro Boa modifies the Hierro v5 by adding a pair of Boa dials to the lateral (outward) side of the upper and an external wrap over the medial side and top of the foot. The 8mm-drop shoe weighs 12 ounces even (340g), which I’m guessing is for NB’s men’s sample size of 9.5.

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro Boa

The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro Boa.

Columbia Montrail F.K.T. ($120 – February 1, 2020)

The Columbia Montrail F.K.T. is billed as a more responsive trail shoe with a new sticky outsole compound. The 10.75-ounce (305g), 8mm-drop shoe makes me think of an updated Montrail Bajada, which Columbia is phasing out.

Columbia Montrail F.K.T.

The Columbia Montrail F.K.T.

Inov-8 X-Talon 235 ($170 – Available Now)

The Inov-8 X-Talon G 235 might very well be one of the grippiest shoes in which a mere mortal can run. Just consider 8mm lugs made from Inov-8’s G-Grip graphene-enhanced outsoles. That’s in a lightweight (235g/8.2oz), 6mm-drop shoe that includes a rockplate and strategic protection in the upper. It rates as Inov-8’s “precision fit,” so it might not be an every day trainer for most.

Inov-8 X-Talon G 235

The Inov-8 X-Talon G 235.

Also new from Inov-8:

  • Inov-8 TrailTalon 235 v2 ($130 – Available Now) – Updates include the addition of an external heel cage for support and a welded toe bumper for protection. It retains its 4mm drop, 4mm lugs, and 235g (8.2oz) weight.
  • Inov-8 TrailTalon 290 v2 ($150 – Available Now) – A new lightweight, more breathable upper with updated Adapterfit to better accommodate foot swelling in longer events.
Inov-8 TrailTalon 235 v2

The Inov-8 TrailTalon 235 v2.

Inov-8 TrailTalon 290 v2

The Inov-8 TrailTalon 290 v2.

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 ($130 – mid-May 2020)

While we’re lacking details on how the Nike Pegasus Trail 2 differs from its predecessor, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Trail, the new model will weigh 11.76 ounces (333g) for a U.S. men’s 10. Read our full review of the Nike Pegasus Trail 2.

Also new from Nike:

  • Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 ($130 – mid-March 2020) – The one change we know of is the addition of a sock-like integrated gaiter. Comes in at 10.26oz (291g).
  • Nike Wildhorse 6 ($120 – mid-March 2020) – Again, we are light on details, but the ankle collar has been updated. Weighs 11.39oz (323g).
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6

The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6.

Nike Wildhorse 6

The Nike Wildhorse 6.

Topo Runventure 3 ($120 – February 2020)

The Topo Runventure 3 introduces a variety of small changes to this trail shoe. On the upper, the mesh weave has been tightened, while the gaiter attachment has been removed, and medial and lateral drain holes have been added. Underfoot, Topo has changed over to Vibram XS Trek for the outsole material. The shoe increases a few fractions of an ounce to 9.5 ounces (269g) and retains its no-drop offset.

Topo Runventure 3

The Topo Runventure 3.

Also new from Topo:

  • Topo Zephyr ($130 – Available Now) – At 9oz (255g) and 5mm of drop, this is Topo’s new flagship road shoe with a Zipfoam core (to retain resilience through the life of shoe) and a plantar-flexion plate.
  • Topo Magnifly 3 ($120 – Available Now) – The Magnifly moves to an engineered mesh upper to remove overlays and a molded foam ankle collar for comfort. It comes in at 10.0oz (285g) and no drop.
Topo Zephyr

The Topo Zephyr.

Topo Magnifly 3

The Topo Magnifly 3.

Xero Mesa Trail ($120 – Debut Imminent)

The Xero Mesa Trail is a 7.6 ounce, 0mm-drop trail shoe built in a minimalist vein. Atop the low-to-moderate lugging is a scant 3mm of midsole foam. Above that is what looks to be a fairly robust upper for its genre.

Xero Mesa Trail

The Xero Mesa Trail.

adidas Terrex Two Ultra Parley ($180 – February 1, 2020)

Built for comfort, the adidas Terrex Two Ultra Parley features a full-length adidas Boost midsole with the upper derived from recycled ocean-recovered plastic. An 8mm-drop shoe that weighs 11.3 ounces (320g).

adidas Terrex Two Ultra Parley

The adidas Terrex Two Ultra Parley.

Also new from adidas Terrex:

  • adidas Terrex Two ($100/$120 GTX/$120 Boa – February 1, 2020) – This update saw the Terrex toebox widened and the midsole changed to the lighter Lightstrike EVA with all versions of this model having a 6mm drop. The standard model weighs 10.6oz (300g).

Dynafit Feline SL ($130 – March 1, 2020)

The new Dynafit Feline SL is a complete update from the previous model with changes focusing on the POMOCA outsole material and an improved fit with more forefoot space. The shoe weighs in at 10.2 ounces (290g) with an 8mm drop.

Dynafit Feline SL

The Dynafit Feline SL.

Also new from Dynafit:

  • Dynafit Sky Pro ($250 – March 1, 2020) – A variant of the Feline Up (with its Vibram Litebase Megagrip) with an added waterproof Dynashell gaiter closed by an off-center zipper. It weighs 9.9oz (280g) and has a 4mm drop.
  • Dynafit Ultra 100 ($140 – March 1, 2020) – This 10.9oz (310g), 6mm-drop shoe is the most cushioned shoe Dynafit’s ever made. Read our full review of the Dynafit Ultra 100.
Dynafit Sky Pro

The Dynafit Sky Pro.

Dynafit Ultra 100

The Dynafit Ultra 100.

Salewa Dropline ($140/GTX $160 – March 1, 2020)

The Salewa Dropline definitely falls more into the light-hiker category, but some folks who like a really protective ride or go fastpacking over burly terrain might be looking for that sort of shoe. The 6mm-drop Dropline come in at 12.9 ounces (366g) in the standard model and 13.1 ounces (371g) for the GORE-TEX version. It’s got a highly cushioned midsole, a robust upper, and stable rear overlay structure.

Salewa Dropline

The Salewa Dropline.

Salming Trail6 ($150 – February 27, 2020)

The Salming Trail6 is a 10.1-ounce (285g), 5mm-drop trail shoe with 4mm Vibram MegaGrip lugs. The upper has been redesigned to be lighter weight and more breathable than its predecessor, while adding an internal bootie for more secure fit.

Salming Trail6

The Salming Trail6.

Also new from Salming:

  • Salming Elements 3 ($120 – February 27, 2020) – An off-trail shoe that shed 30 grams off the prior version by changing to a lighter, grippier outsole material. Now, a 9.8-ounce (253g), 4mm-drop shoe.
Salming Elements 3

The Salming Elements 3.

Notes on Spring/Summer 2020 Updates from Other Brands

For someone looking for a shoe at the border between trail shoe and light hiker, keep your eyes open for the forthcoming SCARPA Rush.

We’re waiting for additional details on the Xero Mesa Trail before adding it to this article.

SCOTT will be releasing two new models late this spring, but has not released details on them.

On, RaidlightSkechersUnder Armour, and VJ Sport have confirmed they have no new trail shoes for Spring/Summer 2020.

Call for Comments

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  • Which new trail shoes for spring 2020 have you most excited?
  • Have any technical questions? Ask away!
  • Know of other trail shoes just out or due out early this year? Tell us about them in a comment.

There are 43 comments

  1. Tim

    Too many shoes around the 300g mark… only the LD2 looks good.

    I am more interested in shoes below 260g, so what about the Sense 4 pro, Sense 8 HG/SG, Torrent 2?
    Also surely the Kiger 6 couldn’t have gained so much weight??? – looks identical in the pic as the 5 (I’ll also be pissed if they haven’t updated the outsole rubber compound).

    1. Bryon Powell

      The Kiger 6 is at 10.26oz (291g). I accidentally swapped weights with the Wildhorse.

      And, on a personal note, I don’t know why there are more than a handful of trail shoes over 300g these days. The materials and construction development that came out of the minimalist and maximalist revolutions should mean that ~340g shoes of the past should be under 300g. (To be fair, there are probably a lot more sub-300g real shoes (i.e., not pure minimalist) above than there were years ago and I’d guess average weights have trended down significantly.) Hell, I was never a minimalist, and I run Hardrock in <230g shoes. That might be a bit extreme, but the Montrail Bajada was 285g in 2012 and was plenty of shoe!

        1. Bryon Powell

          It took it directly from the Kiger 6 page of the digital catalog I was sent. I did notice how similar it was to the Kiger 5. I suppose it could just be a place holder, as the catalog didn’t even have a photo of the Pegasus Trail 2.

          The numbers I’m seeing for the Kiger 5 are for 10.19oz (289g), so all of 2g difference. If you’re getting your weight measurement from a review or retailer, they may have reweighed the shoe. The numbers I use are Nike’s provided weights for a US men’s 10, while most of the industry uses a US men’s 9 (Euro 42) as the weighed size. This could be enough to cause the difference if you’re looking at the weight of a US men’s 9 for the Kiger 5 and we only have the US men’s 10 weight for the Kiger 6. Just one possible explanation.

        2. Bryon Powell

          FYI, I’m taking the Kiger and Wildhorse 6 photos out as they are (1) quite possibly of the v5s and (2) are crappy screenshots to begin with. I’ve previously requested photos, but have not received them. *shrug*

      1. Lightning

        The materials developments that came out of those revolutions also gave us uppers that would shred a lot earlier. For the most part, they didn’t use stronger material, they used the same nylon and polyester or whatever, just thinner.

        I like a light shoe myself. I remember doing a tough trail race in adidas Lightfoots, basically cross country flats with deep lugs. I remember Geoff Roes crushing it in that race in Montrails that were probably twice as heavy, and that made me reconsider my biases at the time.

        If an extra ounce gets me better durability, I’d say it’s worth it. I’m liking my adidas Terrex Agravic Flows more than I liked the Speedgoat 2s, despite the extra weight, and not just because they look to be a lot more durable. I wonder if they didn’t really get any English language reviews (written or on Youtube) because of their weight, or because adidas Terrex has a small marketing budget. I have to go to the Spanish language Trailrunningreview to learn about the Terrex lines.

  2. Joe S.

    Surely a misprint – the Kiger being heavier than the Wildhorse would be crazy. Interesting that Nike are updating/iterating one year on. I like the integrated gaiter idea. I agree about the poor outsole rubber compound as they would be much better mountain shoes with more stickiness. But perhaps they are only interested in more all round performance – hard to fault the Kiger 5 in that sense.

  3. Brad Patterson

    The upcoming Skechers Performance SpeedTrail v2 is fantastic, you should try to get your hands on a pair and add them to your writeup. They also have a new max cush shoe called the MaxTrail v6, but for me the Speedtrail v2 is just about the perfect trail shoe.

  4. Pete

    That’s a lot of fat (heavy) shoes… Runventure 3 looks interesting, as does the ‘new’ Inov-8 Trailtalon 235 but the majority of the others need to go on a serious diet.

  5. Gary Gellin

    I’m very much interested in the custom (semi-custom?) feature of the Tecnica shoe. In my mind there is no feature more important than a shoe that holds the foot like a glove. I had custom cycling shoes for bike racing over 20 years ago, and now there are more than a few brands in that market. I can’t understand why we haven’t seen the same thing in the running industry. My feet feel better at the end of a hundred miler in a minimal shoe that fits perfectly than in heavier/protective shoes that have a baggier fit.

    1. Bryon Powell

      Aside from choosing the LT or MT version of the Origin based on one’s weight, the footbed is thermo-moldable. I don’t recall thermo-moldable insoles being included with running shoes in the past, but they’ve certainly been available aftermarket for quite some time. What’s unique from what I’ve seen in the running market is the thermo-moldable heel pocket that requires in-store fitting. After molding the insole in a separate step, the rest of the shoe heated, insole reinserted, and then your foot places in the shoe with the shoe then places in an air-pressurized boot. That boot’s inflation and pressure then forms the heel pocket to an individual’s heel.

  6. Michael

    It’s disappointing how many brands are introducing updates that add more weight to their shoes, rather than figuring out a way to resolve the issues of previous iterations without adding weight.

  7. John Vanderpot

    I happened to spend a few minutes in a running story yesterday here in town (San Diego) and was surprised by how many models look almost more like work boots than running shoes? And of course the prices, to my old man mind, were approaching insulting? (The ones listed above are, admittedly, a bit better…)

    Found some marked down thinner Merrells across the street at REI and the problem’s solved — for now!

    1. Bryon Powell

      The price thing comes up every time I publish one of these reviews, but I think that’s because it’s easy for us not to take in the cumulative effects of inflation. That was made more concrete when I came across a box for 1993 adidas Equipment Supports as few weeks back in Moab. Written in pencil on the box: $89.99. That comes out to $165 in 2020 for a pair of road shoes.

      It’s be interesting to hear from someone with a long history from inside the shoe industry, as I /feel/ like industry kept prices under or at $100 psychological cap for more years than, say, normal inflationary pressures would have warranted. Just a few thoughts. :-)

      1. John Vanderpot

        I’m inclined to agree — and that’s right where I drew the line for years, not a dime over a hundred bucks!

        Of course, those days are long gone now…

        And when I ask the kids what their folks spent on the shiny, flashy ones they wear, well, let’s just say I about fall out of my chair! (I bought my first car for less…)

      2. Lightning

        I’m not in the shoe industry, but I know the Nike Pegasus cost $39.99 in 1983. According to a US inflation calculator, that is $102.65 today. The Pegasus 36 lists for $120 today (but the women’s model is on sale for $97 on the Nike).

      3. KenZ

        For me it’s not the pricing per se, it’s the increase in pricing combined with absolute crap durability for wet trail running. I’ve had numerous different models of Altras fall apart in under 300 miles, and some of them blowing out in under 100. I’ve completely given up on Altra. Hokas: some of them the same issues, although a bit more model dependent. Just complete blew out the sides of my Saucony Peregrines yesterday on three our of four sides: under 300 miles.

        I’d be more than happy to pay $150 for a pair of shoes if it lasted a rational 800+ miles which many of my older shoes did. These companies really have to deal with the sidewall blowout issue. I’m seriously unimpressed.

  8. Sam_Smythe

    There is not a single shoe I would want to run in in this lineup – maybe Nike.
    Way to bulky with big drops and weight.
    Zero innovation as well. Looks like one person designed all these shoes (they should be fired).
    It must be what the consumer wants.
    I think Altra makes an ugly and short lived shoe, but I like the zero drop and toe box. Given their success, I wonder why more brands don’t have something similar.

  9. Joel

    I can’t believe that companies like Nike, Hoka, Brooks, Sketchers who have demonstrated in their best road shoes that a carbon plate can aid in propulsion haven’t incorporated this technology in trail shoes. It would act as a rock plate, plus give you some extra “pop”. 2020 may be a year to race in road shoes based on these heavy, slow and old technology shoes.

    1. Tim

      I thought the same until I ran with my Carbon X on the trail. Nearly broke my f****king ankles.
      Everytime you hit a rock the carbon plate acts like a lever and throws your foot sideways.
      That said I always thought the “profeel film” in the Salomon Sense series gave the shoe a nice pop and they even worked well on road.

  10. Jeff J.

    No mention of the Altra Olympus 4? Coming summer it’s a total revamp and looks pretty amazing and more aggressive.
    Scott shoes aren’t typically available in the US. To get their SuperTrac Ultra RC I had to order them from Europe. Great shoe which I really like but their proprietary rubber is not sticky enough for my taste.
    Tecnica also has other shoes in Europe you can’t get here. I’ve got a pair of their Supreme Max 3.0 shoes on the way to test.

    1. Bryon Powell

      Olympus 4 and Superior 4.5 will be in our Fall/Winter 2020 roundup.

      I include SCOTT as we’ve got a large audience outside the U.S. and, as you mention, it is possible for folks in the U.S. to get them.

  11. Frederic

    When a 4% Trail shoe ? Well, considering all the comments about the weight, it seems like brands need to start with putting their shoes on a diet :-)


    Per the Wildhorse 6, a quick look brought up an unnamed but popular retailer that says:

    *Synthetic leather and textile upper with mesh forefoot: Enhances ventilation and combines with materials along the toe to help prevent abrasion for breathable, long-lasting wear
    *Nike React foam midsole: Provides a soft, smooth responsive ride that adds a little spring to the step
    *Extra cushioning at heel: Creates stability and helps keep foot on the platform
    *Updated full-rubber outsole: Features abrasion resistant materials in the forefoot and heel, with sticky rubber in the middle for grip and trail-ready traction
    *Anti-clog coated outsole: Helps keep the dirt out

    1. rms

      I’m not a big fan of the K5, with its unstable heel and not especially grippy outsole, and this WH6 description sounds very similar to the K5 mid&outsole. No mention of ZoomAir in the heel makes me very leery; ZA is probably the best feature of the WH4, with it’s excellent shock absorption and superb durability.

  13. Adam Leadbetter

    Wildhorse 3 has been my favourite trail shoe, even over the original Inov-8 Roclites. The 6 sounds like a long way away from that shoe. Maybe we’re seeing an inverse of the Star Trek movie numbering, where Nike keep the “good” Wildhorses for the odd numbers.

    Of the shoes here, the Merrell MTL Long sky have my interest.

  14. Tim

    Two important shoes missing from this lineup:

    Salomon Sense 4 pro (Feb 2020)
    Hoka Torrent 2 (May 2020)

    I say important since they are low weight and low drop unlike most of the others.

  15. Sean

    Very interesting to note that Columbia Montrail removed “Columbia” from the uppers of their new models (although it’s still on the insole). Looks like they’re trying to go back to simply Montrail again. Probably a good marketing move.

  16. Pat

    Thanks for including Xero Mesa in the lineup! There are still a few of us barefoot runners out there and glad to see companies like Xero and Vivo getting some time in the spotlight!!

  17. Richard Rushka

    Salomon’s Sense Pro 4 looks like a solid update. I believe a mens US 9 is weighing around 270 grams? I’m looking forward to it, out sometime next month.

  18. Jessica

    I’m a long time Altra wearer and have been an avid barefoot/zero drop runner for as long as I can remember and will always choose Altra first.
    I worked at Merrell for a short contract when they were bringing out the Long Sky and Sky Fire and with full honesty, if I didn’t wear zero drop, I would wear those. Wide enough toe box without feeling constrained, great grip, comfortable, excellent cushioning. They are exceptional shoes and if you’re looking to try something different from the usual, I would recommend them.

  19. Benjamin O'Brien

    Interested to know which types of trail runners would provide the best traction on grass? Was contemplating getting Kiger 6, but not liking the sound of the poor outsole.

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