iRunFar’s Trail Running Shoe Archive: 2020-2021 Releases

Here at iRunFar, for the most part, we’ve been publishing two articles outlining each season’s new trail running shoes (and […]

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Here at iRunFar, for the most part, we’ve been publishing two articles outlining each season’s new trail running shoes (and a few road shoes, for good measure) for over a decade.

What follows is a collection of iRunFar’s semi-annual roundups for trail shoes released in 2020. [Note: We’ll be expanding this article through the years.] These originally appeared as stand alone articles, but we’ve combined them into a giant trail running shoe archive.

Here’s our corresponding article for trail shoes released from 2009 through 2014 and 2016 through 2019. (We did not publish article covering shoes released in 2015.)

[Editor’s Note: Please know that there are some technical issues with this article, such as broken links, at the moment. We’ll be revising this article in the coming days to help it reach its full potential. Thanks for your patience.]

New Trail Shoes for Spring-Summer 2021

(originally published May 6, 2021)

BOA - Cyklon launch

The to BOA for their support in making this article possible!

In all honesty, having written iRunFar’s new trail shoe roundups for a decade, this is the most exciting round of new trail shoes in many years. In some ways, it’s got the heel of the early 2010s, with numerous shoes that look a little like models that have come before. On the other hand, there are also a bunch of new models and updates to existing models that marry improved materials and manufacturing to make outstanding new trail shoes without necessarily breaking any molds. Whatever your pleasure on the trails, there will surely be a few models among the nearly 50 new trail shoes models noted below (along with a handful of new road shoes) that’ll get you excited. Now, let’s get going!

For more on new trail shoes, check our articles on new trail shoes for fall-winter 2020 and fall-winter 2021. 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 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.)

Adidas Terrex Speed Ultra ($160)

The adidas Terrex Speed Ultra looks like a real winner in combining light weight, breathability, and reasonable cushioning together in the same package. Some trail shoes are built around a particular standout feature. The Speed Ultra’s not one of those shoes and that’s fine with this trail runner. The 8.5-oz (240g), 8mm-drop trail shoe rides on a combination Lightstrike/Boost midsole atop modest 2.5mm Continental rubber lugs. For more, read our full adidas Terrex Speed Ultra review.

adidas Terrex Speed Ultra

The adidas Terrex Speed Ultra.

Also new from adidas Terrex:

  • Adidas Terrex Speed Pro ($150) – The lean and mean version of the Speed Ultra weighing in at 6.7 oz (190g) with a 4.5mm drop, even more breathability, and lugs upsized to 4mm.
  • Adidas Terrex Two Flow ($110) – A 10.9-oz (310g), 6mm-drop, all-around trail shoe.
adidas Terrex Speed Pro - actual

The adidas Terrex Speed Pro.

adidas Terrex Two Flow

The adidas Terrex Two Flow.

Dynafit Alpine DNA ($160)

The Dynafit Alpine DNA adds a light and fast racing option to Dynafit’s growing trail shoe lineup. This 6mm-drop shoe weighs in at 8.5 oz (240g), and includes a “volume reducer,” which is essentially a second insole to give a snugger fit for folks with lower volume feet. Underfoot, the shoe features a Vibram MegaGrip outsole.

Dynafit Alpine DNA - women's

The Dynafit Alpine DNA.

Also new from Dynafit:

  • Dynafit Alpine ($140) – A 6mm-drop, 9.2-oz (260g) shoe with moderate volume, a no-seam tongue, and Vibram MegaGrip outsole.
Dynafit Alpine

The Dynafit Alpine.

Altra Lone Peak 5 ($130)

The highlight of the 2021 update for the Altra Lone Peak 5 is the switch from a dual-layer EVA/A-Bound midsole to the AltraEGO midsole material, adding cushioning and durability. The integrated Stoneguard was lightened by removing material from the rockplate where protection isn’t needed. However, the overall shoe weight has increased from 10.5 oz (298g) to 11.1 oz (318g). The zero-drop shoe also has a slightly modified outsole design. For more, read our full Altra Lone Peak 5 review that calls the Lone Peak 5 as the best Altra trail shoe yet.

Altra Lone Peak 5

The Altra Lone Peak 5.

Also new from Altra:

  • Altra Superior 5 ($120 – June 1, 2021) – A lighter Stoneguard (like in the Lone Peak 5) and new burrito tongue feature in this 8.8-oz (249g) trail shoe.
  • Altra Timp 3 ($140) – Updated upper with more protection through the midfoot and toe along with additional fit modifications. It weighs in at 11.0 oz (311g).
Altra Superior 5

The Altra Superior 5.

Altra Timp 3

The Altra Timp 3.

Arc’teryx Norvan SL 2 ($160)

Somehow the Arc’teryx Norvan SL 2 is even lighter than its predecessor, moving down to 6.0 oz (170g) from an already svelte 6.5 oz (185g). Much of the weight reduction likely comes from a switch to the LiteBase version of Vibram MegaGrip that sits beneath the shoe’s 3.5mm lugs. The brand also claims that the shoe’s more comfortable and more durable than the first Norvan SL. One area of targeted improvement is an ankle collar that rides closer to the ankle to reduce the introduction of trail debris into the shoe, while the upper was generally redesigned to minimize friction and increase flexibility made, in part, by a redesigned U-throat/eyelet lacing zone. The durability enhancement comes from a longer lasting midsole material. The 7mm-drop shoe features stack heights of 19/12mm. For more, read our full Arc’teryx Norvan SL 2 review.

Arc'teryx Norvan SL 2

The Arc’teryx Norvan SL 2.

La Sportiva Cyklon ($160 – May 15, 2021)

The La Sportiva Cyklon centers around the shoe’s lateral BOA Fit System and its Spyral Tongue EVO system designed for a secure fit with homogenous pressure across the top of your foot. Underfoot, aggressive 7mm lugs made from La Sportiva’s proprietary Frixion XF 2.0 outsole will provide plenty of grip below a moderate thickness, 8mm-drop EVA midsole with medial and lateral stabilizer inserts. Up top, the Cyklon features a “comfort heel” with an integrated pull tab for easily pulling on the 11.6-oz (330g) shoe. For more, read our full La Sportiva Cyklon review.

La Sportiva Cyklon

The La Sportiva Cyklon.

Also new from La Sportiva:

La Sportiva Karacal

The La Sportiva Karacal.

Salomon S/Lab Pulsar ($180)

It looks the Salomon S/Lab Pulsar brings lessons learned in Salomon’s ME:sh custom shoe program into a standardized production model. That’s no knock! The S/Lab Pulsar has a highly breathable, sock-like fit upper made from Matryx mesh. While retaining moderate cushioning, this 6mm-drop trail shoe weighs in at an amazing 5.9 oz (170g)! For more, read our full Salomon S/Lab Pulsar review.

Salomon S-Lab Pulsar

The Salomon S-Lab Pulsar.

Also new from Salomon:

  • Salomon Sense Ride 4 ($120) – 2021 sees a more breathable, more durable, anti-debris mesh upper and a more secure heel hold for the 10.2-oz (289g), 8mm-drop trail running shoe. For more, read our full Salomon Sense Ride 4 review.
  • Salomon Ultra Glide ($140 – July 2021) – Led by a thick, rockered, ultra-soft Energy Surge midsole; soft, cushy fabrics in the upper; and a road-running last, the Ultra Glide is about comfort. This trail shoe weighs in at 9.1 oz (257g) and sports a 6mm drop.
Salomon Sense Ride 4

The Salomon Sense Ride 4.

Salomon Ultra Glide

The Salomon Ultra Glide.

Hoka One One Zinal ($160 – July 15, 2021/June 15, 2021 Pre-Order)

Okay, so the Hoka One One Zinal doesn’t officially launch until mid-July, but we’re throwing it in as it’s exciting and available for pre-order in mid-June. The Zinal looks like a fully functional trail shoe with 4mm Vibram MegaGrip lugs, a moderate stack height (17/22mm for women; 18/23mm for men), and a fully gusseted tongue with this trail shoe weighing in at a race-worthy 8.5 oz (242g). The Zinal features Hoka’s Profly dual-density midsole with an ultralight foam atop rubberized EVA. For more, read our full Hoka One One Zinal review.

Hoka One One Zinal - women's

The Hoka One One Zinal.

Also new from Hoka One One, a couple road shoes:

  • Clifton 8 ($130 – June 2021) – This softer Clifton weighs in at 8.8 oz (250g), just a hair more than its predecessor, with a new heel pull tab and more rubber coverage underfoot.
  • Mach 4 ($130) – A soft, lightweight foam directly atop a rubberized foam yields a softer, bouncier Mach that weighs in at 8.6 oz (244g).
  • Carbon X 2 ($180) – The X 2 has a refined collar shape, a notched tongue, and reinforcement around the laces and will lose a bit of weight to come in at 8.4 oz (238g) versus 8.7 oz (247g) in the first version of this road shoe.
Hoka One One Clifton 8

The Hoka One One Clifton 8.

Hoka One One Mach 4

The Hoka One One Mach 4.

Hoka One One Carbon X 2

The Hoka One One Carbon X 2.

Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 300 Max ($190)

The inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 300 Max’s hallmark feature is a generous TPU midsole infused with graphene with the goal of enhanced midsole longevity and energy return. The midsole runs between 19mm and 25mm thick, so it’s more midsole than you’ve ever seen in an inov-8 shoe. Further underfoot, the outsole is made of inov-8’s Graphene-Grip material with 4mm lugs. Up top, you’ll find as generous a fit as inov-8 offers. This trail shoe weighs 12.0 oz (340g) and has a 6mm drop.

Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 300 Max

The inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 300 Max.

Also new from inov-8:

  • Inov-8 Parkclaw 260 Knit ($145) – A 8mm-drop, 4mm-lug, knit-upper hybrid road/trail shoe that weighs in at 9.2 oz (260g) averaged across its size run.
Inov-8 Parkclaw 260 Knit - women's

The inov-8 Parkclaw 260 Knit.

Craft CTM Ultra Carbon ($250)

The Craft CTM Ultra Carbon is an entry into the new world of well-cushioned, highly rockered, carbon-plated trail running shoes. (The shoe trends toward a road/moderate trail hybrid.) The shoe features Craft’s Vault Foam midsole with a 10mm drop and a total stack height of 40mm. The Craft CTM Ultra Carbon weighs in at 9.2 oz (260g) for a US men’s 8.5 (a half size smaller than most quoted shoe weights).

Craft CTM Ultra Carbon

The Craft CTM Ultra Carbon.

Also new from Craft:

  • Craft CTM Ultra ($160) – A lower priced, slightly lower weight (8.8 oz/250g) version of the CTM Ultra Carbon.
Craft CTM Ultra

The Craft CTM Ultra.

The North Face Flight Vectiv ($200)

Since we could only share broad details about The North Face Flight Vectiv in our previous new trail shoe roundup, we’re including it again here. This is a well-cushioned, highly rockered trail shoe with a carbon fiber plate for propulsion. Further underfoot, it’s got moderate 3.5mm lugs. The Flight Vectiv weights in at 10.1 oz (285g) and, nominally, has a 6mm drop, but that’s somewhat moot on such a rockered shoe.

The North Face Flight VECTIV

The North Face Flight Vectiv.

Also new from The North Face:

The North Face Vectiv Infinite

The North Face Vectiv Infinite.

The North Face Vectiv Enduris

The North Face Vectiv Enduris.

Skechers GORun Razor TRL ($130 – Early May 2021)

This spring, Skechers brings an adaptation of its popular GORun to the trails in the Skechers GORun Razor TRL. The 8.0-oz (227g), 4mm-drop shoe features the company’s Hyper Burst midsole foam (its lightest and most resilient foam) and moderate Goodyear rubber lugs.

Skechers GOrun Razor TRL

The Skechers GOrun Razor TRL.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7 ($140)

For the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7, Nike added a large, articulated Zoom Air Bag in the forefoot for increased responsiveness and protection and adjusted the outsole traction for improved grip in muddy conditions. The ankle collar has been updated with a minimal edge design that’s lighter and provides a better fit. An increased amount of open engineered mesh leads to more breathability and better drainage. The bottom eyestay has been adjusted for improved forefoot adjustability. The Nike Kiger 7 goes up in weight from 10.3 oz to 10.9 oz (309g) for US men’s 10 (a full size larger than most weighed models) and maintains its 4.5mm drop (12/16.5mm stack height). For more, reader our full Nike Kiger 7 review.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7

The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7.

Also new from Nike:

  • Nike Wildhorse 7 ($130) – The seventh Wildhorse adds a dynamic fit midfoot lacing system for better midfoot lockdown, increases the amount of open mesh for more breathability and drainability, and adjusts the heel-pull tab to improve ease of entry. The shoe weighs 11.1 oz (328g) for US men’s 10 (a full size larger than most weighed models) and has an 8mm drop (14.5/22.5mm stack height).
Nice Wildhorse 7

The Nice Wildhorse 7.

Brooks Divide 2 ($100)

The Brooks Divide 2 is the company’s go at a hybrid trail shoe that bridges the gap between roads and trails. Updates center around a more structured upper around the heel and midfoot for better lockdown. The shoe maintains its 10.3-oz (292g) weight and 8mm drop.

Brooks Divide 2

The Brooks Divide 2.

Also new from Brooks:

  • Brooks Caldera 5 ($140) – The addition of four lateral and medial midfoot straps and Ghillies to the lacing system gives better lockdown and a more customizable fit. Slightly thicker printed overlays give a bit more structure and protection. This shoe weighs a bit heavier than its predecessor at 10.6 oz (301g) versus 10.0 oz (284g).
Brooks Caldera 5

The Brooks Caldera 5.

Topo Ultraventure 2 ($135)

Topo’s most popular trail shoe gets an upgrade this year in the Topo Ultraventure 2, with a more secure heel and midfoot thanks to a molded foam collar and a new internal belt in the midfoot. The upper sees a more breathable engineered mesh upper with fewer TPU overlays for the 10.4-oz (295g), 5mm-drop shoe. For more, read our full Topo Ultraventure 2 review.

Topo Ultraventure 2

The Topo Ultraventure 2.

Also new from Topo:

  • Topo Cyclone ($120) – A 5mm-drop, 7.9-oz (224g) road trainer that extends the Zephyr’s line with a lighter, softer option.
  • Topo Fli-Lyte 4 ($115 – June 2021) – This road shoe moves its midsole from EVA to ZipFoam, adds a wider and more stable platform, and upgrades to more outsole coverage with slightly shorter lugs (4-to-3 mm) in a 3mm-drop, 8.3-oz (235g) shoe.
  • Topo MTN Racer 2 ($145 – June 1, 2021) – A 5mm-drop, 10.0-oz (284g) trail shoe updated to fill in some exposed midsole foam, which is now a softer, more resilient ZipFoam. The upper moves to a more breathable material while adding a thin external heel counter and a front D-ring gaiter attachment point. For more, read our full Topo MTN Racer 2 review.
  • Topo Phantom 2 ($140) – A more cushioned, dual-density-midsole road shoe with an additional 3mm of midsole height, a reduced heel counter, and more outsole coverage with slightly shorter lugs (4-to-3 mm) in a 5mm-drop, 10.3-oz (292g) shoe.
  • Topo Terraventure 3 ($125 – May 2021) – This trail shoe loses more than half an ounce to 10.2 oz (289g), moves from Vibram’s XS Trek to MegaGrip outsole, and moves to two kinds of upper meshes with the rear being more comfortable and the forefoot being more durable.
Topo Cyclone

The Topo Cyclone.

Topo Fli-Lyte 4 - women's

The Topo Fli-Lyte 4.

Topo MTN Racer 2

The Topo MTN Racer 2.

Topo Phantom 2

The Topo Phantom 2.

On Cloudultra ($180)

The On Cloudultra takes the comfort of On Running onto the trails. The 8mm-drop, 10.4-oz (295g) (for a US men’s 8.5) trail shoe is highly cushioned with modest lugging. Aside from On’s characteristic Swiss-cheese midsole, the most defining feature of the Cloudultra might be its FlipRelease tool in the laces, which provides an instant switch from a snug fit to a more relaxed fit and back.

On Cloudultra

The On Cloudultra.

Saucony Peregrine 11 ST ($130)

The Saucony Peregrine 11 ST’s upper receives an update with a more debris-resistant mesh, reinforcing printed overlays, and a mesh debris shield over much of the tongue opening. The grippy trail shoe now weighs in at 11.5 oz (326g).

Saucony Peregrine 11 ST - women's

The Saucony Peregrine 11 ST.

Also new from Saucony:

  • Saucony Peregrine 11/11 GTX ($120 / $150 GTX) – A mesh substitution in the upper adds durability. The two versions weight in at 10.7 oz (310g) and 11.5 oz (326g), respectively. There’s also a Peregrine 11 Wide version. For more, read our full Saucony Peregrine 11 review.
Saucony Peregrine 11

The Saucony Peregrine 11.

Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX

The Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX.

Merrell Moab Flight ($110)

The Merrell Moab Flight is a lightweight, breathable, all-around trail shoe that weighs in at 8.1 oz (230g) with a 10mm drop. From a sustainability standpoint, the Vibram EcoStep outsole is made from 30% recycled rubber, the upper’s mesh is 70% recycled material, and the laces are 100% recycled material.

Merrell Moab Flight

The Merrell Moab Flight.

Also new from Merrell:

  • Merrell Nova 2/Antora 2 ($110) – In this version 2, the Nova/Antora gets updated upper materials and design. The 8mm-drop Nova 2 weighs in at 9.9 oz (280g). For more, read our full Merrell Antora 2 review.
  • Merrell Trail Glove 6 ($100) – The 7.4 oz (210g) Trail Glove 6 gets both a new outsole and a redesigned upper with better lockdown and abrasion resistance. FYI, it fits about a 1/2 size larger than the Trail Glove 4 did, but similarly to the Trail Glove 5.
  • Merrell Vapor Glove 5 ($80) – A new outsole and a move to a sock-like upper highlight the changes to the Vapor Glove 5. The no-drop shoe weighs in at 4.6 oz (130g).
Merrell Antora 2

The Merrell Antora 2.

Merrell Trail Glove 6

The Merrell Trail Glove 6.

Merrell Vapor Glove 5

The Merrell Vapor Glove 5.

SCARPA Ribelle Run ($140 – June 2021)

The SCARPA Ribelle Run gets featured status here as it appears to represent a category of trail shoe we don’t often see anymore. It’s a true running shoe (as opposed to a light hiker that you could run in) built to be bombproof. It makes me think of the Montrail Hardrock shoe of yore. The Ribelle Run features a rugged upper and a stouter-than-normal connection between the upper and the midsole. It has a well-but-not-overly cushioned midsole with modest lugs of SCARPA’s sticky SuperGum outsole. The ankle collar and tongue are integrated to keep out trail debris. All in all, this seems like a mountain-worthy shoe that still weighs in at a surprisingly reasonable 10.6 oz (300g).

SCARPA Spin Ribelle

The SCARPA Spin Ribelle.

Also new from SCARPA:

  • SCARPA Spin 2.0 ($160 – June 2021) – An even lighter version of SCARPA’s lightest existing trail shoe (8.9 oz/252g), now with a new Pebax Rnew midsole with improved rebound and compression resistance.
  • SCARPA Spin Infinity ($150 – July 2021) – SCARPA’s most cushioned trail shoe to date with a firmer EVA rim for foot stabilization. The 26/22mm stack height yields a 4mm drop for this 10.8-oz (305g) trail shoe.
SCARPA Spin Infinity

The SCARPA Spin Infinity.

SCARPA Spin 2.0

The SCARPA Spin 2.0.

Salewa Ultra Train 3 ($140)

The biggest change found in the Salewa Ultra Train 3 is an entirely new outsole with a switch from Michelin rubber to the brand’s Pomoca rubber. We include this 12.6-oz (357g), 8mm-drop “speed hiking shoe” as an option for those looking for something at the ruggeder end of runnable.

Salewa Ultra Train 3

The Salewa Ultra Train 3.

Columbia Escape Ascent ($140 – May 13, 2021)

The Columbia Escape Ascent brings three new Columbia technologies to the trails. To start, there’s the Adapt Trax outsole compound and tread underfoot. Next, there’s the Navic Fit lacing system to provide extra lockdown over the foot’s navicular bone. Finally, there’s the new Techlite+ midsole that blends energy return and cushioning. The Escape Ascent weighs 10.5 oz (298g) and has an 8mm drop. For more, read our full Columbia Escape Ascent review.

Columbia Escape Ascent

The Columbia Escape Ascent.

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro V6 ($135)

Various upper modifications make the New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro V6 nearly an ounce lighter than its predecessor, with the V6 weighing in at 11.9 oz (337g) for a men’s 9.5. The V6 upper is an engineered mesh strategically infused with TPU for durability and lockdown. The 8mm-drop trail shoe retains the V5’s midsole and outsole in its entirety. For more, read our full New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro V6 review.

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6

The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6.

VJ Sport Ultra ($170)

The VJ Sport Ultra is the brand’s most cushioned shoe to date with a 33/27mm full stack height for a 6mm drop. The shoe’s 4mm lugs are made from VJ’s super sticky butyl rubber, while the upper’s blend of Kevlar and nylon should hold up for plenty of miles. A US men’s 8.5 weights 9.3 oz (265g).

VJ Sport Ultra

The VJ Sport Ultra.

Other Updates

Icebug, Raidlight, and SCOTT have confirmed they do not have any new models of trail shoes launching in the first half of 2021.

We’ve not had a definitive update on first half of 2021 releases from ASICS and Under Armour.

Call for Comments

  • Which new trail shoes for spring-summer 2021 have you most excited?
  • Have any technical questions? Ask away!
  • Know of other trail shoes that came out in the first half of 2021? If so, tell us about them in a comment.

[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!]

Best New Trail Shoes for Fall-Winter 2020

(originally published December 9, 2020)

Wow! This year has flown by! Below are more than 30 models of (mostly) trail shoes that hit store shelves in the second half of 2020… or will very soon, as all but two of these models are already available at the time of publishing.

For more on new trail shoes, check our articles on new trail shoes for spring-summer 2021 and fall-winter 2021. 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 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.)

Brooks Catamount ($160)

With the Brooks Catamount, the brand adds a trail racing shoe to its lineup. The 9.3-ounce (264g) shoe with a 6mm drop features a modest TrailTack outsole underneath the brand’s light and responsive DNA Flash midsole material. Drainage slits in the mudguard should help the shoe dry while a full rock plate adds underfoot protection. For more, read our full review of the Brooks Catamount. (Buy now.)

Brooks Catamount

The Brooks Catamount.

Also new from Brooks:

  • Brooks Cascadia 15/Cascadia 15 GTX ($130/$160) – The Cascadia has been updated with a new mono-mesh upper that’s more breathable along with an enhanced mudguard that adds durability. There’s a new loop to tuck your laces into. The standard version weighs in at 11 ounces (312g) for a men’s 9 and sports an 8mm drop, while the updated GTX version now uses GORE-TEX Invisible Fit and weighs 11.7 ounces (332g). For more, read our full Brooks Cascadia 15 and Cascadia 15 GTX review. (Buy now.)
Brooks Cascadia 15

The Brooks Cascadia 15.

inov-8 Terraultra G 270 ($160)

The inov-8 Terraultra G 270 sees many changes from the Terraultra G 260, such as a repositioning of the lugs and flex grooves on the G-Grip outsole with the 4mm lugs themselves having grooves and dimples added for even more traction. Underfoot, the shoe sees the change to a softer, yet longer lasting Powerflow Max midsole that also returns more energy, while 3mm of additional midsole height adds to the underfoot cushion, with a new insole adding even more cushioning and energy return. The redesigned upper has both more durable materials and a more adaptive fit that should better accommodate changes in foot volume through long runs. The shoe stays with its 0mm drop and now weighs an average of 9.5 ounces (270g) across the line. (Buy now.)For more, our full inov-8 Terraultra G 270 review.

Inov-8 Terraultra G 270

The Inov-8 TERRAULTRA G 270.

Also new from inov-8:

inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 V2

The inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 V2.

Hoka One One Torrent 2 ($120)

The Hoka One One Torrent 2 sees a number of improvements including a new engineered-mesh upper made in part with recycled material, improved underfoot feel through the gait cycle, and the realignment of some lugs for better multi-directional traction. The Torrent 2 weighs in at 9.3 ounces (264g), about a third of an ounce heavier than its predecessor. (Buy now.)

For more, watch or read our full Hoka One One Torrent 2 review.

Hoka One One Torrent 2

The Hoka One One Torrent 2.

Also new from Hoka One One (including some road shoes oft used by ultrarunners):

  • Hoka One One Clifton 7 ($130) – The road running Clifton 7 drops 0.3 ounces to 8.7 ounces (247g) while moving to a more comfortable engineered-mesh upper and adding an integrated heel-pull tab to the ankle collar. (Buy now.)
  • Hoka One One Clifton Edge ($160) – An 8.93-ounce (253g) road runner, the Clifton Edge rides on Hoka’s softest, lightest foam to date with its heel extended rearward. (Buy now.)
  • Hoka One One Stinson ATR 6 ($160) – The Stinson ATR adds a bit of width to the midsole in the heel and metatarsal area to add stability while dropping 0.4 ounces to weigh in at 11.7 ounces (332g). (Buy now.)
  • Hoka One One Rincon 2 ($115) – Steady at 7.7 ounces (218g), the road running Rincon 2 moves from a single-layer to a multi-layer sandwich-mesh upper as part of a move to a more supportive upper. (Buy now.)
  • Hoka One One Bondi 7 ($150) – The road running Bondi 7 updates its mesh and adds a memory-foam ankle collar, which extends its plush feel. It stays roughly the same weight at 10.7 ounces (303g). (Buy now.)
  • Hoka One One Carbon X SPE ($200) – A tongue-free, booty-fit construction limited-edition update to the Carbon X road racer. This one weighs in a hair heavier at 8.8 ounces (249g).
Hoka One One Clifton 7

The Hoka One One Clifton 7.

Hoka One One Clifton Edge

The Hoka One One Clifton Edge.

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 6

The Hoka One One Stinson ATR 6.

Hoka One One Rincon 2

The Hoka One One Rincon 2.

Hoka One One Bondi 7

The Hoka One One Bondi 7.

Hoka One One Carbon X-SPE

The Hoka One One Carbon X-SPE.

Salomon Wildcross/Wildcross GTX ($130/$160)

The Salomon Wildcross is the latest in the brand’s super luggy trail shoes coming out of the Speedcross heritage. This flavor comes in a lower profile with an 8mm drop for a more nimble feel. The upper features a slightly wider toebox than the Speedcross while having a much different inner sock-like construction with Sensifit wraps around the midfoot. The Wildcross weighs in at 10.2 ounces (290g). For more, read our full Salomon Wildcross review. (Buy now.)

Salomon Wildcross

The Salomon Wildcross.

Also new from Salomon:

  • Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3 ($180) – The S/Lab Ultra 3 moves to more breathable mesh construction that removes its “wings” while also adding a more sock-like heel counter. The 8mm-drop shoe weighs 10.2 ounces (290g). For more, read our full Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3 review.
Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3

The Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3.

Altra Olympus 4 ($170)

The already plush Altra Olympus becomes even a bit softer with the Altra Olympus 4. Underfoot, the midsole and outsole are sculpted out behind the heel, creating a split trail rudder. The upper adds a more protective toe rand that includes drainage ports. The Olympus 4 adds nearly an ounce to weigh in at 11.6 ounces (329g). (Buy now.)

Altra Olympus 4

The Altra Olympus 4.

Also new from Altra:

  • Altra Superior 4.5 ($110) – The Superior 4.5 gets a new, more breathable, better draining mesh upper with a bit more stretch while thickening the toe protection and adding more support to the upper’s lateral midfoot. This shoe also adds an ounce to weigh in at 8.9 ounces (252g). (Buy now.)
Altra Superior 4.5

The Altra Superior 4.5.

Saucony Switchback 2 ($140)

The Saucony Switchback 2 is a big change from the original, most notably with a redesigned upper centered around the BOA dial system. The underfoot tooling remains unchanged with a 4mm drop and 3mm lugs; however, this model adds a rock plate through the midfoot and moved from EVERUN to the lighter PWRRUN+ midsole material. Altogether, the shoe comes in a bit lighter at 8.8 ounces (249g). (Buy now.)

Saucony Switchback 2

The Saucony Switchback 2.

Also new from Saucony:

  • Saucony Canyon TR ($120) – The Canyon TR is an 8mm-drop, 11.0-ounce (312g) road-to-trail shoe with a moderate amount of PWRRUN midsole and PWRRUN+ topsole cushioning, moderate 3mm lugs, gaiter attachment, and a fore- and mid-foot rock plate. A non-continuous rand adds durability to the upper while trapping less water. For more, read our full Saucony Canyon TR review. (Buy now.)
  • Saucony Mad River TR 2 ($110) – The primary updates for the Mad River TR 2 are a change from a booty to a traditional ankle collar construction, a move from a PWRFOAM to a PWRRUN midsole, and a bit more toe room. It’s got a 4mm drop and weighs 10.5 ounces (298g) (formerly 9.7 ounces, 275g). (Buy now.)
Saucony Canyon TR

The Saucony Canyon TR.

Saucony Mad River TR 2

The Saucony Mad River TR 2.

New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail v1 ($165)

The name says it all for the New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail v1. This shoe is built around a thick Fresh FoamX midsole with a 4mm drop. The shoe weighs in at 10.8 ounces (307g). (Buy now.)

New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail v1

The New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail v1.

The North Face Vectiv ($200 – January 26, 2021)

While nearly all details remain under lockdown, early 2021 will see the launch of The North Face Vectiv pictured below.

The North Face Vectiv

The North Face Vectiv.

Topo Ultraventure Pro ($145)

The Topo Ultraventure Pro is a 10.4-ounce (295g), 5mm-drop (25/30mm) shoe that tries to be a happy middle ground between Topo’s Ultraventure (softer) and MTN Racer (firmer, more protective). The Ultraventure Pro features a Vibram Megagrip outsole, a three-piece ZipFoam (TPU/EVA blend) midsole, and an external TPU heel counter. For more, read our full Topo Ultraventure Pro review. (Buy now.)

Topo Ultravanture Pro

The Topo Ultraventure Pro.

Also new from Topo:

  • Topo Ultrafly 3 – The Topo Ultrafly 3 road shoe sees a significant redesign all around. The upper moves from a mesh with overlays to a knit upper with a molded foam collar and a significant external TPU heel counter along with two lace loops to hold up the tongue. Underfoot, the midsole transitions to softer Zipfoam but with a slightly firmer medial insert while some rubber was removed from the outsole, helping the shoe move from 10.3 to 9.6 ounces (272g). (Buy now.)
Topo Ultrafly 3

The Topo Ultrafly 3.

SCOTT Supertrac RC 2 ($160)

The SCOTT Supertrac RC 2 features tweaks to the Radial Traction outsole pattern for better grip and durability. On the upper, SCOTT updates to Schoeller’s cooler coldblack material and 3XDRY water-repellent finish. The shoe continues to weigh in around 9.5 ounces (270g) with its 5mm drop.

SCOTT Supertrac RC 2

The SCOTT Supertrac RC 2.

Also new from SCOTT:

SCOTT Kinabalu Ultra RC

The SCOTT Kinabalu Ultra RC.

Under Armour HOVR Velociti Trail ($120)

Under Armour brings its HOVR midsole to the trails this season with the Under Armour HOVR Velociti Trail, an off-road adaptation of its HOVR Velociti 3 model. This 10.5-ounce (298g), 8mm-drop shoe offers a minimally lugged Vibram Megagrip outsole. (Buy now.)

Under Armour HOVR Velociti Trail

The Under Armour HOVR Velociti Trail.

Also new from Under Armour:

  • Under Armour HOVR Machina Off-Road ($200) – Another 10.5-ounce (298g), 8mm-drop shoe that’s loaded with features: a HOVR midsole, a Pebax propulsion plate, and a BOA speed closure system along with an engineered-mesh upper and luggy outsole. (Buy now.)
Under Armour HOVR Machina Off-Road

The Under Armour HOVR Machina Off-Road.

adidas Terrex Agravic Tech Pro ($250)

Well, the adidas Terrex Agravic Tech Pro comes with lots of features to go along with its $250 price tag. The BOA-closure shoe includes an integrated, water-repellent, ankle-height gaiter atop a Boost midsole. If these shoes hold up to adidas Outdoor’s naming scheme, they weigh in at 420 grams, or 14.8 ounces. (Buy now.)

adidas Terrex Agravic Tech Pro

The adidas Terrex Agravic Tech Pro.

Merrell Agility Synthesis 2 ($110)

The 9.3-ounce (265g), 6mm-drop Merrell Agility Synthesis 2 is a full reboot for the model. It moves to Merrell’s FloatPro Foam, the brand’s softest and lightest foam, as well as to the brand’s stickiest rubber, Quantum Grip, with 4mm lugs. The primarily woven upper material remains the same, but with a more rugged mesh around the ankle collar and tongue for added comfort and durability. (Buy now.)

Merrell Agility Synthesis 2

The Merrell Agility Synthesis 2.

Also new from Merrell:

  • Merrell Antora 2/Antora 2 GTX ($110/$140) – This women’s-only model weighs in at 9.5 ounces (270g) with an 8.5mm drop and 5mm lugs. For this iteration, they’ve moved to a more abrasion-resistant mesh upper. Merrell’s added wide widths and a GORE-TEX Invisible Fit model, as well. Full Merrell Antora 2 review. (Buy now.)
Merrell Antora 2

The Merrell Antora 2.

Icebug Pytho5 BUGrip ($190)

The Icebug Pytho5 BUGrip updates the company’s Pytho model. This 5mm-drop, 11.3-ounce (320g) shoe features 17 steel studs in each outsole. With moderate cushion, a roomy toebox, and its generous last, this shoe is meant for long-distance outings. (Buy now.)

Icebug Pytho5 Women's BUGrip

The Icebug Pytho5 BUGrip.

La Sportiva Jackal GTX ($170)

Not surprisingly, the primary update embodied in the La Sportiva Jackal GTX is the addition of a GORE-TEX membrane, in this case, the no-bulk Invisible Fit membrane. It weighs 11.1 ounces (315g), which is 0.6 ounces (15g) heavier than the standard version. (Buy now.)

La Sportiva Jackal GTX

The La Sportiva Jackal GTX.

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GORE-TEX ($160)

The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GORE-TEX uses Gore’s Invisible Fit technology on the current Pegasus Trail 2 platform. A U.S. men’s 10 weighs 11.8 ounces (335g), roughly the same weight as the standard version. For more, read our full Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX review. (Buy now.)

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Gore-Tex

The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Gore-Tex.

SCARPA Rush GTX ($170 – December 2020)

Another seasonal GORE-TEX addition, the SCARPA Rush GTX also sees the addition of GORE-TEX Extended Comfort lining. It weighs 14.1 ounces (400g). (Buy now.)

SCARPA Rush GTX

The SCARPA Rush GTX.

Notes on Fall/Winter 2020 Updates from Other Brands

Arc’teryx, Columbia/Montrail, Dynafit, ON, Raidlight, Salewa, Tecnica, and Xero all confirmed that they have no fall-winter 2020 updates.

The following brands had updates planned for the second half of 2020 that have been delayed: SCARPA (Spin Pro 2.0 GTX – canceled in US, possible delayed release in Europe; and Spin Ultra GTX – delayed), Skechers (Max Trail 6 and GoRun Speed TRL Flow), and VJ Sport.

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 trail shoes for autumn/winter 2020 have you most excited?
  • Have any technical questions? Ask away!
  • Know of other trail shoes that came out in the second half of 2020? Tell us about them in a comment.

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Best New Trail Shoes for Spring-Summer 2020

(originally published January 28, 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. 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 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

  • 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.

[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!]

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.