Best Winter Trail Running Shoes in 2018

Ranging from classic styles including several models by Salomon to New Balance, we’ve done the work and compiled a list of the best winter trail running shoes for2018 so you don’t have to.The best Winter trail running shoes feature increased traction and grip that set them apart from standard all-terrain styles. The models that have made our list feature high performance in extreme weather conditions, durability, and waterproof design.

Winter trail running shoes differ in their increased capability to excel on fresh snow, frozen ground, and ice. Our list includes climate-smart design features such as Gore-Tex, and specially woven waterproof uppers and midsoles.

We’ve also included models with added features for stability and responsiveness on the rockiest of terrains.

Each shoe on our list maintains maximum comfort and fit while excelling in rugged winter weather conditions.

Read on to discover the best winter trail running shoes for 2018!

Top 3 Best and Favorites

Best Overall

Brooks Cascadia 13 GTX

Best for Deep Snow

Salomon Snowcross 2

Best for Wide Feet

Altra Lone Peak 4.0 Low RSM


1. Salomon Speedcross 4 CS

 

First on our list is the top-rated Salomon Speedcross 4 CS. We love Salomon’s 4th Edition to the Speedcross line for its extreme water resistance, comfort, and traction.

The Speedcross 4 CS features the rugged, waterproof grip the style is known for with upgrades in appearance and technical specs. The Speedcross 4 CS offers improved breathability over previous versions and lots of color options.

Designed for the toughest terrains, you’ll be protected from harsh winter weather conditions by the new model’s improved outsole. The Speedcross 4 CS’s newly constructed outsole features increased traction and added protection in icy conditions.

Featuring the brand’s signature Contagrip technology, the Salomon Speedcross 4 CS is perfectly suited to ice or fresh snow.

We love the Quicklace technology which allows for adjustment with just a click of the laces. The lace specific pocket ensures that you won’t be caught with your shoe untied during a run or marathon.


PROS:

  • Water resistant and comfortable
  • High traction
  • A wide variety of color options available
  • Suitable for extreme weather conditions
  • Great for trails

CONS:

  • Wear may feel stiff on long runs

2. Salomon Snowcross 2

 

Offering the same unmatched traction as the Salomon Speedcross 4 CS, the Salomon Snowcross 2 impressed us with its high-top design and waterproof CS Membrane system.

This shoe is weatherproof in the most extreme conditions. A newly updated outsole constructed from premium rubber offers added protection against mud, snow, and loose terrain.

Not to be understated is the overall increased comfort and cushioning of this latest edition.

Featuring an EVA triple-density midsole, make no mistake that the Snowcross 2 is constructed for comfort. The Snowcross 2 also offers superior flex and responsiveness.


PROS:

  • Extremely waterproof
  • Surprisingly lightweight
  • Very comfortable
  • Cushioned and responsive

CONS:

  • Runs small, you may need to size up when ordering
  • Limited color options available

3. Salomon Speedspike CS

Following in the tradition of the Speedcross, we love the Speedspike CS for its versatility and performance on the iciest of terrains.

Suited equally to snow or dry pavement, the Speedspike CS offers a consistently comfortable and waterproof experience.

On first sight, you’ll notice plush padding throughout the upper and midsole of the Speedspike CS. True to the comfort of the Snowcross, the Speedpike offers extreme durability in rugged conditions in tandem with a highly cushioned design to ensure maximum comfort.

As with all Salomon trail running shoes, the Speedspike’s superior grip places it among our best winter trail running shoes for good reason.

On rocky and uneven terrain, the Speedspike is well balanced due to its newly updated outsole. The outsole features Salomon’s classic Contagrip, and now offers increased traction with strategically placed lugs and spikes.

The EVA constructed midsole ensures firm and responsive cushioning along with a snug fit.


PROS:

  • Superior grip
  • Runs true to size
  • Extremely durable design
  • Responsive and firm cushioning
  • Quick lace system

CONS:

  • Somewhat on the heavy side

4. Saucony Peregrine 8 ICE

 

Next in our lineup is the Saucony Peregrine 8 ICE. Like previous incarnations of the Peregrine, the Peregrine 8 ICE does not disappoint in its ability to tackle the most extreme winter weather conditions.

Ready to face the most unyielding terrain, the ICE excels in snow and handles ice as a welcome challenge.

Keeping in line with the Peregrine’s previous generations, the latest model is consistent in its impressive traction and long-distance running performance.

The Peregrine 8 ICE features a newly constructed upper layer, altgiving this model a new range of flexibility not seen in previous versions. We like the Peregrine 8 for its sleeker and more minimalist design overall.


PROS:

  • Extreme grip and traction
  • Very comfortable
  • Cushioned and flexible
  • Breathable
  • Increased flexibility over previous versions

CONS:

  • No lace lock
  • Runs small, you may need size up when ordering
  • May run narrow for some wearers

5. Brooks Cascadia 13 GTX

Brooks makes it among our best winter trail running shoes with the Cascadia 13 GTX.

Like previous versions, the latest model is built tough and perfectly suited for muddy conditions. The 13 GTX includes trail-specific features that make it a great contender for runners facing varied terrains.

We’re impressed by the addition of a 3D printed, rubber mudguard on the Cascadia 13’s outsole.

Previous models of the shoe were praised for trail tackling ability, but received lower scores in overall comfort and cushioning. Brook’s latest model offers superior comfort over the earlier releases and rivals the cushioning of top-rated brands for comfort.

A favorite feature of the Cascadia 13 is the line’s consistent, well-crafted midsole.

Offering a firm and steady ride on uneven trails, the midsole works in tandem with Cascadia 13’s chunky heel to offer the same responsive experience on the rockiest of trails fans of Brook’s running have come to expect.


PROS:

  • Increased cushioning over previous models
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased ankle and arch support
  • Made for wide feet and high arches
  • Features 3D printed rubber mudguard

CONS:

  • Some customers report eyelet material ripping and not holding laces correctly

6. Altra Lone Peak 4.0 Low RSM

 

Keeping in line with the versatile, all-terrain design the brand is known for is the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 RSM.

Altra’s latest model features several upgrades while maintaining the rugged, weather resistant features Altra fans love.

We immediately noticed the Lone Peak 4.0’s new and improved upper, which fits more snugly than previous versions.

The improved midsole provides a better lockdown and snug fit throughout the midfoot and a more responsive experience overall.

Sleeker in design than its earlier counterparts, the new RSM (rain, snow, and mud) version builds on its reputation as an award winner by adding the designation as an all-weather trail shoe.

A key feature of the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 RSM lies in its unique waterproof design, which is constructed primarily on the exterior to shield water from ever entering the midsole while maintaining a relatively lightweight and sleek appearance.

Like all Atra trail running shoes, the Lone Peak 4.0 features Altra’s unique foot box design. The wide toe box allows for toes to spread naturally while reducing the risk of injury and irritation.

Overall, the Lone Peak 4.0 offers the features Altra fans have come to expect with increased durability and a newly improved waterproof construction


PROS:

  • Newly constructed, waterproof design
  • Improved outsole
  • Multi-directional lugs
  • trail claw metatarsal traction
  • Better flex overall

CONS:

  • Runs small, you may need to size up when ordering

7. La Sportiva Tempesta GTX

Praised for its all-season design, the Tempesta GTX is the latest addition to La Sportiva’s technical trail running shoe collection.

Enhanced with Gore-Tex for added protection against extreme weather conditions, you’ll find yourself fully shielded from the most frigid and unyielding winter elements.

A favorite feature of the latest version is the Tempesta GTX’s increased breathability.

While offering protection and insulation from the elements by way of the newly designed impermeable construction, the GTX offers a more comfortable and breathable fit overall.

Relatively lightweight in design, we love the nimble and agile construction of the Tempesta GTX.

The midsole’s sleek and minimal construction allows for a natural and comfortable fit.

Ultimately, the Tempesta GTX offers improved flexibility and long-distance performance while maintaining the rugged trail tackling design the brand is known for.


PROS:

  • Extremely waterproof
  • Highly resistant to harsh winter elements
  • Aggressive lugs add stability for a more responsive experience
  • Excellent traction

CONS:

  • Some runners may find the Tempesta GTX’s fit too narrow

8. Icebug Zeal2 OLX

A favorite for obstacle course racing, the Zeal2 OLX by Icebug makes it on to our list of best winter trail running shoes as a top shoe for distance running.

The Zeal2 OLX offers the unmatched traction the line is known for with a few notable upgrades.

First, the Zeal2 OLX is perfectly suited for a wider foot. With a wider toe box than previous Icebug designs including the Spirit5 and Aurora, Zeal2 OLX may be immediately more comfortable for some wearers.

While the fit can accommodate a wider foot, it is not too wide to maintain a snug fit and agile design overall.

Where the Zeal2 OLX shines most is in its flexible yet stable design. This is thanks to the Zeal2’s improved midsole construction.

You’ll find that the unique midsole construction reinforces the Zeal2’s snug and responsive fit.

The Zeal OLX also features an upgrade in the outsole design, now featuring more prominent lugs and 16 carbide tips for increased traction.


PROS:

  • Improved midsole
  • Wider fit
  • Top rated traction
  • Lightweight
  • Added carbide spikes to the outsole

CONS:

  • Low rise ankle may allow for debris to enter the shoe

9. Inov-8 Arctic Claw 300

 

The Invo-8 Arctic Claw 300 makes it on to our list of the best winter trail running shoes for its performance and durability in extreme elements.

We love the Arctic Claw for its ability to excel in the most unrelenting weather conditions, including ice and frozen ground.

Known for its long-distance performance, you’ll love the Arctic Claw for winter trail and marathon running alike.

Unlike just any long distance trail running shoe, the Arctic Claw is designed specifically to endure long treks in frigid weather conditions. This shoe is extremely durable against harsh elements and constructed for protection.

We especially love the Arctic Claw’s hard, rubber outsole when it comes to tackling the toughest terrain.

To ensure comfort, the Inov-8 Arctic Claw is fitted with a softer rubber in non-high wear areas. This aids the shoe in providing excellent traction on a number of surfaces.


PROS:

  • Impressive grip
  • Excels in extreme weather conditions
  • Lightweight
  • Features an on the shoe gaiter
  • Offers excellent grip on various terrains

CONS:

  • A limited color selection is available
  • Not suitable for all terrains, includes spikes

10. New Balance 910v4 Trail Gore-Tex

 

The New Balance 910v4 Trail Gore-Tex rounds out our list of the best winter trail running shoes with its comfortable fit and versatile design.

The fourth edition of the New Balance 910 offers the same tough construction rendering it capable to tackle almost any terrain, with a few upgrades in design and appearance.

The latest edition features a more nimble design along with a more attractive and streamlined appearance.

True to the brand, the New Balance 910v4 Gore-Tex is available in several width options to perfectly suit your needs, while still offering a snug and agile fit.

Overall, the New Balance 910v4 is a versatile winter trail running shoe that stands up to extreme weather conditions and offers several width options for maximum comfort and fit.


PROS:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Available in several width options
  • Extremely breathable
  • Also performs well as a hiking shoe

CONS:

  • Runs on the heavy side
  • Runs small, you may need to size up when ordering

 

 

Stay warm and dry this winter with the best trail running shoes for winter. These shoes are waterproof and offer great traction in the snow and ice.