Tundra Trails: 15 Best Winter Running Shoes

Jan 9, 2019

Category: Gear

Winter has taken over this side of the globe and mornings now wake you up with a cold sting. But that doesn’t mean you should hang up your running shoes for a few months. Crushing your run route regardless of the frosty weather makes you a true fit freak. Get your cardio in and maybe even tackle a marathon or two with the right winter footwear.

You may be able to lace up your current running shoes, but they don’t have the appropriate construction to hold up during rainy, windy, or snowy days. And sure, you can run indoors on a treadmill, but we just don’t find it as fun or as challenging as the great outdoors. In order to choose the best running shoes for your feet this winter, you have to take into consideration the grip of the soles, water-repelling capabilities, and quality of the lugs to dig into icy or wet terrain. Since your regular running shoes will be equipped for a majority of the year, the winter kicks you pick will last longer if you use them solely during the colder months, so they’re a solid investment.

Merrell Bare Access Flex Shield

Running in the rain is actually quite fun, but not if your feet get soaked. Luckily, Merrell’s Bare Access Flex Shield shoes are water-resistant to keep your feet moisture-free. These shoes also provide you with excellent toe-off capabilities with their ‘FLEXconnecte’ dual directional flex-groove. And, with EVA midsoles and sticky ‘M Select GRIP+’ outsoles, they’re ready for the winter elements.

Purchase: $71

Asics Gel Sonoma 4

Asic’s hardwearing Gel Sonoma 4 running shoes will help you get a grip on any wintry terrain with their reversed lugs built for both uphill and downhill traction. These shoes are also equipped with a rear-foot gel cushioning system and Ortholite sock liners for amazing comfort. To help preserve your natural running stride, the Gel-Sonoma 4 shoes feature ‘Amplifoam’ midsoles for superior flexibility.

Purchase: $80

Altra King Mt 1.5

For superior toe-off Altra’s winter running shoes boast ‘TrailClaw’ canted lugs for ideal traction on icy or wet routes. To help you further sink your feet into winterized trails, these shoes are made with Vibram ‘MegaGrip’ sticky rubber with 6mm lugs. These reliable foot protectors also have tear-resistant quick-dry uppers and a ‘Zero Drop’ platform, allowing you to step with your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground for low-impact on your knees.

Purchase: $118

Under Armour Hovr CGR Connected

Run in rainy weather like a boss with Under Armour’s Hovr CGR Connected shoes, featuring ‘ColdGear Reactor’ insulation to keep your soles warm, especially when you slow down, and ‘UA Storm’ technology that repels water. These shoes have ‘UA HOVR’ technology to provide a zero gravity feel so you’ll have all the energy you need to finish strong and Michelin rubber outsoles for superior grip on icy terrain. You can even track your running metrics with Under Armour’s record sensory technology.

Purchase: $120

New Balance 910V4 Gore-Tex Shoes

Wrap your feet in heavy-duty Gore-Tex running shoes with toe protection from New Balance and you won’t have to worry about your running routes this winter. With ‘hydro-hesion’ rubber and ‘Revlite’ midsoles, your frantic feet will get a grip on any cold weather terrain. You won’t need to break the bank either with these rugged New Balance running shoes.

Purchase: $135

Inov-8 ArcticClaw 300

To tackle icy or snowy routes, the Inov-8 ArcticeClaw 300 shoes are armed with ‘Protec-Shank’ and spikes underneath to safeguard your metatarsals. They also have a full-welded rand for 360° protection against minor bumps, on-the-shoe gaiter hooks for excellent debris protection, and ‘Powerflow’ midsoles for superior shock absorption and energy return. If grip is what you need to clamp onto icy routes, the Inov-8 ArcticClaw 300 is your best bet.

Purchase: $140

Altra Lone Peak 3 Neo

Thanks to ‘Polartec’ shells, these running shoes are ready for streams, mud, and even rainstorms. The weather-resistant shoes are breathable and feature ‘StoneGuard’ underfoot protection, rubber ‘TrailClaw’ canted lugs, and ‘GaiterTrap’ hook-and-loop tabs to prevent debris build-up underneath the shoes. Altra’s Lone Peak 3 Neo shoes are built to conquer any gnarly terrain you come across.

Purchase: $150

Brooks Ghost 11 GTX

The Brooks Ghost 11 GTX winter running shoes will provide you with a smooth ride for your soles while keeping them dry thanks to Gore-Tex uppers. They’re equipped with segmented crash pads and shock absorbers to help keep your feet comfy even when you’re tackling rough terrain. Pick up Brooks’ Ghost 11 GTX shoes for softer landings when you run and your feet will thank you.

Purchase: $150

Saucony Peregrine 8 ICE+

Preserve your natural stride when you run with Saucony’s Peregrine 8 ICE+ shoes thanks to a 4mm heel-to-toe offset. The water-resistant shoes also have Vibram Arctic grip outsoles and 6mm outsole lugs to keep you upright on the track even when it’s wet or frozen. Saucony’s winter running shoes exceptional traction with ‘PwrTrac’ abrasion-resistant rubber.

Purchase: $150

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield

Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield shoes get a water-repellent upgrade to help you practice your stride on wet trails. The full-length rubber outsoles will allow you to try and hit your PR (Personal Record) without worrying about slipping when you run in rainy conditions. And, Nike’s winter running shoes are equipped with a one-pull toggle lacing system so you can lace them up in wet weather with ease.

Purchase: $180

Salomon Speedspike CS

With 15 carbide spikes on the lugs, Salomon’s Speespike CS running shoes make sure you have a stable grip on snowy trails. For extra warmth, these shoes feature ‘ClimaSalomon’ shells around the forefoot area so your feet won’t feel like popsicles. The breathable shoes have a biomechanical fit and synthetic textile uppers for a snug fit for any runner looking to log some miles this winter.

Purchase: $180

La Sportiva Tempesta GTX

These lightweight waterproof winter shoes by La Sportiva have sticky soles for an amazing grip on slippery terrain so you can keep training under challenging conditions. Take a look at the bottom of each shoe and you’ll find heavy-duty AT-Grip spikes and deep lugs to dig into snow or muddy terrain. And, they’re also made with breathable Gore-Tex for exceptional durability.

Purchase: $165

Salomon SnowCross 2

Salomon claims you can train through a blizzard sporting their SnowCross 2 shoes. These waterproof running shoes are built specifically for use on snow and ice with ‘Contragrip’ soles and a snow-leopard grip for secure traction. The midsoles are EVA-injected and the shoes have mudguards, protective toe caps, and ankle pads for your safety.

Purchase: $200

IceBug Orbi3 BUGrip GTX

Sink into the terrain for a sturdy grip this winter with IceBug’s Orbi3 BUGrip GTX running shoes. Constructed with a resilient Gore-Tex membrane, these shoes feature 14 BUGrip steel studs to claw through your route. The lightweight shoes also have Bluesign-certified fabric insocks made from recycled materials. With IceBug’s winter running shoes, no surface or weather will keep you from getting a run session accomplished.

Purchase: $230

Adidas UltraBoost All Terrain Shoes

Mixing style and function, the Adidas UltraBoost All Terrain Shoes boast one of the most responsive cushioning midsoles the sports apparel giant has ever created with amazing energy return. Working like winter tires for your feet, the All Terrain running shoes provide you with unrivaled traction and the water-repellant ‘Primeknit’ uppers wrap around your feet for a snug fit. Best of all, the ‘Continental Rubber’ outsoles help with getting a grip on your route in both dry and wet conditions.

Purchase: $250

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