Extra aggressive lugs and tread patterns help you dig into dirt, soil, and sand while you run uphill and down. This added traction is vital for safety.
Toe guards, forefoot rock plates, and Gore-Tex or waterproof breathable uppers protect your feet against impact, sharp debris, and wet and unpredictable weather.
Like road running shoes, trail running shoes are divided into four categories: motion control, stability, neutral (or cushioning), and minimalist. Some trail shoes offer added medial posting or cushioning for particularly harsh off-road running.