Lately, there have been a flood of "which truck should I get?" threads. All of the options have their advantages and disadvantages, so no one answer will be right for everybody. The question we always have to ask is "What are your requirements?" I want a good trail truck for under $100. So do I, friend. So do I. You aren't going to find anything worthwhile. Keep saving your money. I want something I can drive on trails and bash. Look at an Axial Wraith (kit or RTR). AX10 Ridgecrest (RTR only). or, as of 2013, a Vaterra Twin Hammers (RTR only) The Wraith and Ridgecrest share the same axles and 2.2 size tires. Both RTR trucks come with Axial's 20T motor, which provides considerable wheel speed over, say, an SCX10. This makes jumps, bashing, etc. a little easier out of the box. Their electronics layout isn't optimal for weight distribution out of the box, but components can be moved around easily enough and will help to build a very capable rig. The Wraith is a tube buggy, so the frame and the body are one unit. The Ridgecrest is more like a competition crawler (The frame does not run the length of the truck and is hidden by a lexan body). The Vaterra is a new design from Horizon Hobbies, featuring a solid axle rear and independent front suspension. It comes with a Spektrum radio and a lipo compatible ESC, as well as a two-speed transmission. The body and cage are one unit, much like the Wraith. The Twin Hammers includes everything needed to run, unlike the other RTR's listed, which require a battery to be purchased separately. Wraith RTR, courtesy of Axial's site: [video]www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0gEf7Z9TSE[/video] Ridgecrest RTR [video]www.youtube.com/watch?v=An30LLtd3AY[/video] Twin Hammers RTR [video=youtube;ooCTOKOml4k]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ooCTOKOml4k[/video] I want a scale looking trail truck. Axial SCX10, or RC4WD Trail Finder 2. The SCX10 link is to Crankbait's writeup, so I won't go into redundant detail here. The TF2 is sold as a kit and is a bit pricey, especially since it does not come with electronics. the SCX10 wins in parts support and trailing capability/durability, but the TF2 is much more realistic with its leaf spring suspension, Toyota plastic hardbody, transmission/transfer case, and yota axles. The SCX10 will come with 1.9 tires, which will give it a performance advantage over the TF2's more scale 1.55 tire size. Which is better is up to you. For comparison, here are a couple of videos of the trucks in action. SCX10 Honcho, courtesy of Axial's site: [video]www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNxjF0PFTa0[/video] Medic's (highly customized) Trail Finder 2: [video=youtube;oYEX1R7fvhE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYEX1R7fvhE[/video] I'm just starting out and am not sure if I have the skills to build a kit. An RTR is a great starting point, as it comes pre-assembled, but still includes the complete instruction book should you need to repair or want to customize something (Trust me, you will). That said, a kit is an awesome way to learn exactly how your rig is put together and how everything works. The better understanding you have of its inner workings, the easier it is to work on it later. There are also plenty of folks here that are more than happy to help should you get stuck in your build process. Honorable mention Tamiya High Lift (Photo by Krankillen) The Tamiya High Lift is a popular platform amongst those looking for ultimate realism. It is sold as a kit only and has several body choices (Hilux, F-350, Tundra). Were it not for a higher cost than its competitors, I would have absolutely placed the High Lift with the SCX10 and TF2. Tamiya CC-01 (Photo by InLowRange) The Tamiya CC-01 can be found with several different bodies (Bronco, Unimog, Pajero, Wrangler) and are sold as both kit and RTR. They are generally not as capable as any other truck mentioned here... plastic tubs rather than frames and independent front suspension rather than a solid axle limits customization of the drivetrain. They have little ground clearance and are best suited to looking scale, rather than any serious trailing. Tamiya CR-01 (Photo by HZ73) The Tamiya CR-01 can also be had with several body options (Bronco, Land Cruiser, Wrangler, Unimog) and is sold as a kit or RTR. They come with 2.2 tires and a C-channel frame. They are not nearly as scale as an SCX10 or a TF2, nor is their parts support as good. RC4WD Trail Finder (original) This is discontinued and no longer available through RC4WD. RC4WD Trail Stomper This truck is available through RC4WD's website as an RTR only. The stock leaf spring suspension is STIFF. Most people complain that it barely articulates at all and they end up having to remove some springs in order to get some flex. The plastic Punisher shafts will most likely not hold up to an upgrade in power, and the included Outcry ESC does not have a lipo cutoff. For $300, it is a step into the scale truck world, but will definitely need some work to be a capable trail truck. Hopefully this clears up some questions people have about which trail truck best suits your needs. If I forgot anything, post it up!