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MTN Racer 2 takes on technical trails, in a lightweight, nimble, and rugged package. The second edition of these trail shoes features a new mesh upper with increased breathability. We added an external TPU heel counter to keep the foot locked in over the platform for a stable ride. The updated 3-piece midsole offers light guidance and now features ZipFoam™ for additional response underfoot. The durable Vibram® Megagrip outsole delivers the ultimate grip on any surface, wet or dry.

Specs

  • Best For:Trail Running
  • Stack Height:30mm (heel) // 25mm (forefoot)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 5MM
  • Weight:10 oz (M9)
  • Gaiter Compatible: Yes
  • Rock Plate: No
  • Cushion:
    Responsive
    Balanced
    Cushioned
  • Support:
    Neutral
    Light Stability
  • Pliability:
    Flexible
    Moderate
    Firm

Why We Love It

  • Zip Foam

    More Cushioning and Resilience

    Proprietary midsole compound which is springier than EVA and offers more rebound over the life of the shoe.

  • Multi-Density MidsoleMulti-Density Midsole

    Multi-Density Midsole

    Allows you to access two levels of cushioning: soft against the foot and firmer/more responsive against the ground.

  • Vibram Outsole

    Vibram Outsole

    Unparalleled grip and traction and durability from the leaders in technical outsoles.

Review Snapshot

4.5

Rated 4.52 out of 5 stars
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85%
of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

8 days later

Attractive shoe that loses the side of sole water vents of the racer 1. I liked the vents on the racer 1, which were below feet, these racer 2 vent thru mesh fabric which allows water to sit below feet. I have not tested in wet hiking environments yet, so we shall see how these dry below feet on...

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Most Liked Negative Review

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Foot shaped toe box is nice but not sure about the rest

I've got 32 miles on these, running on the PCT here in Tahoe. Want to love them and was bothering Topo to get my hands on a pair, but unless they do better over the next few miles they are going back. Likes, wide toe box, that is shaped like my foot. Very nice. Stable, as i have broken my ankle befo...

Reviewed by 33 customers

Feels great, best feel on my foot,I have had in long time.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Robert

From Burke, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer 2

Walking and using them to heal my feet. Arch and heel feel strange but use to and my feet feel great compared to other shoes. Like anything else you just need to get used to it.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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So far so good

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Adam

From Pasadena, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer 2

Have had a couple trail runs with these after relying on the Ultraventure for the last few years. I tried the first version of the Mountain Racer and unfortunately that shoe did not really work for me, especially if I was putting in a lot of miles in one day. With this version, they've got the sizing right and they do feel a bit quicker than the Ultraventure. I'm hoping to use them in an Ultra before too long which will be the real test.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Could be the "one"

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Eric

From Colorado Springs

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer 2

Mtn Racer 2 is great so far, a little more secure and snug in the midfoot than an Altra (or even my other Topo, the Terraventure 3). The lack of a rock plate is a very minor - for me, but so far, nothing has pierced through or really bothered my foot on gnarly Front Range trails or fire roads. This might be the one true Marathon trail shoe for me. Will it go 50-100 miles for me? Depends on how well it drains....

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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I am on my 4th pair and the new "2" version is just as good.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Tom

From Boulder, CO

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer 2

I am not wild about the mango color. The fit is good. The mesh is different from the the first version. I prefer the older mesh.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Is this "the" shoe?

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Eric

From Colorado Springs

These Mtn Racer 2s are fantastic so far. Just did my break-in run and LOVE these. Much more precise foot shape and snug effect compared to the Terraventure 3s, which are also great, but are more like hiking shoes now (for me). I'm hoping these are part of the shoe quiver for Leadville 100 in 2022. Great outsole, great support, just enough bounce and cush. Don't miss the rock plate (yet).

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Great Zero Drop Trail Running

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Andreas

From Munich

I was looking for a pair of zero drop trail running shoes and came across Topo Athletic. This is my first pair and I am very happy about them. Great stability around the mid foot and back. Very comfortable overall! Hope Topo might consider adding a Gore Tex Shoe in their portfolio in the future!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Great Update and Excellent Shoe for Any Distance

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Brian

From Charlotte NC

Great update. I was a little worried with midsole changes from original model but they feel great. They also addressed some of the breathability issues in the upper from the past version. I ran the Pinhoti 100 in these last weekend and fully expected to change shoes at the half way point (and was excited to get in some miles on my new Ultraventures!) The Mtn Racers felt great at mile 50 and kept pressing on all the way to the finish. Great light Trail shoe that can accommodate speed work but with enough cushion to go the distance!

Great Update and Excellent Shoe for Any Distance

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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A roomy toebox without the slop

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Tim

From Boulder, CO

I love this shoe. I currently run >60 miles per week in the Mtn Racer 2's, and I have no complaints. Unlike the other brand, known for its roomy toebox, this shoe is incredibly stable on steep, gnarly descents. I no longer feel like I'm a step away from a sprained ankle. As well, I'm enjoying the 4mm heel-to-toe drop more than I had expected. Lastly, the outsole is phenomenal. Be it granite, sandstone, dust or gravel, this outsole offers a sure-footedness I've not found in any other shoe.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Roomy toe box as advertised

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Andy

From Littleton, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer 2

Used the for 3 or 4 trail runs so far, fit well with plenty of room in the toe box like I need, seem well constructed but time will tell there. Wish the lugs were a bit deeper for the ocr racing I do

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Best trail runner atm

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Josh

From Nashville

Have put about 100 miles on these so far in technical southeast trails. These are the best all around trail runner I've tried. Fit is true to size, fits my wide square feet without rubbing, has excellent traction and flexibility. Version 1 was pretty stiff and rubbed, but haven't had those issues in v2. These things are way better than altras line peaks for me in terms of fit, sizing, comfort, and especially heel fit. Altra has been moving to a heel and midfoot fit that's a bit floaty, which causes midfoot movement during a run. These tops and a snug fit and I feel much more confident when going fast. I've done up to 20 miles and haven't had any hotspots. I'd expect at least 300 miles out of the out/mid sole

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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