Men's | Trail
Hydroventure is the lightest waterproof trail shoe on the market today. A single-layer eVent® waterproof membrane combines with a breathable upper mesh and lining for a lightweight, supple feel not often found in waterproof shoes. The EVA midsole and full-length flexible rock plate protect against stone bruising, while delivering a smooth, responsive ride. A full-length lug rubber outsole combines multidirectional traction with mud/snow release design features.
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Anatomical toe box allows toes to spread naturally and comfortably.
eVent™ DVdryLT one-piece upper provides total waterproof protection while remaining light and breathable.
Flexible ESS rock plate protects against stone bruising caused by sharp rocks and roots.
Combines multidirectional traction, heel braking lugs, and mud/snow release design features.
As an ambassador for Topo I really made it a point to put the Hydroventures to the test. My very first run I made sure to run through a small creek a few times and was so surprised my feet stayed dry. Obviously if a creek or river is high enough to go over the top of the shoe then you'll get water inside but even then they drain well. Now if you're speeding through shallow water or wet grass there is a very slim chance you'll get water inside or wet socks. I even purposely stood in a shallow creek for a few minutes and yet my feet still stayed dry. Now besides keeping your feet dry these shoes are very comfortable with a snug fit and have a very nice ride. I not only wear mine for rainy day trail runs but to also kayak in. Also they have very nice tread for muddy hills. Overall a great shoe for trail runs, kayaking, and hiking.
Your snow/wet weather trail shoe! A waterproof shoe that’s not gortex. Comfortable yet sturdy. if you want to put it through its paces and hit the muddy/wet/snowy trails can handle it all! The roomie toe box is perfect for my toes to display and rock plate keeps my feet safe. Only down side is when weather not very cold, feet could get warm. Would also like to see better colors.
I am a Topo Athletic ambassador.
When these shoes showed up on my door step I couldn't wait to put them to the test. I did a snowshoe 5K in these and stayed dry. Also dumped a gallon of water over them to see if the water would eventually absorb. No luck there. In essence, these shoes are awesome for raining days, muddy runs, and everything in between. Super comfortable and like other Topo shoes the wide toe box makes for a great fit. I am a Topo Ambassador, but my review is 100% honest...these shoes rock!
I have ran in pouring rain, through river crossings and I even stood in a river to get some pictures. They really are waterproof! I absolutely love this shoe. Such a great shoe to have for the trails during this wet spring. They even do well on the road for shorter distances (3-8 Miles) where most trail shoes don’t feel comfortable on pavement. The fit is great and it doesn’t feel heavy during long trail runs.
I've gone through a lot of waterproof trail running and hiking shoes, these are my new favorite. Super roomy toe box, awesome water proofing, very light and natural feel.
by Craig Hillman
I've purchased four pairs of this shoe. The first one - perfection. The other three - suck. The manufacturing is not consistent and the shoe varies. Poor craftsmanship. While they all look the same - the fit is entirely different on all of them.
*Topo note: We're so sorry to hear this, Craig, this is not something we've heard before. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll gladly look into this issue further!*
You know you love a pair of shoes when you strike up conversations with strangers starting with how much you love your new Topo shoes. I haven't ran a mile in these but I have backpacked 100+ miles in them. No blisters or hot spots. The waterproofness holds up against river hopping, snow, mud, and morning dew in the mountains.
The only small suggestion I have is to make the rubber a little more sticky, like a rock climbing approach shoe. I found myself slipping a little more than usual on rocks.
There’s a lot to like about this shoe. The water proofing is decent, the large toe box and rock plate make for a comfortable fit. But the shoe wore out very fast. I bought these shoes in May for trail runs in the coast mountains of Alaska. By July the tread began to peel and tear off. I was very disappointed to watch my shoes disintegrate with every run because they are one of the most comfortable trail shoes I’ve had. Not sure if a got a defective pair but I wish they held up longer.
by Paul A
I like everything about these shoes except one significant part: the waterproof-breathable membrane. It's not waterproof! I bought a pair that I returned on warranty because they leaked when I immersed the toe boxes in water. Topo's distributor here in Canada kindly replaced them (although I paid return shipping). They had a flaw in one of the shoes' toe boxes (the heat sealed fabric-rubber laminate at the toes had buckled). The distributor kindly replaced that pair, as well (I paid the return shipping again). When I finally had my third pair of these shoes that I purchased for winter running, I wore them for a week in late March and then used them again in November. They also leaked! They kindly replaced them, too (I was told to keep the third pair). The fourth pair also leak. But I'm not interested in pursuing this any further.
I'm not sure how organizational reviewers (like National Geographic Adventure) didn't pick up on this important weakness.
by Justin K
First pair of Topo shoes and I will be back for more. I wore these after a long week of rain and mistakenly wore white socks.....they remained white as the waterproof layer was amazing! Looking at the road shoes next to keep with the open toe box and great feel.
Nice rain shoe. They need to make size 14 and also wide options ... 2E.
Great design but all of Topo Shoes are available in narrow sizes only. So, though I had extremely high hopes for these shoes, they are not wide enough to be practical.
*Topo Note: After speaking with this customer further, we'd like to clarify that while the Hydroventure was too narrow for this reviewer, it is not a "narrow" fitting shoe (i.e. A, AA, etc). The customer is looking for a wide shoe (i.e. 3E, 4E) and our shoes are more comparable to a D-E (medium) width in the midfoot and 2E in the forefoot.
Hopefully we will be able to offer wide-width shoes in the future!*