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Men's | Trail
Named a trail shoe “Best Buy” by Runner’s World ®, the MT-2 delivers lightweight comfort, performance, and versatility at an affordable price. A breathable, durable mesh upper features a fully gusseted tongue to keep out dirt and debris. The 23/20mm platform (3mm drop) delivers ample cushioning and response. A full-length lug rubber outsole combines multidirectional traction with mud/snow release design features.
Anatomical toe box allows toes to spread naturally and comfortably.
For a '2nd Skin' fit and feel.
Eliminates seams while reducing weight.
Combines multidirectional traction, heel braking lugs, and mud/snow release design features.
I am a huge fan of these shoes. I use them for road and trail, and put over 500 miles on my first pair (they have some holes in the mesh and the cushion in the midsole is dead but they still work). They are low enough drop that it took some adjustment, but noticeably easier on my achilles than 0 drop. I find they relieve my Morton's Neuroma pain.
I have tried all other Topo models and am baffled that none of them come close to working for MY foot. Really odd. In the end I have just had to purchase a couple of pairs of these, and they are great. Used them for two 50km trail races. Not good for extreme sharp rock trails though, obliviously (no rock plate, your feet get chewed up I have tried).
by Wheeler W
I love the versatility the MT-2 offers. I have put in quite a few pavement miles, to and from trail, as well as a couple ultra distance events on trail.
The toe box is great for my bunions and the light weight is great for putting in the distance on smooth or moderately rocky terrain.
This is my primary training shoe for the versatility and trail feel.
400+ miles on my current pair with no issues and tread still strong after pavement.
Honored to represent this brand as part of the Topo Ambassador team!
Can you make these in 0 mm drop? I purchased the magnifly 2, they are great and are 0 mm drop. I am looking for a 0 mm drop trail shoe with moderate stack and wide toe box to swap with altra king mt. Thanks!
*Topo note: If you're looking for a zero-drop trail shoe similar to the Altra King MT, we would suggest checking out the Runventure 2. It offers a 19mm platform and features a cool gaiter attachment.*
These are my first Topos and I love the fit and just-right amount of cushion. I bought these to primarily to be a trail shoe, but I have found that they are not quite what I was looking for, as the outsole seems to have a bit of premature wear and the lugs are too closely spaced to release debris easily. It does not thrive in hilly, varied terrain, but I am beginning to think I was asking the shoe to be something it is not. I originally wanted an All-Trails shoe (Saucony Peregrine, Altra Lone Peak) but what I have is an excellent All-Road shoe, able to tackle groomed trails, pavement, and gravel easily, even if wet rock and mud are not really in its wheelhouse.
I will definitely explore other models in the future for both road and trail, but I hope the lug patterns on at least one trail shoe will become more aggressive/specialized and more durable, as this is the best fitting shoe I have worn in ages.
by R B
I'm on my 9th? pair of these. I wore them on a 2190 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail. Went through 5 pair on that trip. They are great shoes. Super light and have a wide toe box. Quality of the shoe has improved over the first couple pairs I have bought. The toe has a semi rigid protector built in and the TPU layering is very nice. Breatheable and dry very fast (1hr of hiking will take it from submerged wetness to dry in moderate weather). The insole tends to slide around when extremely wet so I would often remove it in wet weather. Toe rubber will need to be reglued every so often if you are a toe dragger.
Comfortable shoes for mixed trails or road. More cushiony than the runventure 2 model, but lack the rock plate. Definitely noticed this when running over small or sharp stones. They're light and shed mud easy. The MT 2's retain water a bit more than the runventure 2 model, however the higher stack height and 3 mm drop are what I was looking for as well as the wide toe box asl. Put 15 miles on my first pair right out of the box! Nice job Topo Athletic.
Love this shoe -- I've been using them constantly for over 3 years now. They do wear fast, but you can expect to get a year out of them. (Please DO NOT make them 0 drop! I can't stand 0 drop. ) : )
The wide toe box, heel cup and sturdy lateral support are the best in the biz. I've bought a lot of similar shoes to get here and plan to be a Topo enthusiast for life!
In my quest for the perfect hybrid shoe equally capable on trail and road, I was leaning toward the Altra Torin due to the great fit and feel although I wanted the outsole to be more aggressive. On a whim I tried on Topo MT-2’s. They felt great and as an added bonus, were only $100. Now, about a month in, I love these shoes. They’re the perfect shoe for me on a mix of trail and road (I live in the Front Range of Colorado). Just this week I’ve taken them on snowpacked trails and wet and icy pavement and they have performed as I’d hoped. I no longer feel a need to find the perfect shoe for me as I think I found it. My only hope is that any future updates aren't drastic, keep the weight where it is, perhaps add a skosh more cushioning to the heel for those downhill pavement runs, and add a few interesting color options to the men's line. I definitely recommend you try this shoe if you're looking for a comfortable and capable hybrid daily trainer for a mix of trail and road.
I’ve tried about 10 of Topo’s trail and road shoes. I love the footbed (toe box and low/minimal arch support) of all Topos, although several specific factors make the MT-2’s my favorites: near zero drop, perfect stack height, lightweight, and solid, reasonably protective upper. They are by far the most versatile running shoes I’ve ever used. They do most trails well, but still work fine on the road. The 3mm drop helps me with a natural running gait, while the slightly higher stack height (compared to the original MT’s and the Runventure 2) makes longer runs comfortable and enjoyable. The midsole cushion works well on most rocky trails (good trail feel, but not painful). Build quality is excellent. If you need more underfoot protection for really rough/rocky trails, try either the Runventure 2 or the Terraventure 2. If you primarily run trails and only want to try one Topo shoe, make it the MT-2.
by Great northern runner
Shoes delivered on time and first run a 5 miler in the snow, great traction and cushion. Can't wait for spring to try a road model.
This is a great shoe will great feel for the road but light and responsive. It's a shoe I feel I can run in on the road. Then I remember how good my ST-2s feel. This is the shoe that will make my transition to more trail running a good one.
Disclaimer: I am not an Ambassador - bought these with my own $.
Initial outing was 15 km, 20lb pack and mostly on concrete. I bought these to replace my Altras for an upcoming Via Francigena in Italy. Initial impressions are good.
A brand new pair of shoes, different design, carrying weight and the only issue was that my feet were a bit sore afterwards. Pretty good for first trip. I expect that as my feet & the shoes get to know each other, even that will go away.
Only thing I did not care for is the laces - as has been mentioned before. They are a PITA. Will be swapping them out soon.
Now the final test will be how they perform on the 250 km section of the Via I will do. If they are durable, Topo has another faithful customer.
I bought a pair of MT-2 when I was already two-thirds of the way through my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike in 2018. My feet were worn out and wrecked by a 0mm drop competitor but when I put these bad boys on my feet felt happy and springy. Great cushioning, while still helping maintain a natural gait with a 3mm drop. The shoes lasted over 1,000 miles on trail which is nearly unheard of. In fact, I used them on training runs during my recovery phase after completing my PCT hike. Fantastic price-performance ratio!
I am a Topo Athletic Ambassador.