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MTN Racer Press Feature

The Best Trail Shoe Ever?

Taylor: "I love it. Simply and whole-heartedly love it. It’ll be a great go-to shoe for hours of adventure on technical terrain and may become my choice for my upcoming 100-miler in July. It has enough of everything to make me confident on just about any terrain (except maybe roads)."

Product Overview

These wide toe box trail running shoes are performance tuned for trail racing and speed-hiking. Vibram® Megagrip outsole delivers optimal traction on any surface. Our Vibram® trail running shoes feature a spacious lug design through the sole which offers excellent mud and snow release. Lateral drainage ports enhance water release and quick drying.

Specs

  • Best For:Trail Running
  • Stack Height:30mm (heel) // 25mm (forefoot)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 5MM
  • Weight:9.8 oz (M9)
  • Gaiter Compatible: Yes
  • Cushion:
    Responsive
    Balanced
    Cushioned
  • Support:
    Neutral
    Light Stability
  • Pliability:
    Flexible
    Moderate
    Firm

Why We Love It

  • Roomy Toe BoxRoomy Toe Box

    Roomy Toe Box

    Anatomical toe box allows toes to spread naturally and comfortably.

  • 5MM Drop5MM Drop

    5MM Drop

    Our highest available drop allows you to access natural running with more under-heel cushioning.

  • Vibram Outsole

    Vibram Outsole

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

  • Ortholite Footbed

    Ortholite Footbed

    Comfortable, anti-compression footbed with anti-microbial properties.

Review Snapshot

4.2

Rated 4.19 out of 5 stars
52 ReviewsWrite a Review
93%
of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Ratings Distribution

Sizing

Most Liked Positive Review

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A great light, wide, secure, cushioned shoe that goes the di

I think Topo has just about nailed it with the MTN racer. It's well cushioned, roomy in the toe box, secure everywhere else, grippy, light, and fast. It covers the bases, and covers them well. I could nearly replace all my trail shoes with the MTN racer. Sizing was spot on for me ie same size for th...

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Most Liked Negative Review

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

I was excited to try the Mtn Racer because the Terraventure 2 is one of my all-time favorites, and I needed something burlier for a long trip. The Mtn Racer was disappointing. Here's why: Pros: - Lightweight - Grippy sole - Nice stiffness/stability to reduce fatigue on longer ...

Reviewed by 52 customers

Great wet trail traction

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Vintage Hikers

From Nashville Tennessee

Team Topo Great job on these shoes for Hiking... I was an Altra guy until I tried these out.. I found the Altra Timps.. my go to hiking shoe was not keeping me safe on wet rocks.. So I tried these.. I love them(GREAT ON WET ROCKS) and will not go back.. I've hiked a few hundred miles in these and they are holding up great.. I look forward to doing a Thru Hike of the AT in 2021 in these.. However in PA I may use the Ultraventure Pro's.. (ROCKPLATE) Keep up the great Job

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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The first and definitely not the last

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Cory the Hiker

From North Carolina

I bought these for a 2 month camping trip with my fiancé. We love to hike and will easily do 7-10 miles/day. This was my first wide toe box shoe and I noticed an immense difference from non-wide toe shoes. So, I came into this trip, with these shoes, feeling very positive about them. I wore these on every single hike we did including Angels Landing at Zion. Flat rocks, dirt trails, loose rocky trails, dusty trails, concrete, and inclines and declines...I wore these on all kinds of terrain. Even got them wet, socks too, from a misstep into a puddle and they dried very quickly. They also stay very clean on the bottom, almost never having mud stuck on them. I would guesstimate I put 400-450 hard miles on these shoes and the last week of the trip I really noticed the treads worn down. They allowed me to push my feet with no negative pains or soreness afterwards that I have experienced with other brands. I would buy these again 100% and will probably try some other kinds. I also love the red!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Amazing shoe!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Melinda

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

I wear may different models of Topo Athletic and have been extremely satisfied with every shoe. Whether it be a trail shoe or road shoe, they've been perfect every time! It's terrific knowing I can have confidence in a shoe regardless of what model I buy. Thank you for a quality product!!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Great trail shoe

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Julian

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

Great trail runner and hiker. Sturdy enough to handle rocky trails and very light compared to other trail shoes i have had

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Very pleased.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By James

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

Awesome.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Best Trail Runner I've Had

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By John

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

Had difficulty finding a good trail/road hybrid for my 13 EE feet. These were a little tight at the ball out of the box, but quickly loosened up, are comfortable and provide excellent support. Read a few reviews which made me nervous about road running much with these, but they have been great running 5 miles a day.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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The best shoe I ever had

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Don

From Longmont, Colorado

Mountain Racer are very light shoes. The Vibram holds on rocks and dirt very well and protects your feet when jumping on sharp rocks. The front of the shoe is wider than on Salomon, which I like. Performance gators also work very well. I am buying another pair and I will ship it to my friend in Europe who runs ultramarathons and I sponsor him.

The best shoe I ever had

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Best in class

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Stefan

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

Definitely an order of magnitude better than the last Topo I ordered. If you're looking at competitors to this shoe (Hoka torrent, Altra Lone Peak, Altra Timp, etc) try the Topo first. It has all the features the best competitors have plus some (super grippy vibram outsole, gusseted tongue, the right amount of cushion). I've run about 60 miles and they look like they will be very durable as well. Highly recommend!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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As Advertised

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Curt

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

First impression was these were exactly what I expected. The sole was firm yet flexible and the fit was perfect. I have run in the Topo running shoes for years and I'm pleased to finally try the trail runners. I can't wait to put on some more miles.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Most comfortable shoe

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Ginger

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

I own the phantom and the mountain racer and love both shoes. I would definitely buy them again

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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