Men's | Trail
A lightly cushioned and responsive zero-drop trail running shoe. Featuring the aggressive Vibram® XS Trek EVO outsole for optimal durability and multi-surface traction on technical terrain. A forefoot rock plate provides additional protection where needed. The durable mesh upper is paired with drainage ports to enhance quick water release. Made for the runner who wants a light, nimble and natural feel on the trails.
Flexible ESS rock plate protects against stone bruising caused by sharp rocks and roots.
Unparalleled grip and traction and durability from the leaders in technical outsoles.
Comfortable, anti-compression footbed with anti-microbial properties.
Was quite excited about the update to the RV2s, right up until I noticed the absence of the gaiter loops. Despite what Aaron says in his review below the new Topo wrap around gaiters still have gaiter hooks, and the YouTube promo clip on their webpage mentions the three-stage securing process. Which makes the missing gaiter loops on the shoes even more baffling.
The shoe itself is excellent, and the biggest improvement is the overall grip - I think the grip on the RV2 was its weakest element and that has been improved a lot. But after about 4000kms in lots of pairs of RV2s - and almost all of that wearing my Topo gaiters (still going strong) I simply can't get my head around leaving the gaiter loops off the RV3s. If the new Topo gaiters are meant to fit these shoes then Topo best update their own website - because the gaiters still have hooks, but nowhere to connect them now.
Preliminary review of the RV3.
After about 30 trail miles this weekend, the RV3 are easily becoming one of favorite trail shoes. Certain areas where I thought the RV2 were lacking, the RV3 comes in and surpasses. The cushion is better balanced in the RV3 than the RV2 (not quite in the same wheelhouse as the UVs). The upper was oddly a little bit crunchy at first, but must have broken in as I don’t even notice it now. They are zero drop, but are very reminiscent of the TV2 for fit and feel. I do think the toe box is almost perfect. If you can handle zero drop and run trails, definitely give them a try.
Also, no gaiter hooks due to the new and updated TOPO ATHLETIC wrap around gaiters.
I am a Topo ambassador. But these shoes would fit my trail needs. They may compare to or at least be similar to the Altra Lone Peaks.
I just received these yesterday. When I saw the upgrades to the new version I was excited. Vibram sole, the heel, basically it seemed like a slightly paired down zero drop version of the Terraventure. Bummed when I tried them on. Super sloppy in the midfoot! The shoe material is also quite plastic like. It sort if feels like a waterproof shoe upper. They also seem to run a little larger. I’m a 12 in two other models, but maybe 11.5 in these. Going to have to return these. Not what I was expecting.
The Runventure 2s have been my go-to trail shoes for the last two years, and it looks like the little things I would improve on the RV2s have been incorporated into the RV3s. But almost all of my running in the RV2s have also used the Topo gaiters (they’re awesome), and now they won’t fit the RV3s as the gaiter loops have been removed from the heel cups. This is a very disappointing omission, and I would love to know the reason for the design change. From the number of people that have asked me about or commented on the Topo gaiters during events I would have thought they were a unique factor for the shoes.