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Ultraventure was designed with features inspired by our elite trail and ultrarunners. An aggressive Vibram® XS Trek outsole provides traction, durability, and protection on technical trails, while the 3 piece, multi-density EVA midsole offers light stability through the gait cycle.  A 30/25mm stack height (5mm drop) delivers a plush and protective ride. The fully gusseted tongue and an abrasion-resistant engineered mesh upper are optimized for breathability and strength, and feature drainage “gills” for water release and quick drying. Ultraventure also features our uniquely fitted gaiter attachment, making it fully compatible with our stretch nylon Topo gaiter (optional and sold separately).

Specs

  • Best For:Trail Running
  • Stack Height:30mm (heel) // 25mm (forefoot)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 5MM
  • Weight:10.4 oz (M9)
  • Cushion:
    Less
    More
  • Support:
    Neutral
    Stability
  • Pliability:
    Flexible
    Stiff

Why We Love It

  • Roomy Toe BoxRoomy Toe Box

    Roomy Toe Box

    Anatomical toe box allows toes to spread naturally and comfortably.

  • Lightweight Breathable MaterialsLightweight Breathable Materials

    Lightweight Breathable Materials

    For a '2nd Skin' fit and feel.

  • 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Average Customer Ratings

Overall
4.5

Great addition to the Topo line up!!

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Already own 2 pairs through the REI pre-sale and I must say..THANK YOU for making a higher stack/higher cushion shoe. I already have 3 pairs of runventures for shorter trail runs and have 2 pairs terraventures for a little more distance but those shoes were just not enough for a longer, rougher trail run...but this shoe has filled the bill perfectly.

Great traction, soft feel (not too soft though) and great fit for me. Ready to go after that WS qualifier now...:)

Ultraventure for Ultra Adventures

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I’m absolutely loving them at the moment. They are everything that the Ultrafly are, plus extra grip. I have used the Ultrafly on buffed out trails and light technical trails for about a year and a half on and off, with no real issues. There is no rock plate in the Ultraventure, but I have stepped on numerous roots and rocks intentionally to test out if they would puncture or if I’d even feel the stick. Not even a little bit. I ran about a mile on the road in them and couldn’t even feel the tread. Not sure if that’s all together a good thing or a bad thing. No issues on downhills. The temperature of the shoe is a lot better as well with the new laser cut mesh and drainage holes on the side of the upper

I am currently a Topo Athletic ambassador, but have loved the Ultrafly even before I became an ambassador.

Finally Found My Ideal Athletic Shoe

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I bought this model for my wife and me recently and we are both very happy with the style and fit. We are not runners, simply always looking for a well made, durable, comfortable athletic shoe for walking, hiking and casual wear. This shoe ticks all the boxes. The wide toe box, cushioned insole and vibram sole cannot be beat by any other brands we have owned. I personally plan to buy a second pair and hope Topo continues to offer the Ultraventure. The only improvement I would want is perhaps added color choices. I'm so glad to have discovered Topo Athletic!

Not as wide as mine other running shoes.

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the shoes were 1/2 inch narrower than my Asics in the same size. The manufacturer has no measurements of the sole width or length. I was disappointed the shoe is too narrow. The shoe looks well made. I returned mine for a refund. I have pictures, but there is nowhere to post them.

Greatest 100 miler Shoe

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With 10 miles on these shoes, completed the Chattanooga 100! I can say no blister or feet problems at all! Unbelievable show!! Thank you for a great product!

Great Trail Shoes. Get the Gaiters too!

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Great trail shoes. A lot of support and good cushioning. Just ran a 50 mile trail run through mud and streams and they performed extremely well. Gaiters were also great. They kept out everything (except the water of course) and never came unhooked. I highly recommend these shoes.

Great cushion and support.

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I know it’s not their intended use but two days after buying a pair of Ultraventures I spent the entire night standing next to a hospital crib with a very sick baby so I wore my new shoes. Could not have done that with any of my other shoes.

Just buy them already!

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Just recently bought these shoes by hearing all the rave about how cushioned this pair was. I have been hiking in some Runventure 2’s for quite a bit now (100 miles or so) and all I can say is wow! Those shoes have been the best pair I’ve owned for hiking. I don’t do any trail running but I use it for the lightness instead of lugging around heavy boots on my feet. I liked them so much that I went ahead and purchased a pair of Ultraventures knowing that they would have more cushion and durability would be great and man was I blown away by how well these felt on my feet! I was pleasantly surprised by how cushiony these Ultraventures felt. Prior to having Topo trail runners, I had a pair of Altra Lone Peak 4.0’s and had to return them because of the feel of them being sloppy. If I were thru hiking a long distance trail, these Ultraventures would be my go to due to the cushioning, durability, and overall feel of the shoe especially the toe box. Would definitely recommend this shoe!

Great Cushioned Trail Shoe!

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After a great experience with my new Ultraflys, I decided to try Topo for their trail shoes. I wanted the Ultraventure for the additional cushioning, as I wanted these to become my shoes for further long runs (+15 miles) and any trail marathons or ultramarathons. They fit similar to the Ultraflys. The roomy toe box is awesome, especially when you're going downhills. However, the heel and middle of the foot still stay snug in the shoe, which is nice. Also, after a few puddles and splashes, they seemed to dry out pretty fast; maybe those were the drainage gills working? My only complaints are how the toes curve up more than the Ultraflys, which can feel a little awkward on hard surfaces, and the weak grip on mossy, damp rocks, but most shoes fail here too. No big deal breakers. Overall, I'd buy again. Good job Topo! Keep making great products. And thanks to Russ at Topo customer service, for going out of his way to help me with sizing.

My New Go-To Trail Shoe

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I am a Topo ambassador, but I would be rocking these shoes even if I weren't. The grip on them is amazing. I've taken them up wet boulders, down steep descents, and through rocky terrain, and they have passed every test. Despite the lack of a rock plate, I do not feel the rocks or roots on our Arkansas trails.

400 miles and counting

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I’m a Topo ambassador and I was waiting to get enough miles on these bad boys before I would give a review. I now have about 400 miles on my Ultraventure and I gotta say I’m super impressed as I think I have plenty of life left in the shoe. I’ve ran 4 ultras in them from muddy water crossing to miles and miles of sand and many training miles on the rocky unforgiving terrain of Arizona that I mainly run on. Not a single tear in the upper the shoes haven’t flattened out so I’m not finished with them yet. They are my go to shoe and I couldn’t be happier and my feet couldn’t be happier, I definitely would recommend them.

All Day Shoe

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This is my 6th pair of Topo shoes. I normally run trails in my Terraventure 2 shoes which I have found to be perfect for me. Purchased this shoes at REI with a gift card. I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a great shoes for smooth trails and fire road type running. Ran a 13 milers on dirt roads straight out of the box. Found this shoes to be extremely comfortable. I can understand Ultra is used in the name. I felt I could run all day in this shoes. Shoe vents very well and is very durable. For rocky and rough terrain, I'll stick with the Terraventures. But, this will be my shoe for an ultra race on an old railroad bed I'll be running this summer.

Perfect trail shoe.

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Even here in the Netherlands, we are running in Topo Athletic shoes. This is already mine 5th pair of Topo's and I must say that this one is really fantastic. More cushion than the Terraventure and MT-2 which is especially welcome during the longer runs. Likes: cushion (energy return) lightweight, lacing, protection even without a rock plate, and the width. I have no dislikes !!

An overall better shoe

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I heard about Topo from the Ultrarunning Podcast and wish I tried them sooner. I had been wearing a different brand of shoe known for having a roomy toe box and zero drop for three years and had persistent issues with an inadequate heel lock, too loose of a midfoot fit, sizing inconsistencies, inadequate durability, and premature midsole flattening. Updated and new shoes from these brand were inconsistently addressing these items.

Topo’s Ultraventure addresses these concerns and fits better for me. After a hundred miles, the shoe shows no signs of wear and the midsole has not flattened. The improved fit helps with control and I have fewer hot spots. The deep and spaced out lugs help with gripping soft or wet trails and sheds debris well. I had no issues with the low drop; my first run with the Ultraventure was 23 miles on trails. The toe box is adequately roomy.

Overall, I’m very happy with Topo and am looking forward to switching my trail and road shoes over to Topo.

Roots, Rocks, Reggae (I mean Sticks)...No problem

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The Ultraventure's are music to my feet (thus the slight reference to Bob Marley in the title). I am a 65 yr old male, who hikes with my dog, about 4mi/day in the woods near my house. The trails are dirt with roots, rocks, branches, some mud etc. The Ultraventure's are great in all conditions. They are super comfortable, have outstanding traction and very good stability.

This is the first shoe I've found in a long time that fit me comfortably right out of the box. The fit is true to size and the large toe box is just right for my feet, and the snug heel means no slippage—I tried a pair of Altra Lone-Peak's but they were way too sloppy. Also tried some Hoka's—the Speedgoat 3 and the Stinson ATR 4—but these fit my feet much better and feel more stable. Oh, and the oval shoelaces on these stay nice and tight and never seem to loosen.

So glad I listened to the good reviews. I highly recommend these—at least for day hiking. Go out and buy a pair. You won't be sorry.

Really good shoe, not great, but almost there.

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Pros: Great foot-shaped last, with the right amount of toebox room. Super comfy ride balancing responsiveness and cushion. Heel fit is nearly perfect. I have a narrow heel and wide forefoot, and this shoe fits them like a glove. Traction is pretty great, and the outsole shows limited wear after 200 miles. The insole is more durable than any other shoes I've worn, which is another plus.

Cons: Upper wears out prematurely and renders the show useless. Both pairs I've completely blown out at 230 miles, on the medial side of the upper, where the upper meets the midsole. Shoe also doesn't drain as well as the 'gills' seem to want it to.

Ultimately, this has been my go-to shoe for 50Ks, 50M, and 100K's races/long runs as of late. I just hope they fix the durability, as I strictly resort to using this shoe for long races rather than everyday training.

FYI - not an ambassador, not sponsored, just someone that likes what this company is doing.

Disappointed

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They fit well. Roomy toe box as advertised. Right amount of cushioning. I bought these for walking 500 kilometers through Italy. I just completed the seventh day and 160 kilometers (roughly 100 miles) the left shoe has developed a pop/tick/squeak on every step of firm ground (hard to describe but seriously annoying). Considering the number of steps I am taking each day, I will have listened to that noise hundreds of thousands of times before I am done. Although, I am not sure if they’ll make it as the lugs are wearing down quickly. There are some good features on this shoe (which is why I gave it more than one star) but I gave up my regular shoe model I’ve been wearing for several years to try these because they fit so well but the annoying noise coming from the sole makes these a fail. Count me very disappointed.

300 Mile Update

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I thought I'd follow up my initial review with an update at 300 miles. I run trail on rough desert and mountains terrain. At 300 miles this show is still going strong. Very little tread wear and the upper's are still looking new. Past shoes I ran trails in lasted maybe 200 miles before starting to deteriorate. This shoe is still going strong. Can't tell you how pleased I've been with this shoes performance. Just picked up a second pair.

Too Narrow through the Mid Foot.

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I loved the original terraventures and went through 2 pairs at 400 plus miles. I was excited for the higher stack height of the ultraventures for my longer runs. The last on these is different from the first terraventure and gives me blisters behind the ball of my foot on the inside. I've gone back to the Altra Timp 1.5 without any blisters at all. Please change the last to resemble the original terraventure and I will give Topo another try.