Men's | Trail
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. These Vibram sole trail running shoes feature a 30/25mm stack height (5mm drop) for 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. Our Ultraventure rugged trail running shoes also feature our uniquely fitted gaiter attachment, making it fully compatible with our stretch nylon Topo gaiter (optional and sold separately).
Why We Love It
Roomy Toe Box
Anatomical toe box allows toes to spread naturally and comfortably.
Lightweight Breathable Materials
For a '2nd Skin' fit and feel.
Unparalleled grip and traction and durability from the leaders in technical outsoles.
Comfortable, anti-compression footbed with anti-microbial properties.
Rated 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Feels full size too small
Feels full size too big
Fits true to size
In my opinion, this is the best trail long distance shoe out there. It combines cushioning, traction, fit, flexibility, slight rockered bottom, and durability. The rockered shape along with the flexibility helps with efficiency in your gate cycle and with overall fatigue. Every shoe that I have tried up to this point has had some flaw that I could point to that needed some sort of design change. Not with the Ultraventure. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.
I absolutely love this shoe! I've tried several other shoes and none are as comfortable that also gives me confidence on the trails. Other highly cushioned shoes like the Brooks Caldera made me feel like I was going to twist my ankle. Not these! I've put over 300 miles on these and they are holding up very well. I also did a 50 mile event and my feet felt great.
Review Update: These were amazing for the Jay Peak 53K which is up and down ski slopes and the steep rocky VT Long Trail for 8+ hours, as hard and technical a course as imaginable (10,960' of climbing). With just one re-lace after the shoes were wet for a while they felt so nicely locked down the final 5+ hours that I was confident on the downhill bombing. No ankle rolls and descends like a lower stack height shoe for me. Tiny and transient hot spots outside either big toe and base of my R big toe, but only had about 35 miles of break in on this 2nd pair. The overlays are so nice for durability, but may restrict my protruding hammer toe a little bit at that spot. But this course is a lot to ask of any shoe, it's savage. May go up a 1/2 size if this does not go away with more break in, but on shorter runs it's not an issue. LOVE the durability of this shoe on such a technical rocky course! GREAT ultra shoe, this may be the Goldilocks for Beast Coast racing.
I run frequently on gravely, rocky, dusty, single track and fire roads in Northern California. This is my first pair of Topo's and I couldn't be happier. It sounds cliche, but they are the best trail running shoes I've ever worn. They are super comfortable out of the box, wide toe box ( I am 2E ) and cushioned just the right amount without feeling like some other shoes where you have no connection to the terrain (Hoka's). The longer and more technically difficult my runs become, the more I appreciate these shoes. What a find!
For steep technical descents heel lock down, tongue padding, and laces are very important to me. These have a nice firm heel counter with notched padding inside to lock the heel and midfoot in place quite nicely,without having to re-lace. Thick high quality rope laces, so important to prevent lace bite and keep the foot locked in. Tongue is padded and reinforced with a very nice strip of synthetic leather to help prevent lace bite.(some brands have been skimping big time on laces and tongue) 30/25 stack I think is great for any course. Look close and these just ooze quality. Overlays to support the mesh I hope will prevent that oh so common mesh blow out spot just behind the great toe at the flex point. These look new and the foam still feels fresh after 50 tough trail miles. Don't rush to change anything on this gem Topo Athletic!
the best shoe you'll ever buy. True to size, light, durable, supremely comfortable- like walking on a cloud. More importantly designed to fit the natural shape of a foot! In other shoes, after walking 10-12 miles feet ache (arch), soreness and occasional blister. With my ultraventures...no ache, no soreness, no blister. Been waiting for years for great shoes like these.
What a well balanced comfortable trail shoe. I appreciate the fact that Topo designs its shoes so that the heel cup and midsection of the shoe fit in a manner that allows you to properly secure your foot with a more moderate tension from the laces resulting in a good secure fit without feeling the need to over tightening the laces. This provides better circulation for your feet and extended comfort. This also allows you to loosen the laces and relax in the shoe without it feeling like it will fall off or flop around when your cooling down or just lounging around the outdoors. The materials and the overall fit and finish are as good and in some cases better than other brands on the market. Improvements/changes? Keep the max stack height and utilize a skeletonized rock plate that would provide a little more torsional rigidity and at the same time provide for more under the foot protection from objects. Looking fwd to Mtn. Racer. I hope Topo keeps this fit and style in their lineup.
My terraventures bit the dust so I went out on a limb and tried these, AWESOME! The traction and cushion is so balanced I don't notice what kind of terrain I'm running on. I didn't realize I was running in soft mud until I doubled back and saw how deep my footprints were, but that didn't slow my pace at all. I bought these as a trial but they are easily my new favorites. The terraventures were good and I used them for several ultras, but I won't be using anything but the ultraventures from here on out. Better traction, more cushion, a natural running motion, and they don't have the annoying heel lock that they terraventure had.
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.