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. 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).
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.
Ratings & Reviews
Average Customer Ratings
As a hiker/trail runner this shoe caught my attention from the reviews. It is frankly a hybrid of a Hoka ATR 5(W) and an Altra Timp. The fit is snug but not tight in the heel and mid foot, and comfortable in the forefoot- but not as wide or as much volume as the Altra. I did size up 1/2 size which I recommend. What I do not like is that it has a fairly narrow heel outsole and the feel has a much more "squissy" feeling than I expected. Trail stones barrel right thru the sole into your foot-meaning where is the rock plate? Wish the shoe had a little more structure to it as it naturally breaks down and moves your foot into supination after about 50 miles. The Otho-lite insole is worthless. I put in one of my inserts and the shoe's feeling improved dramatically. I will keep the shoes for general wear and short jaunts, but for me it is not for long distance hiking or runs.
great shoe overall, comfy out of the box
good fit with a wide toe box but snug over foot, perfect for us who have wide feet that aren't fat.
great cushion, just right. not walking on a squishy cloud, while still padding against and angry rock or root.
needs a rock plate, a super angry stealth rock definently gets noticed while most dont.
Sky Race Success!
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.
More like "Misaventure"
I hiked 700 miles of the PCT in Altras - my first intro to a toe box that did not deform my feet. Although they were comfortable, there is literally nothing to them in terms of lateral support or stability. This contributed to the injury that forced me off the trail. When I got home I started looking for an alternative shoe with a comparable foot shape design and was stoked to find Topo shoes. I bought the Ultraventure hoping for a more supportive shoe and was not disappointed - at first. The shoe fits great and offers the support I was looking for. But the build quality needs work. Within a week I noticed some delamination on the tread, which I fixed. 3 weeks later another section of the sole started peeling away from the bottom. Even though the Altras are too sloppy for my taste, at least they lasted nearly 3 months of continuous trail walking.
*Topo Note: Hi Eric, thanks for making us aware! It sounds like you received a bad pair. If you'd like to reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org with some photos, we'd be happy to see what we can do to help!*
Literally my favorite trail running shoes ever
by George P
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!
Seems okay - still evaluating
by Learned Hat
The last is good. For me the 13 is too big and the 12 too small (actually the 12 op is probably perfect except on extended hikes).
Also, my pair roll heavy toward the inside and I hav never been diagnosed as an overpronator. If I can find an insole to fit, it may help.
All about the toebox for me.
My First Topos, Blowing Away My Expectations
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!
GET THEM NOW!!
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.
Comofort, Value & Performance
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.
Love these shoes
Love these shoes. Tried on a size 13 just because REI didn't have 12's at the store and they fit surprisingly good. Ordered 12's my usual size. They have fit better than maybe any shoe out of the box that I've ever purchased. Previously tended to get Salomon shoes because I liked the fit. Topo's fit better for me. Super light. I am prepping for a 200 mile hike this summer and using these shoes for the hike. Doing lots of day hikes in the 8-15 mile range with a 40 lb. + pack. The shoes have been great. With the weight there are times I wish there were rock plates in them but never really sore feet. Overall they are so comfortable I have been tempted to buy another pair just in case they stop making them.
A fantastic shoe
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.
Too Narrow through the Mid Foot.
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.
300 Mile Update
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.
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.
Really good shoe, not great, but almost there.
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.
Roots, Rocks, Reggae (I mean Sticks)...No problem
by Jeff S
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.
An overall better shoe
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.
Perfect trail shoe.
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 !!
All Day Shoe
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.
400 miles and counting
by Pete C
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.
My New Go-To Trail Shoe
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.
Great Cushioned Trail Shoe!
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.
Just buy them already!
by Steven aka stampers
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 cushion and support.
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.
Great Trail Shoes. Get the Gaiters too!
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.