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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.

Be sure to also check out the new Trailventure, a lightweight boot designed for speed-hiking.

Specs

  • Best For:Trail Running
  • Stack Height:30mm (heel) // 25mm (forefoot)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 5MM
  • Weight:7.7 oz (W7)
  • Gaiter Compatible: Yes
  • Rock Plate: No
  • 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

4.6

Rated 4.63 out of 5 stars
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89%
of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Ratings Distribution

Sizing

Most Liked Positive Review

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Lighter, faster and incredible in water

I've been an Ultraventure fan for the last year or so but the MTN Racer has really opened my eyes. The shoe is significantly lighter than the Ultraventure and while there is no rock plate in the MTN Racer, the Vibram bottoms are super protective over even the pointiest of rocks. The sizing does seem...

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Most Liked Negative Review

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I wanted to love these.

The insole is lacking arch support, which isn't normally an issue because I always replace them with my more supportive insoles. However, the rip stop fabric doesn't breath well and the replacement insoles don't have cut outs to allow the air the pass through the air vents, making these unbearably h...

Reviewed by 32 customers

Just as comfy and super cute!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Julie

From Fairfax, CA

I'm a long time runner with injuries and owie joints to match. I have depended on a competitive brand that is embarrassingly ugly to keep me running but despise putting those on my feet every day. These Topo's are super light with tons of support and cushion in just the right way. Absolutely beautiful and coordinate with our NorCal spring foliage! Love and will never go back to the embarrassingly ugly again!

Just as comfy and super cute!
Just as comfy and super cute!
Just as comfy and super cute!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Great 100 miler shoe!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Running Happy

From Pennsylvania

I run a variety of trails in these shoes, and I'd say they are very versatile. I've worn them on loose rocky trails you find in central PA, hiked the presidential traverse in NH in these, cross country style grassy trails, dirt trails etc. and they work pretty well on most of the trails and c onditions. I ran an entire 100 miler in these shoes - Single pair, without having to change my shoes! From a fit perspective - Roomy toe box, midfoot are not tight which is important for me. Improvement wishlist - suggier heel, and LONGER shoe laces please! I continue to buy these are they truly perform well!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Love all my Topos!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Karina

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

I have two styles and I love them both!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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first time to try this style

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Donna

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

Wee, I really love my topo shoes. This is the 3rd pair I purchased. Walking 6miles every day and my feet feel great. I had to return 2 pair before I found what I like. Easy returns and quick delivery. 3 pair should hold me awhile.

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Walk, hike, run

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Patricia

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

I am super pleased with these shoes. I've worn them walking, hiking and for short runs on the trail. Felt like I'd always had them, no break in time and totally comfortable. Size fit true for me.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Perfect trail shoe.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Michelle

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

Out of the box comfortable. Perfect trail shoe. Love these shoes!!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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The best customer service I have ever experienced!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Flag trail runner

From Flagstaff, AZ

I have been so impressed with the customer service provided at Topo. I initially purchased the Terraventure 2, which I loved for its lower profile, but the material (like others noted) deteriorated very quickly. Topo replaced them immediately, but when it happened again to the second pair, they offered another replacement or 50% off of up to 3 other pairs. I am super pleased with my replacements and the material on these MTN Racers seem a lot more durable for the tough trail terrain here in Flagstaff! Thank you Topo for excellent customer service.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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I will buy these running shoes again

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Dana

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

Love these running shoes!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Stable, nimble, great fit

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Doug

From Chattanooga, TN

This shoe may be the best trail shoe I've used. So the great topo fit is there. 5 mm drop is perfect as it really gives the Achilles a break compared to 0 drop. I feel like this shoe is more secure with downhills overall when compared to other wide shoes. The traction is very good. I have been on wet limestone and it did much better than other shoes I've used. It's really comfortable at easy paces and when running up/down fast. I have no doubt I would race 10-30 trail miles in this shoe. (I don't go beyond 50k but expect it would work great for longer efforts). Another thought, if you prefer high drop shoes (IE traditional 8-12 mm) but always wanted to try wider fits. This shoe still functions very nicely with 2mm heel lift. So that gives an option of 5-7mm drop.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Wears like a dream!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Christina

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about MTN Racer

The mountain racer is a dream on the road and on the trail. The wide toebox gives me plenty of room, there is just the right amount of cushion, and I could still feel the ground. Great job Topo!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Q&A

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Q

Are the women's MTN racer shoe waterproof?

Asked by Michelle
Verified Reply - MelanieHi Michelle, they are water-resistant but are not waterproof.
Reviewed by 32 customers