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Product Overview

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:8 oz (W7)
  • 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 for the trail!

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Love these shoes! I wore them for 700+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Great amount of cushion, grip, and protection on the trail. They dry super quick if they get wet. Great wide toe box with great fit at the heel so your foot doesn't slip around.

Plush and lovely!

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Great shoe for long, cruisey runs. Lots of plush cushioning, moderate for weight, decent flexibility, and good grip on technical/rocky terrain.
I ordered the same size as my FliLytes, but these seem to fit a touch bigger, so my foot was slipping around a bit inside the shoe. I think a half-size down will fix the problem. Of course, you never find these issues 'til you've taken them out in the dirt!

Love them!

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I chose Topo for my PCT thru hike and they are totally amazingly and love them! I tried other shoes but I came back to Ultraventure become they offer thick sole that protect my feet from rocks and their construction gives me enough support on a hard terrain.

Good, but not perfect.

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I love the sole on these - fairly lightweight, lots of cushion and flexibility, but still some protection from rocks and sharps. I agree with some other reviews that they feel a bit sloppy through the midfoot and heel - they seem to fit a touch bigger than my FliLytes. I'll probably try a half-size down when they need replacing.

Comfortable but sloppy

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I was running in Brooks Cascadia 12 and wanted something with a little more cushion.The shoes are really comfortable, even on rocky trails but they are sloppy. My feet slide around them on the downhills. I sprained my ankle in them on the tiniest rock. Wish they were more stable. Using only on less technical trails now.

Did not perform as I had hoped.

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Very disappointed in this shoe. I could feel most every rock on the trail, the shoe seemed to stretch and slide around on the down hill. If I could send them back, I would.

New Favorite Trail Shoe

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I LOVE these new shoes. My favorite road shoes is the Ultrafly 2 so I was excited to find a trail shoe with a 5mm drop. This shoe hugs the heel, but has a wide toe box and has that natural run feel to it. It provides enough cushion and stability for me coming from the Ultrafly. I’m so happy to finally have a trail show that allows me to easily switch between my road and trail shoe. Highly recommend. (Topo ambassador)

My New Favorite Trail Shoe

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I've been fortunate to be a Topo Athletic Ambassador for the last few years and I've recently crossed over the 500 miles mark on my first pair of Ultraventures. Running on sandy, rocky trails, I've been happy with the grippiness of the outsole and that the midsole is thick enough where I've never had any concerns about the lack of a rock plate. The thing I liked most about this shoe is the spring from the midsole. After 500 miles, the Ultraventures still feel responsive. The uppers have held up really well too with only some minor fraying at a couple flex points. I used to wear the MT-2's almost exclusively, but after my first pair of Ultraventures, I'm not changing anytime soon.

My new favorite trail shoe

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I am a TOPO Ambassador but I really do love this shoe. It was super comfortable right out of the box. It did not need to be " broken in". The Vibram sole makes them very comfortable and yet reactive to the trail. I like the big lugs. I have not had to use my microspikes as much this winter as in past winters. I like them with the gators on because then the little rocks don't get in the shoe as much. I have already put almost 300 miles on them and the sole still looks new. I will definitely be getting a new pair as soon as these wear out!

Saved me from constant foot pain!

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The Ultraventures have such a wide toe box, that my toes were able to splay naturally which reduced the pain I had been running with for years. The cushion on this shoe is undeniable too. One of my favorite parts is the rugged sole because I no longer slip on muddy or snow covered trails. I am a Topo Ambassador but this review is entirely my own opinion. The shoes have transformed my life and my running. My only "complaints" would be that the ankle area is a tad wide allowing small pebbles to get in the shoe easily (a gaiter can eliminate that) and I wish it had a lace garage - only because I live in poison oak infested areas - the laces stay tied no problem, I just want them protected.

Felt like home for my feet the minute I slipped them on.

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I was in another brand for a long time and they discontinued them. I panicked but after one run in my Ultravntures, I was sold. I still have two brand new pairs of that other brand in boxes (I stocked up when they discontinued them) but am planning on giving them away because I love the Topo Athletic Ultraventures so much more. My foot felt at "home" the minute I put them on. Nice wide toebox but a snug heel keeps my foot happy along with the cushioned yet response feel of the shoe. I am training for a 55k at the moment and looking forward to many miles in my Ultraventures.

I'm a Topo Ambassador but I became one because of how much I love the shoes as I wanted to share the love. My opinion would remain the same, ambassador or not.

My new favorite trail shoes!

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Amazing shoes. They feel so good right out of the box. They are fast, grippy and do not make my feet numb due to tight forefoot. Plus the ankle is tight enough that my feet don't slip around. I love these shoes!! My only suggestion is to go a half size up since the toe box is rounded. These are my new favorite go to shoes!

Everything You Want in a Shoe

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Bought my first pair of Topos at REI yesterday. After years in zero drop Altras with my tight calves I developed planter fasciitis and Achilles problems. I saw a podiatrist for the first time and was advised to move out of zero drop shoes, but I’d become addicted to the wide toe box. I have looked everywhere for a shoe with a wide toe box but still a bit of differential to help with my foot/ankle pain.

Enter the ultraventure.
I’ve had them less than 24 hours but when I put them on I knew it was love. I spent the whole day running around in them and had the weird sensation that my shoes were doing all the work instead of me!

I woke up this morning and my usual pain/stiffness were completely absent. I cannot believe that one day in these shoes has made such a difference already and I can’t WAIT to start the PCT in them now that I finally have something that works! THANK YOU for making this show! My splayed toes, high arches, narrow midfoot happy legs are smiling.

No need to look any further--at last!

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Wow! This shoe feels like nothing else I've ever run or hiked in. I have a couple of Altra hiking shoes which are very good but I find myself reaching for these over and over. The wide toe box, lack of rock plate and plush ride won me over. It looks a bit large on my size 12 feet but who cares anymore? This shoe is so comfortable I find myself wearing it practically every time I work out outdoors. The grip of the sole is fantastic. It's snowing and slippery in NYC today and these made my morning commute a breeze--no slipping and sliding, just a confident grip. I really really love these and people have been asking me about them because they don't quite look like any other shoe out there. I may have convinced a few buddies to invest. Might be time to try the Hydroventure. I don't think I'll be disappointed if they're anything like a waterproof version of the Ultraventure. Thanks Topo Athletics for crafting an awesome, comfortable and sturdy trail/everything shoe!

Post bunion surgery go to shoe

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I recently had foot surgery to realign my first metatarsal. I looked for wide toe box shoes and came across your site. I loved the look of this shoe so ordered a pair. I immediately was able to wear my left shoe while my right foot was still in a cast for 6 more weeks. When I was finally out of my cast and walking boot I put the shoe on. It's perfect! Very comfortable for my healing foot. I'm told my complete healing could take up to a year. I'm very happy to have found this shoe! I plan on using it for hiking next summer. Currently waiting for the gator to be restocked so I can add it for my hiking gear. It's currently out of stock.

Love my shoes

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My first pair of trail shoes I purchased-I googled wide toe box for women. Very comfortable and had my first trail run 6 miles. Finally a shoe that fits my wide feet. I will buy again. They are everything you said they were. I am thinking of purchasing road shoes also.

Plushy Trail Rider

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I was really iffy about this shoe when it first came out as I normally prefer a 0-3mm drop for trail shoes. Ultimately I wanted another shoe that I could use the Topo gaiters on.
Boy am I glad I gave this shoe a chance.

The lack of rock-plate keeps the shoe flexible and a little more "bouncy" on trail. The extra cushion helps you not need a rock-plate, anyway.
The shoe feels leaner through the arch which is great for downhill running, without losing that roomy toe box. The biggest win for me is the gusseted tongue. I had no idea that would matter so much to me; but it's a wonderful convenience.

The only thing I don't get is the change to a Vibram outsole. Topo Athletic's soles have always held up incredibly well, so this doesn't seem like a special improvement.

As an ambassador, I have every trail shoe Topo Athletic offers; and this shoe (especially when I wear the gaiters) has already gotten me stopped on trail and questioned more than all other trail shoes combined.