We spent 5.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners loved the wide toe box. It allowed their toes to spread out naturally.
  • A lot of testers commented that the shoe was comfortable and well-cushioned.
  • A good number of reviewers mentioned that the Topo Athletic Terravneture was versatile, durable and responsive.
  • A few runners were impressed with the traction on a variety of terrain.
  • According to some consumers, the lacing system of this running shoe was amazing. They never adjusted the lace during their running activities.
  • According to some buyers, it was reasonably priced.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of reviewers said that the tightly-spaced lugs on the outsole struggled to shed mud.
  • A few testers wished there were other color options for them to choose from.
  • A runner said that the mesh upper was not able to provide warmth in cold temperatures.

Bottom line

A lot of runners agreed that the Topo Athletic Terraventure was marketed as a shoe for rugged running activities. They were impressed with the good amount of traction the shoe provided in different types of terrains. Although some reviewers were not contented with the tightly-spaced lugs in the outsole, others still recommended this shoe because of its responsiveness, durability, and versatility. Other runners also wished for more color scheme options.


Update: Topo Athletic Terraventure 2
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.4oz | Women: 8.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 3mm | Women: 3mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 25mm | Women: 25mm
Forefoot height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Release date: Dec 2016
Brand: Topo Athletic
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Blue, Purple
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87 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Dean Johnson

    Happy toes in Topo Athletic Terraventure

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    I finally have happy toes! I have been searching for a trail shoe that provides ample room for my toes while running on both dirt and rocky trails.

    In the past, I’ve had trouble with blistering on the sides, ends and between my toes because other shoes did not provide enough room for my toes to spread out and move around while running. I tried many different combinations of trail shoes and socks and finally resorted to using a combination of Glide and paper tape on my toes to protect my toes from blistering.

    Then I read about Topo Athletic and how all of their shoes are designed with a “roomy toe box”. It sounded like the perfect solution for me so I ordered a pair in my normal size (8.5 Mens).

    From the minute I put the Topo Athletic Terraventure on my feet, I knew they were going to be good. They felt snug (not sloppy) in the midfoot and heel area, and very comfortable and roomy in the toe area. I did not feel any annoying seams and the arch support felt good.


    First run in the Terraventure

    During my first 7 mile trail run in the Terraventure, my feet felt protected but not overly cushioned (the moderate cushioning felt similar to the Saucony Xodus). The shoes felt so good I decided to do something I’ve never done before … run a 50K race in shoes I just purchased!

    50K trail race in the Terraventure

    The trail race was located within a regional park in Arizona. The race was advertised as a mix of rolling single track trails with a traverse of a mountain range.



    I was confident my new Terraventure would perform well on the rolling trails but was unsure how they would handle sharp rocky terrain. To be safe, I put my Brooks Cascadia in a drop bag at the first Aid Station (19 km from the race start).

    I was extremely happy with the traction of the Terraventure on the single track trails. The aggressive lugs on the rubber sole gripped the sand and my feet easily pushed off without any drag. I had spring in my step due to the excellent traction and the wide toe box left my toes feeling great.



    I went through the first Aid Station feeling good so did not change into my Brooks Cascadia. However, when I reached the rocky sections of the course, I regretted not changing shoes.

    The rock protection plate in the Terraventure provides stability but the moderate cushioning did not protect my feet enough in rocky terrain. I need more cushioning in the front of the shoe.



    I felt all the sharp rocks and the balls of my feet became tender so I had to slow down to navigate through the rocks. By comparison, when wearing my Brooks Cascadia in rocky terrain, I am able to push off sharp rocks without any problems.

    I also noticed the tongue in the Terraventure is not very padded so I could feel the shoelaces pressing on the top of my foot as I navigated the rocky sections. The Terraventure needs more padding in the tongue to support uphill, downhill and side to side movement.



    After navigating the rocky sections, the course returned to dirt trails so I was able to finish the race in 6 hours in the Terraventure. Near the end of trail races, I usually struggle with two issues: toe blisters and sore Achilles tendons.

    Because the Terraventure is lightweight and breathable (nylon mesh), my feet remained dry for the entire race and I had no blisters on the sides or between my toes. I had some small blisters on the ends of my toes but think this could be prevented in the future by wearing double socks.

    Whenever I’ve worn zero drop shoes, I’ve had problems with my Achilles tendons. However, the 3 mm drop in the Terraventure left my Achilles feeling good and provided the right amount of support for me.


    • Fit (secure)
    • Weight (lightweight)
    • Comfort (breathable nylon mesh)
    • Durability (rubber sole)
    • Room in the toe box (happy toes)
    • Performance on dirt trails (traction and stability)
    • Support for Achilles (3 mm drop)


    • Cushioning in the forefoot (needs more underfoot protection for rocky terrain)
    • Tongue padding (needs more tongue padding for comfort and movement)
    • Performance on rugged and rocky terrain (limit to short sections of rocky terrain

    Overall evaluation

    The Topo Athletic Terraventure is a very good trail shoe for dirt trails but I did not enjoy wearing them on rocky terrain.

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  • 87 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    A shoe that provides a fairly precise, albeit firm and minimalistic ride, on a low drop platform with one of the better fits out there.

  • 86 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    No discomfort, not too stiff or too flexible, no sliding inside the shoe, they have very good grip on a variety of terrain and great versatility be it dirt roads, short stretches of pavement or technical mountain trails.

  • 86 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    The Terraventure has the versatility to get you from the door to the trail. Its sole has lots of squared edges to keep you steady on loose ground, but the flat lugs are smooth over stretches of pavement.

  • 81 / 100 | Running Northwest | | Level 4 expert

    Overall, the Terraventure from Top Athletic is a really solid trail shoe and while I don’t think it’s going to make you a lot faster, it definitely makes up for that when it comes to durability and distance.

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  • The Topo Athletic Terravneture features multi-directional lugs that provide enough traction on different surfaces.
  • It has a Rubber Outsole that lengthens the shoe’s durability and an ESS Rock Plate that provides protection to the runner’s foot from hard objects.
  • It has a 2-Layer Abrasion Resistant Mesh that provides breathability. It also utilizes a Printed Upper Pattern that provides a more secure and comfortable fit.
  • It features an Anatomical Toe Box that promotes a natural splay. Also, a Ghillie Lacing System is used for added midfoot support and security.

The Topo Athletic Terravneture is a reliable trail running shoe. It has a standard shoe length when it comes to sizing. This is best for runners who love and prefer rugged trail activities. D – Medium for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version are the available widths.

The Topo Athletic Terraventure is made up of Multi-directional lugs. At the front of the sole, sharp and small gripping lugs are placed to provide traction, while wider lugs are placed in the heel area to aid in breaking during descents. When these two are combined together, they help maintain good ground contact and level of control over a variety of surfaces.

The outsole is made up of a Vibram Rubber that provides increased traction and durability. The platform composition of the Topo Athletic Terraventure is based on the runner’s specific performance needs. It is designed to accommodate different ranges of running activities. This material is also used in the Terraventure 2.

It has an ESS Rock Plate in the Forefoot area. It aids in protecting the runner’s foot from hazardous trail debris.

The Topo Athletic Terraventure has a Full-Length EVA Midsole foam. It has enough cushioning and rebound properties. It helps in protecting the runner’s foot from feeling sharp materials that can be found on the trails. This technology has the ability to endure the challenges in running and walking activities.

The Topo Athletic Terrventure is composed of a 2-Layer Abrasion Resistant Mesh. This material is used to provide breathability. It releases and absorbs perspiration quickly during hot seasons and keeps the runner’s foot warm in cold conditions.

It has a Printed Upper Pattern for better midfoot security. The pattern is directly printed onto the mesh to provide durability while reducing delamination on the parts of the shoe.

It utilizes the Ghillie Lacing System for added midfoot security. It contributes to the comfort level of runners who have wide and narrow foot-dimensions. It provides a snug fit throughout the running activity without minimal adjustments.

The Topo Athletic Terraventure has an Anatomical Toe Box. It allows the runner’s toes to splay out naturally and comfortably. The roomy toe box of the shoe prevents different issues like bunions, hammertoes, and bruised toenails.


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