Who should buy the Topo Athletic Terraventure 3

The Topo Terraventure 3 is best for runners who: 

  • want an all-terrain trail shoe
  • an everyday trainer for the trails 
  • a lightweight alternative for long-distance hiking/backpacking 

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 topo

Who should NOT buy it

If you're used to soft, high-stack shoes with a little bit of excitement, the Terraventure might not suit your taste.

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 foam

Terraventure 3 vs. 2: Almost identical 

There are only two changes made to the Terraventure 3 because why fix something that isn't broken, right? Safe to say, these are very welcome adjustments: 

Snugger forefoot: Although it's still very roomy, the upper material used this time has less stretch. It emphasizes durability more than an accommodating fit. 

Versatile traction: The outsole departs from Vibram XS Trek to Vibram Megagrip, offering unmatched grip and durability, regardless of terrain and condition. 

Grippy

On snow, mud, slick rock, dusty trails, technical terrain, scree, and gravel, the Terraventure 3 has "impeccable" traction. All experts agree that the Vibram outsole update made their strides surefooted.

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 outsole

Extra-wide toe box

It's extremely roomy in the forefoot. Trail runners claim their toes didn't get jammed during descents. The midfoot and heel, meanwhile, are very snug but not constricting. 

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 toe box

Solid durability of the Terraventure 3

It took 600 miles before the midsole bottomed out. This is not a surprise since it's packed with a dual-density midsole that optimizes strength and impact dampening. 

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 cushion

Unobtrusive rock plate

The rock plate is not overbearing. Many appreciate its flexibility and excellent balance of protection and ground feel.

According to them, the shoe allows mindful and planted steps, especially on gnarly terrains.

Breathable upper

Even under the scorching heat, the open-weave mesh upper stays "airy," keeping the foot sweat-free and cool. 

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 upper

Minimal cushion

This is a drawback, especially for heavier runners, going for long miles on the trail. 

The overlays bite! 

Multiple critics agree that the "bulky" outer strap in the midfoot area "painfully digs" into the foot during downhill sections.

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 overlays

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.2oz / Women 8.1oz
Drop: 3mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 22mm
Heel height: 25mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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