Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 5mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Oct 2018
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Expert Reviews

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94 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 | asdebord

    ...But this is a great shoe. I highly suggest it.

  • 95 / 100 | Ultrarunner Podcast

    The Topo Athletic Ultraventure is a GREAT shoe. Topo Athletic nailed it with this one!

  • 94 / 100 | Runner's World

    It’s the not-too-light, not-too-heavy trail shoe that’s substantial enough for long offroad jaunts and responsive enough to tackle a rail trail tempo.

  • 94 / 100 | Trails & Tarmac

    I would absolutely recommend this shoe to those looking for a higher cushioned, flexible shoe that has generous room in the forefoot and can cover a wide variety of terrains.

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- Extended running sessions on technical terrains are the forte of the Topo Athletic Ultraventure. This product features an underfoot platform that has three varying densities. The full-length part is soft and springy while the ones in the heel and midfoot are firmer and more aligned towards stabilizing the foot. A footbed that has antimicrobial capacities rests on top of the tri-density foam.

- The external pad of this trail running companion is made up of Vibram® XS Trek, a rubber compound that is capable of resisting the abrasive nature of the outdoor topography. Prominent traction nodes help the shoe when it comes to clamping the ground and maintaining movement control.

- The upper unit of the Ultraventure utilizes a mesh that is optimized to resist scratches and tears. It is supported by printed overlays, generously padded collar and tongue, and a soft inner sleeve that is non-irritating. Drainage holes and gaiter attachment modules round out the features of the façade.

The Topo Athletic Ultraventure was constructed to be true to size. Runners are encouraged to get a pair with their typical sizing preferences in mind. It is worth noting that trying on the shoe first and scouring for other users’ comments about the size options can ultimately help in achieving a pleasant in-shoe experience.

Widthwise, the available option for men is D – Medium; for women, the variant is B – Medium. Low and medium foot volumes are welcome inside this product’s interior compartment.

The outsole unit of the Topo Athletic Ultraventure is made up of Vibram® XS Trek. This compound has the job of protecting the midsole from the unpredictability of the trails. It is also meant to provide traction through its inherently grippy construction.

Aggressive gripping lugs pockmark the external pad. These prominent nodes are designed to heighten the shoe’s grip over the surfaces. The opposite-facing configuration helps in the tackling of slopes and other types of uneven ground.

Forefoot flex grooves allow the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle. The liftoff phase is the part of the step that benefits the most as it is the motion that requires the bending of the toe joints.

A multi-density ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) system is used for the midsole unit of the Topo Athletic Ultraventure. The full-length part of this scheme is the one that carries the entirety of the wearer’s foot, supporting it as it goes from the heel to the toe. It is light yet able to attenuate impact shock when the striking phase takes place.

The heel part has a firm wedge that aims to steady the back of the foot and prevent it from buckling. The added volume can also bolster the quality of the impact attenuation.

The medial side of the platform has an elongated post that supports the arch. Overpronated foot motion is averted because of this add-on. Lateral stability is also an aspect that is put into focus because of such an inclusion.

An OrthoLite® foodbed is the surface on which the foot is going to rest. This accoutrement serves as a barrier between the underfoot and the lasting board. It is padded, but it’s not inflexible or weighty. It even has antibacterial and anti-moisture capabilities which maintain the health and cleanliness of the interior chamber.

The upper unit of the Topo Athletic Ultraventure utilizes an Abrasion-Resistant Mesh. This material can stave off tears, especially from sharp objects and rough surfaces. It still has a bevy of breathing holes to allow air to enter the interior chamber and maintain a well-ventilated environment for the foot.

Printed overlays bolster the structural integrity of this running shoe. These synthetic prints ensure a relatively uncluttered look, thereby bringing modern shoe-designs to the traditionally large frames of trail footwear. They also help the lacing system when it comes to securing the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wobbling.

The ghillie lacing system involves semi-round shoelaces that loop through discrete fabric eyelets. These elements work together to secure the foot and keep it in place.

The anatomical toe box is a spacious forefoot design that accommodates the natural splaying of the toes. The relaxation of the foot may contribute to a well-rounded step.

A soft fabric is used for the internal sleeve. This textile hugs the foot securely yet it doesn’t irritate the skin. It also has ventilation pores to further encourage breathability.

The padded tongue and collar cushion the topmost portions of the foot. These facets of the upper unit also help in preventing accidental shoe removals.

Runners can attach separately sold gaiters to hooks that are fashioned on the façade. This inclusion would merit extra security because gaiters are essentially barrier-like sheets that prevent water, mud, and rocks from infiltrating the interior through the opening of the shoe.

Drainage holes are ports through which water can go if it infiltrates the inner compartment.

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