Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2: Prioritizing a natural ride

Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Upper

Unlike other brands involving themselves in the "superfoam wars," Topo is making a clear statement with the Ultraventure 2 — they are targeting the niche market of natural running. How? There are two elements of the shoe that make up its natural ride: 

  • It's a "classic EVA ride," meaning it's not designed to give you a snappy toe-off or a very lively ride. 

         Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Insole

  • The shoe doesn't have a crazy stack. It's low to the ground, allowing you to feel the surface beneath you. 4

         Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Midsole

These don't necessarily make the Topo Ultraventure 2 a bad shoe. To put it simply, how the shoe performs is all up to you —  if you go fast, it goes fast, and if you want to mellow down your pace, it can too — which is the essence of natural running. 

Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Outsole

Ultraventure 2 vs 1: A better update! 

Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Heel

The general consensus on the changes adopted by the second iteration of the Ultravneture series is that it's a welcome upgrade. The upper is more breathable and lighter. A TPU heel counter is also incorporated to secure heel fit. Lastly, the midsole has been revamped using a three-piece injected-EVA midsole for better stability. 

Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Laces

Topo's trail lineup 

  • Ultraventure 2 - The "workhorse" of the bunch. 
  • Ultraventure Pro - If you want a rock plate for better protection out on the trails, this the shoe for you. 
  • MTN Racer - It's lighter and faster — totally designed for races! 

Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Front upper

What is it for?

Speed: slow to moderate paces

Distances: short to long distances 

Surfaces: 

  • steep technical trails 
  • packed gravel/dirt 
  • pavement
  • packed snow
  • rocky slab 

NOT for: 

  • buffed-out surfaces
  • ultra-running distances 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10oz / Women 8.5oz
Drop: 5mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 25mm
Heel height: 30mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.