Thumbs up for shoe reviews! ft TOPO Runventure 2.
I want to start the following review by stating I am a TOPO Athletic Canada ambassador. I will provide an honest review and this is my opinion on the Runventure 2 shoes.
I want to start off by saying what I love most about these and most other models of TOPO I have used is that right out of the box they feel familiar. There is a less ‘breaking in’ period than with other shoes I have used. I feel I could wear a brand new pair of TOPO for a race.
Races I have used Runventure 2
The Runventure 2 is a relatively new shoe that I have used. Previously, I used other shoes for my trail running and TOPO exclusively for my road running. However, this model has bridged the gap between the trail and road shoe offerings from TOPO. This is my go to shoes for trail running and trail races.
Joint 3rd to qualify for Canadian Mountain Running Championship. Using my Runventure2.
I have used this shoe for 3 races so far in total. A 5 Peaks trail race in which I ended up DNF because I went off course but I held 1st place all the way until the end. For two MEC trail races (Race 2 and 3) in Edmonton where I ended up taking home the 3rd place (qualified for Canadian Mountain Running Championships) and 1st place. I have also used them for numerous trail runs across a variety of technical trail, double track, single track, muddy and dry trails so they have been through a lot already and are holding up very well.
Taking home the win!
Another thing I really like about TOPO shoes is they are light weight. The Runventure 2 is 9.2 oz (men’s 9), 7.4 oz (women’s 7) and for a durable trail shoe that is very light. The heel to toe drop is 0 mm and as with all TOPOs they feature anatomical toe box to allow for natural toe splay offering a more comfortable run.
In the Runventure 2 they use relaxed heel construction that is found on Topo’s ST-2 road runner; this is ideal for anyone who has achilles issues and prefers a soft fit around the rear foot. Even with this relaxed heel construction I never feel any slipping while running and my heel feels locked in place while I run.
Simple but very cool look.
I own the black and green Runventure 2 and have to say I love the slick and simple look to the shoes. The splash of green at the bottom of the shoe make it stand out but is not over stated. I equally like the other colour co-ordiantions offered.
The Topo Runventure 2 is an excellent, lightweight, zero-drop trail shoe. It has good rock protection and has a competitive weight. The fit is wide on the forefoot and locks in well at the heel. It is comfortable and responsive.
The Runventure 2 is an adaptable shoe that does well in all weather conditions and different trail surfaces. I use these shoes on all trail related runs. I have used this shoe for mostly shorter runs and races but I will use it for my longer trail races towards then end of the season.
Deeper lugs allow for better grip on trails.
I will say that if you enjoy lots of cushioning in your shoes the Runventure 2 might not be the shoe for you over a longer distance.
Overall, I love the minimal lightweight feel to the shoe where I can feel the trail underneath me. The improved and deeper luges in this shoe compared to other trail shoes from TOPO have allowed for better grip. Like all shoes with deep luges it can lead to some mud build up in wetter conditions but this can be easily knocked off. This is a shoe I would recommend to anyone who enjoys trail running.