Meet Topo Athletic Trailventure: A Hiking Boot You Can Run In

The Topo Athletic Trailventure is the new fast and light boot from Topo Athletic, a brand best known for running footwear that focuses on natural movement.

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The Topo Athletic Trailventure.

The natural gait concept works, and increasingly so for minimalist-minded outdoor folk who hit the trail on the regular. These weight-conscious backpackers are shedding weight and extras in their backpacks, and are doing the same with their footwear.

The Topo Athletic Trailventure is one of the most rugged minimalist hiking boots you’ll find. With a nod to style, high quality materials, and intentional design, the Trailventure is a speed hiker that’s quite versatile, working for light jogs, weekend backpacking trips, entire thru-hikes.

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The Trailventures, straight on.

The boot comes in men’s and women’s models, two colors, weighs roughly 13 ounces per boot, and costs $140.

See the Men’s Topo Athletic Trailventure

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Unique Features of the Topo Athletic Trailventure Boots

The Topo Athletic Trailventure features an aggressive, well-lugged Vibram XS Trek EVO outsole that grips in all manner of weather.

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It also has a rear foot rock plate to protect against sharp stone and three individual layers in the EVA midsole, each with varying degrees of firmness for naturally supportive hiking. The solid toe bumper and impressive rip-resistant upper mesh provide durability where most trail runners lack it.

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Three layers to the EVA midsole, visible in grey, black, and red. Each has a different firmness to help cushion your foot.

There are two main features that stand out on this fast hiking boot.

First, there’s a locking mechanism in the lace system of the Topo Athletic Trailventure that allows two different points of tension throughout shoe. This means you can lace them up to be as loose as you want in in the forefoot, and tight around the ankle, or the other way around.

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The locking mechanism is subtle, but works well. Left: the lace is unlocked, allowing you to adjust tension on the bottom part of the laces. Right: the lace is locked, securing the tension.

It’s a smart system that increases the minute customization so often necessary while hiking long distances, and makes for easy adjustments. The laces lock simply, too.

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Two separately adjustable lace areas for versatility and comfort.

Natural Gait with Wide Toe Box, Molded Collar, and 5 millimeter drop

The second biggest feature of the Topo Athletic Trailventure is the wide toe box in conjunction with the molded collar of the shoe and the low heel-to-toe drop. The wide toe box allows your feet to splay naturally, and it really is wide for how relatively normal (even narrow) the rest of the boot is.

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The toe box is very wide and roomy, best for striking naturally with your toes.

This is paired with a collar that is made of a comfortable cushion that molds to your foot, giving you a secure, close fit. With each step the Trailventure holds your feet and gives it room to fully splay, and the whole boot offers a 5 milimeter drop, meaning it’s very close to the barefoot strike.

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A soft, molded collar gives good support for your ankle.

All of these combine for a natural, supportive gait.

See the Men’s Topo Athletic Trailventure

See the Women’s Topo Athletic Trailventure

Who is Topo Athletic?

Topo Athletic has been making waves in the running world for a few years now, focusing on natural running. In essence this means minimalist shoes, roomy toe boxes, and low drop heights to run the way your foot was built to run.

Best known for trail runners and daily joggers, the Trailventure is the company’s first foray into hiking boots.

See the Trailventure, and learn more about Topo Athletic.


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