• Weight per Pair - Size 9 US 516 grams
  • Sizes available (US) 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12
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  • Cost $230.00

Topo Athletic Women’s Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe

Footwear

Rating

Rating: 9.1 / 10
Comfort 1.9 / 2
Durability 1.9 / 2
Support Stability 1.9 / 2
Weight 1.6 / 2
Value for Money 1.8 / 2

Topo Athletic Women's Ultrafly 4 Trail Road Running Shoe Review

The Topo Athletic Women’s Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe was my first experience with the Topo range. I usually wear Altra Zero Drop shoes for both running and hiking so the biggest difference I noticed with the Ultrafly was the 5mm drop.

It took me a while to switch back but not as much time given I wear heels for work so it was more a mindset thing to overcome. Having said that, I did prefer these shoes more for walking rather than running because my running style was more accustomed to the zero drop runners. I guess once a habit is formed it’s hard to break!

Topo’s shoes have a wide toe box which suits those of us with wider than average feet and also those whose feet expand after long periods running or walking. The Ultrafly is definitely a more sturdier running shoe than I’m used to but with that comes extra support under the midfoot and around the heel.

Topo describes the Ultrafly’s as having ‘balanced’ cushioning, ‘light stability’ support and ‘moderate’ pliability. This means when compared to my Altra Escalante Racer Women’s Running Shoes, the Ultrafly is softer underfoot and offers more stability in the midsole and heel, but is also less flexible.

I preferred to wear these shoes for urban hiking rather than road running. While the Ultrafly has a mesh upper, they are relatively heavy at 516 grams a pair. The sizing is reasonably true – I’m wearing a size 9 which works well width wise but could be a fraction longer – something to keep in mind if you are yet to find the right Topo size for you.

These shoes have experienced some heavy wear over many months and while the sole is looking as it did on the first wear, the stacking heel to toe is showing signs of compression. Just on that, the stack height is 28mm at the heel thinning down to 23mm at the toe resulting in the 5mm drop.

Topo is a leader in manufacturing shoes from recycled materials and the Ultrafly is one their models that showcases this sustainable practice.

This shoe comes in a few colours – Wine/Black, Violet/Blue, Black/White and Mint/Green. Personally the Wine/Black is by far my preference and it seems for others also given this colour is increasingly hard to find.

Price-wise the RRP of these shoes in Australia is around AUD $230 which is very similar to other high quality runners and trail shoes. Given they are so robust, they will stay in good shape for many kilometres and represent good vale for money.

With any shoes, it always comes down to what suits you. While the Ultrafly has been great for urban hiking, I struggled to wear them running because of the 5mm drop. However, if you prefer the 5mm drop and want a super sturdy and comfy stacked sole, then the Ultrafly is a great option.

We Like

  • Comfortable with a good degree of cushioning underfoot
  • A very durable road running shoe
  • Very stable providing good stability and the level of traction needed for road running
  • Reasonably lightweight when to compared to traditional running shoes
  • Wide toe box allows your feet to expand on those days when you’re feet for a long time
  • 5mm drop which will suit a wide range of runners
  • Great cushioning and wrapping around your heel
  • They breathe well so your feet don’t overheat
  • Stay dry in all but the wettest conditions, and dry reasonably quickly in warm weather when they get wet

We Don't Like

  • Nothing – it comes down to personal preference

Best Use

  • For road runners and urban hikers

Buy One

You can purchase the Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe Online at Wildfire Sports or from Amazon Australia

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Investment

AUD $230.00 RRP

Other Versions

  • Available in both men’s and women’s sizings
  • Topo Athletic also has a range of other shoes suitable for both hiking and trail running

Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe Violet/Blue colour

Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe Mint Green colour

Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe Wine/Black colour

Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe sole

Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe Wine/Black colour showing the insert

Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe top view

Topo Athletic Ultrafly 4 Road Running Shoe heel and toe view

Disclaimer

This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker from a retail store

Last updated

19 May 2024

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