|Rating:||8.3 / 10|
|Comfort||1.6 / 2|
|Durability||1.8 / 2|
|Support Stability||1.6 / 2|
|Weight||1.6 / 2|
|Value for Money||1.7 / 2|
Topo Athletic is a company well known for producing road running and trail running footwear and when I can get my size, I’m a big fan. I had seen both the Trailventure, and the newer Trailventure 2 Boot come onto the market and was keen to try them out but as is often the case it took me a while to get hold of a pair of size 15’s to suit my needs.
In all honesty I had preconceived ideas about what they would be like even before they turned up in the mail. I had previously tried a pair of the Altra Lone Peak Mid Boots and in that case it was essentially a trail runner with a high ankle so this was what I expected from the Trailventure 2 boots. As I was to find that wasn’t the case. Rather than taking a trail runner and extending the ankle, Topo has produced this boot from scratch and it can best be described as a mid weight-mid height boot.
Size wise this boot is true to length and is consistent with the ‘foot shape’ fit across the Topo range. Where it differs from its trail running brethren is that the sole and toe cap are stiffer. In addition, the toe box is also wider and as someone who has a very wide forefoot, I find that it’s a little bit on the ‘too wide’ side. Having said that I tend to wear thin socks and the average wide footed hiker will find that this shoe has plenty of room. If you have a narrow foot then I would suggest this option isn’t for you. For a boot it’s very comfortable and even provides some tactile contact with the surrounding ground although as you would expect it’s certainly no trail runner. The ankle support is nice and cushioned and feels good.
This boot has a Vibram sole with a 5mm drop (33mm heel and 28mm toe) which is slightly lower than many boots on the market. I’m a fan of lower drop shoes, prefering a Zero Drop where possible so I’m happy with this low drop and will suit even standard footwear users who are used to around a 8-10mm drop.
The tread pattern provides plenty of grip in both wet and dry conditions. The sole lasts well with my pair, which has done over 300km at the time of this review, showing minimal signs of wear. This boot version is a breathable non waterproof option but it does come in a ‘WP’ (waterproof) version for those who spend time in snowy or very wet and cold conditions.
These shoes like many of the Topo stable will accept the propriatory gaiters that hook into the back and front of the shoe. I have never used these and typically wear my lycra trail gaiters.
Colour wise there are only two choices which are essentially Charcoal/Mustard and Stone/Navy.
Price wise these boots sell for approximately AUD $240 RRP which is very similar to other boots of this type and also a similar price to many trail runners.
So how have they performed? While I still prefer a trail runner, after wearing these boots for over 300km I’ve been pretty happy with them even given the very wide forefoot. These boots really are for hikers who have a wide forefoot and if you have been struggling to find shoes to fit then this is a great option.
I prefer a trail runner for most of my hiking but if I was going to wear a boot outside of snow conditions, this would be it
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AUD $239.90 RRP
Topo Trailventure 2 Boot – Charcoal/Mustard colour
Topo Trailventure 2 Boot – Stone/Navy colour
Topo Trailventure 2 Boot view of sole
Topo Trailventure 2 Boot view of heal and toe after 300km of wear
Topo Trailventure 2 side views
Close up of the sole lugs on the Topo Trailventure 2
Topo Trailventure 2 close up of ankle padding
Topo Trailventure 2 close up of lacing