Shoe of the Week: Topo Hydroventure

The Topo Hydroventure is the lightest waterproof trail running shoe on the market. Photo: Ed Grant

This relatively new brand continues to offer innovative and unique running shoes built off of modern minimalist design constructs like a low-to-the-ground feel and a roomy toe box. The Hydroventure is a softly cushioned trail runner that offers protection from both rocky terrain and wet conditions. It has a single-layer eVent laminate upper, making it the lightest fully waterproof trail runner on the market. (As with any waterproof shoe, this one gets warm (and leads to sweaty feet) in hot, sunny weather. Unlike most waterproof trail running shoes that have stiff uppers, this one is extremely supple and flexible.) It also has a flexible rock plate, a reinforced toe bumper and thin but durable overlays along the sidewalls for optimal trail protection. Our wear-testers liked this shoe’s versatility and suggested it was optimal for trail running, hiking, peak bagging and light backpacking. We’ve loved it on longer run/hike adventures in Colorado’s high country—including a test session of 14,065-foot Mt. Bierstadt and trails in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area—where the snowmelt runoff often trickles down trails.

This is the shoe for you if … you’re looking for a do-everything shoe for summer trail or mountain activities.

Price: $130
Weights: 9.7 oz. (men’s), 8.0 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 3mm; 23mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)
Info: TopoAthletic.com

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