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Topo Runventure 2 Running Shoes Review
I was pretty excited when I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Topo Runventure 2 shoes. I already own two pair of Topo shoes so I knew what I was getting as far as quality and customer service.
What is TOPO?
Topo gets its name from Tom Post, the founder and CE with 40 years of experience in the business including gigs at Rockport and Vibram. Post decided to start his own company focusing on creating shoes that work well with the body’s natural movement as well as foot shape.
The Runventure 2 is a light cushioned, mild support, 0 drop trail shoe. Like some other companies, they have an attachment point for a gaiter you can purchase separately. There’s plenty of room for your toes in the toe box. There’s a bit of protection with the rock plate in the front of the shoe. Helpful for folks like me that sometimes forget to pick up their feet on the trail and hit rocks and tree roots.
What is a 0 drop shoe?
Let’s talk about the 0 drop for a minute. A lot of the trail shoes these days are headed to low or 0 drop. This is the height measurement from the heel to the forefoot. In comparison, most road running shoes have somewhere between a 10-12mm drop from heel to forefoot. The advantage is it encourages you to run in a more natural form.
Flashy or Dull?
Something else that stands out about Topo shoes is the dull or flat colors if you will. So many shoe companies come out with flashy shoes with bold and bright colors. I will go as far as special ordering shoes so I can pick the least bold colors. My thought process is during a race, runners that wear bold colors will not expect someone coming up in that last stretch to pass them right before the finish with a flat color shoe! The Runventure 2 has a simple black and yellow color scheme which goes well with my black shorts and yellow handheld.
Due to work obligations, I’ve only ran once in the past 3 weeks where I typically run 3-4 times a week. I did manage to sneak a run in on the first Sunday in June navigating to two different parks on a 7 mile loop. I covered gravel, asphalt, and single track trail. It was 70 degrees, humid, and overcast. The shoes breathed very well with the wool socks I had on. They felt very light on the feet. With the minimal cushion, I’m anxious to see how they will feel on a longer run. I’m (not really) training for a 35 miler in September so these shoes will see plenty of 15-20 milers soon.
patience, darlin’, patience
Stay tuned for the next review but in the meantime, make sure you check out Topo shoes. If you like a little bit of cushion, some support, and a roomy toe box, this may be the shoe for you.