Topo Athletic Hydroventure Running Shoe - Men's
|Price:||$99.95 - $130.00|
- Thanks to the single-layer laminate eVent upper, the Hydroventure promises breathability and durability in the lightest fully waterproof trail running shoe on the market today.
- The EVA midsole features a flexible rock plate to protect against rocks and roots while delivering a smooth responsive ride.
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The National Geographic 2016 "Gear of the Year" Award winner, the Hydroventure features a single-layer laminate eVent upper, which promises breathability and durability in the lightest fully waterproof trail running shoe on the market today. The EVA midsole features a flexible rock plate to protect against rocks and roots while delivering a smooth responsive ride. The outsole uses multi-directional lug traction, forefoot flex grooves, and mud release features, optimizing rubber surface area for durability and grip.
- eVent Waterproof Synthetic/mesh Upper
- Fully gussetted tongue to keep out dirt and debris
- EVA midsole features a flexible rock plate to protect against rocks and roots while delivering a smooth responsive ride. Carbon rubber outsole features multi-directional lug traction, forefoot flex grooves, and mud release features, optimizing rubber surface area for durability and grip.
- Usage Recommendation: Trail Running
// 4.5 MM RUBBER OUTSOLE
// 13.5 MM (HEEL) // 10.5 MM (BALL) MIDSOLE
// 5 MM FOOTBED
// TOTAL STACK HEIGHT 23 MM X 20 MM (3 MM DROP)
// WEIGHT: 9.7 OZ. (SIZE 9)
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Of all the shoes I tried, the only thing with a pretty similar toe box was the New Balance 4E trail runners... and even after talking to their rep's... it seems like they were just throwing together wide shoes and calling it a day. A lot of folks complaining about durability, etc.. After talking to Topo's rep's, they steered me into this shoe even though I didn't want anything waterproof since I was worried about the time it would take to dry out something GTX... these aren't GTX and I've hiked for hours in the rain without a problem... my feet were wet, but it was sweat. The dry time was reasonable as well... wasn't as bad as GTX. I'm not sure what fairy dust they are putting on these, but they act right. Grats. Oh... did I mention that these things are crazy light for waterproof shoes? 11's come in at 615 grams... 1.35lbs.
I suppose another thing you should consider would be some lightweight gaiters... like dirty girl gaiters... or something cuben fiber. I did pick up a bit of dirt, but that's expected on a low rider like this.
Avoid ordering too (too) big... you'll hot spot the ball of your foot. All vendors size trail runners like you're supposed to wear clown shoes. I started with a 10.5... worked up to a 12 and came back to an 11. I'm truly 9.5. The 11 did break in a bit and although I was initially worried about the toe box being slightly tighter, I didn't end up with any hot spots with the 11... and that's with both thin running socks and hiking socks.
I suppose the only other thing is that this isn't your everyday running shoe. There's not a lot of spring in the step and the heel isn't like your typical cloud of cush. These shoes aren't zero drop, but they are only 3mm... which means you'll finally walk close to the way nature intended. This is good. You'll begin building some muscles where you used to be cush as well. The rock plate is solid... which is what I really care about... well done.
All in all... Topo has a new fan. I'm sold. Happy stepping!
UPDATE - 6/6/2017 (~8 months later)
I sat here with a calculator and figured out that I've put roughly 800 miles on these shoes. I can honestly say that these are the best shoes I've ever owned. They're incredibly comfy. The wear has shown, and I'd assume accelerated, since most of those miles were on asphalt (Central Park loop). They're no longer waterproof, but you can buy the sprays here. At any rate, I bought another pair (as one should)... and... while I use them inside (to break them in), I'm really having a hard time letting go of these old sneakers... I'm back to 10-15 miles a day since the seasons changed... they just feel... right. Anyway... figured I'd update since I'm so impressed.
Needless to say, they failed.
Unless I received a defective copy, if you're looking for a waterproof athletic shoe ... keep looking 'cuz these are NOT going to do it. I've only used these shoes twice in the 4+ mos. I've had them and am very disappointed in their wet performance as well as Topo's lack of response (aka, nothing) to my explaining via email to their customer support address. I don't like running in these as they are a bit on the stiffer side than I like, but that's to be expected from a trail running shoe so, these are pretty much paper weights for my use. You've been warned.
2. Hideous in person
3. Adding to the ugliness is a chrome Event tag riveted in like old school Hiking boots.
4. Merrell, Archteryx,Altra not this cheaply made crap.
Honestly, I have no complaints and these are my go to shoes for light hiking and trail running this winter. Clearly, everyone has different expectations and different feet. Get fitted, do your research and if the last shape and minimal design appeals to your feet these are a great buy.