Review - Topo Athletic Terraventure Running Shoes

Doing some off-road running as cross training is a good idea for cyclists; it helps to build a more rounded muscle profile, and it reduces the chance of osteoporosis because of its weight-bearing nature. This winter, I have been running and walking in the Topo Terraventure shoes, and wanted to share my feedback here on Life In The Saddle.

The Topo range pioneers a new style of shoe design, with a far roomier toe box than most. The design is intended to help the toes spread, which provides a more stable footing, and a more comfortable feel. The extra toe box room is certainly noticeable when running and walking, and it makes the Terraventure very comfortable for prolonged periods of wear.

To make them 'all season', the Topo Terraventure shoes use a mixture of lightweight breathable mesh, combined with strong toe and heel reinforcement areas. This design means they are comfortable in summer heat, as well as in winter conditions; whilst also being strong and durable.

For trail running, the Terraventure shoes feature a flexible plate within the sole, designed to protect your foot from rock strikes and sharp objects. The multi-directional lugged tread has also provided great grip off-road, even in snow and ice.

I made a few small tweaks to my Topo test shoes: I fitted a set of 'fast laces' for easy transition; as well as some Superfeet Flex Insoles for added arch support.

Sizing on the Terraventure seems larger than most. I opted to go down half a size from my normal UK sizing in Salomon, Adidas and Mizuno. The EU size seems to be accurate though i.e. I am a EU45 in most brands, including Topo.

Taking to the trails in running shoes for the first time can seem a bit intimidating. A good pair of shoes will go a long way to making things more comfortable, and safer. The Topo Terraventure shoes are one of the best designed and most comfortable trail shoes that I have worn to date, for both running and everyday use.

The Topo Terraventure has a 3 mm heel drop - for great comfort whether walking or running

The lugged tread pattern showed great aptitude at dealing with snow and mud during testing

I fitted a pair of Superfeet insoles for some added support

The Topo Terraventure shoes have proven to be a great running companion this winter


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