Review - Topo Athletic Hydroventure Trail Running Shoes

This weekend I took on our self-made #WildWight challenge, and my shoe of choice for the ultra-distance trail run/hike was the Topo Athletic Hydroventure trail running shoe.

The Hydroventure is the world's lightest fully-waterproof trail running shoe. It uses a single-layer eVent waterproof membrane with a breathable upper mesh and lining, for a lightweight shoe that doesn't feel at all like most rigid and bulky waterproof trail running shoes.

On the sole, the Hydroventure features a multi-directional lugged traction rubber outsole, with a full-length rock plate to protect against stone bruising. An EVA mid-sole then helps to provide cushioning, and a 3 mm heel to toe drop gives a stable and reassuring step.

We covered 33 miles in one day on our #WildWight challenge, and despite hot conditions the Hydroventure performed very well. The breathable material allowed my feet to remain dry and comfortable, while the sole provided traction on a real mix of on and off-road terrain.

The light weight of the shoe is instantly noticeable, and provides a 'light and fast' feel to your step. The signature Topo wide toe-box is also ideal for longer hot miles, allowing your toes to spread and swell a little with the heat.

In wet conditions, the Topo Hydroventure has further excelled. The eVent fabric does a superb job of shedding water, and the sole of the shoes grips on wet rocks and roots.

After repeated use, and frequent hand-washing, the Hydroventure shoes continue to last as well, and to also retain their waterproofing. The sole is showing minimal signs of wear, despite the 100+ mileage to date, and I can see that these will endure many seasons of trail running ahead.

Overall, these are a great lightweight, comfortable, and well-built pair of trail shoes. They aren't restrictive or cumbersome like some Gore-Tex trail running shoes, and yet they perform as well in tough wet conditions as they do on dry hot days.

>> View the Topo Athletic Hydroventure Trail Running Shoes here <<


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