The RW Takeaway: With its protective rock plate and intense tread pattern, the Ultraventure Pro is made for thru-hiking and rugged rave runs.
- Chris F., tester since 2018
- Gaiter attachments on the external heel counter
- Wide toe box
Weight: 10.4 oz (M), 8.2 oz (W)
Take the wide and well-cushioned Ultraventure, make it a little firmer and more secure, add a rock plate for more protection, and keep the grippy Vibram outsole with its pronounced lugs. The end result is the hardy Ultraventure Pro, a companion shoe to the Ultraventure 2, that’s meant for taking on harsher, rockier terrain. It’s as resistant to rugged conditions as it is to rain. The rock plate safeguards your forefoot when traversing over rocks and roots. The plate is an essential feature since the Zipfoam cushioning, though sufficient on trails, left some testers wanting a little more support when they wanted to tack on extra miles.
“On particularly longer runs my foot began to feel sore in places,” said a tester more accustomed to the beefier Hoka One One EVO Mafate and Challenger ATR. “But I would have to say they are certainly adequate for the mid-range distance.”
Other members of our wear-test team appreciated how the cushioning “was not overdone.” Hardy and stiff, with canted lugs on the outsole, it’s a shoe strictly meant for the trail. Said another tester, “Do not use this on the road—it will beat you up.”
Made for Rugged Trail Lovers
Topo specifically made this shoe for thru-hiking as well as technical trail runs. An external TPU heel counter provides stability, keeping ankles in check should you need to skirt around obstacles, like fallen tree branches or gnarly roots. The heel counter also showcases a new feature: two gaiter attachment points.
The tacky Chris F., tester since 2018 with its slanted lugs keeps you on your toes over slick surfaces and loose mud. I did have to pick out some dry clumps of dirt, but this had no effect during my run, nor did it slow down my pace.
The molded heel collar provides stability as well as a secure hold around the ankle. A small detail testers highlighted was the pillowy tongue. “The padding was just right,” said a tester.
More Tester Feedback
Chris F., tester since 2018
Arch: Medium | Gait: Overpronator | Footstrike: Heel
“These Topo Ultraventures are about as good a trail shoe as you can get. They do throw some gravel into themselves without gaiters, but that is a result of the excellent traction they are providing. They are strictly a trail shoe, not enough cushioning for any road activity. The large toe box makes them a very comfortable wear without sacrificing comfort or stability. I’m very happy with them, and plan to use them for an extended length trail race, perhaps up to 100K.”
Mike R., tester since 2013
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“I’ve always been a fan of the Vibram sole. They have been holding up very well for the few weeks I’ve been able to test the shoe. And I must say, the traction has never been an issue, [whether] working uphill or downhill. I have used the shoes on various terrain, some very rocky sections of the Appalachian Trail, as well as in some grassy areas.”