Topo Athletic Trailventure WP - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Well-padded, great for wide footed hikers, thick foam midsole provides comfort and stability
Cons: Lacing system lacks durability
Manufacturer: Topo Athletic
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|Pros||Well-padded, great for wide footed hikers, thick foam midsole provides comfort and stability||Good traction, very comfortable, ankle padding, waterproof||Comfortable, durable, very cushioned, stable, supportive, lightweight||Very water resistant, durable, incredibly lightweight, sleek design||Comfortable, lightweight, durable, inexpensive|
|Cons||Lacing system lacks durability||Runs big, excess padding in tongue||Expensive, take some time to break in, can be warm on hot days||Problematic fit||Lacks support of larger, heavier boots|
|Bottom Line||With a thick foam midsole, well-padded ankle, and lightweight construction, these boots are comfortable, supportive, and stable||This best-in-its-class boot combines lightweight technology with all the versatility a modern boot should have||Designed for long-distance hikes with heavy loads, this model is designed to maximize support and comfort||These boots are lightweight, sleek, and durable - designed for technical and varied terrain||The best iteration of this model yet|
|Rating Categories||Trailventure WP||X Ultra Mid 3 GTX||Kaha Gore-Tex||Alpenrose Ultra Mid GTX||Targhee III Mid|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Trailventure WP||X Ultra Mid 3 GTX||Kaha Gore-Tex||Alpenrose Ultra...||Targhee III Mid|
|Weight Per Pair (Size 7.5, in lbs)||1.52 lbs||1.83 lbs||1.91 lbs||1.47 lbs||1.80 lbs|
|Upper||Ripstop mesh||Suede leather, nylon||Full-grain leather||Breathable mesh/ coated fabric||Oiled nubuck leather|
|Heel height (mm)||30 mm||32 mm||54 mm||32 mm||35 mm|
|Shaft height (mm)||130 mm||121 mm||140 mm||127 mm||125 mm|
|Midsole||Ortholite||Dual-density EVA||EVA||EVA||Dual Density EVA|
|Sole||Vibram||Contagrip rubber||Vibram MegaGrip||Michelin rubber||Rubber|
Our Analysis and Test Results
These boots excel in durability, comfort, and weight metrics. They are lightweight and water-resistant with lots of padding, both underfoot and around the ankle.
A few specific design features on the Topo Athletic Trailventure WP make this boot one of the more comfortable models we've tested. They're designed to be a lightweight, minimalist hiker made for long days on rough terrain. With this in mind, the boots have a thick, 5 mm ZipFoam midsole that provides a solid base and an impressive amount of cushioning underfoot. Along with this foam layer, the Trailventures have significant padding around the ankle and tongue, which add to the overall comfort. They kind of feel like your entire foot is encased in soft padding. Our lead tester has fairly wide feet and found these boots to fit a wider forefoot very well. The extra padding, wide toe box, and thick foam midsole make the Trailventure an extremely comfortable boot overall.
We were surprised by how stiff these boots were underfoot, especially when twisted laterally. The Trailventure WP are lightweight and marketed as a through-hiker/fastpacker's dream shoe, but they actually have a fairly impressive level of stability and stiffness underfoot. They provide a stable base on flat terrain, especially because of the wide toe box. Their stability and solid foundation that their midsole provides make the Trailventures a bit less agile than some of the other boots we've tested. Their overall low weight, which comes from their design and the materials used in their construction, counters their bulky toe box and slightly thicker soles.
These hikers are some of the lightest in our current line-up. The Trailventure WP is designed to be a lightweight hiker that is based on a running shoe design, with a bit of ankle protection and a stiff, foam sole. The Trailventure weighs in at 1.52 pounds for a pair in US Women's size 7.5, which ranks them among the lightest in our current fleet. They not only weigh very little, but they also feel super light.
Like most boots with a Vibram outsole, the Topo Athletic Trailventure WP received high praise for traction. For slick rock, boulder hopping, and rocky trails, these boots were high performers. Their aggressively patterned soles and fairly substantial lugs also helped us gain traction on loose, gravelly terrain, which is easy to come by in the Utah desert where we did most of our testing. We appreciate how the soles provide stability and traction without being overly designed or aggressive. At first glance, these boots look almost like running shoes with their low-profile design and slightly rockered toe, but in reality, they provide a stable, grippy base much like a substantial hiking boot would.
As far as our three-month test period goes, we had no problems with the durability of the Topo Athletic Trailventure WP. The taped seams saw no signs of fraying or delaminating. We appreciated the heavy-duty laces, but are skeptical that the fabric eyelets they fit through will stand up to considerable abuse. Plastic or metal eyelets tend to last longer in the field, in our experience. Another potential point against is the toe bumper. We've experienced many small toe bumpers like this delaminating prematurely on other footwear we've tested. While there weren't any issues during testing, we see this as a possibility for failure.
The price tag lands the Trailventures right in the middle of the pack in terms of value. These boots are a bit more expensive and a bit more substantial than our Best Buy winner, but not nearly as expensive as the top-of-the-line models on the market. For us, these boots present good value, landing between the price and performance of our favorite models overall and our favorite budget options.
We love these boots. The Trailventures are lightweight, comfortable, and fit our wide feet like a glove — with very little break-in time. Their construction is durable and strong, without being bulky and overdone. We loved the foam midsole and the rockered toe, reminiscent of some of our favorite boots that excel in comfort and stability. The Trailventure is a great all-around boot — perfect for anything from multi-week backpacking trips to shorter romps in the wilderness.
— Jane Jackson