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Topo Magnifly 5 Review

A decent option for runners who want a lower ride, zero-drop shoe
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Topo Magnifly 5 Review
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey
Price:  $135 List
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Manufacturer:   Topo
By Nathaniel Bailey ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 5, 2024
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#22 of 25
  • Cushioning and Landing Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Responsiveness - 25% 5.2
  • Stability - 20% 5.0
  • Upper Comfort - 15% 7.0
  • Weight - 15% 6.3

Our Verdict

The Topo Magnifly 5 is a comfortable daily trainer for runners who prefer “natural” or zero-drop rides. It has a relatively low stack height but still passable cushioning for pavement running. Topo's anatomical fit feels comfortable and relaxed on foot. While this isn't a shoe that's winning any awards for speed or comfort, it's a good choice if you value zero-drop above all else. However, if zero-drop is only one of many checklist items that you're looking for in a shoe, we think there are better options to consider.
REASONS TO BUY
High-volume toe-box
Comfortable fit
Decent ride
REASONS TO AVOID
Warm upper
Firm foam
No pop

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Bottom Line Zero-drop runners may appreciate the comfort and low ride of this shoeA daily trainer that can handle most runs, the Novablast 4 is fun and extremely comfortableAn all-around standout that can handle easy days as comfortably as hard workoutsBouncy, responsive and well-cushioned, this shoe is performance-oriented but still versatileA daily trainer that blends comfort and versatility at a reasonable price
Rating Categories Topo Magnifly 5 Asics Novablast 4 Saucony Endorphin S... New Balance FuelCel... Puma Velocity Nitro 3
Cushioning and Landing Comfort (25%)
5.0
8.3
8.0
8.5
8.0
Responsiveness (25%)
5.2
7.0
8.0
7.5
7.0
Stability (20%)
5.0
7.0
5.7
4.0
6.0
Upper Comfort (15%)
7.0
8.0
7.5
6.0
7.0
Weight (15%)
6.3
5.9
7.1
8.8
5.3
Specs Topo Magnifly 5 Asics Novablast 4 Saucony Endorphin S... New Balance FuelCel... Puma Velocity Nitro 3
Sizes Available 8-14 US, regular 6 - 15 US, regular 7-15 US, regular 7-16 US, regular & wide 7 - 14 US, regular
Style Low drop Daily/cushioning Plated daily Daily Daily
Measured Heel Stack Height 28 mm 43 mm 38 mm 36 mm 39 mm
Measured Heel-to-Toe Drop 0 mm 7 mm 6 mm 5 mm 10 mm
Plate Type None None Nylon None None
Rocker Angle 25.0 deg 22.5 deg 25.0 deg 19.5 deg 18.0 deg
Rocker Apex Location 70.25% 66.53% 67.74% 62.18% 66.67%
Measured Weight 9.52 oz 9.76 oz 9.73 oz 7.98 oz 10.07 oz
Upper Engineered knit Engineered woven/knit Engineered mesh/knit Engineered mesh Engineered knit
Midsole ZipFoam FF Blast + Eco PWRRUN PB FuelCell Profoam
Outsole Rubber AHAR Lo Rubber Rubber PumaGrip
Heel Tab Type None Finger loop None None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

There aren't a ton of zero-drop road shoes out there, but there are some runners who prefer that type of ride above all else. We think the Magnifly 5 is a decent choice for those runners.

Performance Comparison


topo magnifly 5 - the magnifly 5 is an okay shoe. runners who prefer zero-drop shoes...
The Magnifly 5 is an okay shoe. Runners who prefer zero-drop shoes will be most likely to enjoy it.
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Cushioning and Landing Comfort


Topo markets the Magnifly 5 as a cushioned zero-drop shoe. That's true in the sense that it has some foam under your foot, and sure, it has more cushioning than some other options. But in comparison to our lineup as a whole or even just to other low-drop trainers we've tested, calling it a cushioned daily trainer is a bit like sticking nails through the sole of some hiking boots and then calling them track spikes. The ZipFoam does protect your feet from the road, but the shoe lacks the dampening that many other lower-stack daily trainers have. The foam is firm but not resilient.

topo magnifly 5 - the magnifly has a low, zero-drop ride.
The Magnifly has a low, zero-drop ride.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

We noticed our legs felt significantly more “pounded” after longer runs in these shoes compared to similar options.


That said, landings are firmer than we prefer but still comfortable in the Magnifly 5. Heel-strikers will likely bottom out the foam when running faster, but overall, we think the shoes provide decent comfort and protection. Ironically, we love to wear them when we aren't running, as the comfortable fit and low platform feel very natural.

topo magnifly 5 - calling the magnifly a cushioned daily trainer is a misnomer - it's...
Calling the Magnifly a cushioned daily trainer is a misnomer - it's comfortable, but can't compare to a daily trainer with more stack and modern foam.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

Responsiveness


For a light and firm-feeling shoe, the Magnifly 5 has below-average responsiveness. It's fine, but it's not a shoe we would choose for fast sessions.


We found that the Magnifly 5 requires significantly more engagement from the lower leg than a more typical running shoe. That's due to a combination of low-drop and low-stack height. Short bursts at faster paces felt okay, but we started to notice premature fatigue over longer efforts. We enjoyed the low and planted feel of the shoe during mile-paced strides but felt that the foam sapped some power and wasn't up to the task.

topo magnifly 5 - the foam of the magnifly felt lifeless and absorbed too much energy...
The foam of the Magnifly felt lifeless and absorbed too much energy during faster efforts.
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Upper Comfort


Runners who are familiar with the fit of other Topo shoes or that of similar brands like Altra will feel right at home. The heel provides good lockdown and is reasonably snug. The midfoot widens up a bit while still fully locking down the foot. The toe-box is wide and roomy, with plenty of room for your toes to splay out.

topo magnifly 5 - the toe-box is comfortable and has plenty of room for high-volume...
The toe-box is comfortable and has plenty of room for high-volume forefeet.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

While we didn't experience any rubbing, we did notice that our forefoot slid around more than we liked when running faster.


The upper materials, while comfortable, don't breathe well.

topo magnifly 5 - the magnifly struggles to breathe as well as competitors.
The Magnifly struggles to breathe as well as competitors.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

Lateral Stability and Support


The Magnifly 5 is a zero-drop, neutral trainer. It feels low and planted thanks to the firm, low stack height and wide platform, but runners who need stability or support will likely find that this shoe doesn't provide that.


The shoe has cutout sections in the midsole and outsole to help direct motion and provide some flexibility. While we found they aided the shoe's natural feel, we also found that they were rock magnets on gravel paths.

topo magnifly 5 - low and wide, the magnifly provides a well-grounded, if not...
Low and wide, the Magnifly provides a well-grounded, if not supportive, ride.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

Weight


The Magnifly 5 weighed in at 9.52 ounces in a US M 10.5. That's average for a daily trainer, but we found it surprising. It feels lighter on the foot, and there isn't much material on the shoe compared to other shoes that have similar weights.


We would love to see the Magnifly 5 with a lighter, more breathable upper and a more modern, highly resilient midsole foam. That would reduce weight significantly and make the ride more enjoyable.

topo magnifly 5 - we think the magnifly 5 would benefit from both better, more...
We think the Magnifly 5 would benefit from both better, more resilient foam and a lighter/more breathable upper.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

Should You Buy the Topo Magnifly 5?


If you're just looking for a comfortable daily trainer, we think you should look elsewhere. Other models have more versatility and comfort. However, if you love Topo's upper fit and are set on a low-stack, zero-drop shoe, you might enjoy this shoe.

What Other Running Shoes Should You Consider?


The Altra Torin 7 is a significantly better low-drop shoe with better cushioning and responsiveness. It has 1mm of drop, so it isn't technically a zero-drop trainer, but it comes pretty close. If you're just after a solid daily trainer to take you through a variety of paces and workouts, we highly recommend the Asics Novablast 4.

Nathaniel Bailey