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Topo Athletic MT-2 Trail Running Shoe - Men's


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Trail tenacity.

Conquer steep, rock-strewn trails and mud-caked forest paths with the Topo Athletic Men's MT-2 Trail Running Shoe. The breathable mesh upper keeps your feet from soaking in perspiration when you're running in hot summer weather. Mid-foot overlays add support for conquering steep goat paths in the mountains and rugged coastal headlands. The gusseted tongue keeps small stones and trail debris from poking your feet with every stride. Plus, the 4.5mm rubber sole provides tenacious traction and mud-shedding performance with its multi-directional lugs.

  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Mid-foot overlays
  • Roomy toe box
  • Gusseted tongue
  • 4.5mm rubber sole
  • Forefoot flex grooves
  • Multi-directional lugs

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
mesh, synthetic overlays
4.5mm rubber, multi-directional lugs
Heel / Forefoot Height:
23 / 20 mm
3 mm
Claimed Weight:
[single, size 9] 8.5 oz
Recommended Use:
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty:
30 days

Size chart

Topo Athletic

5 6 4
5.5 6.5 4.5
6 7 5
6.5 7.5 5.5
7 8 6
7.5 8.5 6.5
8 9 7
8.5 9.5 7.5
9 10 8
9.5 10.5 8.5
10 11 9
10.5 11.5 9.5
11 12 10
11.5   10.5
12   11
12.5   11.5
13   12
Note: Topos are ergonomically designed to follow the natural shape of the foot- secure through the mid-foot and heel, with plenty of room for the toes to spread. Most people will feel comfortable in their typical athletic shoe size, although some people have preferred to size down ½ size compared to other brands featuring a narrower toe box.

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Comfortable Cruiser

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10.5

This is my first Topo, and first "foot shaped" shoe. It's unstructured lightweight style is what I generally go for on all but the longest runs. I've found that because of my forfoot sprinting strike when doing speed work it does create hotspots on some toes that on more intense speed days can lead to blisters. I attribute that more to the way my gait combines with the wider toe box and fairly stiff ride than i do to a fault with the shoe. On average runs i've not found it to be a problem, and for simply walking around doing day to day chores the wider toebox is significantly more comfortable. In fact on an overnight backpacking trip to test out a new long haul pack they were exceptional even with 85lbs on my back. I would recommend these shoes (in a 1/2 size up) to a friend without a second thought, and if by chance your sprinting gait is strange like mine then you have a great trail trainer and hiker. Win/Win

Unanswered Question


I am torn between the Magnifly and MT-2. Wondering others thoughts ? I run about 50% road, 50% trail. Looking for a shoe that will work for both. Also I live in Central Montana and with winter coming up want to make sure I have some traction for ice/snow.

My current shoe I have been using the last few years in the Brooks Adrenaline ASR.



Another strong offering from Topo

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This is the second pair of Topo Athletic shoes I've owned this summer. Very impressed with what this new and relatively unknown shoe company is putting out.

Love the fit on these; snug in the mid foot but roomy and anatomically correct in the toe box. Plenty of room for toe splay but without the sloppy imprecise fit that a certain zero drop brand (cough cough, Altra...) is known for.

These have one of the best all-around treads I've ever used. It works pretty damn well on anything from slippery rock scrambling to steep loose dirt to pavement. There's no rock plate, but I've found that the mid sole is sufficiently firm and thick enough to provide plenty of protection even on rough trails.

For how light they are construction seems very solid. I would expect these to have the same lifespan as the last pair of Topo shoes I had which was respectable but not exceptional (probably around 250 miles).

I think the name is perfect on these - MT stands for "Mountain Trainer." These are a great general purpose shoe for running around in the mountains. They're also a great option if some of your runs involve a little (or a lot) of pavement. The fit is probably a bit too clunky for short fast races but they're an awesome training shoe and with the ample padding I think they'll be great for ultra distances too.

As always if you're used to a shoe with a traditional amount of drop (8-10mm+) I'd transition into running in these or any other neutral shoe slowly to avoid pain and possible injury.

I have a very low volume foot. As you've reviewed both which Topo shoe will fit me better: the MT-2 or Runventure?

Go-anywhere, lightweight, neutral

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10

I loved this shoe. Light, well-cushioned, unstructured. Does well on road and trail. Low-drop (3mm) without going all the way to zero. My only real criticism is that the shoe seems to run a little short: my big toe was brushing the end of the shoe. In practice this didn't prove a problem for me, but if you have toenail issues, or if your foot is on the long side of a shoe size, you might want to size up.

I posted a detailed review on Sam Winebaum's 'Road Trail Run' blog: