Topo Ath­letic Hy­droven­ture

Women’s 230 g (8.1 oz.) Men’s 255 g (9.7 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 3 mm $190

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

Topo Ath­letic calls the Hy­droven­ture the light­est wa­ter­proof trail shoe avail­able to­day.

What it calls “eVent” tech­nol­ogy, a wa­ter­proof ma­te­rial sand­wiched be­tween the breath­able outer and in­ner mesh lay­ers on the up­per, doesn’t work quite as well as the lat­est ver­sion of Gore-Tex, but it does a de­cent job keep­ing your feet dry.

The Hy­droven­ture is very much a hy­brid of two of Topo’s other shoes, us­ing the same out­sole as the MT-2 and other de­sign fea­tures of the Run­ven­ture. Like these two shoes, the Hy­droven­ture is a com­pe­tent trail shoe for those who are look­ing for lots of grip (by way of size­able 4.5 mm lugs) dur­ing foul con­di­tions and a min­i­mal drop.

The nicest fea­ture of all is the full heelto-toe rock plate. It’s em­bed­ded within the mid­sole it­self, but has flex grooves at the arch and toes to al­low for full move­ment. Cou­pled with a sub­tle 4 mm drop, the Hy­droven­ture pro­vides a min­i­mal­ist ex­pe­ri­ence with max­i­mal pro­tec­tion.

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