Topo Athletic MT-2 Trail Running Shoe - Men's
- Breathable mesh upper
- Mid-foot overlays
- Roomy toe box
- Gusseted tongue
- 4.5mm rubber sole
- Forefoot flex grooves
- Multi-directional lugs
- Item #TPA0008
- Q & A
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.
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: http://www.roadtrailrun.com/2016/03/review-topo-athletic-mt-2-lightweight.html
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.