Outdoor Retailer is North America’s largest tradeshow for the outdoor industry. Split between an annual Summer Market show and an annual Winter Market show it is the conference where exhibitors, retail buyers, and the outdoor media come together to preview upcoming products. Brands previewed a ton of upcoming new products we should generally see in the next 3-9 months. In this article we’ll focus on what caught my eye from a running shoe standpoint.
Note: any specifications cited are pre-production numbers. As brands get closer to mass production and distribution we may occasionally see slight tweaks based on final wear testing and feedback.
The Topo Terraventure is a shoe I really like. I believe Topo is on to something with the fit of their shoes. A narrow(er) heel combined with a locked in midfoot and wider, without being sloppy, forefoot fit is spot on I believe. With the current trend of maximalism in midsoles that has been the main gap in Topo’s lineup to-date for trail shoes. Not any longer – we’ll see the introduction of Topo’s first maxi trail shoe in the Ultraventure. Additionally, we’ll see updates to the Terraventure and Hydroventure with the forthcoming Terraventure 2 and Hydroventure 2.
With the Topo Hydroventure 2 we will see an update featuring a new Vibram® Megagrip outsole, the optional ‘hook and tunnel’ gaiter system, and Topo’s proprietary single-layer eVent® breathable/waterproof upper construction.
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Meet Your Shoe & Gear Editor: Ben Zuehlsdorf
I am an avid running gear junkie. When I’m not smelling new shoes I’m usually running or racing around the local trails in Marin County, California or talking shop with the San Francisco Running Company community of friends. I was once a road marathoner but now have transitioned almost exclusively to the trails and racing ultras the last few years.
Disclaimer: All words and thoughts are my own and no compensation was offered nor received.