Outdoor Retailer 2018 Summer Market Recap – Topo Highlights

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.

Topo

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.

Ultraventure

Weight: 11.2oz / 317g, 9.1oz / 257g
 
Stack Height: 30mm/25mm, 5mm drop
 
Available October 2018 at REI; November 2018 for the general launch; $130
 
 
The Topo Ultraventure is a new model from Topo that looks awesome. With a new Vibram® XS Trek outsole and plenty of midsole foam for the long haul I think this shoe could be great for long runs and races. 
 

Terraventure 2

Weight: 10.8oz / 306 g, 8.2oz / 232g
 
Stack Height: 25mm/22mm, 3mm drop
 
Available November 2018, $120 (including a wide version as well)

The Topo Terraventure 2 will receive a new Vibram® XS Trek outsole, Topo’s new ‘hook and tunnel’ gaiter system, and drainage ‘gills’ to facilitate water release. I’m also loving the men’s yellow and women’s mint colorways. 
 

Hydroventure 2

Weight: 10.2oz / 289g, 8.3oz / 230g
 
Stack Height: 25mm/22mm, 3mm drop
 
Available January 2019, $140

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.

Thank you for reading and thank you for your support!

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.

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