MT-3 Trail Running Shoe
Lose yourself in the woods with the comfort, performance, and versatility of the Topo Athletic MT-3 Trail Running Shoe. This versatile shoe doesn't have a rock plate which keeps the weight down and the flexibility high providing you with trail to road hybrid performance that allows you to run where you want. It touts a lightweight construction and the upper is made from breathable yet durable mesh. The dual-density EVA midsole provides cushioning to handle the rocky, varying nature of the trail while drainage ports allow water to escape quickly after stream crossings. Finally, the rubber outsole uses multi-directional lugs and forefoot flex grooves to grip slick surfaces as you run.
- Versatile running shoe to tackle everything from trail to road
- 3mm drop encourages a natural foot motion during the gait cycle
- Roomy toe box allows toes to spread naturally through your stride
- Ortholite footbed adds soft cushioning and repels unwanted odors
- Lightweight EVA midsole absorbs impact and cushions each step
- Midsole drainage ports allow water to escape after stream crossings
- Rubber soles offer high traction across varying terrain types
- Absence of rock plate allows shoe to transition from trail to road
Worth It. Roomy Toe Box + Varied Terrain
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this shoe to hike Rim To Rim at the Grand Canyon. My Altra Superiors are great for anything under 15 miles but I needed something with more cushion for my trip. Because I have a curved toe box, I need a shoe with a roomy toe box. The last few years, Altra is the only brand that has fit for both road and trail shoes. The Lone Peak were too big in the toe box and Timps were too big in the toe box and heel. Although I could have made due, both felt sloppy. I tried other brands but nothing fit. Then I learned about Topo's from reading running shoe reviews, I think initially it was Runner’s World. Hurrah. Another shoe with a roomy toe box. I usually wear a 9 1/2 but they were too short so had to purchase a size 10, luckily that solved the length without becoming too big everywhere else. I would say cushioning is equivalent to the Lone Peak. The shoe doesn’t have a rock plate, which I knew. The shoe did great for the R2R terrain - definitely tricky footing but not sharp rocks. I bought these shoes days before my trip and only broke them In for about an hour at the gym before my trip. I had no issues with them. The uppers are stiffer than Altra’s, so you notice it initially, but it loosened up after my gym workout (hopefully the uppers will last longer than Altra’s do.) I have Dirty Girl Gaiters and they worked great with the shoe. I just clipped the gaiter on the top shoelace and we attached Velcro on the back of the shoe. I will use these shoes for my non-rugged long trail runs, day hikes, and backpacking shoe on easy trails.