Monday, July 01, 2019

Topo Athletic MTN Racer Initial Video Review

Article by Sam Winebaum
Our full multi tester review is coming soon. 
Topo Athletic MTN Racer ($140)
Update: MTN Racer Multi-Tester review

Weight: 9.75 oz / 276 g (men's 9)
Stack Height: 30mm heel, 25 mm forefoot, 5 mm drop
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Will said...

Thanks for the review! Are you also going to do a review of the MT-3? Dom turned me on to the MT-2 and it became my favorite... I want to try both the MT Racer and Ultraventure to see if my local rocky 50k can leave my feet pretty beat up, but I really like the low profile of the normal MT.

Mike P said...

Just got these last night and just got back from a 1HR run - dirt, gravel, rocks, roots - typical east coast trails. These are really great shoes. I also have the Ultraventures, which I like a lot. But those are definitely noticeably softer, and even with the stack height, I always did feel rocks and felt like they were not super protective. (I'm on the east coast, and we have all shapes and sizes of gravel and jagged rocks - large portions of a route that include 1" gravel will definitely take a toll on your feet). The MTN Racers felt firmer on step-in, but out on the trail they felt perfect. No squish, but no overly harsh/firm feeling either, especially in the forefoot. It seems like the outsole may be a bit softer and more conforming, the midsole a bit firmer, and it also includes an Ortholite insole. This combination seems to be gold - it really blunts a lot of the rock hits and rough terrain in a way that the Ultraventure doesn't. It also feels much more snappy and fast. As far as comparison - I might call it a toss up between this shoe and the Salomon S/LAB Ultra 2. The S/LAB may have slightly better traction, and might be just a touch softer feeling, but if the Salomon fit is too narrow for you - enter the TOPO MTN Racer. Your forefoot may thank you at the end of a 100 miler. At the end of my run I was thinking about shoes that I can get rid of since these shoes seem to do everything they do, better. Salomon Sense Ride - gone (MRN-R way more protective in the forefoot).. Nike Wildhorse.. gone (WH much firmer and less comfortable).. Topo Terraventure 2.. gone (TV2 rock plate is terrible, even dangerous - causes the shoe to be overly tippy.. Hoka Torrent.. gone (for me the Torrent upper is really bad - need to really crank it down to get any reasonable foot hold)