Saturday, May 07, 2022

Topo Athletic Specter Initial Video Review: Big Stack, Light & PEBAX Powered Lively!

Video by Sam Winebaum

Topo Athletic Specter ($150)

Update: Full Multi Tester Review HERE

In the video linked below, I share my initial review of the Specter with shoe details , fit and ride. 

The Specter is a near maximally stacked (35mm heel / 30 mm forefoot) trainer racer with a rigid unplated rocker geometry and aggressive toe spring. 

Weight is 7.95 oz / 225g in my US8.5 sample which is highly competitive for shoes of its stack and class. Its midsole is made up of a combination of an outer light EVA foam with a central core of high rebounding PEBAX expanded bead foam that is 16mm thick at the heel and 14mm at the midfoot. 

The outsole is thinner and less aggressively lugged than usual from Topo with coverage in all the right places.

As always with Topo  the single layer engineered mesh upper has an anatomical toe box with plenty of room.


And also, as always from Topo, Specter has excellent foot hold and lockdown, and even for my narrower feet from its varied mesh density, lacing system, underlays and a solid toe bumper

Full multi tester review soon. Releases June 2022. $150

Watch the Topo Specter Initial Video Review (10:50)

Comparison review of the Topo Specter, Saucony Ride 15, and Craft CTM Ultra 2

Tested samples were provided at no charge for review purposes. RoadTrail Run has affiliate partnerships and may earn commission on products purchased through affiliate links in this article. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The opinions herein are entirely the authors'

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Jesse said...

Thanks for the initial thoughts! Looking forward to your full review

Anonymous said...

Great review, I was just wondering how they compare to the Hoka Mach 4. I really liked the Mach 4 but they were just too narrow for me.

Bruce said...

Forgot to include my name on the last comment.

Great review, I was just wondering how they compare to the Hoka Mach 4. I really liked the Mach 4 but they were just too narrow for me.