Following the success of Topo trail runners (summer shoes), and a need for wet and muddy hiking shoes, a new hiking boot was tested.

The Topo Trailventure (REI link)

Here’s REI’s snippet on the shoe

  •  Full eVent® waterproof inner-bootie construction keeps your feet dry and comfortable no matter the conditions
  •  Abrasion-resistant ripstop mesh uppers are lightweight and durable
  •  3-piece midsoles featuring ZipFoam™ provide a cushioned experience underfoot with more long-term resilience than traditional EVA
  •  Full-length ESS rock plates offer protection from rocks and roots
  •  Over-the-ankle molded foam collars provide additional security and support on rugged trails
  •  Vibram® Megagrip outsoles offer optimal traction and grip on all surfaces, especially wet and slippery terrain

Conditions: I tested 2x on gear test hikes with a total 25 miles (see summaries below) with good elevation gains (up and down) on hard and muddy surfaces. The weather was cool 45-55 degrees both days. The second day was muddier with dense fog most of the day; however, neither day was full-on rain. The boot ran a bit larger in size than the trailrunners with ample room for 2 sock layers: liners and heavy wool outer. Pack weight was <20 lbs.

Test Score – 4 Bells

The boots kept my feet dry and happy. Foot soreness and fatigue was less for typical 10+ mile hike in these conditions. Feet were dry from the outside, yet the inside did not run too hot either. One of the most comfortable heavier shoes I’ve worn recently. The only negative was wearing without gaiters, the pine needles found a way to my socks. (wearing gaiters should have been common sense).

These are now part of “essential” gear for wet/muddy hikes, and I recommend them for a test spin if you need such shoes.

Gear test hike #1

Gear test hike #2

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