I’ve been running in Altra Lone Peaks since 2015. My feet are Fred Flinstone feet, which are wide with low arches. The zero-drop and low-profile trail shoes have seemed to work for me. I’ve always been open to trying a new shoe, but I keep a pair of Lone Peaks for long runs and races.

 

The Topo Athletic Pursuit 2 is suitable for both soft and technical trails.

 

In 2022, I started a battle with plantar fascitis in both feet that lingered for over a year. I thought I’d try the Topo Athletic Terraventure because of the rock plate to help with the pain of running on rocky surfaces. Topo shoes have a wide-toe box like Altra’s trail running line, so my feet fit just fine in my size 11 shoes. The stack height is also relatively close (Terraventure 28mm, Lone Peak 25mm.) The drop for the Terraventure is 3mm, compared to zero for the Lone Peak. The Vibram sole of the Terraventure has a better grip than the Lone Peaks for rainy runs in the winter. I got over 600 miles in the Terraventures and enjoyed them. However, the rock plate in the sole made them a little stiffer than I like.

 

Topo Athletic Pursuit 2 Trail-Running Shoes – Men’s | REI Co-op $145.00

 

When it was time to get new shoes, I decided to try Topo Athletic’s new Pursuit 2. I tore my meniscus earlier in the year and thought softer cushioning might help me work my way back to fitness. The original Pursuit won a lot of awards, but they improved the second edition with a zip foam compound that’s lighter, softer, and more responsive. The size 9 weighs only 10.5 ounces. It also has a tighter woven mesh to keep debris from getting into the shoe, but it still breathes well. The insole has a closed cell foam that allows the Pursuits to drain and dry quickly. A must for the Pacific Northwest.

 

A test run on the Metolius River Trail.

 

I also like that the Pursuit is a zero-drop like the Lone Peaks. It has the same Vibram outsole as the Terraventure but no rock plate. The 28mm stack height resembles the Lone Peaks and Terraventure but has softer cushioning.

I walked around in the Pursuit 2 shoes for the weekend before trying them on a run. At first, my feet didn’t like them. In fact, I felt the plantar fasciitis start to return. I decided to give them a shot anyway. The first run was an easy 6-mile trail run. I still wasn’t impressed, but I wanted to give the Pursuits a fair shake.

On the second run, I felt much better. I think it takes time to get used to the zip foam cushioning. I’ve continued to trail run in the Pursuit 2. After 60 miles, they have grown on me. I think I may have found my new favorite running shoe. Even my torn meniscus has reacted well after each run. If you are looking for a light zero-drop trail shoe with great response, give the Pursuit 2 shoes a shot.

 

 

Pursuit 2 in Orange

 

Pursuit 2 Specifications:

Stack Height: 28mm

Heel to Toe Drop: 0mm

Weight: 10.5 oz. (M9), 8.7 oz (W7)

Rock Plate: No

Gaiter Compatible: Yes

Colors: Orange, Green

Insole: Hydrophobic TPE

Outsole: Vibram Outgrip with 5mm lugs

Price: $145

 

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