Footwear / Gear / March 17, 2021

Instagram Review: Topo Athletic RX Training Shoes

Topo Athletic RX Trainers 7.8oz, $110;

The Good: Zero heel-toe drop for stability on lifts and 14mm stack height for protection during running WODs.

The Bad: Not for people who hate things between their toes.

The Ugly: Personally, I like the ninja look, but it’s not for everyone.

As the name implies, Topo’s RX trainers are built for crossfitters, and apparently, they’ve been designed by someone who’s done a WOD or two. The evidence is in the details: the laces are held down with a Velcro strap to keep them from coming undone during rope climbs (the strap’s meant to provide midfoot support, but I dug the lace management); the rubber rand around the toebox was a lifesaver during doubleups, and the 7mm midsole gave just enough cushion during the run portion of “Helen.” Bonus: The zero-drop profile and split toe design gave an extremely stable platform during heavy squats.

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Billy Brown
Billy Brown
has a hard time standing still. A few years ago he combined his passion for the active lifestyle with his love of toys and somehow made a job out of it as a journalist specializing in outdoor sports and adventure travel. An avid runner, climber, crossfitter and snowboarder, he has tested gear around the world, from canyon running in Jordan to ice climbing in Chamonix. He writes for Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Wired, and Backpacker, as well as on websites like Gear Institute and Contact him at [email protected]

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