The Topo Fli-Lyte is one of Topos most popular road shoes. I haven’t tried previous versions but tried the Topo Magnifly 2. Topo is a newer brand to me, and I’ve only started running in them recently. I was lucky enough to be sent a pair of Fli-Lyte 3s to try.
Weight 7 oz
Drop: (3mm drop)
The Topo Fli-Lyte 3 uses engineered mesh. There are no printed overlays or seams, which makes it great for someone with a wider forefront or bunions. While it doesn’t come in wide, the standard width is much wider than several brands.
The mesh has much larger holes, so it’s more breathable than previous versions. Typically I wear between a women’s size 10 and 11 wide, and the 10.5 fit well.
The Fli-Lyte 3 is extremely light. At just 7 ounces for women and 8 for men, it’s one of the lighter trainers out there. If you prefer minimalist or lighter shoes, it works as a trainer. For me, it fits well as a speedwork shoe.
To reduce weight, Topo has removed rubber from the bottom. Removing rubber also removes overall traction. There is still rubber in critical areas such as the toes, forefront, and heel. That allows for traction upon contact. Many brands have removed most, if not all rubber to reduce weight. That, in turn, makes the shoe much less durable and it won’t have good traction on a rainy day.
In all, I like the Topo Fli-Lyte 3, and I will continue to use it as a speedwork or faster long run shoe. The more full toe box and lower drop area makes it a good shoe for anyone running in Altra as well.
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#sponsored I’ve been enjoying running in @topoathletic sneakers for the past few months and have been excited to try the new Fli-Lyte 3s. . This morning I got a mix of trail, roads, and gravel. They’ve been able to handle it all. . They are light weight and breathable and allow for a more natural running experience. #topoathletic #mytopoadventures #movebetternaturally
Races: Nike Fly, Reebok Run fast Pro
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