Ultrafly 3 is for runners looking for that lightweight and ideal shoe with stability characteristics.
- Zipfoam midsole provides moderate cushioning
- An external heel counter and medial post for support
- Breathable upper
When it launched in 2016, Ultrafly departed from what we normally expect from Topo Athletic. Instead of having the typical minimalist profile of Topo (the company’s founder, Tony Post, was the CEO of Vibram when his bare FiveFingers were in fashion), the midsole was tougher and to the delight of anxious runners. Plush, more comfortable. We love the change of pace so much that we reward footwear as Best Debut for its sneaker-like fit. Branded Shoes
3 changed the script of the original and 2 as the lightest Ultrafly so far. While not as smooth as the triple density midsole of its predecessors, the new Zipfoam has plenty of cushioning; the material was favorable enough for our testers, who accumulated double-digit mileage. The shoe-like fit is also preserved, with a comfortable saddle and spacious toecap, because tight fingers on long runs are anything but ultra-flying.
Topo reduced weight by replacing the Ultrafly 2 triple density midsole with a double density ZipFoam. Introduced two years ago to the Phantom, ZipFoam is a foam based on TPU and EVA that is stronger than standard EVA. It has a Goldilocks feel: neither too firm nor too soft. Shoes And Sneakers
“These shoes have excellent cushioning and I would use them for marathon distances and probably even ultra distances,” said a tester. “For me, he’s a perfect versatile.”
Runners accustomed to a plush platform, however, may want more foam in the midsole. Another tester said: “With less cushioning than I’m used to, I wouldn’t be comfortable going more than 10 miles. In shorter runs, I felt very fast with the light weight. The smoother New Balance 880 was more of his jam.
Unlike other shoes in the category, Topo managed to incorporate stability characteristics – a thin external heel and a non-intrusive medial pole) to Ultrafly without adding a ton of weight for guidance purposes. The shoe reminds me of Brooks’ Asteria, a lightweight and discontinued stability option that scored high in our wear and lab tests. Best Sneakers
This Ultrafly is also consistent with the comfortable fit that the line is known for, with some adjustments, like a molded heel collar. The top also has more perspiration perforations, alleviating the excess heat that some testers said had affected version 2.
“This shoe didn’t look careless,” said an appraiser. “The light stability was perfect for my running style. One would think that the more spacious toecap would make the entire shoe look loose, but the midfoot design keeps the foot secure. ” Kacamata Rayban