Altra Superior 2.0
Heel-toe drop: 0mm
Stack height: 21mm
Quick drying and seamless mesh upper
Wide toe box
Sticky rubber sole with angled underfoot lugs and heel trail rudder for grip on any terrain
The Altra Superior 2.0 has been my only trail runner to date. My toes love the roomy toe box. And the sole grips everything! I’ve crossed mossy logs, wet rocks, and mud slides, and I have felt confident in my footing every time. Yes, a few slips have happened. But that’s inevitable. I assure you that these shoes will make those slip incidents far fewer. The lugs do feel odd on pavement, so I wouldn’t suggest trying to use these on road runs too. But for trails, they’re it!
This trail runner has also become my go to shoe for hiking. The breathable, quick drying material is a dream. I HATE getting my feet wet on a hike or run. The surprise puddle or the unavoidable water crossing doesn’t get me down anymore with these shoes! Also, I appreciate the ankle mobility I have on hikes when wearing my Superiors. My tall, ankle-restricting hiking boots are now used only when hiking in deep snow.
Altra mentions asymmetrical lacing to follow the natural shape of the foot. But honestly, I don’t feel a difference from the typical running shoe lacing. Also, I haven’t worn gaiters yet. (I know, I need to get on that train.) So, I can’t comment on the 4-point attachment system the Superiors have for gaiters to stay secure.
If you’ve never worn Altra before, I’ll admit that it might take a few runs to get use to the roominess of them. I’ve heard a few runners say before that they felt like their feet were sliding around in their Altras at first. This had me a little concerned when buying them. My feet did feel a little free on the first run. And then I overcompensated by tying them too tight on the next run. But then I found the right tightness for me with the laces, and now, typical running shoes feel constricting. So, if you try a pair of Altra for the first time, give them a few runs before deciding on them.
On their site, Altra has two newer versions of the Superior available: 3.5 and 4. Both have great reviews. I have yet to try these versions out, but I plan on buying a pair soon!