The Altra Superior is THE door-to-trail running shoe.
Source: bought it new
The Altra Superior is THE door-to-trail running shoe. It combines a great mix of protection and lightweight speed. and with its removable rock-plate, you can customize the fit and ground feel you desire.
- Low profile
- Removable rock plate
- Upper can rip
- Tread not very aggessive
*Disclosure: I own a running specialty store and Altra is a brand that I sell. I did pay for these shoes, but at retail.*
The Altra Superior is my favorite offering from Altra (I own about every model). It is the perfect mix of rugged, gritty trail and lightweight speed that come together to form a Voltron of wonderful.
Like most Altra shoes the fit on this shoe runs about a half size small, so you will need to size up. However once you lock down the sizing, you will find that your feet have enough room to play in the spacious toe-box and that the heel conforms so well to the back of your ankle.
These shoes offer great protection in the mid-sole with an option to add/remove a rock-plate. It is a semi-bendable yet rigid piece of foot-shaped plastic that slides right in and out of the shoe. I have opted to keep mine in since I run on some fairly rocky single track. Even so the shoes are very flexible and my feet don't feel confined.
The uppers on the shoe are very breathable and take in and expel water with ease. This is a great quality for a trail shoe and something that needed to be addressed with the lack of drainage in the Altra Lone Peaks. The one issue I did encounter with the upper was that it ripped pretty significantly during a long run. I am not sure how it happened but I must have rubbed it against a sharp rock and it sliced the fabric open.
Another small issue I had was with the tread. It is definitely more aggressive than a road shoe but at times on steep climbs, the traction wasn't there. However, I know that Altra was looking to create something of a trail racer when they cam out with this and more tread equals more weight.
So, if you are in the market for a lightweight, minimal trail shoe, this shoe is the way to go.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Altra's Superior Trail running shoe is their newest lightweight performance off road shoe. The foot-shaped design provides for maximum foot relaxation and speed, while the Zero Drop platform gives you stabilization and better form. You get rugged protection form a lightweight shoe with removable StoneGuard rock protection system. The Superior also features a CheckerTrail outsole for maximum grip and two-layer midsole with A-Bound for maximum energy return. Take on the terrain with an inspired trail running shoe.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Run any trail with The Superior(TM), our newest lightweight performance off road shoe. The foot-shaped design provides for maximum foot relaxation and speed, while the Zero Drop(TM) platform gives you stabilization and better form. Get rugged protection from a lightweight shoe with removable StoneGuard(TM) rock protection system. The Superior(TM) also features a CheckerTrail outsole for maximum grip and a two-layer midsole with A-Bound for maximum energy return. Take on the terrain with an inspired trail running shoe. Technical Stuff Ideal Uses: Trail Running, Hiking, Fastpacking Designed to Reduce: Running Slow on the Trail Platform: Zero Drop(TM) Platform Weight: 7.9oz Midsole: Two-Layer EVA / A-Bound(TM) Outsole: CheckerTrail Outsole Insole: Contoured Upper: Quick Dry Trail Mesh Lacing Structure: Asymmetric Other Features: Removable StoneGuard Rock Protection, Foot-Shaped Design Snug Fit: Please order a half-size larger than your regular running shoe. Relaxed Fit: Please order a full-size larger than your regular running shoe.
- Mountains Plus refers to the men's version
Bag peaks and run on any trail when you're wearing the Men's Superior Trail Running Shoe. A full ounce lighter than Altra's rugged Lone Peak shoe, the Superior offers the same zero-drop platform and foot-shaped profile but with less cushioning and a removable stone guard in the forefoot. With your heel and forefoot equidistant from the ground and your arch supported by the Contour footbed, this shoe allows you to roll from foot strike to toe off with power and speed. For trail racing and off-road speed training, the Superior has no equal in the Altra lineup of shoes.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version