Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Altra Zero Drop Trail Shoe: Superior Review

Note: I receive shoes from Altra Running for my own personal use as a brand ambassador. All commentary found in this review is my own personal opinion of the shoe. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using links in this review.

I just took my Altra Superiors for their inaugural run/scramble up Mt. Si.

I've been using the Altra Lone Peak for just about forever and once I find a shoe I love it's hard for me to try something else, but, the Superiors have some great reviews so I decided to give them a try.

The Superior is a snappy fun yellow which I loved the minute I opened the box. As a woman who hears a size 12, I have been wearing men's athletic shoes most of my life. So, the fact that I can suddenly buy a women's shoe is still a novelty and I am enjoying the prettiness!

Pretty colors!

But, looks aren't everything.

The first thing I noticed about them is that they are lighter and more flexible than the Lone Peak. This made me feel pretty nimble both on the trail and on the scramble up the haystack at the end. The flip side to this is that you can feel the ground much more through the sole. This isn't a problem on soft trails, but might not be much fun on a lot of rock, or a harder surface (like a bike path).

On top of the Haystack

The grip seemed to be much stickier than what I'm used to. I actually noticed I was "sticking" to the floor in the kitchen before I left.

Sticky soles!

The upper felt pretty thin to me, so I'm not sure they'd be durable for off-trail or very sharp rocks/overgrown trails, but I might be wrong. I'm sure I'll have fun finding out!

Descending the roots and rocks

All the usual features you expect from Altra were there: a zero drop platform, foot shaped toe box, and plenty of room.

Overall, I really loved running in these shoes. As I said, the thinness of the upper and the less padded sole make them great for light and fast running. They'll be my new go-to shoe for my trail runs and approaches. They performed so well on the Haystack that I may pack them in to peaks that I know have some tricky scrambles and swap out of my boots.

New Faves!

I'll keep my Lone Peaks for the heavy pack days and the more burly off-trail terrain.

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