We are open again! Thanks for all of the support we have received over the past few weeks today I am reviewing the Altra Superior 4.5 & the Altra Olympus 4
Altra are the company that is known for having the zero-drop platform and rounded toe box, which is great for a natural feeling during running. Their trail shoes all come with an option to add a gaitor trap to keep the mud and dirt out. Altra’s best selling shoe is a trail shoe, the Lone Peak but here is a brief overview of the trail shoes they have to offer:
Hierarchy of Altra’s Trail Shoes from light to max cushion
- Superior – Lightest, most flexible, fast shoe but is also the cheapest altra trail shoe.
- Lone Peak –The most popular shoe, with a rock guard, great for longer runs workforce shoe
- Timp –Their road Torrin wrapped in trial outer, road or trail
- Olympus –Is our max cushion biggest trail shoe pretty expensive but can be used for a lot of different tasks.
We get a lot of questions about the adjustment from a higher drop to zero drop, and for trail shoes, I would say it isn’t that big of concern just because the terrain is different and you are used to having uneven ground.
The Superior 4.5
**UPDATE** The stone guard mentioned in the Superior 4.5 review at 4:52 is going to be a removable stone guard. They will be included in the box as in previous versions. Simply remove the removable insole and slide the provided stone guard for additional protection on more aggressive terrain.
The altra superior 4.5 is not classed as a stability shoe, but it is a little more stable than other trail shoes that Altra offers. Just like the zero drop, we aren’t as worried about pronation when you are running on uneven ground but if you are concerned you can stick a superfeet insole in your shoe and be set to go.
The Superior has the lowest stack height and is very flexible. This is a great shoe for slipping on and moving fast weather on trails in mud and in the rain or on the road. This updated version has been slimmed down and is lighter compared to the last generation.
This shoe is a little bit wider than version 4, the difference is I feel more snug, but I should emphasize not in a bad way. I think this is great because now I won’t feel like I am slipping all over the place when I am on the trail. The inside feels a little more plush and the tongue is still sewed on one side to keep the muck out. This is one of the few altra shoes that fit true to size, so I would recommend going with your usual size. The Superior is $110 and is a great option for a running shoe that you can use when you need it as it is not just limited to trails.
- Weight: 8.4 oz (M) 7.3 (W)
- Stack Height: 19 mm (Heel), 19 mm (Forefoot)
- Available Widths: D=Medium (M) B=Medium (W)
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This felt great to put on, it looks like a big clunky shoe but you can feel yourself sinking in really noticeable compared to other shoes I have tried on recently.
The Olympus is a nice wide trail shoe with a big instep, but it is wide through the base. The sizing felt good on it too.
New changes for this model, the upper is completely revamped, it is now stretchy and breathable compared to the last version also with a little bit more flexibility. In my opinion, this is a great all day shoe. Even though it looks clunky the Olympus will probably be my ultra-marathon shoe once races start back up again. This would be the shoe I would bring if I only had one option on backpacking, running trip -it really is great at everything.
- Stack height: 33mm
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Altra Olympus 4.0 Blue ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Posted by Ajay on Jan 8th 2021
Received this shoe 2 days ago and so far I am really liking this version of the Olympus. I owned the original Olympus and ended up returning it because it was just, well, huge! This shoe seems much more nimble and the midfoot foam seems spot on in response and cushioning. I have so far walked around in these in the house and been on 1 trail run in packed snow on trail and the shoe was great in both cushion and traction. I am impressed with the stack hight that the shoe still feels pretty nimble and planted never felt wobbly or like I was going to roll and ankle. Sizing was great. I wear a size 13 and the length is exactly what I would expect with about a thumb width of length left at the toe and of course the toe box is superbly roomy! A final note is that I wanted the Black and White color way but Blue was available and I honestly am pleasantly surprised the blue looks good. These are not lifestyle shoes but they do look pretty good with a pair of jeans.
Simply the BEST hiking shoes I ever owned ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Posted by Patrick Z on Sep 8th 2020
Simply the BEST hiking shoes I ever owned. Did 22 miles as my 1st hike with these shoes and they did fantastic. Great balance, cushion, light, and my toes had plenty of room to move around. Great hiking shoes
Durable tank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Posted by Mike H on Sep 2nd 2020
Solid shoes with plenty of room for your toes and cushioned well….these may last for years but I rotate my shoes.
Olympus 4.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Posted by Unknown on Aug 28th 2020
As a triathlete and runner for 20 years, these are THE best running shoes i have ever worn. The reviews are truly accurate. Well worth the wait and true to all the hype.
Posted by Elliott on Aug 21st 2020
I was skeptical about the amount of cushion coming from my trusty king mt2 but I have been blown away. I’ve got about 15 miles on them now and they required zero break in and have felt phenomenal. I have super wide feet through the mid foot and some altras have been getting narrow. These fit perfectly. I’ll probably be getting another pair to add to the rotation. Thanks Runmoore!
RUNMOORE/Olympus 4.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Posted by Thomas Moran on Jul 24th 2020
RUNMOORE is now my go to Run Store. RUNMOORE provided a Coupon Code that just blew my mind. It was so good I could not believe it so I tested it by increasing my quantity to “2” pair of running shoes. Still didn’t believe it till the sale went “CONFIRMED”. So I get two pair of the best trail shoes for cheaper than last years model discount price. WOW. Now the shoes. I have run in every version of the Olympus since day one. I am a 66 year old ultra runner who trains 50 miles a week on rocky root strewn single track. Three times a year I run off trail wilderness runs of 40-50 miles over 12-15 hours depending on terrain and elevation. My feet are old and with age all the natural fat and tissue that cushions your feet is long gone. I ditched my Olympus 3.5 after only 150 miles because the quality had slipped so bad that I no longer felt safe when running technical trail. The Olympus 4.0 carries the highest price ever for the model so that plus the failure of the Olympus 3.5 scared the heck out of me. But have no fear. The Olympus 4.0 is simply the best trail running shoe my feet have ever experienced. After just 150 miles I’m fearless on the downhills again and my legs feel good after a hard 20 mile training run today. All aspects of the shoe, uppers, tongue, laces, sole, heel counter, insoles, gaiter trap, overall comfort and the vibram sole’s flex grip and wear resistance has been outstanding. I am in the process of rearranging my budget so I can begin stockpiling these shoes. It will be a long time before a better shoe hits the market.
Posted by SeeJakeRun on Jul 15th 2020
Wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve never really run in maximalist cushioned trail shoes, but I couldn’t be happier with these bad boys. I’ve only got about 20 miles on them so far, but I’ve been absolutely loving them. The cushion is soft enough that it really eats up the sharp stuff but stiff enough to not feel like your running in mud (unless you are). I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome these felt. I rotate these with my Altra Superior to make sure I don’t bang up my joints too much, but yea…these are awesome! So far I haven’t found anything I don’t like about em!
Altra Olympus 4.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Posted by Barth D on Jul 9th 2020
I have about 25 miles on them. Wide toe box, love the vibram sole, the heel platform is wide and very stable on uneven ground. They also feel like walking on clouds, love my purchase.