|Too small|| ||30|
|Somewhat small|| ||103|
|True to size|| ||355|
|Somewhat large|| ||12|
|Too large|| ||3|
|Brand Size||UK Size||Europe||Heel to toe|
- 100% Quick Dry Air Mesh
- Rubber sole
- Ideal uses include trail running, hiking, backpacking, off road racing
- Ethylene vinyl acetate, A-Bound Blend with InnerFlex
- TrailClaw sticky rubber outsole
- 5 millimeter contour footbed, removable StoneGuard insole
- GaiterTrap technology
Why mess with perfection last year's award-winning favorite is back with the same look and feel as its predecessor, but with new color options. The footshape toe box lets your toes relax and spread out in uphill and downhill trail conditions while the fully cushioned zero drop platform helps you maintain proper form across long distances. Trailclaw outsole technology features canted lugs beneath your metatarsals for ultimate gripping in gnarly terrain. A removable stoneguard rock protection plate protects your feet from sharp rocks and is removable for use on less demanding terrain.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14 x 9 x 6 inches; 3 Pounds
- Item model number : SUPERIOR 2-M
- Department : mens
- Date First Available : August 11, 2015
- Manufacturer : Altra Running
- ASIN : B013LKNDA4
- Customer Reviews:
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
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I've used icebug, the arch section of the sole on ice bug shoes suck. they slide on everything! and they do not help at all when climbing a rope. however, the solid center form of that sole (if they fit your feet) allow you to move downhill at a higher rate of speed. Their traction is the best, except for that center b.s. part. inov - 8 and solomon in my opinion have the best overall rubber soles. inov-8 has a wider toebox and a minimal lift. but this altra shoe? nothing is like altra when it comes to the toe box nor the flat design / zero lift. this effect reduces the strain and pain on joints such as knee and back pain. for some, this alone will be the reason to go with altra.
The upper on these shoes is a fine material that is subject to wear. however, the fabric is exceptional. sand, mud, and all the gritty mess that other shoes allow to pass through into the shoe.... this one keeps it all out. the fabric is so lightweight and thin that water can exit the shoe unlike inov-8 and icebug where the water is retained and can not pass through the walls of the shoe once it gets in.
these altra shoes are also the lightest weight of the superior line and they have a rock plate! the rockplate keeps you from easily recognizing and feeling the tread / rocks you will obviously encounter in OCR. this is also something that these shoes dominate in. icebug is the worst next to the toe shoes you might consider using. foot pain will slow you down. solomon are exceptionally comfortable, and the rubber sole is amazing, but they feel a bit heavy, don't have a wide toe box, they have a high lift that will cause joint pain, and they don't have a way to keep crap out of the shoe. they are incredible with speed and grip, lacing is awesome, but it isn't a shoe that I could recommend if you want to keep your joints healthy for the long haul.
My feet are probably a 2E width, and I had to go up to a size that leaves a little over a thumb-width in the toebox. Just to give you an idea on how wide these run. The extra length hasn't been a problem yet, as the shoe has a nice comfortable grip on my instep.
First thing I noticed about these shoes is the sole thickness. Unlike other zero-drop shoes, instead of removing heel material to achieve the zero-drop, they added material to the rest of the sole to even out the angle. So imagine a sneaker with heel thickness on the whole shoe. It's not altogether unpleasant, just not what I expected considering this was advertised as their least-padded trail shoe. I get over an inch of lift with these, so I can't imagine how thick the others must be. Also, with shoes this thick, I can't imagine ever needing to use the included rock plates (granted, I haven't tested these out on rocky trails yet).
In contrast to the sole, the upper is very thin and offers little environmental protection. Be aware of this if you're planning on walking around in the cold in these.
There's a giant tab protruding from the back of the sole that catches on the steps when I go down stairs. No idea what it's supposed to be for, but I'm not a fan of it.
The thick lugs on the soles make for a weird walking experience at first. It's hard to explain--it kind of feels like your shoes are slippery. Not really a complaint, just an observation.