- 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
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FootShape Toe Box
Traditional running shoes feature pointy toe boxes that squeeze the toes out of their natural position- increasing risk of bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis. Altra's FootShape toe box allows the toes to relax and spread out naturally and the big toe to remain in a straight position. This reduces over-pronation, enhances stability, and assists with a powerful toe-off to maximize running performance.
Zero Drop Platform
Elevated heels in running shoes promote poor form by encouraging high-impact overstriding. Every Altra shoe features a Zero Drop platform that places the heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground. This aligns the foot, back and body and encourages low-impact landing.
TrailClaw and Removable Stone Guard
Conquer the gnarly terrain with our TrailClaw outsole technology. Our trail shoes feature canted lugs positioned beneath the metatarsals to provide traction where your foot needs it most. Each lug is strategically placed to ensure fast uphill climbs, stable descents, and superior traction across muddy terrain. The removable stone guard is optional and sits beneath the insole, deflecting rocks for a smooth, stable ride.
About The Superior 2.0
Claw your way to the top with the all-new Superior. The Superior 2.0 updates our versatile, lightweight trail running shoe with more grip and less weight. 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 the gnarliest of terrain. A removable StoneGuard rock protection plate protects your feet from sharp rocks and can be removed when being used on less demanding terrain. InnerFlex midsole technology gives your foot that extra degree of responsiveness across unpredictable terrain. Improve your rocky relationship with the new Superior 2.0.
Trail running, hiking, backpacking, off road racing
- Stack height- 21 millimeters
- Weight- 8.7 ounces
- Upper- Quick-Dry Air Mesh
- Midsole- EVA/A-Bound Blend
- Outsole- TrailClaw Sticky Rubber Outsole
- Other features- Removable StoneGuard Outsole, 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 : 15 x 10 x 6 inches; 12 Ounces
- Item model number : SUPERIOR 2-M
- Department : Mens
- Date First Available : December 15, 2015
- Manufacturer : Altra Running
- ASIN : B013LKNQ0G
- Customer Reviews:
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As for running, I like them for trail running and mountain-biking, but they are NOT for road running. These shoe are specially designed for trails.
They are very comfortable to wear, the toe-box is wide allowing your toes to splay out. The laces lock your feet down without constricting blood flow. Tread grips all but wet slippery rock without a problem.
THERE IS LITTLE TO NO ARCH SUPPORT! These shoes are designed for people who have trained their feet to hold an arch without support. Minimalist and barefoot runners will not have a problem adjusting to these shoes as long as they use caution and ease into a normal routine. Beginners who are not used to these types of shoe should start very slowly and step up gradually, since they will be using previously underdeveloped muscle groups. Do your research to avoid injury!
Excellent for running on trails and also road. Good ventilation but a little waterproof so they resist a little moisture.
1) My complaint is that Altra's running shoes have a higher stack height than these. If Altra lowered the stack height of their running shoes, I'd buy them as well.
2) Wish they were a little stiffer for cushioning.
The shoe also grips well and is very durable. I've done everything in these from 10 mile trial runs to 20 mile hikes and overnight backpacking with 50 pound loads.
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.
The size I initially ordered was a bit short and my toe kept hitting the front. There's a bunch on imp. info on the inside of the box (see attached pic) that I found very useful. Will post an update after I exchange this with a pair that's one size up.
I'll try it without the removable rock shield and possibly without the normal insert and let you know if that feels any different. Also, I usually wear an 11.5 E in New Balance and needed to go up to a 12 in the Altra for the right fit. Since Altra defaults to a wider toe box, extra wide sizing is not an issue.
Update on running without the rock shield: It was still too cushioned for my tastes. I ended up sending to a friend since he is a fan of the Altra line and not bothered by the cushioned feel. I just discovered that Altra has a racing shoe with less cushioning (15 mm vs 21 mm) which I'll try soon. Hope that is the answer!