Update: Altra Duo 1.5
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.9oz | Women: 5.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Release date: Mar 2018
Brand: Altra
Type: Low drop | Zero drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Blue, Orange, Red, Black, Grey
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92 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    It's a fun shoe. I've had a lot of joy running in it.

  • 90 / 100 | Run Moore | | Level 4 expert

    Great shoe for you to come in and try.

  • 99 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    My only complaint is the low relatively unstructured heel collar leading to less than ideal heel hold. A bit more height, structure, and collar padding would perfect the Duo for me.

  • 99 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    It is light and responsive enough that one could conceivably use it for the bulk of their runs as a daily trainer, save for the really fast stuff. I think the main upsell for this shoe vs others would be the roomy fit and the amazing breathability of the upper.

  • 90 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 3 expert

    Having never really tried Altra, with my somewhat limited experience, I'm convinced and this is a great shoe to add to your line of trainers for everyday runs, maybe excluding fast days.

  • 89 / 100 | Motiv Running | | Level 3 expert

    What makes this shoe special is that it has a cushion-to-weight ratio that can’t be beat. There’s a whopping 31mm of cushioning and outsole under the foot, yet the shoe is still super light.

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  • The Altra Duo brings together a balance of maximum-level cushioning and lightweight wear in a zero-drop silhouette. With such a combination, the shoe promises an enhanced speed and a prolonged running power while enabling natural motion. It is ideal for road racing and up-tempo runs.
  • A thin mesh presents itself as the upper of the Duo. It wraps the foot comfortably and enables optimal breathability for a well-ventilated run. There are thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) overlays that support the mesh for a secure fit and maintain the shoe’s structural integrity.
  • The midsole uses Max-LT, Altra’s special foam compound that offers an exceptional level of cushioning and energy return. It has an anatomical layout to promote comfort and correct foot movement. Meanwhile, the outsole has a decoupled design, giving the shoe a flexible quality and letting it adjust according to the foot’s motions.

The Altra Duo runs big; runners are recommended to go a half-size down their usual wear. The forefoot has a unique feature that allows the shoe to cater to any foot volume. Meanwhile, the midfoot and rearfoot areas are snug to provide security. The Altra Duo is available in regular width for both the men’s and women’s versions.

The blown rubber outsole of this road shoe focuses on the high-wear areas. The forefoot and heel have twice as much rubber to make them durable, but not at the expense of weight.

It also features a decoupled design, which means that underfoot flexibility is enhanced. This is because the shock is distributed evenly, in contrast to the conventional one-piece outsole where impact tends to concentrate on only one area.

The Max-LT is a new midsole compound from Altra that is present in the Duo. Made from injection-molded foam, the Max-LT creates an extensive underfoot cushioning, but not at the expense of weight – a feature that will appeal to marathon runners and long-distance trainers.

With a zero-drop structure, the platform of the Altra Duo places the heel and forefoot on the same height, permitting a natural position and alignment that results in a low-impact landing.

The Inner Flex technology is also present, which means there are flex grooves across the length of the shoe. The grooves equip the foot with enhanced functionality while also encouraging a natural stride.

The upper of the Altra Duo consists of a reinforced mesh that is razor-thin. The thinness of the material makes the shoe twice as much breathable compared to regular mesh uppers, as it ensures excellent airflow even during hot and humid conditions. However, while it may look flimsy, it is durable enough to handle the runner’s fastest pace.

A Dri-Lex® fabric liner wraps the inside of the upper, giving a sensation that is almost like a second skin. Aside from supplying comfort, it also keeps the foot dry as its unique fibers wick away moisture.

Few thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) overlays surround the upper, keeping the layout simple while still delivering the necessary support especially at the midfoot. The minimal design maintains the breathability of the mesh upper, as there are fewer restrictions on it.

The toe box of the Duo, same as the Olympus 3.0, is Altra’s proprietary design, called the FootShape™. Its structure lets the toes spread out naturally, yielding stability and balance. Because the foot now has an increased capability of remaining steady, running power is improved.

The shoe’s heel collar has a deepened structure, allowing the Achilles to fit precisely and snugly, thus ensuring a locked-down feel.