DiscontinuedUpdate: Altra HIIT XT 2
Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes
Good to know
Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.
WeightMen: 11.2ozWomen: 8.1oz
Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard, Wide
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87 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
If you are looking for a high-performing training shoe that only costs $100, then definitely check out the HIIT XTs.
In all reality, the Altra HIIT XT are one of my favorite training shoes.
Overall, I’d say that the Altra HIIT XT is a strong contender among the crew of top fitness and training shoes out there. What sets them a bit apart is their natural FootShape toe box and their traditional Zero Drop platform.
The Altra HIIT XT is a classic gym-oriented shoe that’s just like CrossFitters: faster than a lifter, stronger than a runner.
Updates to Altra HIIT XT
- The Altra HIIT XT is the brand’s first shoe designed specifically for cross-training. Altra is well-known among the running community for its production of the ZeroDrop platform. The HIIT XT also employs this feature to promote the natural positioning of the foot.
- The PowerSole provides a stable platform for lateral movement and weightlifting. The wraparound gum rubber outsole delivers grip and traction and ensures protection during rope climbs.
- This training shoe also utilizes Altra’s proprietary FootShape construction. It allows some extra space in the toe box for the toes to splay comfortably without being constricted.
Altra HIIT XT size and fit
The Altra HIIT XT comes in both men’s and women’s sizes. The available widths are D – Medium for men and in B – Medium for women. The shoe employs the brand’s proprietary FootShape construction that has a wide toe box for a natural toe splay. However, the shoe tends to run smaller and fit narrower than the brand's running models. Altra makes an attempt to provide a more comfortable fit in the next iteration of the shoe, the HIIT XT 1.5.
The HIIT XT utilizes a wraparound gum rubber outsole, which extends to the lateral and medial sides of the upper. It provides support during lateral movements, as well as protection against abrasion during rope climbs.
A sticky rubber compound delivers grip and traction on various surfaces. Rubber is also a durable material that makes the shoe’s underfoot area last longer.
The EVA PowerSole platform in the Altra HIIT XT works together with the wraparound outsole to enhance lateral support and steadiness of the foot. It also employs the A-Bound for shock absorption and energy return.
Cushioning is provided by the 5 mm sculpted footbed. It can be removed if the wearer prefers a less cushioned and more grounded underfoot feel. In this case, the stack height goes down from 24 mm to 18 mm.
The shoe features Altra’s renowned ZeroDrop construction, which means that there is no “drop” or difference in the elevation of the sole unit. Thus, the foot remains in flat disposition, which promotes its natural movement.
The upper unit of the Altra HIIT XT makes use of the combination of air mesh and synthetic overlays to offer a snug and breathable fit. The air mesh also makes sure that the shoe stays dry by wicking off any moisture. The toe box and the heel counter are reinforced with a thicker synthetic material for additional support.
The collar and the tongue make use of thick padding to deliver some cushioning to the uppermost areas of the foot. They also prevent the wobbling of the foot during the exercise.
The additional eyelets near the ankle allow a lockdown fit by causing the laces to pull on the back portion of the shoe’s façade.