Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$140
Weight
Men: 10.2oz
Women: 8.4oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Altra King MT was able to provide a comfortable and relaxed feeling while traversing the trails, a runner commented.
  • The outsole gripped the terrain surely and easily, many testers observed.
  • Consumers were happy that stones and other trail-debris didn’t get lodged between the outsole lugs.
  • A majority of purchasers wrote that this running shoe was able to easily shed off the mud from the upper and the outsole.
  • The protective features that are present—such as the Stone Guard—gained positive feedback for being very useful against debris and other aggressive surfaces.
  • There were good remarks about the Foot Lock Midfoot Strap, because it apparently secured the mid-foot without causing any hot spots.
  • The King MT felt light, according to some testers.
  • Runners generally didn’t experience any blistering while using this running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The heel felt a bit sloppy, a consumer reported; according to her, it didn’t prevent any accidental shoe removals.
  • A few runners complained of mud accumulation between the outsole lugs.
  • One of the purchasers noted that the mid-foot strap was too long that it caused the shoe to look a bit strange.

Bottom line

Many neutral runners were able to enjoy the Altra King MT and its functionality on the trails. They welcomed its trail-optimized outsole and its protective components. They were also generally happy with its performance. And though there were a number of concerns with the way that it was constructed, it still satisfied most of those who have tried it.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 16 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
19%
3 star
6%
2 star
13%
1 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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81 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 60 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    If you're looking for an OCR shoe, this could be your godsend. I don't know, but for me it's not one I'm going to grab out of my arsenal...

  • 85 / 100 by Madrunner • Jeff • Level 1 expert

    King MTs, go get a set. You won't regret it. I'm loving this thing.

  • 93 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    Honestly, I am floored with how much I enjoy running in this shoe. With the King MT’s on my feet, I am able to run any trail I choose, regardless of the conditions, with complete confidence. When it comes to adventure, I really enjoy being able to roll with the punches, and these shoes allow me to do just that.

  • 82 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 3 expert

    The Altra King MT has the most supportive upper of any Altra with TPU overlays, durable polyester Ripstop fabric and a Foot Lock Strap (that doubles as a lace keeper!) to lock your foot into the shoe on steep ascents and descents.

  • 90 / 100 by Trail And Ultra Running • Craig Lloyd • Level 2 expert

    Testers overwhelming felt this is one of Altra’s finest shoes. If there is one thing it lacks, it’s cushion. Beyond that, all of the testers were extremely pleased with the results and would highly recommend this shoe to anyone interested in OCR, big mountain runs, or for those who just have to run in soft or crappy conditions often.

  • 90 / 100 by The Adventure Blog • Kraig Becker • Level 2 expert

    In terms of comfort, fit, traction, and design, the King MT delivers on all levels. And priced at $140, they're quite a bargain compared to some other trail running shoes on the market. If you need a lightweight option for your spring running, this is a shoe to have on your radar for sure.

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Updates to Altra King MT

  • Rough and rocky terrains are the specialty of the Altra King MT. This neutral shoe has been designed to perform well on surfaces that are irregular. Basically, the components that are present in this model are optimized to withstand contact with debris and potentially abrasive surfaces.
  • The mid-sole of this running shoe features a durable foam material that’s meant to withstand shock and contact with the uneven ground. It’s also responsive and springy. A layer of TPU is added inside the platform to act as a shield against the ground and debris.
  • An aggressive outsole is present in the Altra King MT. It protects the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. It also delivers multi-surface traction. Gripping lugs act as hooks that hold onto any terrain. Such a design makes it easier for runners to handle upward and downward traversals.

Altra King MT size and fit

The Altra brand has used standard measurements in the making of the King MT. Runners can get the size that they’re comfortable with. The available width for the men and women’s versions is medium. The Natural Foot Design of this shoe follows the actual shape of the human foot, thus providing a more ergonomic fit.


Outsole

The Vibram® Megagrip is the material that’s used in the Altra King MT’s outsole unit. It’s durable, so it’s able to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. It also delivers traction.

Heightened traction is the responsibility of the aggressive gripping lugs that are all over the face of the outsole. These multidirectional lumps hold onto the surfaces like clamps. They especially make traversing slopes and rough terrains much easier.


Midsole

The Altra Ego is a full-length foam unit that’s designed to cushion the foot responsibly while also delivering a springy ride. It’s durable, so it’s able to withstand the impact forces and the uneven surfaces of the trails.

The Stone Guard is a TPU layer that serves as a shield against rocks and other debris. It has grooves, so it’s flexible and obedient to the natural movements of the foot.

The typical shape of the human foot is mimicked by the Altra King MT, thanks to the Natural Foot Design. Even the platform has a zero drop, which further encourages the aim of delivering natural foot performance.

A 4mm Contour Foodbed provides additional cushioning to the foot. The curved design of this add-on delivers some comfort to the curves of the underfoot.


Upper

The main fabric of the upper unit is the Polyester Ripstop. It’s a durable material that aims to shield the foot from any debris on the trail.

TPU Overlays provide more structure to the upper unit. They are linked to the lacing system, so whenever the laces are tightened or loosened, they follow suit, thus giving a customizable fit.

The forefoot section of the Altra King MT has a stitched-on overlay. It serves as an additional protective measure against rocks and rough surfaces.

A Foot Lock Midfoot Strap is placed on top of the upper unit, right above the lacing system. It further adjusts the fit according to the preference of the wearer. A tighter fit means a more secure lockdown, while a looser fit means more space for the foot to relax and move naturally.