DiscontinuedUpdate: Altra King MT 1.5
Neutral / cushion / high arch
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WeightMen: 10.2ozWomen: 8.4oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateFeb 2017
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81 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
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...
King MTs, go get a set. You won't regret it. I'm loving this thing.
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.
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.
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 midsole of this trail 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.
The Vibram® Megagrip is the material that’s used in the Altra King MT’s outsole unit. It is also present in the King MT 1.5. 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.
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.
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.