Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Fell running
Weight: Men: 8.7oz | Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Fit: Wide toe box, Medium heel, Medium forefoot
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Mesh upper, Rubber sole, Vibram sole
Features: Sockless wear | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Technology: Vibram
Heel height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: May 2019
Brand: Altra
Type: Low drop | Zero drop
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Black, Blue
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  • The Altra King MT 2 is a trail running shoe that’s constructed for those who welcome a lightweight yet aggressive partner for various types of topography. This upgrade to a relatively fresh series from the company that popularizes the zero-drop platform is meant to offer a heightened grip and improvement to the overall durability.
  • The facade and platform stay true to the uncluttered designs of the series’ progenitors. A hand-tailored upper with isolated eyestays for a form-fitting and non-irritating fit graces this model. Also, the near-to-the-ground midsole is shielded by a thermoplastic polyurethane base called StoneGuard™ and a lug-laden rubber exterior.

The Altra King MT 2 was designed using the standard measurements for length. Runners are welcome to get a pair using their typical choices of size. However, if one desires the most accommodating in-shoe experience, then testing the shoe first or observing user feedback from various sources are necessary tasks.

When it comes to the fit, the elements that affect the security and relative snugness are the form-fitting upper, the foot-shaped construction of the silhouette, the roomy toe-box and the padded collar-and-tongue. Altra, as a brand, takes pride in giving an in-shoe feel that is similar to merely running barefoot.

The outsole unit of the Altra King MT 2 is made of Vibram® MegaGrip™ Litebase™, a rubber layer that is designed to protect against wear-and-tear. It covers the whole of the midsole’s base, ensuring that it is shielded from the abrasive nature of the trails.

The 6-millimeter gripping lugs that pockmark the external pad are 40% thinner than the ones found under the soles of the previous iterations. Such a design aims to heighten the clamping capacity of each traction node while also reducing the overall weight of the product.

Altra EGO™ is a midsole technology that is designed to provide full-bodied cushioning without any unnecessary thickness. This piece runs the entire Altra King MT 2, supporting the foot and keeping it safe from impact shock. It also has the goal of energizing the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.

StoneGuard™ is a layer of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that rests below the EGO™ midsole. The purpose of this technology is to prevent sharp debris or surfaces from poking against the sole unit and causing discomfort to the underfoot. StoneGuard® is a staple in many Altra running shoes, even gracing flagship rosters like the Lone Peak.

A 6-millimeter contour footbed is placed on top of the main cushioning system. This add-on offers some more oomph to the support given to the foot. It has curved sections that follow the natural crevices of the foot-pad.

The upper unit of the Altra King MT 2 is made of hand-tailored mesh. This material is a lightweight and breathable layer that accommodates the foot-shaped last of this product. It has a close-weave design to prevent stones and other outdoor debris from infiltrating the foot-chamber and causing a ruckus from within.

Printed overlays cover the front, the sides, and the back. These elements are designed to bolster the upright position of the facade while also helping the traditional lacing system when it comes to delivering a secure fit.

Flat laces snake through pronged eyestays on the instep. These features help the runner when it comes to tightening or loosening the wrap.

A midfoot strap is meant to improve the feeling of being locked inside the shoe and being confident about wobble-prevention. A Velcro peel-and-lock scheme adjusts the firmness of the hold.