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

5 reasons to buy

  • The Olympus 2.0 is lighter than the previous version.
  • Most runners noted that the traction, comfort and stability of this shoe were greatly improved.
  • It features a gaiter trap, which effectively shields the foot from debris.
  • Some runners were impressed by the shoe’s lugged Vibram outsole, which offered extreme durability and efficient traction.
  • The Altra Olympus 2.0 features the Natural Ride System for a more natural foot motion.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The 2nd version of the Olympus comes at an expensive price.
  • Some runners experienced heel slippage due to the lack of additional heel support mechanisms.
  • Others noticed that the upper unit broke off from the unit easily after a few months’ use.

Bottom line

The Altra Olympus 2.0 is a lightweight trail running shoe that offers plenty of cushioning and exceptional grip on the trails. With this shoe, runners can keep the feet stable and relaxed even on uphill climbs and downhill plunges. This shoe is best for hiking, trail running and trail racing.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 200 ratings

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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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84 / 100 based on 23 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by RunRepeat • Ivan Rojnica • Level 3 expert

    Olympus are definitely unusual and interesting shoes. They really are great shoes for soft and moderate trails, also for very long runs. Comfort level is like none other shoes I have ever tried.

  • 75 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    The upper of the shoe has changed. It's not thinner. It's a bit lighte, more flexible.

  • 90 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    Great traction going up and downhill.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    The maximally cushioned Olympus is very stable and relatively light for the thickness of the midsole material under foot.

  • 79 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    More fell on the positive side, praising the foot-shaped fit, the ample cushioning, and the way the built-up sides of the midsole cupped and secured the foot.

  • 82 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    Well, with the Altra Olympus 2.0, the company looks to have solved that issue by adding toothier lugs (from an average of 2.5 mm deep to 4.5 mm) as well as Vibram Megagrip.

  • 96 / 100 by RunRepeat • Ivan Rojnica • Level 3 expert

  • 82 / 100 by Trail Runner Magazine • Paul Cuno-Booth • Level 3 expert

    Max-cushioned, comfortable and amply treaded, this shoe works for long runs and ultras with varied surfaces but nothing ankle-breakingly technical.

  • 91 / 100 by iRunFarMedia • Travis Liles • Level 2 expert

    This shoe definitely made it believable that it was possible to have a maximalist shoe that really has a good fit and that you can power through and not worry about stability and not feeling wobbly and all over the place. 

  • 85 / 100 by Indepedence Run & Hike • Sean • Level 2 expert

    If you’re in the market for a pair of maximally cushioned shoes that can hand technical trails, then try this guy out!

  • 83 / 100 by Sage to Summit • Jeff Kozak • Level 2 expert

    Take a look at the Olympus if you want a max cushion trail shoe with the roomiest of toeboxes and want to tackle anything from a single day push or a multiday fastpack of the Evolution Loop or simply want a plush, protective ride for your everyday trail and dirt road runs.

  • 80 / 100 by Run All The Trails • Ryan Delany • Level 2 expert

    All the other good things about the Olympus are still there, the zero drop, foot shaped toe box and gaiter trap but now the traction and weight issues have been addressed.

  • 78 / 100 by Feed the Habit • Jason Mitchell • Level 2 expert

    Most of the time, these ride with comfort and stability, but I seem to roll off obstacles and scree a little more than I’d like. 

  • 76 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Pete Stoughton • Level 2 expert

    On very technical terrain, one can feel a bit unstable if not used to the high stack.

  • 96 / 100 by 50 Campfires • Bill Miller • Level 1 expert

    This is an absolute case of function over form. Wear them a day and you’ll think they are the most beautiful things you ever put on your feet.

  • 95 / 100 by Marvin Gomez • Marvin Gomez • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is really good for trails. They have a lot of traction.

  • 90 / 100 by Jessica Morrison • Jessica Morrison • Level 1 expert

    The Altra Olympus 2.0 features max cushioning and a great Vibram sole for traction on the trails or on the road

  • 87 / 100 by Rock Creek Runner • Doug Hay • Level 1 expert

    The ride is super smooth, the cushioning gives just enough on rocks and roots, and the design improvements really lock in your foot.

  • 85 / 100 by iRunFarMedia • Travis Liles • Level 1 expert

    The 2.0 brings a more streamlined upper and, most importantly, an aggressive sticky outsole.

  • 85 / 100 by madrunner • madrunner • Level 1 expert

    What I love about this thing is toe box - super wide. It accommodates any wide foot.

  • 84 / 100 by Seven Hills • Michael Miller • Level 1 expert

    This is the shoe the Olympus was meant to be.

  • 75 / 100 by 30 Someting Mother Runner • Jessica Morrison • Level 1 expert

    I am still getting used to the extra cushioning, and I have caught myself a few times rolling my foot after landing on an uneven surface.

  • 74 / 100 by Gear Institute • Lou • Level 1 expert

    One would think that having a stack height of 36mm would give these shoes a tippy feeling, however, that is not the case.

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Updates to Altra Olympus 2.0

  • The Altra Olympus 2.0 comes with an impressive high performance outsole. It offers runners impressive grip both on dry and wet surfaces. The enhanced traction keeps runners upright even on uphill and downhill terrain without affecting the overall maximum-cushioned attributes.
  • The Olympus 2.0 is 34 grams lighter compared to its predecessor for a faster ride. The weight reduction is due to the enhanced outsole unit of the shoe.

Altra Olympus 2.0 size and fit

The same with the older version, the Olympus 2.0 has a standard shoe length. The forefoot and the heel areas are of wide measurements while the midfoot has a medium to high volume. Those who have tried the Altra Olympus 1.5 would experience the same fit with this version. The men’s sizes are from 7 to 15 while the women’s are from 5.5 to 12. Altra is offering the shoe under the standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.


Outsole

The Olympus 2.0 offers an enhanced grip on trails through the Vibram Megagrip Outsole. The high performance rubber compound offered unmatched grip on both wet and dry surfaces. This outsole technology is highly reliable, giving shoe longevity and maximum ground adaptability.


Midsole

The midsole unit features the A-Bound technology that gives runners a spring feel to each step. The environmentally friendly compound that sits underfoot offers efficient energy-return attributes and reduces ground impact while giving addition protection.

The shoe’s Dual Layer EVA offers a lightweight yet durable cushioning. It helps runners experience a comfortable ride and it absorbs ground impact from every strike.

The FootShape technology toe box or the natural foot design gives ultimate comfort while running. It followed the natural shape of the foot, allowing the toes to relax and spread naturally. It gives added stability especially on uphill climbs and downhill plunges.


Upper

The upper of the Altra Olympus 2.0 uses a Quick Dry Trail Mesh for maximum breathability. It is generally lightweight, has an abrasion-resistant attributes and keeps debris and water from your foot.

Complimenting well to the quick dry mesh is the gaiter trap that prevents debris from building up in the shoe’s upper. Its hook-and-loop tab secures gaiters to the shoe.

The Olympus 2.0 comes with a removable 5mm Contour Footbed. It is made of A-Bound material and has a flat design to strengthen runners' feet.