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  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 11oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 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 height
    Heel height
    Men: 36mm
    Women: 36mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 36mm
    Women: 36mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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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.

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

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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.