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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • One tester narrated that he did not need to break the shoe in.
  • The upper of the Altra Olympus 2.5 felt more structured and supportive, one user stated.
  • Some consumers felt that the toe box had enough wiggle room.
  • A few runners commended the grip the shoe provided on dry terrain.
  • A number of users mentioned that the shoe felt like it had the right amount of cushioning.
  • The majority of people gravitated toward the Olympus 2.5 because they had foot problems like arthritis or plantar fasciitis. These problems did not become a hindrance when they ran with the shoe.

7 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of users narrated that the upper of Altra’s Olympus 2.5 gave in to tear after running in the shoe for only 90 miles.
  • There were runners who felt that the shoe’s stack height was very low and that they felt too close to the ground.
  • One user observed the inside trim on the ankle part of the shoe falling apart.
  • Many testers mentioned that the shoelaces were too short.
  • Several runners observed that the shoe felt too small. This caused them to recommend going a half size up when purchasing the shoe.
  • Chunky and bulky-looking were common adjectives used in some runners’ reviews.
  • One user explained that the heel cuff of the shoe felt too restrictive. The perceived harshness caused some bruising and pain with each step.

Bottom line

The Olympus 2.5 from Altra is a neutral trail running shoe that offers a redesigned upper, a sticky and durable outsole, and maximum cushioning that offers people a comfortable, protected and stable ride when tackling the trails.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 11 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
9%
1 star
9%

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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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89 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Wade Haskell • Wade Haskell • Level 1 expert

    The 2.5 I would say is, overall, a definite improvement.

  • 90 / 100 by Trail and Ultra Running • Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    This latest edition Olympus is our all-around favorite, most versatile, most comfortable, zero-drop, max cushion shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Spotter Up • Clayton Pollack • Level 1 expert

    The Altra Olympus 2.5 is a shoe that, for me, changed the experience of long distance trail running.

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Updates to Altra Olympus 2.5

  • The Olympus 2.5 by Altra features a few minor updates. The most obvious one was made to its upper. Compared to its predecessor, the upper of the Olympus 2.5 is more reinforced, with a different mesh material that offers better durability. This type of mesh material doesn’t expand as much compared to the mesh material on the previous version of this shoe.
  • The overall style has also been revamped to give the shoe a more contemporary feel in terms of design. There is still the expression of colors found on the overlays and on the midsole. However, the color accents have been slightly muted, so the design of the shoe feels more cohesive.
  • Lastly, Altra found it necessary to slightly lower the cushioning of the shoe from the maximum—which is the highest cushioning offered by Altra—to the high cushioning variant. This level of cushioning still does the job in protecting the foot and when running on the trail.

Altra Olympus 2.5 size and fit

The Olympus 2.5 comes in standard shoe sizes. Runners will be able to enjoy the shoe in their regular size preferences. Despite this, some retailers suggest purchasing half-a-size larger than usual to get the best fit.

In terms of width, runners will be able to get the shoe in standard width measurements. Males can avail of the shoe in D – Medium width, while females can get the shoe in B – Medium width.

Outsole

The Altra Olympus 2.5 retains its durable lugged Vibram MegaGrip Outsole. This robust component is suitable for trail running and other outdoor activities that need a shoe that offers reliable traction on both dry and wet terrain. Durability is also a key feature of the outsole, as it is made up of a high-performance rubber compound.

The shape of the outsole is more foot-like. The tread pattern found on the upper portion of the outsole mimics the shape of the toes, while the lower portion’s tread pattern gives way to proper foot mechanics and natural movement.

Midsole

The midsole is made up of a special blend of materials – first is the A-Bound technology and next is the dual-layer EVA. The environmentally friendly A-Bound was developed by recycling various materials, making the compound more resilient to wear and tear. This gives enough protection to the underfoot of the shoe. On the other hand, the dual EVA layer adds more cushioning to the shoe to deliver comfort and a more efficient ride to runners.

The midsole follows the natural foot-shaped scheme of the platform, enhancing the runner’s experience with every stride. This type of design works together with the rest of the elements of the shoe to enhance comfort and movement.

Upper

The upper sports an abrasion-resistant mesh with minimal seams. Despite the upper material being anti-wear and tear, it still maintains its breathability, allowing air to pass through the tiny holes in the mesh. This reduces hot spots and makes the inside of the shoe cooler during runs.

Various overlays found on the lateral sides of the shoe, the toe tip, and the heel help retain the shoe’s shape, giving the shoe some lightweight support and protection. The overlay on the toe tip protects this part of the shoe from tearing as this is one area which is prone to abrasion when running on the trail.

Altra made sure the trail running gaiters incorporate seamlessly into the shoe’s system. To make this happen, the 4-Point Gaiter Trap Technology was introduced. This design is basically a set of add-ons – the Velcro strap on the heel, the loop at the base of the lacing system, and the two laces that show up on the collar portion of the shoe. They allow trail running gaiters to be securely fastened.