Who should buy the Olympus 3.0

The Altra Olympus 3.0 is built to handle long miles and daily excursions while also targeting improvements on natural foot positioning and toe splay. This running shoe is ideal for you if:

  • You want a trail running shoe that can adequately support neutral pronation or supination
  • You prefer a cushioned trail shoe that is built for long-distance runs and off-trail activities

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Updates to the Olympus 3.0

  • An updated upper makes the shoe more breathable and durable than the previous version
  • The sole unit also gets an innovative design, as both midsole and outsole now have increased flexibility, thanks to a lower stack height, added flex grooves, and deeper guide rails
  • The stability is also improved as the Olympus 3.0 has a broader heel compared to its predecessor

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Unparalleled traction with Vibram

The outsole of the Altra Olympus 3.0 is a Vibram MegaGrip compound, which is a sticky rubber that supplies an unparalleled grip on both wet and dry surfaces. The Vibram MegaGrip is also well-known for its rugged longevity and optimal ground adaptability. These qualities permit the shoe to grip efficiently on the trail.

Altra Olympus 3.0 vibram

A unique tread pattern could be seen in the outsole. Called the Natural Ride System (NRS), it features the upper portion as an outline in the shape of the toes, while the lower part follows the curvature of the foot. This anatomical figure helps in maintaining proper foot mechanics and encouraging natural movement.

Altra Olympus 3.0 NRS

Resilient cushioning and underfoot protection

Like the previous version, the Olympus 3.0 uses the brand’s proprietary A-Bound midsole. This material is a dual-layer ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) created from recycled articles, resulting in a resilient compound that is highly resistant to tearing and other types of damages. Because of this durability, the shoe is able to bring sufficient underfoot protection.

Altra Olympus 3.0 a-bound

Consistent with the Altra design is the zero-drop platform, which means the heel and forefoot have the same distance from the ground. This structure promotes a natural alignment and a low-impact landing.

Altra Olympus 3.0 zero-drop

The InnerFlex is a set of lightweight, grid-like flex grooves in the midsole that allows the foot to bend and move more efficiently, which results in a quicker pace and a better performance.

Durable and flexible coverage especially for trails

The upper of the Altra Olympus 3.0 is created using a quick-dry, trail-specific mesh. This unique material has enhanced durability and flexibility compared to the preceding iterations, with the aim of giving a more comfortable ride and a more natural movement.

Altra Olympus 3.0 mesh

At the lateral side of the shoe are stitched overlays that maintain the structural integrity and framework of the Olympus 3.0. These overlays also act as a support system by ensuring a secure fit. Aside from these, they also protect specific areas of the foot against possible injuries while running on the trail.

Altra Olympus 3.0 overlays

The shoe retains the 4-Point Gaiter Trap feature, which is an innovative hook-and-loop installation and is beneficial if the wearer prefers to use a gaiter. The 4-Point Gaiter Trap ensures the gaiter is seamlessly incorporated with the rest of the shoe, so that dirt and debris are effectively kept out.

Altra Olympus 3.0 gaiter

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10oz / Women 8.9oz
Drop: 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Altra Olympus 5
Forefoot height: 33mm
Heel height: 33mm

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