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 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

    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
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 8.9oz
  • 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
    Men: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    May 2018
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Summary

We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Altra Olympus 3.0 provided a pleasant ride, even after extended periods of wear, as attested by several users.
  • The midsole offered plenty of plush cushioning, according to a reviewer. Meanwhile, many others were contented with the arch support delivered by the Olympus 3.0.
  • One commenter wrote that the outsole was surprisingly flexible. Another user mentioned it had excellent grip on wet surfaces.
  • A number of wearers agreed that the upper was lightweight and comfortable. Meanwhile, others praised it for its quick-drying and breathable qualities.
  • A satisfied user claimed the Olympus 3.0 took away their plantar fasciitis.
  • Some runners admired the roomy toe box of the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The toe flap started to separate from the shoe just after the first wear, a buyer observed.
  • A wearer experienced the rearfoot of their left shoe squeaking, which made them uncomfortable.
  • The lacing eyelets have started to fray within only 200 miles of usage, said a reviewer.

Bottom line

With the shoe’s comfortable fit and above-average trail performance, the Altra Olympus 3.0 has obtained a winning spot to many consumers. The shoe’s useful features made it a worthy investment for its price tag, but others were not too keen, after their issues with durability. Overall, the Altra Olympus 3.0 was successful in proving itself to be an outstanding trail-running shoe.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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88 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    Alright, so for all the hemming and hawing I’ve done over this shoe, I’ve decided that they’ll be really good for some people, but just not for me. I will say that if you like the Timp but have issues with the fit (I found them very sloppy), the Olympus fits much better, and while the Olympus is more cushioned, I think they’re an all-around better choice, especially if you’re going to be on your feet for 12+ hours.

  • 86 / 100 | Blister Gear Review

    The Altra Olympus 3.0 is a maximalist trail shoe that does pretty much exactly what it’s supposed to. It mutes out rocks and roots, offers very good traction on most surfaces, and provides plenty of cushioning for long runs on rough trails. Unsurprisingly, it’s not the most stable shoe, and therefore wouldn’t be my top choice for really technical trails. But if you’re willing to give up some precision and stability in exchange for a very plush ride, the Olympus 3.0 is an excellent option.

  • First look / Unboxing | Stephen Little

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Updates to Altra Olympus 3.0

  • Now on its third version, the Altra Olympus features a restructure that delivers more stability, traction, and support no matter what kind of trail surface. This neutral running shoe is built to handle long miles and daily excursions while also targeting improvements on natural foot positioning and toe splay. The Olympus 3.0 prides itself on being a versatile shoe and claims its practicality for trail running and racing, hiking, and fastpacking.
  • An updated upper makes the shoe more breathable and durable than the previous version. It also features the addition of mountain graphics as visual elements.
  • 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.

Altra Olympus 3.0 size and fit

The Altra Olympus 3.0 runs smaller than the standard-length scheme of running shoes; runners are recommended to purchase a half-size higher than their usual measurement. However, the width profiling of the shoe is more accommodating, as its broad midfoot and heel caters to all foot volumes. The toe box also has a high and wide structure that enables a full toe splay. The Olympus 3.0 is available in D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.

Outsole

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.

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.

Midsole

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.

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.

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.

Upper

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.

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.

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.