Update: Superior 3.0
Arch support
Water repellent
M: 247g | W: 213g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Heel height
M: 21mm | W: 21mm
Forefoot height
M: 21mm | W: 21mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The average weight of the Superior 2.0 makes it agreeable to the weight preferences of most runners.

  • Many reviewers noted that it was very comfortable to wear.

  • Some noticed the enhanced surface grip of the outsole unit, which is important when it comes to trail running.

  • It features a removable rock plate for protection against sharp objects.

  • The InnerFlex midsole technology promotes a more responsive ride, especially on unpredictable surfaces.

  • Many liked the added GaiterTrap technology for the Superior 2.0, an installable sleeve which keeps debris out while keeping the foot dry.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners observed that this shoe was not as durable as expected.

  • The majority of the testers was not impressed by the toe box of the Superior 2.0, which was too slim.

  • Based on some comments, this shoe is too narrow when it comes to the heel area.

Bottom line

The enhanced Superior 2.0 from Altra Running won’t disappoint you while running on the trails. It is a lightweight, comfortable and versatile shoe that offers added protection. This shoe is a great option for trail racing.

World wide, Superior 2.0 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Altra, is the 14th most popular.

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4.5 / 5 based on 192 ratings

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Expert reviews

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87 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews

  • 90
    Rob AndroLevel 4 expert
    by Rob Andro
    I love the outsole versus the last version.
  • 95
    Running Into MyselfLevel 2 expert
    by Running Into Myself
    The tread is awesome. These are the best shoes I've run.
  • 90
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    his malleability, combined with the wide forefoot and low heel, keeps your footing stable despite the soft feel underfoot.
  • 85
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Competitor Running
    A versatile trail shoe that can tackle both smooth dirt paths and rugged rocky routes.
  • 75
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    The midsole is a light, soft and flexible low-stack EVA midsole material layered with a single - though grooved - outsole with solid lugs. The upper is light and flexible with decent durability. However, the access of materials and additional "add-ons" like a tail rudder make for a disappointing upper experience and fit. 
  • 90
    Canadian RunningLevel 4 expert
    by Canadian Running
    The Superior is one of the brand's more aggressive models, designed for slippery, rocky or wet conditions.
  • 88
    Believe in the RunLevel 4 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    They performed well on rough terrain and left me feeling well protected.
  • 90
    Tom CaughlanLevel 3 expert
    by iRunFar
    The Superior 2.0 will be a great shoe for runners looking for a natural last, plenty of toe-box room during ultras, and a pseudo-minimalist feel with more than enough protection.
  • 90
    Northern RunnerLevel 3 expert
    by Northern Runner
    It does give a good bit of extra protection on more stony trails especially as the mid-sole gets more compressed when you have run a few hundred miles in them.
  • 90
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Run Haven
    That combination of shortness in length with a wide forefoot made for some toe smashing on descents and the toe bumper didn't sit well with testers either, causing some irritation.
  • 88
    Nicholas PangLevel 3 expert
    by Wear Tested
    The shoe never felt heavy or bulky and we can feel the ground and let our feet move naturally and splay as needed.
  • 88
    The Runner's FlatLevel 3 expert
    by The Runner's Flat
    Altra's lightest, and most flexible trail shoe weighs in like a feather-weight and is quick and agile like one too.
  • 85
    Outdoor KineticsLevel 3 expert
    by Outdoor Kinetics
    The Superior's are going to be a permanent fixture in my shoe rotation over the next few months as the cushioned, comfortable platform provides an entirely different experience to the rest of the shoes I regularly run in
  • 85
    JasonLevel 3 expert
    by Must Love Jogs
    The shoe has a sticky sole that provides an awesome grip.
  • 74
    Jacob WaltzLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Altra Superior 2.0 is a mid-weight, zero drop shoe that can easily handle daily training duties and a variety of terrain. The major caveat with the Superior is the short, wide fit.
  • 97
    DennyLevel 2 expert
    by DizRuns
    And after the first run, I knew it was the right choice.
  • 85
    Pete StoughtonLevel 2 expert
    by Trail And Ultrarunning
    It was breathable enough for warm runs and yet the dual density mesh was the BEST upper for a sandy 50 miler in the Arizona desert.
  • 83
    Best Running ShoesLevel 2 expert
    by Best Running Shoes
    The key factor on this shoe is its durability, protection, and extensive grip which makes it a suitable shoe for outdoor running enthusiasts.
  • 99
    Joe ReidheadLevel 1 expert
    by Pursuit of Exploration
    For minimalists on the trail (whether hiking or running), the Superior 2.0 is a great shoe.
  • 99
    Jenna HarwellLevel 1 expert
    by Nashville Running
    Overall, this shoe is great.
  • 98
    KellyLevel 1 expert
    by Gear Thirty
    Overall, I really enjoyed this new shoe and it's definitely going to have a firm place in my regular rotation, rather than being tossed into my heap of gardening shoes. This one is a keeper!
  • 90
    Damian StoyLevel 1 expert
    by Wholistic Running
    I've taken the new Superior on dirt trails, snow and ice and the traction is greatly improved. The shoe is also lighter which is a HUGE plus for me.
  • 88
    Mayo JordanovLevel 1 expert
    by Mayo Jordnov
    The upper was completely revamped. Gone is the mesh of Superior or Lone Peak, replaced by a densely woven fabric.
  • 75
    Bearded BrotherLevel 1 expert
    by Bearded Brothers Trail Running
    All in all these really are an award winning shoe, very comfortable, and have all the right features to keep the performance levels up there with the best.
  • 48
    Strangely AliveLevel 1 expert
    by Strangely Alive
    Unfortunately, it is a continuation in a long line of quality issues for Altra. And, I continue to find myself wishing that Altra would start to refine what they do instead of reinventing themselves every six months. I'd like to seem some standardization among the lasts they uses so the heel, forefoot, and midfoot are more consistent from model-to-model and year-to-year. I'd also like to see them consider wide options because a wide toe box does not mean a wide shoe.
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  • he Runner's Flat
    Altra's lightest, and most flexible trail shoe weighs in like a feather-weight and is quick and agile like one too.
  • gordontarpley
    The shoe has more aggressive tread.

Updates to Superior 2.0

The Altra Superior 2.0 does not have many updates but the major enhancement was in its outsole unit. It uses new technology to improve the grip of the shoe on varied terrains. This update made the shoe reliable even on the toughest trails.

Superior 2.0 size and fit

The size of the Superior 2.0 runs a half size small than the standard running shoe length. Same as its predecessor, it gives satisfying fit to runners with standard foot measurements. The heel and the forefoot areas comfortably accommodate wide-footed runners.


The new and updated outsole features the brand’s TrailsClaw Sticky Rubber that have multi-directional patterns and canted underfoot lugs and claws for maximum gripping on different terrains.

Another useful technology is the trail rudder found in the shoe’s heel. It is designed to give additional control to runners especially on steep plunges.

The FootPod Technology follows the natural construction of the human foot, thus the foot can move naturally and freely while running. This technology provides added flexibility and promotes responsive ride.


The midsole unit uses the Dual Layer EVA with A-Bound Top Layer technology that provides a lightweight, durable cushioning and flexible underfoot protection.


The seamless upper construction of the Altra Superior 2.0 gives maximum comfort and reduces the possibilities of irritation. This works well with the Quick-Drying Air Mesh that offers maximum breathability without adding weight to the shoes. The shoe’s upper keeps the foot well-ventilated.

The upper also features the Asymmetrical Lacing Design system. It follows the natural shape of the foot for an enhanced comfortable feel and secure fit.

The brand’s GaiterTrap Technology secures the running gaiter firmly to prevent the small stones from building up in the shoe.


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