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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.

Price
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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 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 226 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    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 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    I love the outsole versus the last version.

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    his malleability, combined with the wide forefoot and low heel, keeps your footing stable despite the soft feel underfoot.

  • 85 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    A versatile trail shoe that can tackle both smooth dirt paths and rugged rocky routes.

  • 90 / 100 by Northern Runner • Northern Runner • Level 4 expert

    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 / 100 by iRunFar • Tom Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    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 / 100 by Canadian Running • Canadian Running • Level 4 expert

    The Superior is one of the brand's more aggressive models, designed for slippery, rocky or wet conditions.

  • 88 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    They performed well on rough terrain and left me feeling well protected.

  • 74 / 100 by Gear Institute • Jacob Waltz • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by Run Haven • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 3 expert

    The shoe never felt heavy or bulky and we can feel the ground and let our feet move naturally and splay as needed.

  • 88 / 100 by The Runner's Flat • The Runner's Flat • Level 3 expert

    Altra's lightest, and most flexible trail shoe weighs in like a feather-weight and is quick and agile like one too.

  • 85 / 100 by Must Love Jogs • Jason • Level 3 expert

    The shoe has a sticky sole that provides an awesome grip.

  • 85 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Outdoor Kinetics • Level 3 expert

    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

  • 97 / 100 by DizRuns • Denny • Level 2 expert

    And after the first run, I knew it was the right choice.

  • 95 / 100 by Running Into Myself • Running Into Myself • Level 2 expert

    The tread is awesome. These are the best shoes I've run.

  • 85 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Pete Stoughton • Level 2 expert

    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 / 100 by Best Running Shoes • Best Running Shoes • Level 2 expert

    The key factor on this shoe is its durability, protection, and extensive grip which makes it a suitable shoe for outdoor running enthusiasts.

  • 100 / 100 by Pursuit of Exploration • Joe Reidhead • Level 1 expert

    For minimalists on the trail (whether hiking or running), the Superior 2.0 is a great shoe.

  • 100 / 100 by Nashville Running • Jenna Harwell • Level 1 expert

    Overall, this shoe is great.

  • 98 / 100 by Gear Thirty • Kelly • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Wholistic Running • Damian Stoy • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Mayo Jordnov • Mayo Jordanov • Level 1 expert

    The upper was completely revamped. Gone is the mesh of Superior or Lone Peak, replaced by a densely woven fabric.

  • 75 / 100 by Bearded Brothers Trail Running • Bearded Brother • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Strangely Alive • Strangely Alive • Level 1 expert

    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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Updates to Altra 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.

Altra 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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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


Upper

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.