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. Despite the issues on the fit and durability, some users still considered the shoe as a successful release. The Superior 2.0 is a great option for trail racing.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
A top rated Altra running shoe

Expert Reviews

82 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | 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 | Rob Andro | Level 4 expert

    I love the outsole versus the last version.

  • 90 / 100 | 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.

  • 90 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 | 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.

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  • 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.

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. This midsole configuration is very similar to the other versions, such as the Altra Superior 4.


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.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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