DiscontinuedUpdate: Altra Superior 4.0
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WeightMen: 8.7ozWomen: 7.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 21mmWomen: 21mm
Forefoot heightMen: 21mmWomen: 21mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard, Wide
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86 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews
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.
I love the outsole versus the last version.
his malleability, combined with the wide forefoot and low heel, keeps your footing stable despite the soft feel underfoot.
The Superior is one of the brand's more aggressive models, designed for slippery, rocky or wet conditions.
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.
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.