Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The Altra Superior 3.0 provides a reliable traction, as noted in some reviews.
  • Many liked the durable and breathable upper of the shoe.
  • Some runners love the light weight construction of the shoe, making it ideal for racing and uptempo trainings.
  • The shoe provides a comfortable fit, according to some who tried it.
  • A number of runners applauded the durable outsole unit of the Superior 3.0.
  • The shoe does not disappoint even on wet and slippery surfaces, as noted in some reviews.
  • Many runners were satisfied that the outsole sheds off mud easily.
  • A handful of reviewers welcomed the improved stability in this shoe.
  • Ground feedback was evident without losing protection, as reported by a few expert testers.
  • Most expert reviewers consider the Superior 3.0 as an improvement over all the other earlier versions of this shoe.
  • Altra offers a more durable mesh to answer past issues of premature ripping in the upper.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A number of runners noticed that the shoe is too narrow for their foot measurements.
  • Many were complaining about the small sizing of the shoe.
  • The top of the toe box creases when the foot flexes prior to take-off, based on the observations of a handful of runners.
  • It is heavier than the past model.
  • The shoe does not drain water out fast or dry quickly, according to some testers.
  • No additional widths, which are craved by some runners.

Bottom line

Designed for trail running, the Altra Superior 3.0 gathered mixed reviews from users. Positive comments geared towards the shoe's performance and design while negative ones were about the shoe's fit and sizing. Overall, the shoe provides a lightweight yet reliable cushioning. It also provides durability and impressive traction on varied trail conditions. 

Facts

Expert Reviews

76 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    Solid shoe. It has a solid reputation and really good history. I'm happy with this version.

  • 80 / 100 | Runners Equipped | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re looking for a trail-running shoe that doesn’t clunk around due to its weight, the Superior 3.0 might be for you. Due to the amount of rubber needed to support the creation of lugs, weight in trail-running shoes is obviously hard to control. However, Altra nails weight on the 3.0.

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  • The Altra Superior 3.0 comes with small yet significant updates. One of the significant improvement is the sizing of the shoe. To address the concerns from the previous version, the newer version now has accurate sizing.
  • The upper of the shoe was also slightly modified to improve durability and it comes with elastic overlays that provided added security.
  • The outsole unit of the Superior 3.0 was also modified. The lateral heel flare on the outsole provides enhanced stability and the lugs were enhanced for increased traction.

The Superior 3.0 comes with an enhanced sizing and fit, but many are still complaining about the sizing of the shoe. It is one size smaller and has a medium measurements in the heel and midfoot areas as well as in the forefoot area. Men’s sizes are from 7 to 15 while the women’s are from 5.5 to 12.


The outsole of the Altra Superior 3.0 features the DuraTread element that is formulated for an impressive durability and performance. This is a high-abrasion resistant rubber compound that can withstand the damaging elements while running on the trail.

The shoe also features the TrailClaw technology that provides reliable traction in downhill and uphill running.


The midsole of the shoe uses a lightweight Abound EVA Foam that does not only provide underfoot protection, but also great energy-return for a more responsive, springy ride. This midsole material has also been used in the Altra Superior 4 It works efficiently with the InnerFlex technology that is strategically placed in the midsole to allow the foot to flex comfortably to where it needs to be for an enhanced performance.


The upper of the Altra Superior 3.0 features a fully reinforced upper for maximum strength and durability. It also features the quick-drying mesh material that keeps the foot dry without sacrificing breathability.

This trail shoe also comes with a Velcro gaiter trap that prevents debris from entering the shoe while running on the trail. The asymmetrical lacing design of the shoe also provides an enhanced feel and fit.

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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