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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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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
    $110
  • Weight
    Men: 9.2oz
    Women: 8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Dec 2016
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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

The Altra Superior 3.0 provides a lightweight yet reliable cushioning. It also provides durability and impressive traction on varied trail conditions. The Superior 3.0 is designed for off-road racing and trail running.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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76 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

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

  • 80 / 100 | Runners Equipped

    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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Updates to Altra Superior 3.0

  • 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.

Altra Superior 3.0 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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. 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.


Upper

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.

The 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.