Facts

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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Several testers were happy about the Altra Timp’s grip on mud, rock, and dirt.
  • Various users commented on how comfortable the shoe was on their feet.
  • A lot of users, especially female ones, appreciated the colorways this shoe comes in.
  • One user, who has high arches, commended the comfort and stability the shoe offered him.
  • A majority of users shared that the ride of the shoe is very smooth.
  • A tester mentioned that the shoe felt more robust than other Altra trail shoes he has tried.
  • Many runners appreciated the shoe for having enough cushioning.

5 reasons not to buy

  • One tester remarked that the shoe felt small and narrow.
  • Another user commented that the lacing system doesn’t offer good support. This user continued by saying that his foot slid inwards during his runs.
  • Some runners said that the toe box felt odd.
  • A runner was able to observe that sand and dirt got into his shoe through the mesh.
  • There were testers who mentioned the Altra Timp not having a good grip on wet rock or pavement.

Bottom line

The Altra Timp is a neutral, zero-drop trail running shoe with a reasonable price tag and maximum cushioning. It provides a secure fit and enough support on areas of your feet that need it most when running on various terrains. With its 4mm outsole lugs, it’s a solid option for trail running or trail racing.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 18 ratings

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4 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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80 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 55 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    The shoe holds up to abuse but unfortunately it doesn't hold up to long miles.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Altra has come up with a shoe that balances comfort, cushion, and performance and that is fun to bomb along in.

  • 82 / 100 by Trail and Ultra Running • Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    Once the questionable durability of the upper and the looseness of the forefoot are worked out, the Timp is going to be a shoe embraced by the masses.

  • 83 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Sean McCoy • Level 2 expert

    Those looking for a wide forefoot, zero-drop shoe for trail running should try on the Timp.

  • 83 / 100 by Motiv Running • Motiv Running • Level 2 expert

    If you’ve never run in an Altra trail shoe, this might be the one to consider first.

  • 90 / 100 by Linked Fitness • Melinda Howard • Level 1 expert

    The Timp was amazing!!! It chewed up that gravel like it was nothing.

  • 85 / 100 by Ultra Running • Ultra Running • Level 1 expert

    ...it carries our highest recommendation for long days, race days, or other high mileage excursions through the mountains.

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Updates to Altra Timp

  • The Altra Timp is a new shoe model that was named after Mount Timpanogos, the second highest mountain in Utah's Wasatch Range. With this as inspiration, Altra designed the shoe with long-distance mountain running in mind. It is suggested for the shoe to be used for Trail Running, Ultrarunning, Trail Racing, and Fast Packing.
  • The shoe’s design encourages and improves natural foot positioning and toe-splaying while providing maximum comfort through high cushioning. Altra’s FootShape was also incorporated into the shoe’s design to give way to these foot movements.
  • The outsole features Altra’s DuraTread rubber and TrailClaw tread design to tackle tough terrain – both muddy and dry. 4mm lugs on the outsole also makes it possible for the shoe to have maximum grip while running on the trail.
  • As with other Altra trail shoes, the Timp is equipped with the GaiterTrap technology, which allows runners to securely attach trail gaiters.

Altra Timp size and fit

The Altra Timp comes in standard sizing for both male and female runners. Those interested will be able to purchase the shoe in their usual sizes. The width the shoe comes in is also standard – B-medium for women and D-medium for men.

Outsole

Two of Altra’s patented technologies are found on the outsole of the Timp – the DuraTread rubber and TrailClaw tread pattern.

The DuraTread Rubber is an extremely durable type of rubber which Altra equips on most of their trail running shoes. This heavy-duty rubber is made to last and protects the bottom of the shoe from wear and tear. It also gives the shoe a good amount of grip on technical terrain.

The TrailClaw technology, on the other hand, is focused on providing the shoe with downhill and uphill traction. This outsole technology features strategically canted lugs, measuring 4mm in the Altra Timp, directly beneath the met heads of the foot, as well as other key areas underneath the foot, to offer maximum grip in various trail conditions.

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe is made up of Altra’s UltraLight EVA and its A-Bound technology. This special blend of foam runs evenly from the heel to the tip of the toe, providing enough cushioning underfoot. With a zero-drop construction, this well-balanced platform encourages runners to make use of a low-impact running technique for a more efficient stride.

The insole of the shoe has a 6mm contoured footbed. This contour follows the natural shape of the foot, providing the runner with a more comfortable fit and an improved in-shoe experience.

Upper

A water-resistant mesh makes up the upper of the Altra Timp, providing the runner with protection from splashes of water and tiny debris when running on the trail. For added visibility, Altra made this mesh upper reflective to help maximize the visibility of the shoe.

On top of the upper are TPU overlays which help reinforce the shape of the shoe and offer lightweight support to the upper. These overlays also cover areas that are prone to high abrasions like the toe box and the heel cap, protecting these specific areas from tearing on debris and rough surfaces.

The lacing system is unique because it is slanted rather than straight. This design makes it possible for runners to have a more controlled and secure fit on the top of the foot when the lacing system is tightened.

Altra also designed the Timp with their patented GaiterTrap technology. At the heel of the shoe is where you can find the GaiterTrap. It is a Velcro provision that can cater to the secure and easy attachment of Altra’s trail running gaiters.