Verdict from 14 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most trail runners admired the amount of cushioning that Altra Timp 1.5 provides; they also said it gives them more spring when running.
  • The shoe is comfortable, according to some user reviews.
  • According to some comments, the Timp 1.5 has a very durable outer sole.
  • Several wearers lauded the shoe’s performance and overall fit; some said this version is better than the original.
  • A couple of purchasers mentioned that they love the shoe’s roomy toe box.
  • As a trail running shoe, the Altra Timp 1.5 has a reasonable price tag.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few have issues with the colors; they said it's not attractive.
  • One user was annoyed because he needs to re-tighten the laces every hour.

Bottom line

Designed to tackle the tough trail surfaces, the Altra Timp 1.5, generally, gained positive feedback from its users. Some admired the shoe’s cushioning, grip, and overall fit, but there are also a few who are unhappy with its colors and lacing system. Based on its performance, trail runners found the Timp 1.5 a worthy investment.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • Altra has modified the Timp to give runners better performance. This Altra running shoe features several updates specifically in the upper and midsole sections. These enhancements have made the Timp even better.
  • The Altra Timp 1.5 features a new mesh upper, which is designed to give multi-directional flexibility. This upper material is also lightweight and breathable enough to keep the foot cool and dry through the run.
  • The shoe also features a 4-Point GaiterTrap that helps prevent dirt, sand, and mud from entering the shoe. The gaiter trap comes in hook-and-loop tabs for seamless protection.
  • Lastly, the heel counter of the shoe has been modified to enhance the overall fit and lockdown. It also delivers better in-shoe feel.

The outer sole of the Altra Timp 1.5 features the same material and design from its predecessor. It uses the DuraTread material with TrailClaw technology. These two elements work together to give runners durable grip on varied trail surfaces.

The DuraTread is made from sturdy rubber material strategically placed into the outsole for durability. It is one of the reliable outsole materials that is also used in the Altra Superior 3.5 trail shoe. It gives protection to high-wear areas, helping the outsole withstand damages. The rubber material also gives reliable traction on soft and hard trail surfaces. 

TraiiClaw delivers outstanding grip on varied terrains, on both uphill and downhill runs. It is composed of canted lugs that are strategically placed under the metatarsal for reliable traction during toe-off.

The Timp 1.5 has a softer and more durable cushioning compared to the first Timp version. The natural foot shape of the shoe gives runners comfortable underfoot protection. The zero-drop platform encourages better performance since it places the forefoot and the heel the same distance from the ground.

The shoe makes use of the EVA foam with InnerFlex technology. It gives lightweight and responsive cushioning that is consistent throughout the gait cycle. The InnerFlex technology delivers flexibility for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The Altra Timp 1.5 also comes with a 5mm contour footbed. It gives added cushioning for enhanced comfort and improved fit.

In the upper of the Altra Timp 1.5 is the multi-directional mesh. It is lightweight and gives the foot a comfortable and breathable wrap. It comes with a soft fabric lining, which gives the foot a smooth in-shoe feel. The mesh also flexes as the foot moves while running.

TPU overlays are also present in the upper of the Timp 1.5. These overlays provide a more secure fit around the foot. They also enhance the structural integrity of the upper.

Designed as a trail running shoe, preventing debris and dirt from entering the shoe is a major concern. The shoe employs a 4-Point Gaiter Trap with hook-and-loop tabs for seamless protection. Gaiters are sold separately, but once used, the trap is efficient enough in preventing dirt from building up in the shoe.

The Altra Timp 1.5 has a modified heel counter and lacing system. These enhancements aim to provide a better and more secure foot lockdown.

Lastly, this neutral running shoe has a moderate padded tongue and collar. They offer smooth and cushioned fit for enhanced overall comfort.


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