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

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.


Update: Altra Timp 2
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11oz | Women: 9.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Forefoot height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Brand: Altra
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop | Zero drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Purple, Red
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Tight Roomy
Stiff Flexible
Warm Breathable
Firm Plush
Durability 7/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 7/10
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A top 8% best Trail running shoe
A top rated Altra running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Altra Timp

Expert Reviews

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92 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    I will give the Timp 1.5 a solid try, if not buy. This is what I wanted the original Timp to be. I'm glad that its here. It has its quirks. They are not not terrible.

  • 90 / 100 | Road Runner Sports | | Level 4 expert

    You have more flexibility in this version. A little more flexibility than the previous version. Softer, more flexibility, better heel fit. It's great.

  • 97 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    I think the Timp 1.5 is a fine choice for a long distance trainer or ultra race shoe for those looking for all day comfort over dialed in speedy performance. Quality, comfort, style and attention to detail are superb.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 3 expert

    For me, the Timp 1.5 was a winner. The thick, soft cushioning makes the shoe very forgiving, while the underfoot ground feel remained impressively good. The upper is compliant and neutral, and combined with the spacious toe box and flexible sole, makes this a shoe that encourages natural foot movement and will better maintain foot strength than more “supportive” and restrictive maximal trail shoes like e.g. Hoka Speedgoat.

  • 92 / 100 | Grounded Running | | Level 2 expert

    It gives you that nice balance of high cushioning but not getting into a super heavy, super bulky shoe. Again, super super happy.

  • 88 / 100 | nwOutdoorAdventures | | Level 1 expert

    These shoes do pretty well. I'd say they're above average compared to most trail runners in terms of traction and stuff. It's a little slippy, you know if you hit a slick route or something like that but overall I'd say they're above average.

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  • 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 Timp 1.5 is a trail running shoe designed for neutral runners. It is sold in standard medium sizing for men and women.

The shoe has a medium fit in the heel and forefoot sections. The foot-shaped toe-box has a wide fit which allows the toes to move naturally and comfortably whenever necessary.

The upper mesh is stretchable. It adapts to the shape of the foot, accommodating medium foot shapes and slightly wide-footed measurements.

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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