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 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
    $200
  • Weight
    Men: 9.9oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • 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: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Feb 2017
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Updates to Altra Timp IQ

  • The Altra Timp IQ features the Fit4Her technology. The women's shoe is customized based on the anatomy of the female foot.
  • Real-time coaching is offered by the sleek footbed sensors. This technology is essential in helping the runner to improve his technique during the running activity.
  • Altra added the IQ technology to provide runners with live feedback on their performance. Things that are monitored by the IQ technology include the cadence, contact time, foot strike and impact rate.
  • The Gaiter Trap Technology is utilized in the Altra Timp IQ. It uses a hook that is located on the far end of the lacing system and a velcro GaiterTrap on the heel area. This is essential in keeping the gaiters snug and nice.

Altra Timp IQ size and fit

The Altra Timp IQ has a standard running shoe length for both male and female versions. Runners who are interested in purchasing the shoe will be able to use their usual sizing. The width of the shoe comes in standard D - medium for men and B-medium for women.

Outsole

The DuraTread Rubber is described as a durable type of rubber which is made to last over a more extended period of time. This is significant in protecting the bottom of the platform from possible wear and tear. The DuraTread rubber provides the shoe with the right amount of traction on various types of tame and technical terrains. Altra uses this material in making most of their trail running shoes.

Along with the DuraTread rubber is the use of the TrailClaw technology. This component of the shoe provides downhill and uphill traction. It uses the 4-mm lugs which aim to offer excellent traction in a wide variety of trail conditions.

Midsole

The Altra Timp IQ utilizes the 6-mm contoured footbed. This insole is essential in following the natural contour of the human foot. As a result, an improved in-shoe feel and a more comfortable fit are experienced by the runner.

The midsole area of the shoe is composed of A-Bound technology and UltraLight EVA. This combination of foam is distributed evenly from the tip of the toe to the heel section. This material provides enough underfoot cushioning which results in a more comfortable ride.

With the utilization of the zero-drop construction, a more efficient stride is offered. The platform encourages the user to use a low-impact landing and running technique.

The gathered data during the running session is interpreted by the Single Pod Accelerometer. The Altra App should first be installed on the user's smartphone before starting any activity. This technology is placed in the midsole area to monitor the runner's statistics.

Featured in the shoe is the ALTRA IQ. This individual footbed sensor is strategically-placed in each shoe to provide the user with onboard coaching throughout the running session.

Upper

A water-resistant mesh is featured in the upper of the Altra Timp IQ. This material provides additional protection from tiny debris and splashes of water when running on different types of trails.

Altra designed the Timp IQ with the GaiterTrap technology. Located at the heel area of the shoe is the Velcro GaiterTrap and at the end of the lacing system is a hook. Comfortable and secure attachment of Altra’s trail running gaiters is offered by this technology.

For added security, Altra made the mesh upper to be reflective. The 360° Reflective Upper aids in maximizing the visibility of the shoe especially in low-light conditions.

Located on top of the upper section are TPU overlays which offer lightweight support to the platform and help reinforce the shape of the shoe. These overlays cover the toe box and the heel cap which are prone to abrasions. As a result, these specific areas are protected against rough surfaces and hazardous materials that can be found on the trails.

Altra uses the FootShape toe box in making the Timp IQ. This component of the shoe is primarily focused on allowing the toes to spread out comfortably and naturally during the running activities. For maximum stability and power, the big toe is sure to remain in a straight position.

Altra's PFS performance last is integrated into the shoe. It ensures a more secure running experience in a wide variety of conditions.


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