Verdict from 17 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Several users mentioned that the Altra Timp IQ offers comfortable cushioning.
  • A few said that the shoe's toe-box is wide enough for the toes to move freely.
  • Some runners lauded the Timp IQ's comfortable zero-drop design.
  • A couple of wearers admired the high-quality design of this trail running shoe.
  • One user mentioned that the app is in its early stage but it is working decently.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to a few user comments, the outer sole is slippery than the other Altra running shoes.
  • The Altra Timp IQ is expensive.

Bottom line

The Altra Timp IQ is among the first smart shoes available commercially and some users admired the shoe's cushioning and comfortable zero-drop design. Others also purchased the shoe not because of the technology but because of its exceptional comfort. While there are a few who expressed disappointments with its traction and sizing, a majority of trail runners still recommend the shoe. 

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


How Altra Timp IQ ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 1% trail running shoes
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Bottom 1% Altra running shoes
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Bottom 2% zero drop running shoes
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