Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 3.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 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
    Heel height
    Men: 14mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 14mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Feb 2018
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Summary

We spent 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • According to some purchasers, the footwear was lightweight in structure.
  • A good number of buyers noted that the fit was perfect.
  • Several wearers admired the Altra Vanish-R's flexibility.
  • Many testers agreed that the shoe was responsive.
  • A handful of runners said that the footwear was comfortable.
  • Several consumers noted that the upper unit of the Altra Vanish-R offered a glove-like fit.
  • Gaining control and feeling the ground beneath the sole unit was a satisfying aspect, several users observed.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners observed that the tongue unit was too thin.
  • Many people commented that the Altra Vanish-R was smaller than their expectations; they recommended opting for half-a-size to a full-size up.
  • One of the buyers said that the Altra Vanish-R is not durable.
  • The medium width profile was deemed too narrow by a lot of testers.

Bottom line

A significant number of runners agreed that the Altra Vanish-R was comfortable and responsive. They were contented with the footwear's lightweight structure and perfect fit. Although several of the users have issues with its thin tongue unit and small size, others still recommend the shoe because of its flexibility. Overall, a lot of the users are satisfied and happy because of the Altra Vanish-R's excellent performance.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

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Updates to Altra Vanish-R

  • The Altra Vanish-R is a road running shoe that is strategically made for runners who have neutral foot motion. The footwear is intended for those who want to take their running sessions to the next level. The Altra Vanish-R uses the blown rubber outsole which gives added flexibility, durability and traction.
  • Featured in the shoe is the thin EVA midsole foam. The purpose of this midsole material is to provide a cushioning system that is lightweight in structure.
  • The Quick Dry Air Mesh is utilized in the Altra Vanish-R. It delivers a more breathable upper area. The mesh is essential in keeping the foot drier and healthier even after long-distance running activities. Together with the Quick Dry Air Mesh upper is the midfoot A-Strap support system. With the utilization of this material, it provides a more comfortable and snugger fit.

Altra Vanish-R size and fit

With a standard size and length, the Altra Vanish-R is sure to offer a perfect fit to those runners with medium-foot measurements. Available in standard medium D and B widths for the men's and the women's respectively.

Outsole

The Blown Rubber is integrated into the Altra Vanish-R. This material aims to offer lightweight traction on a wide variety of paved surfaces.  The updated coverage results to added flexibility and enhanced durability. As a result, a more responsive ride is sure to be delivered.

Midsole

With the utilization of the thin EVA midsole foam, a more durable and lightweight cushioning are encouraged. This is essential in delivering a comfortable running experience to the user.

The TPU Propel Plate is used in the Altra Vanish-R. This component of the shoe offers firmness to the platform for a bouncier foot transition.

The Inner Flex grooves provide added flexibility while reducing the overall weight of the shoe. Because of the shoe's decreased weight, increased and improved performance and speed are sure to be experienced by the runner.

The Natural Foot Design is utilized in the Altra Vanish-R provide maximum comfort. Its primary focus is to follow the natural shape and curvature of the human foot.

Upper

The Quick Dry Air Mesh is integrated into the footwear. It is centered on eradicating and wicking water away from the foot. The mesh works well and effectively without compromising the lightness and breathability of the upper area. As a result, a fresher and cooler foot environment is acquired by the individual who is using it.

With the use of the Ultra Wide Toe Box, added comfort is experienced by the wearer. The purpose of which is to allow the toes to splay out naturally and comfortably.