5 Best Altra Trail Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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5 Best Altra Trail Running Shoes in 2022

From your local trails to rugged technical terrains, if you need a truly reliable and comfortable trail partner, you can’t go wrong with Altra. It’s easily one of our best picks when it comes to running the great outdoors.

Known by hardcore trail runners for its ergonomic, zero-drop trail shoes like the Lone Peak and Altra Timp series, Altra trail running shoes are gaining more traction and popularity among regular off-road enthusiasts and long-distance trail runners.

To help you search for the right model to suit your needs, we’ve handpicked, tested, and reviewed 20+ of the best Altra trail running shoes. Take a quick look at our top picks in different categories.

How we test trail running shoes

Working with our team of wear-testers and editors here at RunRepeat, we thoroughly tested and analyzed every model on this list. In addition to our own research, we’ve also collected more useful information from other trail experts in the running shoe business, as well as extensive feedback from regular runners.

To give you an idea of how we make our final recommendations, the approach involves:

  • Buying all the Altra trail shoes we test using our own funds to ensure a 100% BS-free review.
  • Performing a gamut of mechanical tests inside the RunRepeat lab, which involves cutting each model into pieces and measuring 30+ parameters, from the outsole traction and durability to waterproofing and breathability, among others.
  • Wear-testing each pair by logging 30-40 miles running in rugged terrains and muddy paths.
  • Collecting more comparable data from other shoe experts and regular users of Altra trail running shoes.

To conclude the process, we go to our CoreScore system to make a calculation based on the aggregated data above. A final rating is shown ranging from 0-to 100 on each model, which pretty much gives us our best picks in specific areas.

Best Altra trail running shoes overall

Altra Lone Peak 6
Altra Lone Peak 6

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 832 users
93 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Excellent all-round grip
  • Highly durable
  • Great ground feel
  • Feels like it makes you run better
  • Great pull tab
  • Gaiter compatible
  • Brilliant lacing
  • Roomy toe box
  • Fully gusseted tongue

Cons

  • Stain magnet
  • Not enough cushioning for some

Verdict

Whether you’re a dedicated zero-drop runner, just dipping your toe into it for the first time, or like to spice up your rotation with something new, the Altra Lone Peak 6 is a solid workhorse of a trail running shoe. The Altra Lone Peak 6 is a genuinely excellent all-rounder.
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Best Altra neutral trail running shoes

Altra Olympus 4.0
Altra Olympus 4.0

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 1,759 users
89 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Wide toebox
  • Built for long runs
  • Superb cushion
  • Excellent traction
  • Durable Vibram sole
  • Light for a maximal shoe
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Very comfortable
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not very responsive
  • Expensive

Verdict

Looking for a versatile trail shoe? Take the Altra Olympus 4.0! From gravel path, dirt single track, beat-up forest roads, and technical rocky climbs, this shoe just made us run with confidence! And since it's billed as a long-distance trail shoe, we had to see for ourselves that it delivers. And deliver it did! It gave our feet all the protection and comfort they could ask for.
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Best Altra trail cushioned running shoes

Altra Superior 5
Altra Superior 5

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,520 users
86 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Super light
  • Fast
  • Excellent traction
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Wide toebox
  • Extremely responsive
  • Water-resistant sidewalls

Cons

  • Not for long-distance runs
  • Not for technical terrain

Verdict

If you're looking for a shoe that is built for trails, yet feels like a road racing flat this is for you. The lightweight alone is enough to sell this shoe, but the traction, lockdown, zero-drop, and responsive nature of the Superior 5 make it a shoe to not pass by.
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Best Altra trail wide running shoes

Altra Mont Blanc
Altra Mont Blanc

Corescore

87
Great!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
89 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Phenomenal very bouncy ride
  • Excellent grip
  • Healthy 0mm drop
  • Looks great
  • Breathable
  • 2 pull tabs
  • Velcro for gaiters 

Cons

  • Painful lacing
  • No heel lock

Verdict

What seems like it might be set to be Altra’s new flagship shoe, definitely by name at least, packs a lot of promise. With a peppy and support midsole, that also provides rigidity and propulsion, is this zero-drop trail shoe going to have what it takes?
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Best Altra trail long distance running shoes

Altra Timp 3
Altra Timp 3

Corescore

80
Good!
3.9 / 5 from 800 users
84 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great traction
  • Works on any terrain
  • Very durable
  • Spacious toebox

Cons

  • Foot slippage in sharp turns 
  • Debris gets in
  • Dull ride

Verdict

It's got the grip but it doesn't have the ride. The Altra Timp 3 is a trail shoe that dismayed us. At best, it's a so-so shoe if you want to log some miles, but it's certainly not the shoe if you want to pick up the pace. It's too roomy, it's unstable, and it lets debris in! But if you want a comfortable, high-strength shoe, this can do the job.
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What are the cheapest Altra trail running shoes in 2022?

  1. Altra Superior 5 - from $104
  2. Altra Lone Peak 6 - from $139
  3. Altra Olympus 4.0 - from $149
  4. Altra Timp 4 - from $160
  5. Altra Mont Blanc - from $180

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.