Who should buy the Altra HIIT XT 2

The HIIT XT 2 is a product of systematically-put-together innovative components to provide consumers in the fitness space with an efficient and reliable training companion. This addition to Altra's CrossFit shoe line is a solid choice if: 

  • You have a wide foot dimension, and you are after a shoe that would accommodate such profile well.
  • You are looking for a shoe that could satisfy your fashion taste and at the same time can provide your needs as a cross-training enthusiast. 

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Updates to the Altra HIIT XT 2

  • This version now has a plastic heel cup present at the back. 
  • In this iteration, the wrapped-up rubber outsole has been relocated to the forefoot section instead of the midfoot.

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Multisurface outsole grip

The underside of the Altra HIIT XT 2 is covered in sticky rubber that provides traction on most types of surfaces, especially gym floors. The tread pattern on this model provides multidirectional grip and the flat design keeps the foot firmly planted during exercise.

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Enhanced forefoot support

The compound wraps up at the medial and lateral side of the forefoot to deliver support during side-to-side movements and grip during rope climbs. 

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Shock-absorbent platform

The midsole is an EVA compound that absorbs shock but also keeps the foot steady. Like other Altra shoes, it has a ZeroDrop construction which means that the heel and the forefoot are at the same distance from the ground.

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This leveled disposition not only promotes an upright posture but also provides balance and support by keeping the foot in its natural position. Another popular CrossFit shoe with a zero-drop platform is the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2. It's also good for weightlifting and plyometrics but has a lower, more minimalist sole unit.

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Anti-slippage underfoot

Inside the Altra HIIT XT 2 is the 5-mm PowerSole insole. It features a contoured design that allows it to hug the underfoot form maximum comfort and protection. It also prevents the foot from sliding around while training.

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Reinforced upper

The upper of the Altra GIIT XT 2 is made of a durable reinforced mesh fabric. This material is constructed to withstand abrasion and keep the foot securely in place.

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The Altra HIIT XT 2's overlays

It uses synthetic overlays on high-friction areas such as the toe box and the midfoot to protect the underlying fabric and prolong the shoe’s lifespan. A plastic heel cup is present at the back. It steadies the hindfoot during dynamic movements.

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A traditional lace-up closure dons the midfoot which allows users to adjust the fit when needed.

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Snug rearfoot section

The collar and tongue employ padding to prevent skin irritation and the trainer from flying off the foot during exercise.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 346g / Women 289g
Drop: 0mm
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 20mm
Forefoot height: 20mm
Width: Normal
Release date: Jan 2019

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.