Who should buy the Altra King MT 1.5

  • Great choice for trail runners and obstacle course racers who want a truly reliable running shoe that delivers solid performance on the trail.
  • Ideal running shoe for trail enthusiasts (with neutral pronation) who are looking for a versatile and comfortable trail shoe.

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Updates to the Altra King MT 1.5

  • Midfoot strap of this version encompasses the foot more, giving it a lockdown wrap that’s more on-point.
  • Foot-shaped design that allows the natural curve of the foot to ease into the interior chamber.
  • Features an energy-returning foam further encourages a barefoot-like ride.

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Grippy lugs on dry and muddy trails

Vibram MegaGrip is a rubber compound that’s used to protect the rest of the platform from wear and tear. It has a sticky nature to help it adhere to the movement of the runner about the surfaces.

Altra King MT 1.5 outsole

The TrailClaw gripping lugs, also used in the Altra Superior 3.5, are claw-like protrusions that face different directions. The purpose of these nodes is to heighten surface grip, whether on the dry or muddy ground.

King MT 1.5 provides springy cushioning

The midsole unit of the King MT 1.5 utilizes the Altra EGO, a full-length compound that carries the foot throughout the running session. It has a reactive nature to permit springy takeoffs and cushioned landings. Moreover, it is designed to withstand impact shock and sagging.

Altra King MT 1.5 midsole unit

A 4mm Contour Footbed adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It’s molded to provide support to the arch and other crevices that don’t usually get attention.

Secures the foot and prevent wobbling

Ripstop is a durable mesh that’s meant to stay strong amidst the harsh and unpredictable elements on the trails. It’s configured to have a more prominent draining capability, a trait that’s not too evident in previous iterations.

Altra King MT 1.5 mesh

Footlock is a midfoot strap. Its goal is to help secure the foot and prevent it from wobbling inside the Altra King MT 1.5. Also, it now encompasses the medial side more, thus delivering more security.

Altra King MT 1.5 gives a snug fit

A traditional lacing system sanctions the runner to tighten or loosen the coverage. It fundamentally gives a snug yet customizable fit.

Altra King MT 1.5 snug fit

The inner wall makes use of a neoprene sleeve. The purpose of this material is to provide an in-shoe experience that’s free of skin irritation or hot spots. Runners can effectively wear the King MT 1.5 without donning socks first.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 241g / Women 198g
Drop: 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Altra King MT 2
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 19mm

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