Who should buy the Altra Rivera 2
Take the Rivera 2 from Altra if you're:
- just transitioning to zero-drop running shoes
- looking for a solid-all rounder that can handle daily training and tempo paces
- searching for a roomy shoe that welcomes foot swelling after long miles
- wanting to buy a pair of running shoes that can double for
Who should NOT buy it
If you don't mind paying extra for a snappier ride that's more performance-oriented, experts advise getting the UA Flow Velociti Wind instead.
And if you want more stack for recovery days, and anything slower, the Altra Torin 4 is a better option.
Altra Rivera 2 vs. 1
The midsole and outsole of the Altra Rivera 2 carry over the same components from the first iteration. The changes employed by the second version are mainly focused on fit, implementing:
- a softer, more pliable upper for a more accommodating fit
- a snugger heel, addressing the heel lock issues of its precursor
Comes to life during fast runs
"Energetic," "rebounding," and "responsive." This is how the majority describe the ride of the Altra Rivera 2 when they pick up the pace.
Cozy for the long miles ahead
It's not a max-cushioned running shoe, but testers find its midsole adequate and comfy enough for high-mileage efforts. It's neither too soft nor firm, and the ground feel isn't too much.
Keeps you steady
This is thanks to the Altra Rivera 2's broad forefoot and grippy outsole. On both flat and rugged surfaces, it encourages stable strides.
Won't weigh you down
Like the Altra Escalante 2.5 (8.5 oz), the Rivera 2 (8.5 oz) is light on paper an
Roominess: Altra level
Although it's dubbed as Altra's "least roomy" running shoe, many still find the toe box "very spacious." Even those with wide feet and those with bunions can enjoy it.
According to multiple runners, the Rivera 2's upper has "more give" and is "more pliable;" it wraps comfortably and securely.
With its higher heel collar, rearfoot lockdown is improved. The midfoot fit is also spot-on.
A step-up in the looks department
Road runners describe the second edition of the Altra Rivera as "classy" and "elegant." With the shoe's perfectly-combined colors, gone are Altra's "toy-like" designs of the past.
The Rivera 2 is too flexible
This hurts the snappiness of the shoe, hindering its full potential during faster efforts.
Lackluster ride during mellow days
This is especially noticeable for recovery runs and anything slower. During landing, the heel feels very firm, and the ground feel is more pronounced, which can be bothersome.