Who should buy the Altra Timp 4

Get the Timp 4 if you're looking to buy a: 

  • trail shoe for both long and short-distance daily trail runs 
  • soft yet peppy ride for light trails and moderately technical terrains

Altra Timp 4 altra

Who should NOT buy it

Runners who want a cheaper alternative to the Timp 4 can buy the Altra Superior 5 instead. And for those who want surefooted strides on highly technical trails can consider the Altra Lone Peak 6.

Altra Timp 4 price

Altra Timp 4 vs. 3: From hybrid to a more trail-ready shoe

Past iterations of the Altra Timp have been perfect for door-to-trail excursions, traveling, walking, and even hiking. In the fourth version, the changes made the shoe a more trail-specific one:

  • a new midsole that's softer and livelier
  • a modified lug layout to increase traction and flexibility for a more natural ride
  • a taller heel collar for a better fit
  • an altered heel that's plusher for a more premium feel

Altra Timp 4 forefoot

Cushion is oozing with goodness

The midsole is softer than the last version, and there's so much of it; each footfall feels pillowy. Whether running low or high miles in the Altra Timp 4, it mutes out ground feel and dampens all impact; it keeps pain at bay. 

Altra Timp 4 cushion

However, the shoe's softer foam hurts its stability, especially on highly technical terrains. 

Ride is better than ever

With the redesigned cushion, the Timp feels "bouncy, soft, and fun." According to the majority, it feels peppy; it doesn't feel sluggish when the pace starts to liven up. 

Altra Timp 4 front

On top of this, it's flexible; it makes the ride natural-feeling. 

The Timp 4's traction is great

It's definitely "grippier," commended several Altra Timp loyalists. One of the gripes they had with the Altra Timp 2 and 3 was that they lacked the bite on slick and rocky descents. In this iteration, it sticks not only on wet surfaces and steep descents but also bites better on light fire roads and moderately technical terrains. 

Altra Timp 4 grip

Toe box: Altra roomy

The Altra Timp 4 may be in Altra's standard fit, but when compared to other running shoes, it's still exceptionally roomy. So much so, runners find it comfy even when the foot swells after long miles of running. 

If you're an Altra fan who prefers an even wider toe box, experts suggest going for the Altra Lone Peak instead. 

Keeps you locked in

The Altra Timp 4's midfoot is snug; there are no reports of slips from multiple trail runners. And in the rear, it's made plusher making it just as secure.  

Altra Timp 4 lockdown

Dries fast

Thanks to its porous upper, this shoe doesn't store moisture. Those who have run through creeks and puddles all claim that the shoe doesn't feel heavy when wet because it drains water fast. 

Altra Timp 4 breathability

Apart from excellent drainage, the shoe also maintains a breathable sensation under humid conditions. 

A big jump in price

From $140, the Timp 4 from Altra goes all the way up to $160. As critics would put it, it's a "pretty significant" price increase. To put it in perspective, trail shoes, on average, retail for $129. 

Altra Timp 4 expensive

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 300g / Women 262g
Drop: 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 30mm
Heel height: 30mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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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.