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Shoe Of The Week: Altra Superior 2.0

Altra's revamped Superior 2.0 trail shoe is a versatile gem.

The Superior 2.0 trail shoe has been smartly updated. Photo: Nick Nacca
The Superior 2.0 trail shoe has been smartly updated. Photo: Nick Nacca

Looking for a versatile trail shoe that can tackle both smooth dirt paths and rugged rocky routes? It’s not common for a trail running shoe to have that kind of range, but the revamped Superior 2.0 is one of the few that does. Altra gave this do-everything trail machine a complete overhaul and the risk was worth the reward. Most noticeably, it’s much more cushioned (with a moderate amount of midsole cushioning) but also considerably lighter than the previous version. A more breathable mesh upper, improved traction from a new outsole lug configuration (known as the “TrailClaw”) and a unique, removable rock plate make this a great choice for all types of terrain. Like all Altra shoes, it features a zero-drop profile (which means it’s flat from heel to toe) and a roomy foot-shaped toe box—both of which a few wear-testers said took a few runs to get used to. It’s an ideal choice if you want just one trail shoe in your quiver. “I ran in the initial version of this shoe and liked it, but the updates make this a very complete shoe and now it’s one of my favorites,” said wear-testers C.J. Welter. “This is going to be my go-to shoe for the spring,” added wear-tester Dave Butler.

This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a versatile trail running shoe with a good blend of protection, cushioning and “feel” for the ground.

Price: $110
Weights: 8.7 oz. (men’s), 7.5 oz. (women’s)
Heel-toe offset: 0mm; 21mm (heel), 21mm (forefoot)
Info: Altrarunning.com

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