Altra

Altra

Footshaped cushioned shoes with a range of road and trail options. Great for transitioning to barefoot.

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Xero Shoes Lone Peak 8

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Rivera 4

Type: Road

Width: Narrow

Stack height: 28mm

Weight: 8.7oz / 247g

A great daily trainer for the narrow-footed runner. Read the Full Review

Xero Shoes Lone Peak 8

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Lone Peak 8

Type: Trail

Width: Wide

Stack height: 25mm

Weight: 10.7oz / 303g

A cushioned shoe but still rocking the flex! Comfort for miles Read the Full Review

Altra Olympus 5

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Olympus 5

Type: Trail

Width: Wide

Stack height: 33mm

Weight: 11oz / 313g

A maximalist shoe with a perfect fit. This one’s for the long run. Read the Full Review

Altra Torin 7

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Torin 7

Type: Road

Width: Wide

Stack height: 30mm

Weight: 9.8oz / 278g

A maximalist shoe with barefoot roots. Great for those with wide feet. Read the Full Review

Altra Outroad 2

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Outroad 2

Type: Trail/Road

Width: Medium-wide

Stack height: 27mm

Weight: 10.3oz / 303g

A shoe that does just as well on the trails as it does on the roads. Read the Full Review

Altra Superior 6

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Superior 6

Type: Trail

Width: Wide

Stack height: 21mm

Weight: 9.5oz / 270g

The most minimal trail runner from Altra and a favorite alternative for barefoot runners. Read the Full Review

Altra Lone Peak 7

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Lone Peak 7

Type: Trail

Width: Wide

Stack height: 25mm

Weight: 11oz / 314g

The original wide, zero-drop aggressive trail shoe. Read the Full Review

Altra Escalante 3

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Escalante 3

Type: Road

Width: Wide

Stack height: 24mm

Weight: 9.3oz / 263g

The closet to barefoot you can get in Altra shoes. Read the Full Review

Altra Outroad

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Outroad

Type: Road/Trail

Width: Medium-wide

Stack height: 27mm

Weight: 10.2oz / 289g

A shoe that does just as well on the trails as it does on the roads. Read the Full Review

Altra Mont Blanc

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Mont Blanc

Type: Trail

Width: Medium-wide

Stack height: 30mm

Weight: 9.9 oz/ 280 g

Speedy, even for trails, but it has a fundamental flaw.. Read the Full Review

Altra Torin 6

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Torin 6

Type: Road

Width: Wide

Stack height: 28mm

Weight: 9.9oz / 280g

The most popular road running shoe from Altra. Read the Full Review

Altra Superior 5

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Superior 5

Type: Trail

Width: Wide

Stack height: 21mm

Weight: 8.8oz / 251g

The high stack option for barefoot runners (my race shoe) Read the Full Review

Altra Rivera 3

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Rivera 3

Type: Road

Width: Average

Stack height: 28mm

Weight: 9.8oz / 278g

A great shoe when transitioning from conventional shoes like Hoka. Read the Full Review

Altra Timp 4

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Timp 4

Type: Trail

Width: Average

Stack height: 28mm

Weight: 10.9oz / 308g

A great shoe when transitioning from conventional shoes like Hoka. Read the Full Review

Top 5 Barefoot Trail Running Shoes 2024

Are you confused with all the barefoot options in the market? Fear not! I’ve conducted practical tests on numerous barefoot trail running shoes, evaluated them, and compiled a list of the top 5 choices in the barefoot running world of 2024!

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Top 5 Minimalist Trail Running Shoes (2024)

Xero Shoes Scrambler Low Outsole

Minimalist shoes and trails seem like an unlikely combination to some. They might ask, “What about sharp rocks and roots?” However, it is entirely possible to run trails in minimal shoes. In fact, many options are available on the market for this purpose.

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Best Altra Road Running Shoes of 2023

Altra Rivera 3 heel cup

With the Rivera 3 released at the start of the year and the Torin getting a huge update, it’s time to start talking about the best Altra Road Running shoe of 2023.  Sorry, high stack friends. The Via Olympus 2 is not on the list! It’s tough to come up with the “best” because a…

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Best Altra Trail Running Shoes of 2023

conclusion of lone peak 7

With the newest version of Lone Peak 7 released at the start of 2023 and the Superior 6 that came soon after, it’s time to start thinking about the best Altra Trail Running shoe of 2023.  It’s tough to say which shoe is the “best” because it depends on personal preference, but certain aspects can…

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Altra Escalate 3 vs Rivera 3 – Plush vs. Flexible

Altra toebox

If you’re in the market for a zero-drop, wide toe box neutral road running shoe, you’ve likely considered both the Altra Rivera and the Altra Escalante.  Both of these shoes fit the bill perfectly, but choosing between the two depends on the fine details you’re looking for.  In short, the Rivera : Has a higher…

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Altra Lone Peak 8 vs. Altra Superior 6 2024

Altra Superior 6 feel

In this head-to-head comparison, we explore the distinct features of Altra’s Lone Peak 8 and Superior 6 trail shoes. Find out which shoe best matches your trail running needs, from cushioning to fit, and make an informed decision on your next pair of trail champions.

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Altra vs Topo Athletic – Which foot-shaped shoe suits you?

Topo st-4 overlays

If you’re looking for a foot-shaped, near-zero-drop running shoe, you’ve likely come across two brands. Altra and Topo Athletics. Both sport much wider toe boxes than the rest of the industry, and both have a heritage in the minimal running scene, but things have drastically changed for both companies.  So, which brand is for you?…

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What to expect from the Altra Superior 6

The Superior 6 is now available! More of the same Superior, with some essential upgrades. Read the Full Review Shop Altra Superior 6 It’s not long now until the Altra Superior 6 will be released! Rumors are that we’ll be seeing the first shipments in May, and I want to be first in line to…

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New Altra Shoes coming in 2023

Altra trail running shoe review

Altra has revamped its lineup consistently for the last few years, and 2023 doesn’t seem to be any different.  Some of the new Altra shoes coming in 2023 are due for an upgrade, and some need an update to fix issues from previous versions. We can only hope that new problems aren’t introduced!  In this…

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Altra Lone Peak vs. Timp Review – Shoes for different people

Altra Timp Upper

Altra Lone Peak; a shoe that’s been in the rotation of many trail runners over the years. There are few others on the market like the Lone Peak, and it’s solidified itself as the wide, responsive, flexible option when comfort is paramount.  Altra Timp; still a relatively new kid on the block –or rather, market,…

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Which Altra Shoe Should I Buy?

Altra Timp Upper

So you’re in the market for some new running shoes, and you’ve decided you like the zero-drop and wide toe box nature of Altra. But you’re left thinking, “What Altra shoe is right for me”? Well, that’s what I’m going to help you answer today.  Using my knowledge from my running shoe sales days, I’ll…

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Altra Superior vs. Lone Peak Review – Here’s How to Choose

Altra Long Peak toe box

Today we’re going to look at two top trail shoes from Altra that have been the cornerstones of the trail running shoe lineup for nearly 10 years now. They both share similarities, but they target a slightly different terrain, and the fit can sometimes be the ultimate decider.  At the end of this post, I’m…

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Which Altra Shoes are Actually Barefoot?

Altra Trail running shoe Review

Are Altra Shoes Barefoot? Well, if you’re here, you probably want to know the answer to the question. So let’s answer it. In short, no. But there’s more to the answer than just no, and to better explain why I thought I’d expand on it in this blog post! Because some Altra models are closer…

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Vivobarefoot vs. Altra – Which shoe brand is right for you?

Altra vs. Vivobarefoot

Are you looking to transition to a zero drop shoe but don’t know what your best options are? (If so, start here) Maybe you’re already running in Altras, but you’re looking to transition to a more “barefoot” feel, and you’ve heard Vivobarefoot is the way to go?  In this post, I’m going to guide you…

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Altra vs Xero Shoes – Which shoes are right for you?

The fit and feel of the mesa trail

Are you looking at moving away from “traditional” running shoe brands, but you’re confused with the options on the market? Zero-drop shoes provide a perfect alternative to the norm, I will be comparing two zero-drop brands, Altra vs Xero Shoes, and help guide you to choose the right shoes for you. And if you don’t…

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