Best Altra Trail Running Shoes of 2023

With the newest version of Lone Peak 7 releasing at the start of 2023 and the Superior 6 set to be released soon, 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 still make a standout shoe. Why do you think the Lone Peak has been around for so long? 

If you’re in the market for a new trail running shoe and you’re looking for a shoe that won’t squish your toes but still has some padding, Altra is the solution. 

If you want more ground, feel, and that true barefoot option, check out my other post on Minimal Shoes. Why barefoot? Barefoot training can be a game-changer for overall running performance! But that’s for a different post.

Let’s get into the Altra Trail Running Shoes for 2023! 

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Altra Lone Peak 7

The Altra Lone Peak has been in the market for over 10 years! 

Back in the beginning, it was a revolution in the running shoe market, coming in at 23mm, but completely zero-drop. 

It was soft and squishy, super flexible, and amazingly comfortable.

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Fast forward to 2023, and we’re looking at version 7 (technically around 10-11 because Altra used to do .5 numbers). 

Besides the drastic improvements in quality, little has changed since those original versions. 

They’re now 25mm, completely zero-drop, and moderately flexible. 

Even from version 6, there have been drastic improvements in the outsole. The rubber seems much more sticky than the old versions, and I hope it should last longer too. 

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A word of warning, though, I found version 7 a little narrow through the midfoot, likely due to the heavy use of overlays which are great for protection but don’t allow for expansion. 

Next time, I’ll be buying the wide version. Which is another plus for the Lone Peak. There is a wide option! 

Overall, the Lone Peak 7 is an improvement over the Lone Peak 6, yet still keeping the great aspects of the original Lone Peak. 

masszymes review – (30-day free returns)

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 Superior 6

As of now, the Superior 6 isn’t actually released. But the release date is so close! And I’m excited! 

We’ve had a few sneak peeks of the shoe since January, and it seems much of it is similar to the Superior 5. 

The burrito tongue is still a thing. One piece of material wraps around from the inside of the shoe around most of the foot, making only one slit in the shoe rather than the two for a standard tongue. 

Altra Escalante tongue

We’re still looking at a 21mm stack height, likely using the Ego midsole, meaning it’ll be flexible and responsive. 

And this time, we won’t be getting the removable rock guard! 

For me, that’s not an issue because I took it out as soon as I bought the shoe anyway, but it may hint that we could see a more solid insole or something similar to protect the foot from rocks on the trail.

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And lastly, we’ll see the same update in the rubber compound as in the Lone Peak 7.

Right now, I have 500km on my Superior 5’s, and there’s no way I could run a muddy trail in them. The tread is well-worn, so I’m excited to see what the performance of the new rubber will be like. 

masszymes review – (30-day free returns)

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 Outroad 2

You could almost say that the Outroad should be in the road category. But it still has a few trail roots. 

The lugs on the outsole are flat enough to reduce wear on pavements but still pronounced to provide grip on light gravel trails.

We’re expecting the Outroad 2 to be released in June, and it is said to build upon the success of the original Outroad with an updated upper.

Sporting the same 27mm stack height and the familiar slim fit we see in other models like the Rivera 3. I’m not expecting much change. 

The midsole is the biggest difference between this trail shoe and the previous Lone Peak and Superior

The Outroad uses Altra’s Ego Max cushion, which tends to be softer, but to counter the squishiness, shoes with Ego Max foam are usually stiffer, promoting a rockered, roll-through feel. 

If you’ve enjoyed the Timp in the past, I think the Outroad will be one to look out for in 2023. – (30-day free returns)


Type: Trail

Width: Average

Stack height: 27mm

Weight: 10.2oz / 289g

The OG door-to-trail shoe from Altra. REVIEW COMING SOON!


If I were going to insert my barefoot bias into this post, I’d say the Superior is the “best” Altra Trail shoe of 2023, even before it’s been released.


  • Lower in stack height
  • Flexible
  • Better price point

But that’s coming from an avid minimal runner. You may still be at a transition stage of your barefoot journey. And that’s ok! 

In that case, the Outroad can work. And the Lone Peak is a great tool if you have wider feet and need an Ultra distance shoe. 

All these trail shoes have unique aspects that make them great for different trail situations.  You should see them as tools to solve various problems we encounter on the trail. 

If you’d like to learn more about each of these shoes, check out the full reviews below.

Altra Lone Peak 7
Altra Superior 6 – Review coming when it’s released
Altra Outroad 2 – Review coming when it’s released

And let me know what’s your favorite Altra trail shoe of 2023! 

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Altra Superior 6

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Altra Escalante 3

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Altra Lone Peak 7

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Altra Outroad

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Altra Rivera 3

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Altra Torin 6

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Altra Timp 4

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Altra Superior 5

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