30 Nov '17, 11am
Altra Timp Review
I’m an Altra fan, and a huge fan of the Timp. I own 3 pair. I agree with your conclusion–while better in heel and midfoot fit than other Altra models, like Olympus, they remain too sloppy to comfortably take downhills with confidence. The outsoles are grippy–but I found over rough, rocky terrain the lugs were literally torn off the outsoles and in those flexion points at the metatarsals, midfoot and back to the heel rock penetrations are repeated and painful. On a recent run through Franklin Mountains State Park near El Paso, TX, three cactus needles penetrated all the way through the bottoms of the outsoles into the insoles. As for the uppers, multiple rock penetrations laterally through the perforated toe rand and toes themselves left my feet feeling beat after 25 miles of rough trail and the uppers themselves abraded and ripped. Both shoes performed great on light trail...