21 Feb '13, 4pm
Our review of the Altra Superior, a zero-drop trail shoe with removable rockplate.
After many happy miles in the Altra Lone Peak, my experience with the Superior is more of a “love-hate” relationship. The love; fantastically comfortable, lightweight shoe. The wide toe box, foot-shape design, and zero-drop give a refreshing, natural feeling to running. The zero-drop requires a bit of biomechanical stride adjustment, so if you have been in a more traditional shoe, give yourself time to adapt. Now the hate; the Superior’s big advantage over the Lone Peak is lighter weight, 7.9 oz vs 9.9 oz. But this weight reduction seems to come with significantly less durability and quality of construction. After less than 200 miles in the first pair of Superiors, the sidewall mesh separated from the soles at the flex points. Altra did replace the shoes at no cost. Time and miles will tell on the second pair. I see my review on the Altra web site was removed, but check ou...