(4.0 / 5.0)
Run any trail with The Superior™, our newest lightweight performance off road shoe. The foot-shaped design provides for maximum foot relaxation and speed, while the Zero Drop™ platform gives you stabilization and better form. Get rugged protection from a lightweight shoe with removable StoneGuard™ rock protection system. The Superior™ also features a CheckerTrail outsole for maximum grip and a two-layer midsole with A-Bound for maximum energy return. Take on the terrain with an inspired trail running shoe.
Best minimal trail shoe
By Chubbymark (Lake Forest, CA.) on Feb 18, 2013
Looking for a light and flexible trail shoe and came across the Superior. Very fast shoe with large toe-box to allow forefoot to "flow" upon landing. Very impressed with removable stone-shield, I run on rocky trails and I need the option. The only down-side is a somewhat flimsy tongue that must be m... (Read more)
Wonderful trail shoe.
By Jules (Mount Holly, NC) on Feb 27, 2013
The more I wear the Altra products, the more I like them. I own a pair of Instincts and now the Superior and I love them. The comfort of the expanded toe box along with zero drop fits my minimalist style. I have found the rock protection to be beneficial too, compared to some other minimalist shoes... (Read more)
Favorite Shoe Yet! Just Two Small Design Fixes Needed.
By procyonlotus (Livingston, MT) on Jan 26, 2013
This shoe is flexible and provides a similar feel to barefoot, but unlike barefoot shoes, it has just enough padding to prevent you from getting ignited if you step on a sharp rock. The removable rock plate is a feature that works well and is very worth having. Even with my narrow feet, I love the ... (Read more)
Durability Issues As Well
By Rob (AR) on Mar 6, 2013
The good: Very comfortable, wide trail shoe that would do fine on dirt and road. You probably do need to go 1/2 or a full size up. The bad: Durability issues...with less than 100 miles on my pair, the fabric was already coming apart on the medial side of my left shoe. My Lone Peaks have held up ... (Read more)
So far my favorite running shoe,
By Chris (Oakland, CA) on Nov 1, 2012
I have a wide foot and was wearing Brooks Ghost 5's for about a year. They were falling apart after about 175 Trail Miles. Finding a trail shoe for my wide foot was a frustrating battle until by chance my local store picked up this brand. Things I like the most: 1) Toe Box. It makes the long ... (Read more)
By matt (Switzerland) on Feb 4, 2013
One of my favorite trail shoes. Altras simply have the best anatomic fit for my feet. Good points: - Fit - Flexibility - Most comfortable running shoe I've found so far - Zero drop as with any Altra To be improved - Removeable rockplate feels a little hard (I usually run without). Have to... (Read more)
Superior is a fitting name, all I needed in a trail show.
By jbs1126 (Jacksonville, NC) on Oct 19, 2012
I can not wait to see the take the shoe gurus across the industry have on this shoe. Simply amazing fit and customizable to the situation. How can a shoe be so snug and loose at the same time, my toes spread nicely, but the mid is snug and secure with the cords. Even with the low profile, I don't ... (Read more)
Altra Superior review
By Dan (Aberdeen, NC) on Oct 16, 2012
I was very excited for this shoe to come out. I love the Lone Peak, but its a little too much shoe for my faster, more technical runs. I use the Lone Peak when I go really long. The Superior bridges the gap between the Lone Peak, and going super minimal. I ran in them for the first tim... (Read more)
By Orange Trail Monkey (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 20, 2012
I have been running trails for about 3 years and I think I found the last shoe I'll ever buy. I did a 17 mile trail run this weekend and absolutely loved this shoe. This shoe provided excellent stability and a very non-slick tread for both the up and downhill trails, even on slick rocks. A few times... (Read more)
By Runtgh (Jarrettsville, MD) on Jan 14, 2013
3 months in and the side mesh has ripped out, front vinyl has ripped and a holder for the black string has ripped apart. I am still running in the lone peaks and they are 14 months old with 600 plus miles on me. Apart from the foam at the heal they are in great shape. Not sure what happened with the... (Read more)
Finally found the perfect zero drop trail shoe
By trailrnr57 (Stanfield, NC) on Jan 20, 2013
After many years of running road races I switched to trail races a little over three years ago. I had also researched barefoot running and switched to a minimalist shoe. After trying four different brands, over the last three years, I purchased a pair of the Superiors three weeks ago. I have complet... (Read more)
Tearing uppers, too.
By Stefan (Germany) on Jan 23, 2013
Actually a great shoe but after only 40 miles the side mesh ripped. First on the left shoe but the right shoe shows initial damage at the same spot, too. Please see here for images and a more thorough description: http://runblogger-forum.com/discussion/204/altra-superior-duarbility-issue
Comfortable yes, construction quality- so/so
By DogFishTX (Lubbock, TX) on Jan 25, 2013
I LOVE the fit and feel of this shoe. However, only 2.5 stars based on construction quality. I am on my third replacement pair. The seam that connected the tongue to the side of the shoe unraveled after about a month on the first pair, second pair same problem after about FOUR wearings, We'll see... (Read more)
By super dave (hondo ,texas) on Jan 25, 2013
Is this a good running road shoe ,I do about 30 , 40 miles week on pavement. and do 1 ,2 5k month. your thought on this shoe superior
nice shoe, feels like a slipper
By RED (Oakland, CA) on Jan 25, 2013
I selected this shoe because it seemed to be the widest version of all the styles (which was a necessary criteria in order to not re-aggrivate a bruised metatarsal injury). Can't wait to take a long walk or hike in them and see how my feet feel afterwards! A note to people trying to find their size,... (Read more)
My first trail running shoes.
By Emmanuel (Kirkland, WA) on Mar 9, 2013
These are the shoes I got, without the rock-plate and extra insole, I love them so far. The ribbing on the bottom going front and back means they've got grip without being super nubby. Good trail feel.
My favorite Altra yet!
By Mace (Gilbert, AZ) on Jan 9, 2013
I have tried every Altra they offer and these are my absolute favorite. It provides a perfect balance between the Samson, Instinct, and Lone Peek. Less cushion then the Instinct but not a total minimalist like the Samson. You also have the traction and stone guard to keep up your lone peek style tri... (Read more)
Super shoe, except for durability of side of forefoot mesh
By Lightning Racer (Anchorage, Alaska) on Dec 19, 2012
These shoes are the most comfortable shoes of any that I have used in my life for fit. I especially love the little toe room that is lacking in every other shoe that I have ever used. The mesh also accommodates my bunions without putting pressure on them. Once I adapted to the firm ride, I like t... (Read more)
Best trail shoe so far!
By BostonTrailTerrior (Boston, MA) on Dec 18, 2012
I feel the same as Dan about the shoe and the Lone Peak (which I wear for hiking). Altra essentially took the Instinct and modified it for trail use---perfect! It's light but still gives more support and protection from roots and rocks than the super minimalist shoes do. Like most of the Altras and ... (Read more)
Awesome shoe . . . except the tread.
By Jrod (Eugene, OR) on Dec 2, 2012
I love everything about this shoe except the traction. It is fine for forward motion, but the lateral traction is quite poor. Muddy switchbacks at speed are a problem. Altra got the Lone Peak traction so right . . . why the deviation? With better lateral traction this shoe would be a dream.