By JHyatt (Junction City, KS) on (Jul 2, 2013)
Comments: Typically you do not want to try out any new shoes for a race. I tried on these shoes the weekend of June 28-29th while waiting for the Black Hills 50 Mile race in Sturgis, SD and decided to give them a try. First of all, they run small, so even though I typically run in an 11-11.5, I needed a 12 for this model. The fit was the same through the heel and midsole, but to have the right amount of room in the toe box you will need to go higher. I was originally planning on only wearing these shoes for the first part of the race and then transitioning to my Lone Peaks to finish out the race. The shoes handled the technical mountain trails really well, drained fast (after crossing two above-ankle deep streams) and provided everything I was looking for in a trail shoe. After 51 miles of running in one go, these shoes replaced my Lone Peaks as my go-to trail/mountain shoes. I am lucky to have found these at the time as they made a big impact on my performance in the race. Thank you Altra! I am definitely an "AltraRunner!"