By Sparta (Dallas, TX) on (Dec 15, 2013)
Comments: I completed the Texas Spartan Beast yesterday, wearing a pair of newly acquired Superiors. This is my second pair of Altras. The Good: terrific fit and support. Unlike more road-going Altras, the Superior had excellent lateral support. The toe box is roomy enough to allow splaying, but not so much to create friction, hot spots or blistering. I took out the rock protector plate, but never suffered any penetrating stabs from the ground. The shoes did a fine job shedding water (we spent a lot of time in water for a sub-40-degree day). I also run in trail shoes by Merrell and Vivobarefoot. The Altra beats them in the comfort and stability category. Needs Improvement: I was disappointed with the performance of the tread pattern. Not nearly enough grip. While the pattern shed unwanted mud (and weight) easily, they didn't provide the grip in the sloppy stuff, particularly on inclines, declines and "sideways-clines." By comparison, my Vivobarefoots gave me the grip of spiked golf shoes and allowed me to get around lots of racers on the tougher terrain. Summary. A really good shoe. Our race covered nearly 14 miles and my feet were well taken care of by the Superiors. Enhance the grip pattern and move up to five stars in my book.