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A performance trail shoe featuring customizable underfoot protection, the Altra Superior offers minimal cushioning and a firm ride.

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The Altra Superior is the embodiment of high-performance minimalist trail running. This lightweight trail shoe offers a zero drop platform and a foot-shaped last to allow for a more natural stride. A rugged outsole inspires confidence on a variety of trail surfaces, while a removable rock plate beneath the sockliner offers protection when you need it, so you can focus on the trail ahead. 

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Weight: 8.5 oz (size 8), including removable rock plate

Stack Height: Heel (12mm), Forefoot (12mm), without removable rock plate

Available Widths: B=Medium

How it fits (based on width B) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Wide
  • Midfoot: Medium to full volume
  • Forefoot: Wide
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium to high
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved

INTRODUCTION

The Superior is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage on trails.

CUSHIONING

  • A-Bound is a recycled, environmentally friendly midsole compound for resilient underfoot protection.

MIDSOLE

  • Two-Layer EVA midsole foam for durable cushioning.
  • Natural Ride System (NRS) design includes a more natural, foot-shaped last, zero millimeter heel to toe drop, and metatarsal-specific shapes in the outsole to assist in proper foot mechanics and allow for more natural foot movement.
  • Natural Foot Design follows the natural shape of the foot for ultimate comfort.
  • Removable StoneGuard Rock Protection slips underneath the sockliner to disperse shock and protect the feet from rock-bruising. StoneGuard weighs 1.0 oz (Men's size 9).

UPPER

  • Quick Dry Air Mesh wicks water away from your foot while remaining light and breathable.
  • Heel Claw construction uses a snug fit around the heel for added support.
  • A-Wrap design holds feet securely around the midfoot and allows for a roomy toe-box.
  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design follows the shape of the foot for improved fit and feel.
  • Off-Road Insoles for underfoot protection and additional comfort.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

OUTSOLE

  • CheckerTrail Outsole uses sticky rubber lugs for superior grip on trails.
  • Trail Rudder in the heel offers control during steep descents.

Comments: I ordered half a size up from my regular running shoe size as suggested by Altra customer service and it works. So far, so good! I feel like my feet will have plenty of room when my feet swell on long runs and without the swelling the shoe doesn't slip or feel clumsy. This shoe while minimal still has enough cushioning without losing ground feel. Good shoe!

From: AJ, Texas. 2/25/14

Comments: I like these shoes as a very minimalist (perhaps a little too minimalist) trail shoe. First I tried the Lone Peak which I absolutely adore but unfortunately I am between sizes with that shoe. I kept tripping in the larger ones and eventually fell over and hurt my knee quite badly. Running Warehouse were kind enough to let me try a smaller pair but they were too small and bothered my big toe. The Superior is definitely narrower and smaller, better for my skinny feet, but maintains the super wide toe box which is CRUCIAL to me. I really want my foot to relax down and spread out as it is meant to do and the toe box on these is perfect for that. Altra, please don't ever change that! I like the light nimble feel of this shoe on relatively soft terrain, it's perfect. My only problem now is that I feel they are a little thin for technical trails and hard rocks and I would like a little more protection as in the Lone Peak. I don't think I actually received the Rock Plate that is supposed to come with the shoes and hopefully they will send me one to try. That may solve my problem but overall I preferred the ride of the Lone Peak with its slightly more cushioned and protective feel. Just too bad they don't fit me well:( I must also add that I am extremely impressed with the customer service at The Running Warehouse. Lightning quick shipping and super easy returns. Bravo!
From: Serena, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+