Comments: Firstly, the dude from Gabriel, CA is right, go up half a size. I should also admit that I use these mostly as a work shoe (in a running store) due to the cushion level, but the few times I've done trail runs in them, they've been fantastic. I'm used to a lighter shoe, so that was a little irritating, but they're definitely protective and cushy.
From: Joel, Estero, FL, USA. October 28th 2014
Comments: Easily the most comfortable running shoes I have ever owned. I am a fore to mid foot striker and the toe box on Altra is second to no one. I was running in the Brooks Pure Grits and both my big and little toes were wearing through the shoe fabric and getting nice blister/caluses on the sides of my toes. I picked up a pair of Olympus' to train for and race a 50k trail run in the Cascades last month. I have easily put close to 400 miles on them so I feel justified in writing about them. Pros: 1)Toe box, I was stunned after a trail marathon I did in them in August at how awesome my feet felt. No hotspots, no aches (in my feet). 2)Durability, These shoes have lasted extremely well, hardly any tread wear. 3)Laces, Compared to my pure grits these laces are built well, they stay tied. 4)Cushion, The rocker feel that these shoes have goes away after 20-40 miles, and the cushion helps mitigate impact on the body. I also have the Lone Peak 1.5, and for longer runs the Olympus' are far better. Cons: I can only think of one. 1)Tread, the tread on these shoes could hardly be called trail tread. I have had no problems, but I ran almost entirely on dry trails. If these things get in the mud... look out. Definitely an area for improvement. Disclaimer: I did use them on my 50k trail run, but I was experiencing significant IT band pain and had to alter my stride. I ended up losing my big toe nail and I think it was my altered stride (more shuffling), since I had not experienced any toe pain from other long runs. Shoes are still in great shape and ready to go on the next run.
From: TheDude, Bend, OR, USA. October 28th 2014
Comments: I've been running trails and 100 milers since the mid-1980s and can say these shoes are useless on any trail that is not perfectly flat groomed dirt. Whoever designed the tread should be fired. Beyond that, the outsole wears smooth in a matter of less than 200 miles. It is frankly dangerous on any sort of mud. This is a terribly designed trail shoe.
From: Scott, WA, USA. September 16th 2014
Comments: I just ordered my second pair of these. They are fantastic. The low drop and cushion have helped my PF and got me back on the road. My only concern with these is why did they use metal eyelets on this shoe? They dig into your foot since the tongue is not very wide in coverage. They also rust!!! That is my only suggestion for the new update.
From: Eric, NE FLA. August 20th 2014
Comments: I love these shoes, they are by far my go to running shoe. The only problem is the wear of the tread. I've talked with Altra and they know about the problem of the tread wearing out too fast on these shoes, of course they declined to replace mine and instead told me they are working on a better tread pattern / materials for the next generation....well that's something. Regardless of the lack of tread for even the slightest wet trails, I still love these shoes and all of the Altras.
From: Todd, Lexington, KY, USA. July 25th 2014
Comments: Let me first say i did not order these from rw they were not available at the time.I have done runs from 20 miles to 60 miles to my most recent my first 100 mile race.I love this shoe it has cushion that helps with the later miles,it dries quick from creek crossings, and i love the wide toe box that i am use to with altras.Now for the dreaded "but" i found that if it rains and the course becomes muddy my feet slip and slide worse then any trail shoe i have ever worn.I know they were going for a sole that works well on both trails and roads but lets not forget this is a trail shoe.On dry easy to somewhat technical trails this shoe is great!! If it rains or snows have you a back up or start out with a shoe that has a tread suited more for the trails.
From: Keith, Southaven, MS, USA. May 21st 2014
Comments: I'll write a real review once I've logged some miles in these, but I just wanted to mention that you should be careful if you are ordering these by the shoefitr size recommendation. The recommended size will likely be shorter in length than the shoe you are comparing it to for some reason (perhaps the big width of Altra's toe box is trumping length?). My toes were just touching the end of the shoe in the size it recommended. Change the shoefitr view to "fit" view instead of "3D" view to get a sense of the length. Most likely a half size up from their recommendation will be an equivalent length to your other branded shoe.
From: Gabriel, CA, USA. April 29th 2014
Comments: Fantastic shoe! Have been a runner for over 40 years over all surfaces and distances. My steadfast go-to shoes were Pegasus/Hoka for roads and Cascadias/Hoka for trails. Those are all good shoes, BUT the Olympus is the most comfortable shoe by far. Initially. I transitioned to the Altra Instinct with good results. I then took the Olympus out over our rough HI trails for a long run. Traction in mud is a bit lacking, but this is typical of any shoe. The Olympus is well cushioned and allows me to navigate rough terrain with confidence. It feels more stable than the Hokas. There were no foot issues at all. I ordered the same size as my Pegasus and Hokas - the shoe initially looked too big, but fit perfectly. Can't wait to see how they perform on a long road run. Mahalo Altra for a great product and Running Warehouse for wonderful service!
From: MG, Pearl City, HI. April 30th 2014
Comments: Comments: I absolutely love these shoes! They work well on street and trails. I ordered the same size as my Altra Torins and they fit great. I took them for 2 five mile road runs to make sure the fit was right, then an 18 mile dry trail run with 2800' of elevation change and they worked awesome. I then used them for a wet and rainy trail marathon with 9000' of elevation change with 20 creek crossings including 1 that was knee deep. Was able to bomb the downhills and ended up 7th overall and 2nd AG. No blisters, no calf or foot pain and minimal slipping. Highly recommend! From: Dave, CA, USA. April 28th 2014
From: Dave, CA, USA. April 28th 2014
Comments: A great escape from Hokas. I have a foot ailment that requires me to run in a shoe with a lot of underfoot protection, so Hokas seemed like my best option, until the Olympus came along. These shoes are light, flexible and still offer a lot of underfoot protection. My one complaint for this shoe would be that the tread is not aggressive enough, and you tend to slip and slide on muddy trail. Hopefully, Altra will make some tread adjustments on the next version. Overall I would give this shoe 4 out of 5 stars.
From: Lane, Pineville, LA USA. 3/17/14
Comments: Great shoes. They aren't HOKA's but they have helped me improve my running form. You can feel the difference in cushioning between the Hoka Bondi B's and the Olympus (Hoka's feel like they have more) but the Altra's have helped me improve my turnover and running form. For me, they are a great compliment to my Hoka's. The wide toe box is great and the shoes are really comfortable, no hot spots or blisters. I've run three separate ten milers in them (both trail and on roads) and the Altra's have performed well. The quick dry mesh really dries out quickly and the shoes have plenty of support over all types of terrain. I would recommend these shoes for people who want to compliment their Hoka's or don't necessarily need all the cushion that Hoka provides.
From: G, USA. 2/10/14