The Moab Trail Marathon is a spectacular course covering 26 miles and includes canyons, cliffs, ropes, ladders and fierce competition. Like last year, the race is the US National Trail Marathon Championships and I wanted to improve from my previous 13th place.
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Altra Superior 2.0 Review
Damian Stoy is a coach, biomechanics specialist, Altra athlete and coaches runners from all around the world.
The new Altra Superior 2.0 is a significant upgrade from last year’s model. This new version has several changes that most runners are really going to enjoy.
- Weight: 8.7 oz.
- Drop: 0 mm
- Stack Height: 21 mm
- Outsole: Sticky Rubber TrailClaw™
- Insole: 5 mm Contour Footbed with Removable StoneGuard™ Rock Protection
I always appreciate Altra’s zero drop and wide toe box which help promote efficient running biomechanics. Last year’s version of this model, the Superior 1.5, was a good shoe. However, it was on the heavy side, a little clunky and had minimal traction.
Pros: Fortunately, the Superior 2.0 has several upgrades from the previous version that make it a much, much better shoe. The 2.0 has more cushion which is slightly softer and feels really comfortable on both roads and trails. There is an increase in stack height of 3mm which gives the shoe less of a minimalist feel but increases protection on technical terrain. The traction is much more aggressive this year. I’ve taken the new Superior on dirt trails, snow and ice and the traction is greatly improved. The shoe is also lighter which is a HUGE plus for me. At 8.7 oz, this shoe is really lightweight for a trail shoe. Yes there are others that are lighter, but few that offer as much protection or a comfortable toe box. The upper looks sleeker and probably dries faster than the previous version as well.
Cons: Even though the fit for me is more comfortable, it is slightly more snug than the previous version. I usually wear an 8.5 or 9 in Altra’s. The size 9 Superior 2.0 is a good fit for me but if anything, a bit tight (which I persoanally prefer). Some runners may have to size up a 1/2 size.
Overall, I highly recommend the Altra Superior 2.0. If you are looking for a comfortable, light-weight trail running that offers ample protection, the Superior 2.0 may be the shoe for you. For me, this will be my go to shoe for trails and at ultra races I’ll be competing at this year across the country.
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