Al­tra Su­pe­rior 3.5

Women’s 232 g (8.2 oz.) Men’s 292 g (10.3 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 0 mm $150

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

The Su­pe­rior 3.5 is a fairly low-stack height shoe, more akin to the min­i­mal­ist shoes that were all the rage a few years back. That said, there is enough mid­sole cush­ion­ing that your feet won’t feel too worn out af­ter a size­able trail run. The pri­mary im­prove­ment from ver­sion 3.0 is to the up­per, which is now much more durable. The Su­pe­rior also has other nice lit­tle trail touches, such as a tab to hold down gaiters and a re­mov­able rock plate.

The Su­pe­rior han­dles loose ter­rain quite well, and is a well-rounded shoe for hit­ting some loose, dry sin­gle­track. The su­per-wide toe box is Al­tra’s sig­na­ture, and the Su­pe­rior pro­vides all kinds of room to splay your toes out. Of course, this, like all other Al­tra shoes, is zero drop, mean­ing the fore­foot and the heel are rest­ing at the same level above the ground. It’s a very spe­cific style of shoe that has a strong cult fol­low­ing. If you en­joy putting your feet to work a bit when you run, the Su­pe­rior 3.4 is a solid up­date by Al­tra.

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