Altra Olympus 4 Trail Running Shoes

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Altra Olympus 4 Trail Running Shoes

Altra Olympus 4 Trail Running Shoes

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I like a bit less cushion and a little more feel for the ground than what I get with the Olympus 4.0. Recently, I reviewed the HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR 6. If that shoe is Godzilla, the Olympus 4 would be King Kong. Do not even try to twist this into a larger metaphor of who would crush the other in a monster street brawl, and definitely do not make this a political matchup… it’s a shoe review, dangit! All I am saying is that they are both huge shoes and are very similar in properties and performance. That said, the Olympus is different enough to distinguish itself as its own “monster” on the trails. Offering maximum cushioning, maximum comfort, and maximum performance the Altra Olympus 4 in Blue lets you hit the trails in total confidence thanks to its Vibram Megagrip outsole. While this is great for more technical trails, this may be a bit less desirable for more runnable trails that you may come across. They all are, it’s just what they do. Narrow-footed runners might be swimming in it, but medium to wide-footed runners should find a very comfortable home in the Olympus.

The plush cushion of the sole makes the Olympus 4.0 less responsive than one would hope. Some of the energy return is eaten up in the sponginess, but of course, this isn't really a shoe for taking to the races. Comfort for days! In fact, comparing one of these trail running shoes to Timp's, rather than to each other, would make more sense, but never mind... Cushion Heel drop is the measurement in mm of the difference between the height of the heel and the toe of the sole.

Thanks for your review. However my experience with the Olympic 5 on the Portuguese Camino was not what you experienced. After my first run in the Olympus 4.0, I was sold on the shoe as a solid option for any trail conditions. Compared with your recently reviewed Hoka Stinson ATR 6, which one do you think has a softer, “pillowed” cushion? The fit is spot on lengthwise, and the width is ample from heel to toe. The toebox is classic Altra, meaning very wide and roomy, with a slightly reinforced toe bumper. It isn’t overly protective, like a shoe designed for extremely technical use and it is so high off the ground anyways there is plenty of height between toes and the ground, but the Olympus isn’t that shoe anyway.

When it comes to keeping your foot safe out on the trail, there’s little doubt that the Altra Olympus 4.0 will do the job. All that ‘white’ is just foam, not rubber. It doesn’t grip at all when wet, which takes some getting used to. But hey, look at the rubber after 700 miles. Pretty good shape. Additionally, Lone Peak 4.5 looks quite pretty ( this Gray/Orange color of Lone Peak 4.5 is really liked by many - including me).Nothing that I experienced in any subsequent runs in the Olympus 4.0s did anything to diminish my opinions about the viability of the shoe either.

The weight of the whole shoe is the same though (within 5grams each) as far as my 2 pairs of 4.0 AND the 5.0 pair i got, so no disadvantage at least here with the 5.0. Secondly Fit4Her technology has a completely different fit for men and women’s shoes designed around the key physical characteristics of the foot. TAYLOR: Max cushion on the trails is pretty much owned by a singular company that provides ample top-notch options. If you run, we don’t have to tell you who (but yeah we’re talking about HOKA). But let it be known¬– “they” are not the only ones slayin’ the game as of late. The forefoot in this Altra shoe is indeed much wider than most running shoes. We measured its widest part at 103.4 mm, which is nearly 5 mm wider than the average. Not to mention the wide and squared shape of the toebox!Another key feature of Altra shoes is the wide toe box, known as the “Footshape”. By allowing your toes to relax and spread out naturally, it lets your big toe find the optimum position for stability and power. The fit is spot on true-to-size, with a perfectly adequate toebo...sorry, I couldn’t even write it without breaking. It’s an Altra toebox. It’s huge. The midfoot and heel areas are very snug-fitting whereas the toebox offers an enormous amount of space.

Thankfully, the shoe isn’t terribly heavy, which was a pleasant surprise to me given the amount of cushion and the sturdy heel cup/toe cap that the Olympus 4.0 brings to the table.Cushion: It might not be for everyone, but the bounce in this ride is undeniable. I experienced fewer pointy zingers and less daily foot fatigue in these shoes when compared to other, less-cushioned shoes that I have used (and loved) while thru-hiking. The shoe doesn’t do anything “wrong” per se, but it’s just a maximally cushioned shoe that isn’t designed with maximal speed as the priority. But if you like a lot of cushion and a shoe that can hold up to some serious wear and tear, you should definitely consider the Olympus 4.0. The look of the Olympus has changed quite (for the better, IMO) a bit from the 3.0 to the 4.0, but the feel and performance of the shoe is quite similar to the older model. Hey, what's up? Canberk here. A former General Electric Aviation Design Engineer. Academically involved in cold weather outdoor gear, particularly wearable heating systems using conductive polyester and polyamide yarns. Read more about me. Altra Olympus vs Lone Peak

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