Altra has updated the popular Superior to version 4.0 for 2019. The Superior 4.0 comes in with a brand new and super comfortable upper, a 19mm 0-drop midsole, and a versatile and sticky multi-use outsole. Over the past few years, Altra has become well known for their zero drop shoes with wide toe boxes that can be found on the feet of thru-hikers and elite trail runners the world over. The Superior 4.0 is the first Altra trail shoe that I can compliment on it’s looks as well. I usually don’t cover a shoe’s appearance in my reviews, as I find it to be highly personal, but I want to give Altra a ‘kudos’ for improving their design aesthetic.
Size, Weight, Fit, and Build
My size 11.5 Altra Superiors weigh a superlight 9.39 oz per shoe, and 10.4oz per shoe with the removable stone guard rock plate. This size 11.5 is the exact same as my Altra Lone Peak 4.0. Both shoes have a very similar fit length-wise.
The Altra Superior 4.0 is a great trail shoe choice for trail runners, hikers, and backpackers looking for a low to the ground minimal trail shoe that provides proprioception with a little bit of cushion. The Superior doesn’t provide the kind of underfoot protection I prefer on rockier trails or on days when I’m carrying a pack, but it still sits in my shoe rotation when I want to wear something fast and comfortable. At $110, the Superior 4.0 is very high value pick that is sure to make a lot of feet very happy. Just make sure you know what you’re getting. If you prefer a little more cushion underfoot, the Lone Peak, Timp, or Olympus might be better picks.
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Author: Drew Robinson