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Altra Superior 5 Trail Running Shoes
Trailblaze your trail days with the new Superior 5. It's light, it's fast, and it's trail-running-ready with a MaxTrac outsole and a multi-directional lug pattern for traction on any terrain. The updated removeable StoneGuard uses less material and is lighter weight and the "burrito" style wrap-around tongue provides a locked-in feel. Lace up and take off with the Superior 5.
Sandwich Mesh Upper
The upper of the Altra Superior 5 has been constructed with a sandwiched mesh vamp for ultra breathable comfort. Micro perforations allow heat and vapour to escape, whilst simultaneously encouraging fresh air to enter and circulate for a pleasant cooling sensation. This keeps feet feeling fresh and comfortable so you can stay focused. Durable quarter panel overlays reinforce the shoe, making them abrasion resistant and protecting the foot from sharp rocks and debris you might encounter out on the trail. The "burrito" style tongue works in tandem with the traditional lacing system to lock in the foot securely, giving you improved stability and control, whilst a Gaitertrap hook and loop tab allows for strapless gaiter attachment to prevent debris building up under the shoe. The Footshape toe box ensures plenty of room for natural toe flex, giving you greater stability and comfort.
Altra Quantic Midsole
Engineered with the Altra Quantic midsole the Superior 5 delivers superior plush, responsive cushioning at a new ultra-lightweight keeping you fast on your feet without compromising comfort. Constructed with inner flex, the grid-like groove pattern provides greater flex at a lightweight and with better protection. Ideal for the trail the multi-directional pattern creates an improved ride when navigating uneven and tricky surfaces. A fully cushioned zero drop platform places your forefoot and heel the same distance from the ground; the zero drop encourages a natural foot position and low impact landing protecting the joints and reducing fatigue. Completing the midsole is a removable stoneguard. The updated stoneguard are inspired by real human feet for a lighter weight without compromising protection. The skeletal structure follows the anatomy of the foot for protection in key areas and eliminating any unnecessary weight.
MaxTrac Rubber Outsole
Completing the Altra Superior 5 is a MaxTrac rubber outsole. Combining sticky grip and traction with incredible durability the MaxTrac rubber outsole will have you navigating the trickiest of terrain with ease as it grips and sticks like a boss. Canted TrailClaw lugs strategically placed along underneath the metatarsal provide additional traction for confident and powerful toe-offs.
Altra started in the back room of a speciality running store in the Wasatch Mountains, United States of America. The store noticed they were getting runners from all over the country visiting and complaining of knee pain, shin splints and recurring foot pain. One person in particular noticed this, Golden Harper the founder of Altra. Golden studied running injuries in college and combining his knowledge of injuries and a video analysis at his store made it easy to see and more understandable that traditional running shoes promoted poor form and excessive impact.
This switched on the lightbulb in Golden Harper's head and made him want to help runners achieve their best without pain as well as run and live healthy, happy and naturally. Early concepts were made in a toaster oven and were created to try a new way to reduce the injuries of Altra's customers. The toaster oven served a purpose of melting outsoles off of traditional running shoes and then Golden removed the excess heel elevation. This helped Altra to start creating zero drop running shoes.
The zero drop was just one of the steps taken to return runners feet to their natural position, Altra built a distinctive footshape toe box specifically to help alleviate foot problems. It also enhanced stability and comfort while providing a more powerful push-off