Altra Superior 3.0

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Altra Superior 3.0 Review Facts

As has become the norm lately with the Altra brand shoes, the Altra Superior 3.0 features several enhancements that improve the overall ride provided by the shoe. Both the upper and the sole unit of the shoe have technologies that are designed to give the runner an amazing feel during their time in the shoe; things such as the somewhat thin, but durable mesh upper and the addition of the footpad on the sole of the shoe, allow it to be extremely natural-feeling. Intended for use on trails and the more rural areas, the shoe is also extremely versatile.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Great traction
Cons
  • Not very stable
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Altra Superior 3.0 is designed to provide the wearer with amazing traction while the shoe is in use. The shoe features Altra’s footpad, which provides the wearer with an insane amount of flexibility, allowing them to get amazing footing. The shoe also features Altra’s Trailclaw technology, which also aids in the wearer’s traction capabilities. The material is designed to grip the trails and is best for the uphill climbs that give the wearer the most resistance. It should also be mentioned that it is designed from a hardened rubber material which also greatly improves the shoe’s durability.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Altra Superior 3.0 was designed to give the wearer a form fitting and natural ride. The shoe is equipped with an EVA midsole which allows for a great level of comfort and gives the wearer an overall responsive ride. Also, to aid the shoe in achieving this effect, the shoe was equipped with Altra’s inner flex technology. As the name dictates, the material allows the shoe to achieve a high level of flex and aids the shoe in its efforts to provide a natural overall feel to the wearer. There is also a very minimal drop on this shoe, which is so mainly because of the lack of height in the midsole altogether.
Upper

Upper

The upper on the Altra Superior 3.0is truly a work of art. The shoe features an engineered mesh upper with several hidden components which improve the shoe’s performance on trails. The shoe has a combination of overlays which work to counteract the loose effect of the mesh upper itself. To also make the shoe feel a bit more secure, Altra has worked to make the lacing of the shoe stay in place a bit easier, which has worked and provides security to the wearer. The shoe also features a Velcro tab on the back which allows an extension to be added to the shoe to provide extended protection to the wearer of the shoe.
Weight

Weight

The Altra Superior 3.0 features a lightweight overall design. The upper of the shoe has very little in the way of materials; the upper has very little cushioning and the mesh itself is relatively thin. On top of that, the sole of the shoe is also relatively thin. The no drop sole that is featured on the shoe and the lightweight effect that the materials themselves have adds very little in the way of weight to the shoe. The foam itself is known for being lightweight and the minimal amount of material that makes up the outsole of the shoe also helps it achieve this effect.
Breathability

Breathability

The material that makes up the upper of the Altra Superior 3.0 allows it to achieve a superior (get it?) level of air flow. The mesh upper of the shoe is cut pretty thin, which doesn’t block any air from entering or exiting the shoe. The thinness of the mesh upper also allows the shoe to be relatively fast drying. This allows the shoe to be used in the damper climates without the runner having to worry about the material leaving their foot soaked for hours on end.
Comfort

Comfort

In terms of comfort, the Altra Superior 3.0 was designed with that effect in mind. Although the mesh upper of the shoe is relatively thin, the cut of the shoe allows it to blend with the wearer’s foot with little to no issues. On top of this, the zero-drop design of the sole unit allows the shoe to feel a bit more natural while on foot, also aiding in the comfort provided to the wearer. The mesh upper of the shoe allows the material to be extremely breathable, something that is necessary for a shoe of this variety. The flex provided by the sole unit also allows the shoe to bend with the movements of the user’s foot, resulting in a comfortable feel for the wearer as well.
Style

Style

Something that must be mentioned about the Altra Superior 3.0 is that even though the shoe was designed for trails and is primarily a running shoe, it is surprisingly stylish. The zero drop that is on the shoe allows the shoe to be worn with a variety of clothing. Also, the minimalist design with which that shoe was made with allows it to be blend with the style of the times. The shoe comes in more monotone colors which means that it doesn’t have a very large variety of colors to choose from in this respect; this also aids in the minimalist effect that the shoe provides.
Durability

Durability

The material that makes up the design of the Altra Superior 3.0 is meant for running on trails, this implies that it must be durable enough to last on the more strenuous surfaces. The mesh upper of the shoe, even though it doesn’t have a large variety of coverings, is able to last for a relatively long period of time before the shoe needs replacement. The sole unit itself is where Altra placed most of their focus in regard to durability. The shoe features a sole unit that is designed from EVA foam and hard plastic material, two materials that are known for their durability. The addition of the spikes on the sole unit of the shoe also allows the shoe to be a bit more durable in the sense that they were placed there to allow the shoe to dig into the ground time and time again without causing the wearer to need a replacement for his shoes on a regular basis.
Protective

Protective

The Altra Superior 3.0 was designed with a few protective features on it, not very many though. The sole unit of the shoe features protective features such as the trail claw traction spikes, the footpad, which both enable the shoe to give the wearer sense of security while the shoe is in use. The upper of the shoe doesn’t have very many coverings on it, which results in a design that doesn’t really protect the wearer’s foot from the dangers of the trails that it is worn on. To make up for this, Altra has given the shoe a glove that fits over the upper of the shoe which protects the wearer’s foot from branches and other things of the like.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The sole unit and design of the upper on the Altra Superior 3.0 definitely allow the shoe to retain a high level of both responsiveness and comfort while in use. The sole unit of the shoe as a whole is designed in such a way as to move with the movements of the wearer’s foot. The trail claw and footpad design of the sole unit allow the shoe to move naturally with the movements of the wearer’s foot, enabling the shoe to provide an overall natural altogether ride. On top of this, the midsole is also shock absorbent enough to support a high amount of pressure and also send it back out to the wearer which results in an amazing ride. The upper of the shoe is light enough to allow ease of movement while the shoe is on also, resulting in a comfortable overall ride.
Support

Support

The sole unit of the Altra Superior 3.0 is definitely where all of the support of the shoe comes from. The midsole of the shoe allows the shoe to conform to the movement of the wearer’s foot and protects the curves of the wearer’s foot while the shoe is in use. This is mainly because of the EVA make of the midsole and the inner flex that the shoe itself was equipped with. The fact that the sole is where most of the support comes from doesn’t take away from the upper’s ability to provide the wearer with support; it features coverings throughout which enable the shoe to give the wearer a snug all around fit.
Terrain

Terrain

The Altra Superior 3.0 is a trail shoe, which means that it inherently should have amazing terrain handling capabilities, which it does. The sole features the trail claw, which enables the shoe to give the wearer an amazing level of decision making when deciding their foot placement. The sole of the shoe also being designed from hardened rubber, allows the shoe to respond to the ground relatively well. On top of these effects, the upper of the shoe and its mesh make, allows the shoe to dry relatively fast, allowing the shoe to be worn in the moist climates as well. Overall, the design of the shoe is one that allows the shoe to extremely versatile as well.
Price

Price

In terms of price, the Altra Superior 3.0 is actually relatively inexpensive. Despite the use of the various technologies that are present in the shoe, the shoe still sells at a price well below that of its competition. The trail claw that the shoe has and the other various materials that are present within the shoe should put this shoe well above the price that it’s currently at. The durability gives the shoe a value well above that of other models of this one’s caliber. On top of this, the shoe is made from very quality materials, something else that should be considered when looking at the shoe’s price.
Traction

Traction

The trail claw that the Altra Superior 3.0 was equipped with allows the shoe to achieve a high level of traction during use. The Trail claw technology was designed to allow the wearer to grip the trails that the shoe is used on. This, when considered alongside with the flexibility that the shoe achieves allows the shoe to get an amazing grip while the shoe is being used in rural areas and things of the like.
Flexibility

Flexibility

In terms of flexibility, the materials that were used in the creation of the Altra Superior 3.0 are known for providing a flexible overall ride. The inner flex that the midsole was given aids the shoe in its ability to deal with a high level of pressure and also allows the shoe to feel amazingly natural while the shoe is worn. The trail claw system on the sole unit of the shoe allows the shoe to achieve both a high level of grip and to achieve a high-level flex, something that is necessary to achieve a high level of footing.
Stability

Stability

One thing that Altra simply forgot to give to the shoe, was to provide it with any sort of stability features. The upper of the shoe, while it does have a bit of cover, doesn’t really allow the shoe to be able to provide the wearer with any sort of sense of security or stability. This isn’t necessarily the worst thing considering the other features that the upper of the shoe provides to the wearer of the shoe though. The sole unit of the shoe while it has a decent amount of width and other things, was meant more for comfort and flexibility and not to give the wearer any stability.
Drop

Drop

Altra has given this shoe their zero-drop sole system which means that the shoe has practically zero drop. This allows the Altra Superior 3.0 to have an amazing overall feel and to also give the wearer a natural ride.
Key features

Key features

• Zero drop sole
• Mesh upper
• Trail claw
• Sleeve extension
Verdict

Verdict

All in all, the design of the Altra Superior 3.0 is one that allows the shoe to be worn in a variety of areas but performs the best on trails. The shoe features several technologies that allow it to achieve a high level of flex and durability. For the price of the shoe, it is also an extremely high value.