I would put myself in the category of an experienced runner and would maybe go so far as to even say I’m a bit of shoe connoisseur. In my time running, I've gone through lots and lots of different styles of shoes from just about every major running shoe manufacturer out there. But, again, I'm far from being an expert on the topic. So why, do you ask, am I now deciding to make a feeble attempt at doing a shoe review? Because my experience in these shoes was truly 'Superior' to anything I have experienced in my running tenure. For me not to share my experience would be a disservice to all the fellow Run JunkEes.
Over the past several months I've been on a mission to find the perfect, minimal, trail shoe. Rewind, I've actually been on a mission to find the perfect shoe since I became a runner, way back in 2006, but recently I have been searching for a new trail shoe. I wanted something that could provide a mix of everything that I've been looking for; roomy up front, snug in the heal, light weight, decent protection, minimal heel drop, cushioned but firm, and of course something that screams..."Get me dirty!" I’ve purchased and returned so many pairs of trail shoes in the past month; I'm practically on a first name basis with the refund/exchange department at Runningwarehouse. It's gotten so comical that some of the shoes would barely make it out of the box and I was already slapping the return label on. They were sent back because they were too heavy, too narrow, not enough protection, etc. Each time I made my next choice, I'd consider the Superior, but I was really skeptical that my legs could handle a zero drop shoe, especially on the trails. People kept saying give them a try. I'd listened to podcast reviews, read reviews on-line, but despite all of the positive responses, I'd still choose a different pair. Finally, it got to the point that there were no other shoes (on my list) so I gave in and order the Altra Superiors.
|Resting peacefully after their first 20 mile test run|