Trail Shoe Review Roundup: Montrail Fluid Flex ST, Scarpa TRU, Altra Superior 2.0, North Face Ultra MT, Brooks Cascadia 10

Altra's most nimble trail model.  Best Altra ride to date for me and interesting mix of design.

I’ve had a chance to try a lot of new shoes over the past year, and while this is usually great, it sometimes compromises how much time you can get in each shoe. The following shoes are all trail models currently on the market that I ran in last summer and fall but never got […]

Altra Lone Peak Neoshell and Lone Peak 2.5 Review

Same midsole design on both.  Neoshell has a little softer midsole like the 2.0 did, which, surprisingly felt better to me than the 2.5.

Altra is unarguably one of the brands on a very quick rise in the running world these days, especially in the trail and ultra market. I’ve had a long history with the Lone Peak, picking up a pair of the original Lone Peaks pretty much right at release. I ran a couple of ultras in […]

New Running Shoe Roundup: Road Training Shoes Coming in 2016

New upper on the same platform.  Very nice looking and they said they opened up the toebox on it compared to v1.

Back in early August I had the fantastic opportunity to go to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City for the first time and check out the new shoes that are coming out late winter/early spring. Below are the road training shoes I had the opportunity to see at the show. Of note, Outdoor […]

New Shoe Roundup: Trail Shoes Coming in 2016

New outsole that if you look closely, you can tell they removed some lugs to reduce weight.  I still think they need to fill in the gaps in the outsole.

Back in early August I had the fantastic opportunity to go to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City for the first time and check out the new shoes that are coming out late winter/early spring. Below are the trail shoes I had the opportunity to see at the show. Of note, Outdoor Retailer tends […]

Altra Announces Halo “Smart” Shoe that Can Detect Foot Strike, Impact Force


I’ve read a few stories over the past few days about a new Altra shoe called the Halo. Looks interesting and thought I’d share here. The Halo has a sensor built into the sole that apparently can detect cadence, foot strike location, and ground impact force and send that info to a synced iFit watch […]

New Shoe Previews: New Balance Zante and Boracay, Altra Superior 2.0, Instinct 3.0, and Salomon Sense X-Series


Yesterday I provided previews of upcoming shoes from Brooks, Saucony and Skechers, and today we’ll take a look at new offerings from New Balance, Altra, and Salomon. As with yesterday’s post, photos and most of the info were provided by Sam Winebaum. Sam attends the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show each year and graciously offered to […]

Summer 2014 Running Shoe Previews Part 1: Altra Lone Peak 2.0, Altra 3-Sum 2.0


Every once in awhile I like to scan through the brand pages on Running Warehouse to look for pre-order shoes. It’s a good way to keep tabs on new stuff coming out in the coming months. In my most recent perusal, I came across a few models that might be of interest to Runblogger readers. […]

Altra The One2 (Squared) Review: A Complete Redesign

Altra The One2 Paint Flake

It’s been quite a while since I’ve run in an Altra shoe. I like the brand, I’ve been in touch with the founders since before they made their first shoe, and I love the fact that they produce shoes that are shaped like a human foot. However, I’ve never really connected with an Altra shoe […]

Altra The One Guest Review


Editor’s Note: Guest reviewer Christian Messerschmidt is a 38 year-old runner from Germany and has lived in the Carolinas for ten years. He’s been running for 20 years and switched from heavy heel-striking to a more graceful stride 2 years ago- just for fun. After a 10 year work and family related competition hiatus, he […]

Altra Increasing Stack Height on the Instinct 2 and Intuition 2


Altra has released images of the newest iteration of their flagship shoe, and in a move that is sure to generate some discussion and controversy among the Altra faithful, it sports a thicker sole than it’s predecessors: Altra Instinct 2.0 image via Sneakerreport Stack heights on the Instinct 2 and Intuition 2 have gone up […]

Dirty Runner: Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Review

A short time ago I received this comment posted (anonymously) on my blog about which shoe I was going to use for the MMT100: “Why is the Lone Peak 1.5 your “weapon of choice”?. The company’s customer service told me it’s not functionally different than the original, which you seemed to pretty much trash in […]

Altra 3-SUM Zero Drop Running Shoe Review


This is a guest review by John Shepard (@runsheprun on Twitter). John is the owner of Take it on the Run, a boutique running store that he runs out of his home. John is an Altra vendor, and over the past few months has been trying out the recently released 3-SUM Tri shoe. I asked […]

Dirty Runner: Altra Torin Shoe Review

In 2011 I decided to tackle six 100 mile races in a single year. One of the biggest sources of stress leading up to the first race was deciding which shoes to wear. I had recently discovered Altra, and had fallen in love with the Altra Instinct. After completing the Western States 100 in the […]

Altra Torin: Guest Review by John Shepard


John Shepard (@runsheprun on Twitter) and I are kindred spirits in a way. We both are fathers of three kids (he writes about his on the Suburban Father Alliance blog), we both fell in love with running and footwear, and shoes have become a second career of sorts for both of us. For me it […]

Altra Instinct 1.5 Zero Drop Running Shoe Review


A few weeks ago my wife and I were in our local food co-op and she turned to me and pointed at a woman in front of us in line. In a low voice she whispered “What are those shoes she’s wearing?” Now, you need to know that in our marriage I’m the shoe junkie, […]