Shoeminator strikes again! This time my new pair of Altra's Superior. This was the one pair where I would expect something like this the least. I got them about 1 month ago and logged probably some 40 miles on them since then. Only smooth mountain trails and roads. The tread pattern and the rubber used for the outsole does not allow for more.
So far only the left shoe is affected. However, at exactly the same location on the right shoe the first layer of the mesh shows some initial tears. This is exactly where the shoe flexes. Interestingly, this is exactly the same wear pattern as with my disintegrating Inov8 Trailrocs. First the outer layer of the mesh and then it goes through. Both shoes, Trailroc and Superior do actually have similar meshs. The Trailroc's is somehow finer.
What's really annoying this time. There is no distibutor in Europe. Therefore, I had them shipped over from the U.S. (shoe addiction can have some strange effects) with all the bother that goes with these things. Naturally, the first pair was too short (my usual size is 10, followed the recommendation to size up to 10.5 but this was still too short). This returned pair is still stuck somewhere with the U.S. customs. International shoppers, this is all trouble! Avoid it!