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Altra - Superior 3.5 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Altra Superior 3.5 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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Tech Specs

Upper Material:
air mesh
A-Bound Blend with InnerFlex
DuraTread rubber with TrailClaw
Heel / Forefoot Height:
Claimed Weight:
Recommended Use:
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty:
30 days

Superior Performance.

If your cup of tea entails a pre-dawn cruise through the local trail system, then the Altra Men's Superior 3.5 Trail Running Shoe might just be the complementary creamer to your earl grey. Incidentally enough, the designers at Altra listened to your feedback about the Superior 3.0 and outfitted the 3.5 with a series of improvements. To start, the Superior 3.5 now features accurate sizing, structural overlays in the upper, and a subtle flare on the outsole lugs to maintain traction.

In dependable Altra fashion, the Superior features a Zero Drop platform that places your heel and forefoot at the same distance for a natural stride. An A-Bound midsole includes EVA foam for the right amount of lightweight cushion and energy rebound with a low profile and not a lot of bulk. InnerFlex grooves provide flexibility in the midsole for better grip with every step, and Altra added a Contour footbed for extra cushioning. There's also a removable StoneGuard insole that provides lightweight protection from sharp rocks when you're boulder hopping or surfing your way down loose scree fields.

The Superior 3.5 features Altra's TrailClaw sole, which models sticky rubber after your foot's bones and tendons to give natural flex and targeted support in key areas. The famous FootShape toe box lets your toes spread out naturally to ensure stability on rugged terrain. Up top, Altra equipped the Superior 3.0 with a quick-drying and durable Air Mesh upper to ventilate and keep your foot cool, and it finished the Superior off with its Gaiter Trap, which lets you securely attach gaiters to the shoe without having to wrap them under your sole.

  • Revamped version of Altra's popular Superior trail runner
  • Reinforced upper increases shoe's overall durability
  • Air mesh upper dries quickly after creek crossings
  • 4-Point GaiterTrap technology keeps debris out of socks
  • Toe box is designed to allow for natural toe splay
  • DuraTread sole with TrailClaw clings to loose, rocky trails
  • Fully cushioned midsole with Zero Drop technology

Stitching didn't make it six months

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10.5

I did put this shoe through the wringer, but after only about six months the stitching around the heel collar started to come apart. At eight months most of the heel collar had opened up. It sucks because this is fourth pair of Altras. I like the fit but the quality of build has greatly diminished over the years.

Great feel, but question the durability

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Men’s 12

I purchased these shoes for work and camping, and after wearing them for only 2 weeks, I saw that part of the sole/ tread was tearing off. Again, the shoe feels great (originally considered getting another pair of Altra), but I worry about their durability.

Best Shoe for Ultra Long Runs/Wide Feet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10

If you run long distances, have medium to wide feet, are prone to blisters, or have feet that swell at elevation, this may be the option for you. As a runner who has dealt with all of these at some point in my days, switching from a narrower shoe to this setup has been a total game changer. I like the medium level of cushioning here compared to some of Altra's beefier options, and the really aggressive lugs keep me attached to the ground on steep/loose terrain.

best fit ever for a trail shoe

    The Superiors were my first pair of Altra's, and are my favorite pair of trail shoes hands down. The unique Altra fit is perfect for my feet, and these were great right out of the box for 9 miles on the trails. I rotate between two pair for any long adventure in the mountains. These things are the best.

    Super comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    These are great shoes. Very comfortable. The wide toe box is great and it helps you to run more naturally. The 0 Drop takes some getting used to. The first couple of times running with them my legs hurt a bit after. But with time and use you begin to adjust and they feel very comfortable. For me, the sizing was spot on.

    Perfect balance

    • Size Bought: 9

    The tread and stack height on these make them extremely versatile, perfect for most terrain here in the Wasatch. They are my new go-to for 90% of training, with the exception of ultra-distances where I want more stack, and gnarly scree or ice where I want a more durable shoe with more tread.

    I'm a huge fan of 0 drop and wide toe-box, these are probably the most comfortable runners I've ever worn.

    They run about .5 size large, and from what I've heard are not the most durable shoe in the world. I look forward to updating this review after putting more miles on them.


      I just got these shoes and they are great!! I love the wide toe box and gaitor hooks. I am an Altra convert.

      Awesome Trail Shoe

        These are awesome. Zero drop, great cushion, spacious toe box, and durable. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

        Best running shoe ever!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        I have been running in the Superiors for about 2 years now and I will never run in anything different. They are zero drop which will take some getting used to but I was used to it in just a couple of runs! My legs are stronger and more powerful because of these shoes.

        Love this shoe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        I'm currently on my second pair of the Altra Superiors and I'm a huge fan! Provide just enough cushioning to protect your feet but still a super lightweight and minimalist trail running shoe! These are also my go to shoes for backpacking around the mountains and deserts of Utah.

        Committed to zero drop.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 10.5

        I got turned on to zero-drop and wide toe boxes about 9 years ago. It totally transformed my trail running and hiking experiences. My calves are much stronger. I've been using the Superior for a couple of years now. I used to use use Merrells but prefer the toe box on the Altra products. The Superior is not minimalist but it is also not super cushiony.

        I recently bought a pair of Lone Peaks to go backpacking in and they were fantastic (even with 20 pounds on my back). After that trip, I took the Lone Peaks out for trail running but found myself tripping a bit as they are much beefier than the Superiors and it is harder to feel the trail with them.

        By the way...Altra's casual sneakers are awesome.

        Altra sizing

          This shoe is incredible, supportive and a perfect amount of cushion for shorter distance trail runs. The removable rock plate really helps to drop weight on less technical trails or road to trail runs. Unfortunately, the sizing was way off for me and I was in between sizes with this years model. Wish it would have worked out as the superior is a great shoe.

          Blown Away

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size
          • Size Bought: 13

          This is my first pair of Altra's and I have put these to the test out on the trails as well as for casual use. The science behind Zero Drop impresses me and the way I feel while running, and after I take them off, is incredible. If you haven't had the opportunity to try these out yet, I would highly recommend it. Altra recommends sizing up about 1/2 size...

          Favorite Hiking Shoe

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size

          These are my second pair of Altra's and they are even better than my first pair, which I didn't think was possible. The update on the superior is not that noticeable, but the ankle support seems to be more secure; and the overall breathability has improved. I use these shoes whenever I go hiking, from the deserts to the mountains and they work great in a variety of conditions. These are great for the minimal feel and have a great very minimal amount of cushion. Another great shoe from Altra

          I’m an Altra addict

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
          • Fit: True to size
          • Size Bought: 13

          This is my 6 th pair of Altra shoes, I don’t own 6 pairs of superior shoes lol
          I liked the look of the OG superiors but never picked Them up.
          Today I got a pair of 3.5 superiors. First impression is they fit great.
          Comfortable. They have the grip of the Temps but a lower sole for better balance.
          I hope to give them a run this coming weekend to see they offer.


          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size

          My family is a huge Altra fan and it is what we always come back to when we've maxed out the miles on our shoes. I got these for my dad to replace his 3.0 pair. My understanding with Altra is that the 0.5 upgrades are not major differences (just minor between materials and seam sewing and such). When they upgrade a whole number then they give the shoe more of a noticeable tweaking. So the 3.0 and 3.5 aren't that different. These continue to preform excellent. My dad loves the wide toe box for natural movement of your bones in your foot combined with the 0mm drop. If he is out for less than a marathon he goes for these. But if he is running an Ultra he goes for a more padded model like the Olympus.