Why We Chose It: Comfortable last design, midsole cushioning, zero drop comfort.
Altra are a brand that long-distance hikers and runners seem to love at the moment. In fact, it seems just about every Instagramming PCT hiker these days is wearing them.
One of the main reasons for their popularity in this particular niche is the big toe box the brand goes for. It’s wide, you just need to look at it to be able to tell that, with the idea being that when your feet start to swell and grow after putting in the miles, the shoes aren’t going to suddenly feel really painful and constricting. Altra also say that this design also allows the big toe to sit straight, therefore meaning it can fully apply its strength when you’re taking off and balancing.
“In fact, it seems just about every Instagramming PCT hiker these days is wearing them.”
We’ve become quite familiar with Altra over the last year or so, and can confirm that none of this is bombast. This stuff actually does the stuff it’s supposed to. Good job Altra.
The 1.5 is actually a follow on from the original Timp, sitting somewhere between their ultra cushioned Olympus and the low profile Lone Peak. What they’ve done is added a bit of extra cushioning to the midsole, a bit more stickiness and traction to the outsole, and then bumped off a few grams to make it even lighter than before. And all to great success we’d say.