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Up, Down & Dirty with Chris – Altra Olympus 2.0 Review!

After my review of the Lone Peak 3.0, I’ve been wanting to try Altra’s max cushion trail shoe the Olympus 2.0. I was able to get two runs in with the shoe for this review, and they performed exactly how I thought they would. Excellent!


ALTRA OLYMPUS 2.0 REVIEW



Hey guys! I’m still recovering from my last race and training for the next, so in the meantime, I figured I’d try adding a new shoe into my rotation from one of my favorite trail brands – Altra! After my review of the Lone Peak 3.0, I’ve been wanting to try Altra’s max cushion trail shoe the Olympus 2.0. I was able to get two runs in with the shoe for this review, and they performed exactly how I thought they would. Excellent! 
Up, Down & Dirty with Chris - Altra Olympus 2.0 Review

 

TAKING THE OLYMPUS 2.0 FOR A TEST DRIVE



For my first run, I took the Olympus 2.0 out on a little technical run that consisted of a 4.7 mile loop with climbing, rocks and a great downhill section that makes all of the climbing you do in the beginning worth it! The max cushion of the Olympus 2.0 felt great during the downhill section. 


On my second run, I had the pleasure of taking my Olympus 2.0 on a leisurely 8.2 miles in the snow and cold! If it wasn’t for the 30 degree temps, I would have done more miles, because the shoes performed great in these conditions. Of course my feet where a little cold and wet, but it wasn’t an issue. I wore the wrong tights and my legs were freezing! The Trail Claw traction was great in the snow, and the shoes seemed to drain really well. 

 

FEATURES OF ALTRA RUNNING SHOES



All of the features that make Altra a stand out shoe brand in the run specialty category really come into play. The best part, you know these features work because some of the issues you might experience while running in other shoes just go away when you run in Altras. For instance…

 

FOOT SHAPED TOE-BOX


I didn’t experience any rubbing or blisters during my runs, even during the long run in the mud and snow.

TRAIL CLAW


The traction in these shoes are amazing, even in the mud and snow!


ZERO DROP



I’m no expert in the science behind zero drop and how it allows for a more natural, low impact running form…but it just works for me.

 

TRAIL RUNNING SHOE WITH EXTRA CUSHION



I find that I recover much quicker after my runs, probably because I experience less pain and soreness during and after when I run in my Altras. In conclusion, the Olympus 2.0 performed exactly how I expected. There was all of the features and tech I want in an Altra shoe, but with the extra cushion that I need. I say “need”, because my older knees and shins won’t let me run in anything less. Just a little advice, but you have to have an open mind with zero drop. Don’t let the technical specs sway you, just grab them and go for a run!  

 


My Final Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

 

 

 


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Have you ever run in Altra shoes before?
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