Altra Olympus

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Altra Olympus Review Facts

Altra is a somewhat newer shoe company that produces running shoes and equipment and has focused their line of shoes on the zero-drop style.  Altra is based in the U.S. and is decently well known for their high-quality shoes. The Altra Olympus is one of Altra’s trail models with a heavy emphasis on good cushioning. The Olympus is not the most recent model, and is actually fairly old, as the Olympus 1.5 and 2.0 have already been released. That said, the original Olympus is still a very respectable shoe in its own right, and still is a very viable shoe for trail use.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Breathable upper

Ample cushioning

Not heavy despite cushioning

Durable

Cons

Not the most recent model

Price varies greatly

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Positive
  • These shoes are magical. They have eliminated the debilitating pain that I get from my fasciitis, enabling me to run double time. I am able to run farther and faster with these shoes. The cushioning really helps when running downhill, supporting the ball of my foot great.
  • These have lessened the fatigue on my ankles, significantly reduced my impact-- I am a mid striker-- and have allowed me to go on longer runs. They are very light and super comfortable. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to improve there run.
  • I am a huge fan of the Torins and Altras all together. I was really wanting to try the Olympus and I am glad that I did. They are a bit more cushy than the Torins. They do run about a half size up, tae that into consideration when buying them. They have a bit wider toe box and the zero drop is great.
  • These shoes are super comfortable and have a great roomy toe box. After thorough inspection, I am gonna say these are not at all a trail shoe like they say. The tread is quite small and week for a trail shoe.
  • I love Altras and these shoes are just as great as any of their shoes. They are sturdy and really protect my feet. They are lightweight and durable while carrying tons of comfort. Purchase them, you will be happy.
  • These are the first shoes to fit my feet that didn't split my toenail on my pinky. I got them measured correctly and the toe box is incredible I have astoundingly wide feet and have never had a shoe that fit like these shoes in my 65 years. I am forever a fan of the Olympus.
  • This was my first max cushion shoe and I have literally drug them though 100k of mud and trails. They have held up great and are super comfortable. They are pretty slick when you get in the mud because they grab everything. They need to fix the tread on these for sure.
  • These offer the same cushioning as the old Hokas without the stiff inner sole. They have a great rocker style to them and really assist with my forefoot pain and injury. These are not designed for we or snowy conditions but more so for dry trail running.
  • These ran about a half size small for me. They are a bit heavier as well. They are great comfort though and I would recommend them to people who are just casual runners.
  • These shoes are amazing and really condition your calves. Make sure to break your legs in slowly to these babies. The zero drop is no joke but is really great for running. These shoes have held up so far at 100+ miles. I found the Olympus actually ran true to size.
  • The toe box accommodates my feet perfectly and has ample room for when my silly feet swell. These have really supported my downhill tracks from all the extra cushioning in there. They have allowed me to better my running time and have helped my joint pain. They do look pretty goofy and bulky and the sole seems a bit soft like it will fall apart faster than normal.
  • The toe box accommodates my feet perfectly and has ample room for when my silly feet swell. These have really supported my downhill tracks from all the extra cushioning in there. They have allowed me to better my running time and have helped my joint pain. They do look pretty goofy and bulky and the sole seems a bit soft like it will fall apart faster than normal.
  • These were killer for me when I first ran in them. I didn't have joint pain but my muscles in my legs and calves were in so much pain. This is the price you will have to pay to switch over to the zero drop design. However, they are great now. I feel stronger and faster because of it. They make you use muscles you aren't used to using when you are in normal style shoes.
  • I m over the moon about the toe box on these. I am actually confused my shoes aren't like this all the time. They have great cushion and support while still having a great amount of space. I like that I can take these on the trail too and they feel just as great. I have spurs n my heels and these shoes have saved the day. This old man is happy and I look forward to always getting out and running in these.
  • These assist me in my mid foot strike. When I walk in these I feel like my heel is slipping out but when I run in them I do not have this problem.
  • My toes can breath n these and there is great room in the toe box. Support, cushioning, it is all there. I did have to change the insoles, they were horrible.
  • I have severe metatarsal pain and I thought I wouldnt be able to run any more until I found these. I used pads in them for a bit but found that I didn't need them. I now am able to run distance in superb comfort. I recommend these, 100%.
  • I m missing the natural padding on my heels du t radiation treatment when I was a child so shoes are hard. These shoes are the only shoes I can wear without pain. Immagine bone on concrete and that is what I am dealing with normally. Tey are bulky but a small price to pay for pain relief These undoubtedly have saved my fee and have kept me active.
  • The olympus has improved my running balance and has low impact on the balls of my feet. They hug your feet but keep a wide toe box and I can wear them all day without any suffering. I am super impressed and have switched from Asics to these for ever.
  • 14 hour days? No problem! Give me more! They have great room and are really light and comfortable. Great shoe all over and I highly recommend them.
  • I feel these would last thousands of miles. They are really durable and are my go tos for marathons and distance running all together. They have ample cushioning and epic support. I haven't had any blisters or damaged toenails.
  • The keep me stable and are really durable. I run these on trails all the time and have never had a problem. These aren't really good in the mud though. These are not made for walking either.. Just slip them on and take off, they are perfect runners.
  • I feel like I have found gold. Other shoes are always so dang narrow and uncomfortable. They are uber supportive and have phenomena cushioning. Great wide to box too.
  • I was happy running these over on the rugged terrain by my house. The to box has enough room for ten toes and they keep me from fatigue. My recovery time is now almost nothing. Great shoe and I would recommend it to any type of runner.
Negative
  • Only after about 2 months of regular use, these started falling apart. I was pretty bummed because while they lasted they were really comfortable. The bottom of the shoe looks fine.
  • I bought the same pair prior to these and they were great. I only had these a few weeks and the rubber on the toe area has decided to break away. The other ones lasted quite a while. I am not sure why these are so flimsy.
  • I cannot get these to adjust right in the laces. My heel keeps coming out of them and they are more stiff than I was expecting. The tongue is way too short and moves down. Not really impressed.
  • I was looking forward to enjoying this shoe but that is not the case. These shoes get clogged really bad and can be dangerous on any wet or muddy surface. The tread is not designed for anything but solid dry surfaces I am gathering. The laces were really cheap for the price of the shoe and the eyelets looked real week.
  • I feel like Altra teamed up with Sparkle and they installed one of there sponges in the shoe. Really uncomfortable and horrible.
  • These were my comfy shoes that I would go to when I needed a break from my other runners. I have used them only a handful of times and they are falling apart. They are split in the front toe area and the heel is coming off from the inside of the shoe. So disappointed.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Altra Olympus has an outsole that is composed of a special rubber that Altra claims is sticky and trail specific. Sticky here just means that the shoe grips very well on trails especially. This rubber is also very durable by virtue of being a carbon rubber blend. Carbon rubber tends to be very resistant to impacts, and is able to withstand a good amount of impacts. There are also lugs present on the outsole, which give some extra traction. These lugs are especially handy when climbing up and down hills. Overall, the outsole is well optimized for trails and has both good grip and lifespan.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Altra Olympus has a midsole that is made of a special multi-layered EVA foam, with Altra’s A-Bound layer added as well. This material is a frequent choice in midsoles because it is springy and responsive, it retains its shape well, and it is lightweight. The midsole of the Olympus is jam-packed with this foam, in a double layer, making it extremely cushioned and responsive. They are almost reminiscent of Hoka’s shoes in this sense. The A-bound layer is Altra’s own blend of foam that is made of various materials. Altra claims that this foam reduces impacts several times more effectively than EVA. In addition to this, it has a box to keep the toes comfortable and in place. The Olympus' midsole is definitely one of its strongest traits, and it does a very good job of cushioning and responding.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Altra Olympus uses a special mesh which Altra has dubbed “Quick-Dry Trail Mesh”. Mesh is a type of design in which the upper is woven with very small holes in it. The main advantages of this are flexibility and breathability, which both contribute to a better upper overall. This design is also designed to dry very quickly, which can be very useful when running after it has rained, or when a puddle is accidentally stepped in. In addition to the mesh, in the upper is a Contour Footbed. This is designed to make the inside of the shoe, and the area around the foot in general, a bit more comfortable. The upper is overall pretty good as well, and definitely provides security with breathability and flexibility.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weight is an important facet of running shoes, though it might not immediately be apparent. Heavier shoes generally tend to favor more cushioning, whereas shoes that weigh less usually sacrifice cushioning to achieve a minimalist feel and stride. The Olympus is pretty impressive because, despite its massive amounts of cushioning, it still remains pretty average in terms of weight. Most shoes with this much cushioning would be fairly heavy, but the Olympus weighs in at just 12 oz. 12 oz would be pretty close to average for regular trainers, and pretty low for a trail focused shoe in general, let alone one with this much cushioning.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

As mentioned above, the Olympus features an upper composed of mesh, which is quite breathable due to its holes and woven design. The special quick-dry mechanism added by Altra contributes to the effect even more. The end result is a very breathable upper, and an overall breathable shoe in the Altra Olympus.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Olympus is very comfortable, thanks mainly to the components that make up the upper and midsole. The upper of the Olympus contributes with its very flexible and breathable design. These two features are very conducive to comfort, and the upper offers good amounts of both with its Quick-Dry Trail Mesh. The midsole contributes to comfort primarily through great cushioning. The key elements in this are the dual-layered EVA foam and the A-Bound layer. Both of these do a great job of mitigating impacts while striding. This overall makes a much smoother and more comfortable ride. The Altra Olympus is a very comfortable shoe as a whole, thanks in particular to its upper and midsole.
Style
Style

Style

When it comes to fashion, Altra shoes tend be similar to the more traditionally styled running shoes offered by companies like Brooks or Asics. They tend to offer a bit of their own flair, however, often with their colors. The Olympus is pretty stylish and is offered in a wide range of colors meaning that there is likely a color for everyone. It would probably be difficult to use the Olympus as an everyday shoe, however.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Olympus is solidly durable, with the main contributing factors being the midsole and the outsole. The special sticky rubber blend that makes up the outsole is very resistant to impacts, and can withstand many miles on a multitude of terrains. The midsole is durable thanks to the ability of the midsole to retain its shape. The EVA foam dual layer and the A-Bound layer are both very good at absorbing impacts and returning energy, while not altering their original shapes. This means that after many runs and many miles, the midsole will still be pretty effective, leading to a longer overall lifespan of the shoe. The Olympus is pretty durable due to its outsole and midsole.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Protection of the Altra Olympus is definitely solid, which certainly should be no surprise, as the Olympus is trail focused. The main sources of protection are the midsole and also the upper. The upper protects the foot from outside elements like dirt and debris, and also protects the foot through its secure and snug fit, and stability. The midsole provides a huge amount of protection with its dual layer EVA foam and A-bound layer. As explained above, both of these compounds absorb shock extremely well, and in tandem make the run very cushioned. This protects the foot a great deal while making for a very comfortable ride too. Overall, protection of the Olympus is good, due to the midsole primarily, and the upper to a lesser extent.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The midsole of the Altra Olympus does a pretty good job of returning energy thanks to its Ethylene Vinyl Acetate foam. This foam is quite responsive on its own and is very springy, and this translates pretty well into the responsiveness of the Olympus. Apart from this, the Olympus doesn’t do too much that emphasizes responsiveness. That said, the overall responsiveness of the Olympus is pretty solid, if not amazing.
Support
Support

Support

Support in the Altra Olympus is mainly influenced by the upper and midsole. The midsole supports the foot once again with its large amounts of cushioning. This cushioning supports the foot while running and helps to stabilize as well. The midsole has a toe-box that helps secure the foot and add some support to the toes. Support from the upper stems mainly from its special mesh design. The mesh secures the foot quite comfortably, which is beneficial in supporting the foot from above. Together, these two parts are the main sources of support in the shoe, and they do a fairly good job of making sure the foot is supported.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This is an area where the Altra Olympus is pretty good. Though optimized primarily for trails, the Olympus still fares really well on city terrain. On most runnable terrains there shouldn’t be any issues for the Olympus, as they are pretty well equipped in terms of traction. Because of this, they are also fine to use in rain with caution.
Price
Price

Price

Price is a somewhat interesting point for the Altra Olympus. Because it was released so long ago, the cost has dipped a fair bit, though for some sizes it can still be a bit expensive. Initially, the price of the Olympus was pretty expensive, as many of Altra’s main shoes tend to be. For the features they have and their quality, the Olympus is definitely a good value despite being old.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Olympus is pretty good at this thanks to its outsole, whose material is designed to be extremely gripping. The added lugs on the bottom of the shoe also add some grip for up- and downhill running. The traction of the Olympus should be suitable for most runnable terrains, but once again is optimized specifically for trails.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The mesh of the upper plays a big part in its flexibility, as mesh is naturally very flexible, thanks to the way that it is intentionally woven with holes. Apart from this, the Olympus doesn’t do too much to promote flexibility, but the mesh upper is very adequate and makes the Olympus quite flexible.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Altra Olympus’ main sources of stability are the upper and midsole. As mentioned before, the upper’s mesh design and snug fit go a long way in stabilizing the foot from above. It does this while maintaining flexibility, making for a very good ride overall. The midsole contributes with its cushioning once again. The cushioning in the A-Bound layer and the dual layer EVA midsole do a great job of reducing impacts and shocks to the foot, which in turn makes the stride more stable and less affected by various bumps. The Olympus is pretty stable overall thanks to the upper and the midsole.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop on the Atra Olympus is 0mm, as it is a zero-drop shoe. Though this might seem strange, it works very well for the Olympus and falls in line with the design of many of Altra’s shoes. This drop is a bit uncommon and may not be for everyone, but generally still should not be an issue.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Dual Layered EVA foam with A-bound layer
- Mesh upper
- Zero drop
- Lugs for good traction
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Altra Olympus is a pretty good trail shoe, despite being a bit on the older end. This shoe offers a great amount of cushioning with a low drop, and decent weight and flexibility. If found for a low price, they are definitely a great bargain. For anyone who is seeking a trail shoe with great cushioning, and does not mind if it is outdated, the Altra Olympus is a great shoe.