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Atreyu Voyager Review Analysis (2022)

Atreyu Voyager review road running shoe

Last update: June 2024

The Atreyu Voyager is a versatile, no-frills, lightweight, and affordable running shoe available on subscription.

The Consensus

9Overall score
Smooth new lightweight running shoe focusing on comfort and simplicity
In case you missed the buzz a few months ago, Atreyu Running is a new company that proposes affordable and straightforward running shoes. You can purchase them as a one-off or subscribe to their program, where you receive a new pair every couple of months. So, with that out of the way, let’s find out how their base model fares.

The Atreyu Voyager, the base model of the brand, designed for daily runs, comes with an affordable price tag and colorful hues. The midsole of the Atreyu running shoe is classically made and uses the low-density EVA of running shoes past. Flex grooves and cutouts in the outsole mingle with the midsole. Runners can easily go for medium-long runs with this versatile shoe, which works for slower recovery days and high-energy tempo runs. The upper is simple but effective—no unnecessary weight is added to the design (the shoe only weighs 6 oz/170 g!), and it molds nicely to the runner’s foot. Lastly, the midsole-outsole combination provides excellent traction for successfully gripping the road.

One downside of Atreyu’s base model is that its light and fast design means less support for the foot than other shoes with more advanced features. The lightness of the shoe, however, may be worth the trade-off for some runners. In the same vein, users remarked that an attached tongue could have worked wonders for better foot support. This shoe also has a relatively short life of an estimated 150-200 miles, max. That said, the price tag places Atreyu at the cheaper end of the market, making the mileage limitations worth it.

With its colorful, simplistic design, classic midsole, and affordable price, Atreyu’s base model is a solid choice that challenges the status quo. Perhaps the next model may offer a bit more protection, as well as improved durability, but the Austin-based company is already off to a great start!
Comfort
9
Durability
8.5
Value for money
9.5
Design
8.5
PROS
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Versatile: comfortable for daily runs and speedwork
  • Very affordable
  • Simple and effective build
CONS
  • Some doubts on durability (also Atreyu canceled their recycling program as they couldn’t handle the load)
  • The simple and low stack configuration may not be suitable for runners looking for more cushioning and support

Technologies

Atreyu Voyager base rubber outsole

Outsole

  • The outsole consists of exposed foam, which means that it’s not covered with rubber. Thie setup aims to give a softer ride as rubber tends to be more rigid than foam. Such configuratio can reduce the durability of the shoe but overall foams have become more solid so this is less of a problem.

Midsole

  • The midsole relies uses EVA foam. Ethylene-vinyl acetate is a popular compound found in most road running shoes under one form or another. It’s lightweight, sturdy and delivers a comfortable and peppy run.
  • The medial and lateral support side walls support the athlete’s foot for a smoother and natural ride.
  • The 5 mm sockliner optimizes the feel inside the shoe and helps with managing moisture.

Upper

  • The upper of the Atreyu Voyager is a single-piece upper that ensures a secure and comfortable foot lockdown while providing a good air circulation, especially when the running gets tough.

Facts

Technical Specs

TerrainRoad
Pronation typeNeutral
Drop6 mm
Heel stack height22 mm
Forefoot stack height16 mm
Weight (men)170 g/6.0 oz
Release year2020

Cushioning

Softness (1-5)3 – Moderate
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate

Technologies

OutsoleExposed foam
MidsoleEVA foam, medial and lateral support side walls, 5 mm sockliner
UpperSingle-piece upper

Use

SpeedModerate, fast
DistanceShort, mid
WorkoutDaily runs, speed

Reference: Atreyu Running

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is this model true to size?

Yes, runners who tested this shoe confirmed that it fits true to size. Therefore, you can buy your regular size for running shoes.

I have overpronation. Can I run in the Atreyu Voyager?

Yes, this shoe should be suitable for everyone. Indeed, while it’s not a stability shoe, it does have a stable configuration with sidewalls that prevent the foot from deviating while running. Furthermore, there are no empirical data supporting that stability shoe models are superior to neutral shoes to prevent injury. Comfort should be the first criteria when selecting running shoes, not the gait.

Is this shoe good for heavy runners (more than 187 lbs/85 kg)?

The Atreyu Voyager has a 22 mm heel stack height, which is a bit thin. If you are heavy and used to run with cushioned high-stack shoes, this model may not be right for you. Maybe give it a try alongside your regular shoes and see if you experience any pain or discomfort.

Is this model a good choice to run a marathon?

First of all, let’s note that the most important criterion to determine what shoes to run with during your marathon event should be your personal preference. In theory, any running shoe could do. Nonetheless, some runners prefer (understandably!) running shoes with comfortable cushioning for long distances. In this particular case, the stack height is 22 mm, which may insufficient for runners who like highly cushioned shoes.

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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