Altra Olympus 4
The Altra Olympus 4 is a very good trail running shoe that’s ideal for long runs with its maximum cushioning and wid platform.
Analysis of reviews
- Great comfort
- Maximalist and springy cushioning
- Comfortable upper with ample lockdown and spacious toe box
- Sturdy model
- Effective traction on intermediate level trails
- Still on the heavy side
- High price
- May be insufficient on very technical trails
Model: Altra Olympus 4
- First, the Vibram MegaGrip is in the outsole of the Altra Olympus 4. It’s a sturdy, naturally sticky rubber designed specifically for trail running with a reputation for excellent grip. This system provides a perfect traction on rough trail trails, which leads to a safe ride even on treacherous descents.
- The midsole uses the A-Bound cushioning technology, a flexible foam made from recycled materials. It ensures good shock absorption on impact during trail running for optimal comfort. Also, this configuration should ensure optimal energy return for a responsive ride.
- Then there’s the Inner Flex technology which translates into a system of flex grooves whose purpose is to increase the flexibility of the sole. This way the shoe can follow the movement of the foot while running for more comfort. This configuration also helps reduce the weight of the shoe.
- Next, FOOTSHAPE is a platform that adapts to the anatomy of the foot, particularly to the metatarsals, to ensure a more natural run. Like the rest of the Altra range, the Olympus is zero drop, i.e. there is no offset between the heel and the toes.
- Finally, Balanced Cushioning adjusts the cushioning of the shoe for a more natural movement and a more efficient stride, according to Altra. This technology goes hand in hand with the brand’s zero drop approach.
- The upper of the Altra Olympus 4 features an engineered mesh. It pleasantly envelops the foot and increases airflow during training, especially when it’s warm outside.
- Besides, Premium Tongue is a padded tongue that locks-in the foot more comfortably.
- Finally, the gaiter attachment system makes it easy to add gaiters for even more advanced foot protection on the trails. Note that gaiters are usually sold separately.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Does the Altra Olympus 4 fit true to size?
Is this trail shoe suitable for heavy runners (85 kg/187 lbs or more)?
Is it possible to run an ultra-trail with this model?
Is this model waterproof?
Comparisons – Altra Olympus 4 vs:
Altra Olympus 3.5
The Olympus 4 marks a slight improvement in the series with more comfortable cushioning and slightly lighter build. The upper is also more breathable with the new open mesh texture. However, at $170 (base price), this new model is frankly not cheap. If you can find the 3.5 for much less, go for it!
Hoka Speedgoat 4
Both shoes have a maximalist (i.e., high stack height) sole, but the cushioning of the Speedgoat 4 is firmer. Also, the Hoka offers tighter foot lockdown and deeper lugs, which is reassuring on difficult trails. The choice of one or the other depends on your goals, however. If you have a race in mind, the SG4 seems more appropriate. If you are above all looking for comfort, the Olympus 4 is for you.