Altra Olympus 4

Altra Olympus 4 trail-running shoes make even the rockiest, rootiest trails feel like a cloud.

Altra Olympus 4

Weight: 11.6 ounces (Men’s 9)
Trail Use: Excellent
Off Trail Use: Good to very good
Stack Height Heel/Toe: 33mm / 33mm
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
Width: Wide
Fit: True to size
Waterproof: No
What We Like: An off-trail and cushiony upgrade from the classic Lone Peaks for traveling through varied terrain

MSRP: $170

Weight: 11.6 ounces (Men’s 9)
Traction: 4.5
Support: 4
Long-Distance Comfort: 4

Though the price tag may cause some to balk, the versatility of the Altra Olympus suits hikers, backpackers, and trail runners with a variety of plans. These shoes feature significantly more cushion and stability than the Lone Peaks, while still holding true to Altra’s zero drop and wide toe box design. Because of this extra reinforcement, these are excellent shoes for those who prefer extra cushion, but still want to move quickly.

These shoes are comfortable out of the box, a trait Altra is known for. They are heavier than other models of Altra shoes, but still very lightweight when compared to other brands’ off trail models. We recommend these shoes for hikers, backpackers, and trail runners who love Altra’s design, but want extra cushion and stability. These are versatile on a variety of terrain, but are not the best shoe for moving quickly.

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  • Vibram outsole makes this better for off-trail travel than other Altra models
  • Combination of high stack height with zero drop makes this shoe cushiony, while still stable
  • Extremely comfortable for long days on the trail
  • Can handle a heavier pack than other, ultralight shoes


  • Significantly more expensive than similar shoes
  • Wide fit may cause the feeling of less support for some users
  • Only suited for athletes who are used to (or looking to ease into) a zero drop shoe


  • Altra-lovers who want a more technical and stable shoe
  • Hikes and trail runs through a variety of terrain
  • Long days (20+ miles) while staying extremely comfortable


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