Is this the ultimate way to track shoes? Altra Timp 4 review
I have been an avid runner for almost two decades, and although I want to run anywhere, trails are my MO. They are more challenging, more scenic and more fun. In addition, the softer terrain is better for joints and muscles and helps me stay injury free, so they are a win-win in my book.
Originally from California, I moved to Oahu, Hawaii, a year ago and have found that the trails here are much more challenging.. The trails are steeper, muddy, and there are many more obstacles, making it difficult to avoid slips and spills.
In California, I had no trouble wearing my highway shoes on the trails, but in Hawaii, I have slipped everywhere. My trail running friends are constantly excited about Altra, and in the end I have decided to give it a try.
Altra Timp 4 review
When it comes to trail shoes, Altra has many options. After reading through the descriptions and reviews, I decided Timp 4 looked like it suited me best. As someone who has a history of injuries, I like that they offer more pillow and support than some alternatives, while providing a lot of grip.
Launched this spring, Timp 4 has Altra’s signature FootShape, which gives more space for the feet to sit naturally, and it addresses biological differences in men and women feet.
Altra designed EGO Max midsole foam to be light and durable, while adding a little extra bounce. The Balanced Cushioning platform places the heel and forefoot equally far from the ground to encourage better adjustment and better shape. And the MaxTrac outsole is designed to provide the ultimate combination of grip, traction and durability across all types of terrain.
Altra Timp 4 specifications
- Materials: Mesh upper, Altra EGO MAX midsole, MaxTrac outsole
- Stack height: 29 mm
- Available sizes: 5.5-12 (women), 7-15 (men)
- Weight: 9.2 oz. / 262 g
- Price: $ 160
My experience testing Timp 4
There’s a lot to love about Altra’s Timp 4. It should perform well on any surface, trail or terrain – and it did. It was nice to be able to rely on one shoe for every run I had to throw at it.
Many of my runs involve a mix of road and trail, and Timp 4 performed well on both. Timp 4 gives a lot of grip, so I can focus on the run instead of trying not to fall.
Like most of Altra’s shoes, the Timp 4 has a little extra space in the toe box, which allows you to spread your toes and get a little better grip on more difficult parts of the trail. In addition, thanks to the balanced cushioning, the shoes have little or no drop in the heel, which means that your foot sits flat instead of sloping down from heel to toe, like most shoes.
Although the design took some time to get used to, it helped force me to stay on my toes instead of heel bumps, which I think will eventually improve my running form. If you are someone like me who has never run in this style of shoe before, I would suggest starting with a low mileage and building yourself up to make sure you do not strain your legs too much.
The Timp 4 is also incredibly light and comfortable, which was not only great for running but also for packing and traveling as well. The only downside in terms of comfort is that the tongue is a bit long, but if you wear high socks it is no problem. I run regularly in wet and muddy conditions, so I really like the drainage holes that keep my feet dry.
All in all, the Timp 4 is a fantastic running shoe. As someone with a narrow foot, I may be better off with a slim fit option, but overall the fit was pretty good.
I was a big fan of the pillow and the grip, and I’m sure these shoes will keep my feet comfortable and supported – even on the longest runs.
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