In 2012 I mostly hung up my road shoes in favor of trail running. I always had one, maybe two road days just to keep up leg turnover. I was hooked on the trails and ran both trails and roads in my trail shoes. I would get a new pair of trail shoes, and my old shoes would become road shoes. Not the best thing, but it worked for awhile, especially since I was just having the hardest time finding road shoes I actually liked. I think in 2013 the closest I came to liking road shoes was the Nike Free, but as far as I was concerned, they still weren’t as good as running in my old Lone Peak 1.5s.
Just this summer, actually, I found a line of Altra’s shoes I really liked for the roads. So much so that I now have dedicated trail and road shoes. That shoe was the One. They came with me to the gym, and I actually got back on the roads, and back to stadium repeats happily with this shoe.
Now this review is about the One2, not the One. As many of us finicky runners feel about shoe updates, when they updated the One to the One2 I was a bit worried. (I know you know what I mean, I’m sure we have all LOVED a shoe, only to have the updated pair not work with our feet at all!) Would I like it, it was a completely different shoe. So much so, that its almost not worth comparing them, it would be like apples and oranges, very comfortable apples and oranges though.
So lets talk specifics;
They have the same male/female specifics that all Altra shoes have. They are also zero drop, and have the same wonderfully roomy toe box for toe spread that all of the other Altra shoes boast.
Weight: 5.4 oz
They feel quite light on my feet, but still have enough cushion that when I use short rocky trail cut-throughs to get around town my feet don’t feel the rocks and roots underfoot.
Materials; Altra uses Abound which is made from recycled materials and reduces the impact of pavement (or rocks) underfoot.
So far I have taken them in total around 100 miles in the last few weeks since I got them and my feet are VERY happy.
I would recommend them mostly for road, stadium, track , crushed gravel, and the gym. However, like I said I have worn them on semi-techinical trial and on grassy fields and they have done well. I wouldn’t pick them for say, Hardrock, or very steep slick rock running, but every other “everyday” running surface they are the “One” I use. I am happy to report, the One2 update was well worth the update and my feet are very happy in them!