The RW Takeaway: The indomitable Olympus 3.5 crushes and scratches every obstacle on the track.
- Accessory gaiter for optional extra protection
- Vibram Megagrip outsole with Altra TrailClaw motif for traction
- Ample toe space helps prevent black nails
Olympus is a complete shoe, at least that’s what I thought the first time I saw it. However, despite its appearance, it is extremely light. As I ran down a trail, I felt the thick midsole and slip-resistant sole capable of taking any branch, any bramble. But my rhythm was more like the late thunder behind Zeus’s thunderbolt. There is simply too much weight to take the time; I was aware of not scratching my toes, I was afraid to lift a little, or even eat, a little dirt. Fortunately, this did not happen, most likely because the zero drop displacement positioned the forefoot and heel height equidistant from the ground; I didn’t lean forward unlike the case with normal falls from the heel to the point where the heel is highest. Butt kept distracting as I moved over gnarled roots, trying not to trip over them or my two feet. Branded Shoes
Our evaluators were divided with their comments on Olympus. Some were in my field, saying there was too much padding in the shoe. “Too much,” said one. “I couldn’t feel the ground and this made me feel unstable.” However, Olympus is the tractor’s reservoir for other cushioned shoes; they cannot match the ability of this Other to roll over the debris in its path. Best Sneakers
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But others said otherwise, citing that they had no flaws with the shoe. Contradictory to my observations, the large padding underfoot conquered them. “Cushioning and support were definitely the best features,” said one tester. “These shoes were so soft and they lifted my feet off the ground that I felt like I was rolling an ankle. In other words, I felt like I was running in high heels. But after a few times, I gained confidence in the foot position in the shoes and relied on support and cushioning. ” Shoes And Sneakers
Regardless of who you believe, this sum is true: Olympus is for runners, in particular Clydesdales will appreciate smooth riding, looking for a combination of Hoka-level cushioning, ample toe room and zero drop in a sturdy shoe when they hit the beginning of the healed technical trail.
The Olympus fin configuration isn’t quite as rich as the brand’s other trail shoe, the Lone Peak, but an aggressive tread isn’t necessarily required to ensure stability. The sticky Vibram Megagrip sole was even “too big” for some of our testers who ran on tall grass and roots. But on slippery, muddy drops from the rain, the sticky bottom of the shoe was a godsend.
The evaluators applauded the cushioning of all 3 and their views haven’t changed much about this slight update, at least when it comes to comfort and impact. The midsole advantage, which is the same EVA foam used in the third iteration, was a huge draw for all of our testers, including me.
But one was brave enough to run a 10K in this shoe, and he wasn’t disappointed in how well it worked, and the shoes. He gave one of the most captivating compliments a shoe has ever been given: “What stood out the most was the number of times I considered it a great day in a great full shoe.” Kacamata Rayban