Olympus has received a major update, making it impervious to obstacles on the trail and incredibly smooth for long runs.
EVA InnerFlex midsole offers a cushioned feel with flexibility. A new reinforced tongue combined with a secure lacing system ensures a perfect fit. The Vibram MegaGrip outsole adapts to multiple surfaces.
Branded Shoes, When I’m not trying on shoes, I stay on the road for most of my career. But Olympus 4, and partly the pandemic, caused me to wander further out of my comfort zone and onto the trails.
To emphasize the power of the 4, I must confess that I had reservations before trying on the shoe. Its predecessor, the 3.5, was simply too muscular, its bulbous heel made it look like a platform sneaker from the early 2000s. The loose fit also pushed my foot into the shoe; running seemed cumbersome and slow.
The 4 maintains the same 33mm stack height as the 3.5, but the updated top offers a firmer fit. There are no slipping or slipping inside the shoe, and despite its bulky appearance and heavier weight than other trainers in its class, the ride is light, responsive, and fast. Although the wide, square toe felt almost ridiculous and initially uncomfortable for some testers, a secure lacing system and a new reinforced tongue prevented the foot from slipping, ensuring a comfortable and stable ride. “I would call the Olympus 4 a sports car in a monster truck package,” said one tester. Shoes And Sneakers
Running in the shoe, I felt fast and experienced a bounce that made me try to turn around with passing mountain bikers. (They usually won, but the point is, this shoe seemed fast enough for the challenge.)
Amortized and fast
Despite its gigantic appearance, the Olympus 4 offers a responsive ride on a platform with maximum cushioning. Altra’s compression molded EVA midsole provides support for both slow rides and quick hits on the trail. Best Sneakers
An evaluator who views the shoes according to a “Goldilocks standard,” meaning that he handles almost any type of race with poise, said: “The Olympus won the Goldilocks award despite its rugged appearance. It could go low and slow comfortably on the terrain. technical and also responsive to handle fast miles on hard dirt and railroads. “
In addition to the balanced cushioning that Altra is known for, the Olympus 4 also offers a loose, non-restrictive fit, especially in the toe box. I tried sun-shooting shoes on a pair of 10-mile runs that were guaranteed to cause swelling in my feet, but instead of feeling cramping and suffocating, my feet didn’t overheat and were left without blisters.
This is not to say that the overall fit is too loose. The reinforced tongue (along with a tab at the heel) makes it easy to put on the shoe and provides a snug but comfortable fit when tightening the laces. Kacamata Rayban
Vibram MegaGrip outsole
Altra’s TrailClaw tread isn’t overly aggressive when hitting some road junctions, but the lugs, along with Vibram MegaGrip sticky rubber, are strategically placed to prevent skidding on loose, muddy surfaces. A tester, caught in a sudden storm, neither slipped nor slipped during a mad dash on a “greased” course three miles away from lightning.
“The sole stuck to the trail surface, it gave me comfort and confidence, and it really came out like new,” he said. “This is where these shoes have earned my vote of confidence. I’m excited to race them in the snow to see how they do it.”