Altra King MT Trail Running Shoe - Men's
Introducing the King MT, made for runners who embrace mud, rocks and burly mountain climbs. This shoe features a Vibram outsole with 6 mm lugs designed for optimal lateral breaking, medial gripping and maximum traction in wet, loose and rocky conditions. Topping this awesome outsole is the Altra EgoTM midsole, a new compound with high responsiveness at a low weight. A flexible, wrap-around StoneGuardTM rock plate adds extra protection underfoot, and the one-directional friction heel lining keeps your foot securely in the shoe. The King MT has the most supportive upper of any Altra with TPU overlays, durable polyester Ripstop fabric and a Foot Lock Strap (that doubles as a lace keeper!) to lock your foot into the shoe on steep ascents and descents.
- Ideal Uses: FKT Running, Off-Road Running, Peak Bagging, OCR, Fell Running
- Cushioning: Light
- Stack Height: 19 mm
- Weight: 9.7 oz. / 289 g
- Designed To Improve: Natural Foot Positioning, Walking Form, Toe Splay, Comfort
- Platform: Fully-Cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box
- Last: RFS-M / RFS-W
- Midsole: Altra EGO™ Compound, Stoneguard
- Outsole: Vibram® MegaGrip Rubber Outsole
- Insole: 4 mm Contour Footbed
- Upper: Protective Upper
- Other Features: Foot Lock Strap, 6 mm Outsole Lugs
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Although I have only been on three trail runs so far, these shoes have performed great. The last run was very wet & muddy, but they hooked up perfectly.
I love these shoes but my feet are very particular after my foot surgery. I thought I could go a little more aggressive for the winter conditions but there wasn't enough toe room and it caused my toe dogs to bark back.
After many years of running off road in Montrail shoes, I finally made the switch to Altra. The King MT 1.5 has been as advertised. I have been running for almost 35 years and I have never had a shoe fit as good as this one. It has a very snug fitting heel box and around the ankle fits like a glove. I read reviews of them fitting small but I did not find this to be the case with mine. I typically wear a 10 with about 1/4 - 3/8 inch to spare at the toe. These were very comparable to any of my other shoes. The wide toe box was the most impressive feature. I didn’t realize how constricted my toes had been all of these years. I am curious to see how they hold up some rocky terrain. So far, they have done well on mostly dirt and rooted trails. 2 thumbs up, Altra!!!!
I purchased this shoe for use at the 2018 Barkley Fall Classic. The course conditions were mostly clean with 90+ degree temps and high humidity. There were still some muddy and slick spots, and the notable climbs/descents on Testicle Spectacle, Meth Lab Hill, and Rat Jaw all put the gripping power of shoes to the rest. The King MT kept me upright when many would slide, sometimes to the point of it being a hindrance!
This is a firm and responsive shoe, so be prepared for much less of the “cush” feel that you’ve come to expect from a Superior, Lone Peak, Timp, or Olympus. The stock sockliners are glued to the strobel board and require some finesse to remove if you plan to use an aftermarket insole.
Overall, I am pleased with the shoe and it is currently my planned ride for a cold and snowy 50-miler in January. I’ll also use it for any days with inclement weather or conditions, e.g. MUD, where the Mega Grip outsole would be in its element.
I really like this show and the service was awesome. I ended up going with something with more ankle support. I’ll be back.
I have been running in Altras for many years now and just absolutely love them.
Altra King MT Trail Running Shoe - Men's
This is my first Altra rodeo. Up to now, I've been happily using Salomon Speed Cross 4s and Merrell Stretch Prime Chameleons. While the Salomons are very light (12 grams lighter per shoe than even the Altras) with a good grippy sole, the Merrells also have a good grippy wrap around sole and fit snugly like a second skin on top of being quite durable. The Merrells are the heaviest though at a whopping 172 grams more per shoe than the Altras. Both the Salomon and Merrell have speed toggle lacing systems (making life easier especially for a guy with a broken back like myself) and both required a break in period to reach max comfort. However, I heard so much about the lightness and comfort of the Altras that I just had to try them.
Where the Salomons and Merrells are true to size, Altras run small. The first pair saw my toes pressed up against the front edge of the toe box even if the width was very good. So, I returned them and ordered the next size up. Now, the fit is luxuriously perfect. My little piggys have plenty of room to splay out and dance around without the shoe being too big. Not having the typical heel wedge, a luxuriously spacious toe box and the thinner cushioning makes it feel like I'm walking barefoot on a comfy surface while letting me feel what's under my feet. It's a very different feel from the snug, swaddled wrap comfort of the Merrells and the light running shoe feel of the Salomons.
Feeling so comfy right out of the box makes me worry about durability, but I'm also excited to see how they perform on the trails. I suspect they'll feel like the next best thing to comfortably walking barefoot in the woods and end up replacing my beloved Chameleons as my favorite trail shoes despite weighing a few grams more than the Salomons and having a pain-in-the-butt regular lace up system.
I can't wait to put 'em through their paces.
Great shoe, great price!
Very comfy. Very good on rocky terrain.
Haven’t worn them through mud and rain yet.
I really enjoy these trail shoes . The aggressive tread and low profile works well for me . On terrains such as sandy single track or rocky single track to forest roads and packed dirt trails they will work for you .
Not real good for races that go back and forth from tail to pavement . These are a true trail
Shoe . Could be a little lighter , however it’s not much to notice and has to many positives verse negatives .