Altra One 2.5
Even though running seems like something you could do with any equipment and any type of shoes, this repetitive movement and bouncing creates an impact that affects all of your body. For this reason, instead of running with any pair of shoes that you already own, it is highly recommended that you invest some time into choosing shoes that are specifically designed for running!
For this reason, you need running shoes that will protect you from injuries and make you feel comfortable while running. This way, you will grow to enjoy this sport if you don’t already and your running performance will significantly improve. Taking all this into account, we have reviewed and thoroughly explained the features that the Altra One 2.5 has to offer and we are suggesting that you try them out if you feel that they will meet your needs.
Quick dry air mesh technology that wicks the moisture away from your body maintaining your feet nice and dry inside
Many available color variants
Altra's FootShape design offers a wide toe box, which aids in stability
Zero drop platform is great for runners with some injuries
Not as much cushioning as some other models from Altra
The wide look might not appeal to some
This is excellent if you are a forefoot or a mid-foot runner since the support you would get on your impact is incomparable to any other type of shoe. If you are a heel striker on the other side, running with these Altra shoes would be a bit less comfortable since they tend to keep you on your forefoot. Although this is very good for the performance of the forefoot strikers, heel runners might have an issue.
Nevertheless, you should be careful if this is your first zero drop running shoes since there is a difference in the feeling in the calves while you are running and if you are not used to it, it might cause you some issues. So you should take your time and pay attention to your body movement if you are not used to the platform. After a while though, these would be the only shoes that you would like to wear while running the marathon or for your morning run.
The Altra One 2.5 offers great cushioning with great foam density which makes the midsole a bit firmer. However, this also provides stability in the stepping and a great responsiveness.
Truth be told, this would only happen if you have a bit chubby feet. Another remark about the tongue is that it is a bit thinner than other competitive runner shoes models. If you are used to tightening them every time you are running, you might feel the laces on your upper foot. This could be avoided by wearing thicker socks or simply tightening the laces regularly. Although this is not a concern for most people, it is an important feature to mention.
The laces are a bit long, which might mind some runners. However, this is something I definitely appreciate about these shoes since it gives you a possibility of locking them and tightening them really well. When the laces are too short, there is a greater possibility that they will release and that is never a pleasant experience. The design of the lacing is also asymmetrical and this gives a great feeling of your foot being stable and tight inside the shoe, even if you don’t tighten the laces too much. This is accomplished by the lacing system following the shape of your foot instead of being placed symmetrical and a bit more stylish.
The outsole is constructed with a blown rubber that also cuts weight and increases their responsiveness. Besides improving the breathability of the shoes, the Quick Dry Air Mesh system is also making the upper part of the shoes very lightweight. All this contributes to building a great pair of lightweight shoes that will help you go faster than ever and improve your performance results.
The technology that Altra is using in the production of these running shoes is Quick Dry Air Mesh, which has an excellent moisture management system. It wicks the sweat or water from the inside of your shoe, and it is directing it towards the upper layers of the shoe where it can evaporate.
When you distort your natural body posture, your body is moving differently and as a result you might have some knee or other joint issues. The Altra one shoes are allowing your foot to stay in its natural position, therefore, your body is maintaining its posture and your run is pain free. Furthermore, when you put these running shoes on, you have a feeling as they are made specifically for your foot.
This means that before purchasing them you should be aware that you are buying high quality runner shoes that will last you a bit shorter than your other runner shoes. It is positive though that what wears of first is the outsole which is not making a big difference at your foot strike at first.
If you are focusing on protection as a feature and you are looking for rocky terrain running shoes, the Altra women’s lone peak might be a better choice for you. The Altra One 2.5 are mostly considered road shoes, so they offer minimal protection, which is fine because they really aren't intended for off-road use.
They also offer removable insole that comes with the package which are excellent in order to get used to the traditional support that you might require at first. The arch support however, is minimal and they are best for people who don’t need additional arch support when running.
If you are running on rocky road, trails or gravel it might get stuck in your shoe, which is not comfortable at all. Sufficient to say, they are perfect for road running, but for anything resembling a road, but it isn’t, you should probably wear some other shoes.
The zero drop platform is being considered better than the traditional shoes since running shoes without a raised heel has shown as being less injury prone and having lower impact force.
The Bottom Line
When purchasing running shoes you should take into consideration every characteristic about you. By looking at your personal physical characteristics you will know which features to focus on