Looking at the review page, you can see I am no stranger to Altras. In fact I have been wearing them for running, day hiking and backpacking for the last two years. Recently I did a review on the Lone Peak 2.5 which were decent, but had their issues. The excessive wear of the Altras had me searching for an alternative. When I saw the Superior 3.0s hitting the market I had switched to the New Balance Lone Peak V3 as my primary shoe. With promises of change I through down and ordered a pair of Altra Superior 3.0s
The Short Story-
The Altra Superior 3.0s felt amazing right out of the box. In the recent years I have come to expect this from Altra and they continue to deliver with these shoes. Altra finally reined in the sizing issue they were having and the shoes fit true to size, in the beginning. The 3.0s still lack a second eyelet at the top of the lacing to tie a runners knot.
The first 100 miles in these were perfect. Responsive, while still maintaining the rock protection of previous versions. After a that first 100 miles, the shoe began to lose form, especially in the heel. Initially the fit of the heel was generous but not sloppy. Suddenly the heel was so wide I couldn't keep the shoe from giving me heel blisters. I ended up resorting to wearing two pairs of socks to prevent the slip. This was frustrating because the previous models had a similar issue but it was much less pronounced. In other words, no blisters. The really shitty part about it was that the tread was actually lasting much longer then previous models. After the 265 miles I retired the pair of shoes and attempted to use them as my around down shoes, but even walking, they caused blisters. Bummer.
If you enjoy the roomy toebox and feel of the previous Superiors, you will enjoy the newest version. That being said I highly advise you to try them on before purchasing. When doing this aim for having the heel feeling snug, keeping in mind that it will loosen up with time. I tried to give Altras another change with Superior 3.0s but I feel let down again. When comparing the Lone Peak 3.0s with the Superior 3.0s the heel looks to be even larger on the Lone Peak. Total bummer.
Ultimately I would recommend these shoes but only if you are able to try them on and ensure the fit. If in the future Altra changes their heel cup design, I may be open to retrying a pair. As of today Altra and I officially broke up.
*These shoes were purchased for review.