Years ago, most running shoes were for the road. Then trail running became popular and shoe companies took up the challenge to make trail shoes. There are now trail shoes made for those wanting a “regular” shoe, a heavily cushioned shoe, a higher top shoe, a minimalist shoe, and more.
Then events like the Spartan Race series, Tough Mudder, and a host of similar runs evolved. These races are often on dirt-loving, mud-sucking, and water filled courses. While you can run these in typical trail shoes, it can pay to have a specialized shoe.
Altra has released the King MT, made for runners who embrace mud, rocks and burly mountain climbs. They advertise it for FKT (fastest known time) running, off-road running, peak bagging, OCR (obstacle course racing) , and fell running. I see it as a shoe also made for races like Spartan Fit. Couple this with an ankle gaiter and you have a shoe with great possibilities.
The Altra King MT features a Vibram® MegaGrip rubber outsole with 6 mm lugs designed for optimal lateral breaking, medial gripping and maximum traction in wet, loose and rocky conditions. Topping this is the Altra Ego™ midsole, a new compound with high responsiveness at a low weight. Altra built the shoe on a Fully-Cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box. A flexible, wrap-around StoneGuard™ 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. The shoe has Altra’s natural foot positioning, walking form, and toe splay design. The cushioning is light and the weight is 10.2 oz / 289 grams.
Try the Altra King MT shoe in water and you may have to make a few holes for drainage. If you need better drainage, heat a large nail and run it through the upper where it meets the midsole at each side of the arch and forefoot.
If you are not familiar with races like the Spartan Fit, please see my blog post What Will You Do in 2017.