I’m a huge fan of the brand’s Lone Peak footwear for general kicking around, but my one criticism of this exceptionally comfortable shoe was the fairly shallow lugs on the sole didn’t offer quite enough traction for running off trail. Enter the Timp 2.0, which combines the zero drop, natural fit that the Altra are well known for, with a beefed up sole unit. There’s fairly deep and soft, ‘arrow’ shaped lugs which allow for plenty of grip, and the midsole is super cushioned and offers plenty of support for longer, stonier trails. I’ve found grip to be great on everything except greasy rock. The lacing is simple but very adjustable – once set, they stay put. The Tongue has a built in gaiter, as well as hook and velcro fastening for proper external trail gaiters, an excellent feature which has made them popular with long distance walkers. There’s a slight toe rand but the focus here is on quick draining. Overall, this is a slightly more snug, techy fit than the Lone Peak in the upper, but the wide toebox and midsole rocker allows the foot to expand and the toes to do what they are designed to do – push off from the ground. Weight around 600g per pair
▶ Verdict: A veritable outdoor slipper, which prioritises comfort and fit. Grip factor 4/5
▶ Best for: Easy to medium terrain over long distances.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern