Altra, maker of some of the best barefoot running shoes with zero drop, has launched a new trail shoe that uses the BOA lacing system that lets you turn a dial to select the best possible fit for your feet.
Altra is best known for its minimal footwear that allows you to feel the ground beneath, unlike rigid and heavily padded shoes that are intended to cushion and guide each footstep. We're also fans of the extra wiggle room afforded by its wide toeboxes, and it looks like the new Altra Mont Blanc BOA is sticking with that tried and tested design.
The big difference between this shoe and the company's other models is the addition of the BOA Fit system, which uses a dial that allows you to make tiny adjustments to your shoe's fit more easily than conventional shoelaces. Once you've chosen just the right fit, it's secure and locked in until you choose to adjust it (which is particularly handy on hot days when your feet tend of swell mid-run).
The shoe also features a Vibram Litebase rubber sole for durability, and optimum grip on tricky terrain (see our guide what is a Vibram sole to find out what makes them special).
The Altra Mont Blanc BOA is available now in men's and women's sizes, and costs $210 direct from Altra.
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Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.