Altra Duo

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Altra Duo
240g (UK 9)

Straight out of the cushioned world of shoes, you’ll find yourself atop a blown rubber outsole, injection moulded midsole, driving off from a snappy, responsive base. For something that looks bulky and a little unforgiving, this is a surprisingly light, competitive shoe with a zero drop. It’s also oddly stiff and a little harder, which is counter-intuitive given its appearance. That’s not a bad thing, more unexpected given the shoe looks a bit waterbed-like. Keep them on footpaths and more predictable surfaces and you’ll be happy enough. Further up the hill and you’ll find the grip a little lacking. Also, mud tends to cling a little.

Verdict: A fast, light shoe that will enjoy canal paths.