Shoe Review: Altra TIMP 1.5
What will go down as probably one of my favorite redesigns aesthetically came at the end of 2018, The Altra TIMP gets a huge update for its second iteration, 1.5. The original TIMP suffered from a couple issues including the fact it felt a little too close to the Olympus in their model lineup and didn’t define itself enough across the category. Sure the lugs were a little thicker and it was slightly more aggressive, but it was so similar and honestly just wasn’t the greatest looking shoe. The new iteration resets a lot of that allowing the TIMP 1.5 to find its natural spot between the Lone Peak and the Olympus within the Altra model lineup while also getting a necessary aesthetic bump which is really solid.
The updated TIMP 1.5 features a whole new multi-directional mesh upper. This breaths well and supports really well, it also flexes as well which is nice. The offset lacing pattern still exists, but is way less apparent. It also features a 5mm contoured footbed, a 4-point gaiter, and then of course your staple Altra features, especially that FootShape toe box.
The midsole on the 1.5 is all EVA and features Altra’s Innerflex technology. It is definitely softer and more flexible than the original TIMP and this is reflective in the overall ride. It also of course features a 0mm drop like all other Altra shoes.
The outsole makes use of two other Altra features, DuraTread Rubber with TrailClaw. The DuraTread feels stickier overall and improves your traction, control, and grip.This functions well regardless of the trail type. TrailClaw refers to the lugs that are strategically placed at the front of the foot which should help with toe off.
Style & Aesthetics
The first version of the Altra TIMP was a little funky at least from our perspective. It had the offset laces which was kind new, but the colorway just wasn’t great. It had a little bit of the Torin IQ styling which felt out of place. It had reflectivity which for a trail shoe is relatively unimportant. So it goes without saying we weren’t huge fans. I am very happy to say that the updated model now sports a much sleeker visual profile and color selection. The pair we tested had some beautiful combinations of a darker blue gray with an orange accent, balancing a subtle tone with a nice pop of color. It’s what I ask or in almost every shoe, a little personality. It’s still sports a slight offset lacing system, but not as dramatic from a visual perspective. All in all, the TIMP 1.5 just looks great and is available in four color choices for men and women.
I’ll be honest and say I was a little jaded after testing the first TIMP because I honestly just found myself liking the Olympus better. If I was going to have the weight under foot, then I expected the cushioning to go with it. I am also a big fan of the Lone Peak as a middle of the road cushioned shoe so the TIMP felt a little unnecessary… where did it fit? With the new version however, things have started to change for the better. First of all, it visually looks better than the Lone Peak without question. The modifications to the upper are really on point. It also doesn’t look as chunky as the Olympus, but still maintains a decent level of cushioning and stack height. From our perspective, it’s now in its own class sitting comfortably between the two models which was the major gap in the first version. So very happy with all of the checkbox items they ticked from their original foray.
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Things don’t change much in run, the TIMP 1.5 being a more aggressive yet higher cushioned shoe. As I was running, it became clear to me these felt more like the successor to the Superior whereas the Lone Peak migrates better to the Olympus. So if you are an Altra fan and are looking for more aggressiveness in the logs or you’re running in an environment that requires it, then these will be a great fit. Additionally, you get a bit more ground feel then the Olympus and a little more responsiveness and for me this translated into better pacing over longer distances. Instead of seeing it as the step up from the Lone Peak from a cushioning perspective, I actually started seeing it as a competitor or at least a use case sibling. The more I ran in them, the more I felt myself reaching for them before other Altra models. The higher stack on the Olympus is sometimes just too much and the TIMP 1.5 doesn’t suffer from this at all. The Superior has the aggressiveness that I like, but has so little cushioning over distances, so this was a great middle ground.
Overall, I am so pleased with the updates on the Altra TIMP 1.5, not only have they changed the visual aesthetics of the shoe, but they found a way to get it to comfortably sit with in their model lineup which was the real gap originally. The outsole is great when you’re out of the trails and need a little quickness or a little nimbleness, but you’re still able to tackle distance because it gives you enough cushion to go longer. I would actually love to see the Lone Peak and even the Olympus get some of the visual updates the TIMP 1.5 got as well because they are starting to feel old when put next to it. Overall, this is just a really well done update.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 11.0oz (size 9)
- Drop: 5mm heel/toe
- Type: Neutral Trail (Cushioned)
- Stack Height: 29/24mm (heel/toe)
- MSRP: $130.00
- Available: Now