The "Knock Out" is an awesome shoe for the price tipping the scales at 5.9oz, that's right 5.9oz-the One 2 will quickly have a cult like following. For more of the technical running shoe geek stuff visit Altra Running.
I've had these kicks for two weeks and I'm having a hard time not running in them or wearing them around town.
I wore them last week during a visit to Sound Runner in Brandford Ct. and the associate who was helping me was fascinated by them and asked if he could try them on-I agreed to share a little awesome sauce with him.
Once he slipped his foot in them he could not believe how light and flexible the "knock out" felt. I've got to to be honest I didn't find the shoe attractive at first, similar to Herman Miller's Aeron chair that was initially met with resistance, but after a while it developed a cult following in silicone valley.
The shoe is growing on me, light weight and cushioned makes it a "knock out".
A look at the under carriage reveals deep flex grooves and a mixture of exposed Eva and high abrasion rubber.
I've taken theses kicks on several training runs, from an easy mile to 16 miles today on an asphalt trail today and the shoe performs well.
The One 2 is not all perfumed lilies and roses there are a few thorns and sour spots in the mix as with any shoe on the market.
The sizing of this show is certainly an area of opportunity, you'll need to go up anywhere from a 1/2 to a full size in the shoe-which would be frustrating if purchased online because they don't run true to size.
Altra's foot shaped toe box will allow your toes to relax inside and will accommodate varied volumed foot types.
The "knock out" seems have a steep drop in the toe box which causes your toes to hit the top of the shoe.
A slight tweak to the heel cup, eliminating some of the extra foam and include something with a bit more support. Finally additional high abrasion rubber on the sole in strategic spots on the next version and "knock out" will continue to grow in popularity.